2 LPs on 1 CD: CANNED HEAT (1967)/BOOGIE WITH CANNED HEAT (1968).
Personnel: Alan Wilson (vocals, bottleneck guitar, harp); Bob Hite (vocals); Henry Vestine (guitar); Adolfo de la Parra (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Pete Welding; John Tobler.
It's about time these early Canned Heat albums were made available once again! Thanks in part to their appearance in the Monterey Pop and later Woodstock festival films, these two albums, especially Boogie With Canned Heat, built Canned Heat's reputation as a top-notch white blues band of the late '60s. The self-titled disc from 1967 features a rough mix of originals and blues standards, including "Catfish Blues," "Rich Woman," and "Big Road Blues." Boogie was released the following year and actually contained a hit single, "On the Road Again." The other tracks on the album, especially "Fried Hockey Boogie" and "Amphetamine Annie," became staples of early FM underground radio. Canned Heat would rarely sound this together as a working unit in the studio again. ~ Al Campbell