Hooker 'n Heat

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
When this two-LP set was initially released in January 1971, Canned Heat was back to its R&B roots, sporting slightly revised personnel. In the spring of the previous year, Larry "The Mole" Taylor bass and Harvey Mandel guitar simultaneously accepted invitations to join John Mayall's concurrent incarnation of the Bluesbreakers. This marked the return of Henry "Sunflower" Vestine guitar and the incorporation of Antonio "Tony" de la Barreda bass, a highly skilled constituent of Aldolfo de la Parra drums. Sadly, it would also be the final effort to include co-founder Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, who passed away in September 1970. Hooker 'n Heat 1971 is a low-key affair ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
When this two-LP set was initially released in January 1971, Canned Heat was back to its R&B roots, sporting slightly revised personnel. In the spring of the previous year, Larry "The Mole" Taylor bass and Harvey Mandel guitar simultaneously accepted invitations to join John Mayall's concurrent incarnation of the Bluesbreakers. This marked the return of Henry "Sunflower" Vestine guitar and the incorporation of Antonio "Tony" de la Barreda bass, a highly skilled constituent of Aldolfo de la Parra drums. Sadly, it would also be the final effort to include co-founder Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, who passed away in September 1970. Hooker 'n Heat 1971 is a low-key affair split between unaccompanied solo John Lee Hooker guitar/vocals tunes, collaborations between Hooker and Wilson piano/guitar/harmonica, as well as five full-blown confabs between Hooker and Heat. The first platter focuses on Hooker's looser entries that vacillate from the relatively uninspired ramblings of "Send Me Your Pillow" and "Drifter" to the essential and guttural "Feelin' Is Gone" or spirited "Bottle Up and Go." The latter being among those with Wilson on piano. Perhaps the best of the batch is the lengthy seven-minute-plus "World Today," which is languid and poignant talking blues, with Hooker lamenting the concurrent state of affairs around the globe. "I Got My Eyes on You" is an unabashed derivative of Hooker's classic "Dimples," with the title changed for what were most likely legal rather than artistic concerns. That said, the readings of the seminal "Burning Hell" and "Bottle Up and Go" kept their familiar monikers intact. The full-fledged collaborations shine as both parties unleash some of their finest respective work. While Canned Heat get top bill -- probably as it was the group's record company that sprung for Hooker 'n Heat -- make no mistake, as Hooker steers the combo with the same gritty and percussive guitar leads that have become his trademark. The epic "Boogie Chillen No. 2" stretches over 11 and a half minutes and is full of the same swagger as the original, with the support of Canned Heat igniting the verses and simmering on the subsequent instrumental breaks with all killer and no filler. The 2002 two-CD pressing by the French Magic Records label is augmented with "It's All Right," with a single edit of "Whiskey and Wimmen."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1991
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 077779789627
  • Catalog Number: 97896
  • Sales rank: 43,459

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Messin' with the Hook - Canned Heat (3:23)
  2. 2 The Feelin' Is Gone - Canned Heat (4:32)
  3. 3 Send Me Your Pillow - Canned Heat (4:48)
  4. 4 Sittin' Here Thinkin' - Canned Heat (4:07)
  5. 5 Meet Me in the Bottom - Canned Heat (3:34)
  6. 6 Alimonia Blues - Canned Heat (4:31)
  7. 7 Driftin' Blues - Canned Heat (4:57)
  8. 8 You Talk Too Much - Canned Heat (3:16)
  9. 9 Burning Hell - Canned Heat (5:28)
  10. 10 Bottle up and Go - John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat (2:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The World Today - Canned Heat (7:47)
  2. 2 I Got My Eyes on You - Canned Heat (4:26)
  3. 3 Whiskey and Wimmen' - Canned Heat (4:37)
  4. 4 Just You and Me - Canned Heat (7:42)
  5. 5 Let's Make It - Canned Heat (4:06)
  6. 6 Peavine - Canned Heat (5:07)
  7. 7 Boogie Chillen, No. 2 - Canned Heat (11:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lee Hooker Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Rhythm, Track Performer
Canned Heat Track Performer
Henry Vestine Guitar
Antonio Barrada Bass
Antonio de la Barreda Bass
Bob Hite Vocals
Adolfo de la Parra Percussion, Drums
Alan Wilson Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Henry Vestin Guitar
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
John Lee Hooker Instrumentation
Bernard Besman Composer
Bob Hite Producer, Audio Production
Dino Lappas Engineer
Ron McMaster Engineer, Release Engineer
Skip Taylor Producer, Audio Production
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Pete Welding Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
John Tobler Liner Notes
Tom Tucker Cover Photo
Norman Seeff Art Direction
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers Composer
Eddie Williams Composer
Jimmy Pankow Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Canned Heat brings out the best in John Lee Hooker

    After playing at Woodstock, Canned Heat got a chance to record with the great Bluesman John Lee Hooker. Some other meetings between white boy blues bands and an old blues master would result in the band trying to push the old timer to be faster and louder, but that does not happen here. Canned Heat came in to support Mr. Hooker and they play with respect behind him. The wonderful thing is that this respect results in a classic electric blues album. It results in sessions filled with joy and artistic freedom. Some real musical magic happens when Alan Wilson plays harmonica behind Mr. Hooker and is a fitting tribute to Alan Wilson's much missed talent (You can even hear John Lee talking about how impressed he is with Alan on the CD's) Highly recommended album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have

    I bought this album when it came out, bought it again on cassette, and now on CD! This is really meaty blues, with background and support by Canned Heat. It just does not get any better.

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