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Editors’ Notes

Most people know Canned Heat best for the two classic-rock radio staples that start off this anthology: "On the Road Again" and "Goin' Up the Country." But they were among the best of the many blues-rock bands to emerge in the U.S. during the style's late-'60s/early-'70s heyday. They backed up John Lee Hooker and earned his admiration (you can hear them here together on "Whiskey and Wimmen'"), and you can't ask for better blues cred than that. This collection captures cuts from all across their six-year tenure at Liberty/United Artists, demonstrating the depth of their blues-baked sound. Not only are they adept at re-energizing tunes like Delta bluesman William Harris's "Bullfrog Blues" and Elmore James's "Rollin' and Tumblin'"; they could convincingly crank out their own burning blues tunes (like "Same All Over") and dig into an extended boogie jam ("Fried Hockey Boogie") without descending into tedium. And even after the departure of guitar star Henry Vestine, the band turned out some blistering blues ("Let's Work Together," "Future Blues") with guitar hero Harvey Mandel.

Customer Reviews

Plays and Sounds GREAT!!!!!

Classic Blues “all cleaned up” and sounding better than ever!

Ground Breakers

Canned Heat was a founder of the blues rock sound that introduced the suburban kids with the inner city musicians. Outstanding release!

And don’t forget to Boogie!!!

Great Music!


Formed: 1966 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A hard-luck blues band of the '60s, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan Wilson and Bob Hite. They seemed to be on the right track and played all the right festivals (including Monterey and Woodstock, making it very prominently into the documentaries about both) but somehow never found a lasting audience. Certainly their hearts were in the right place. Canned Heat's debut album -- released shortly after their appearance at Monterey -- was every bit as deep into...
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