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Uncanned! The Best of Canned Heat

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
For all but the completists, this anthology should more than suffice as an apt compact-disc retrospective of Canned Heat's releases on Liberty Records. To that end, it's a more or less chronological overview of the combo's LPs, commencing with a trio of tunes from a spring 1967 studio session that predates their self-titled debut 1967. Primary is an extended, seven-plus-minute "On the Road Again," losing the trippy pretensions of the more popular version. Rather, it churns and steadily burns throughout, displaying Canned Heat's primordial boogie-fused R&B delivery. The remainder of disc one focuses on the aforementioned Canned Heat 1967, the follow-up Boogie With ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
For all but the completists, this anthology should more than suffice as an apt compact-disc retrospective of Canned Heat's releases on Liberty Records. To that end, it's a more or less chronological overview of the combo's LPs, commencing with a trio of tunes from a spring 1967 studio session that predates their self-titled debut 1967. Primary is an extended, seven-plus-minute "On the Road Again," losing the trippy pretensions of the more popular version. Rather, it churns and steadily burns throughout, displaying Canned Heat's primordial boogie-fused R&B delivery. The remainder of disc one focuses on the aforementioned Canned Heat 1967, the follow-up Boogie With Canned Heat 1968, and a half-dozen previously unreleased sides, this time from the fall of 1967 with a slightly different lineup that included Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson guitar/vocals, Larry "The Mole" Taylor bass, Henry "Sunflower" Vestine guitar, and Bob "The Bear" Hite vocals. Frank Cook drums, who had contributed to the band's first effort, was replaced by Adolfo "Fido" de la Parra drums. It is this aggregate that is considered the core of the "classic" incarnation. They are thoroughly solid, especially on John Lee Hooker's "Whiskey and Wimmen" sic, a title that would resurface several years later when they faced off with Hooker on Hooker 'n' Heat 1971. Another not-to-be-missed rarity is the nearly ten-minute "Gotta Boogie" jam building off of Hooker's familiar rambling "Boogie Chillen" riff, as it explores some of Canned Heat's trademark instrumental interaction. This is most prominent between Wilson and Hite, and predates "Fried Hockey Boogie," although the vibe is undeniably the same. Disc one ends with two vintage radio adverts for Levi Strauss & Company and Boogie With Canned Heat, respectively. Disc two picks up with the singles "Evil Woman" and "Amphetamine Annie," among the other anticipatory tracks. Also included are "Going Up the Country," "Time Was," a take of the seasonal release "Christmas Blues" with Dr. John, as well as a 1968 vocal-less reworking of Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" -- the latter pair being offered here for the first time. The same is true of the Hooker 'n' Heat outtake "It's All Right" and the poignant reading of "Human Condition," featuring Wilson on lead vocals. While those are the only hard-to-find recordings on this disc, there are two radio ads at the tail end. Otherwise, the albums Living the Blues 1968, Hallelujah 1969, Future Blues 1970, Historical Figures & Ancient Heads 1971, as well as The New Age 1973, are given their due, though most casual listeners and/or purists may see these to be filler rather than killer. The accompanying 28-page liner booklet is filled with discographical information and a great historical essay from noted music journalist Greg Russo.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/1994
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 724382916529
  • Catalog Number: 829165
  • Sales rank: 56,648

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On the Road Again (7:05)
  2. 2 Nine Below Zero (4:08)
  3. 3 TV Mama (6:21)
  4. 4 Rollin' and Tumblin' (3:05)
  5. 5 Bullfrog Blues (2:17)
  6. 6 Evil (2:20)
  7. 7 Goin' Down Slow (3:43)
  8. 8 Dust My Broom (3:14)
  9. 9 Help Me (3:07)
  10. 10 The Story of My Life (3:38)
  11. 11 The Hunter (3:37)
  12. 12 Whiskey and Wimmen' (3:59)
  13. 13 Shake, Rattle & Roll (2:42)
  14. 14 Mean Old World (3:26)
  15. 15 Fannie Mae (3:06)
  16. 16 Gotta Boogie (The World Boogie) (9:55)
  17. 17 My Crime (3:57)
  18. 18 On the Road Again (4:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Evil Woman (2:59)
  2. 2 Amphetamine Annie (3:56)
  3. 3 An Owl Song (2:43)
  4. 4 Terraplane Blues (3:21)
  5. 5 Christmas Blues (7:34)
  6. 6 Going up the Country (2:50)
  7. 7 Time Was (3:36)
  8. 8 Low Down (And High Up) (2:50)
  9. 9 Same All Over (2:49)
  10. 10 Big Fat (The Fat Man) (1:58)
  11. 11 It's All Right (5:35)
  12. 12 Poor Moon (3:24)
  13. 13 Sugar Bee (2:36)
  14. 14 Shake It and Break It (2:31)
  15. 15 Future Blues (2:58)
  16. 16 Let's Work Together (3:11)
  17. 17 Wooly Bully (2:30)
  18. 18 Human Condition (5:24)
  19. 19 Long Way from L.A. (3:04)
  20. 20 Hill's Stomp (3:01)
  21. 21 Rockin' with the King (3:15)
  22. 22 Harley Davidson Blues (2:33)
  23. 23 Rock & Roll Music (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Canned Heat Primary Artist
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
Harvey Mandel Guitar
Henry Vestine Guitar
Mark Andes Bass
Ed Beyer Keyboards
Stuart Brotman Bass
Frank Cook Drums
Antonio de la Barreda Bass
Joel Scott Hill Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Bob Hite Vocals
Richard Hite Bass
James Shane Guitar, Vocals
Adolfo de la Parra Drums
Alan Wilson Vocals
Technical Credits
Canned Heat Producer
Jim Taylor Producer
Calvin Carter Producer
Ron Furmanek Producer, Engineer
Bruce Harris Producer, Executive Producer
Bob Hite Composer, Producer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Kevin Reeves Engineer
Dallas Smith Producer
Skip Taylor Producer
Vincent M. Vero Contributor
Greg Russo Liner Notes
Henry Marquez Art Direction
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