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Canned HeatAudio CD
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Emerging in 1966, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson and Bob "The Bear" Hite. They gained international attention and secured their niche in the pages of rock 'n roll history with their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival (along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who) and the headlining slot at the ... Read more in Amazon's Canned Heat Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UDQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The best cuts from their first four LPs-one boogie-blues classic after another! The hits Going Up the Country; On the Road Again; Let's Work Together , and Time Was join Rollin' and Tumblin'; Fried Hockey Boogie; Amphetamine Annie , and more.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard-luck band gets kicked in the can! September 3, 2003
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One of the best American blues bands from the late '60's, Canned Heat could have even been greater and more successful, except for one thing: they were the original hard-luck boys. On the verge of breaking out after their first album, the Heat was busted in Denver and had to sell the rights to their songs to get out. (To this day, drummer and current bandleader Fito de la Parra relies on live work, not royalties, to help him make ends meet.) Plus, even though most of their songs were sung by the fabulous growl of Bob "the Bear" Hite, their two most famous numbers featured the vocals of Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. Now, "Blind Owl" was a musical genius, the best harpist in the world according to John Lee Hooker, but some fans feel his falsetto vocals are an acquired taste. Their most famous song, "Going Up the Country," with the equally famous flute solo, might give the casual listener the expectation of a completely different style of music; say, the Grateful Dead at their most tribal, rather than a hard-core blues-boogie band. Wisely, "Blind Owl" is limited to three numbers on this disc (all are excellent). Luckily, "the Bear" is at his most playful and fun-living on his numbers, with "Same All Over," "Let's Work Together" (his only hit as singer), and the morality tale "Amphetimine Annie" the standouts of his seven songs. The album closes with the wonderful jam "Fried Hockey Boogie," featuring a segment from each instrumentalist. Here, Henry Vestine's guitar work will blow your mind, sending it out to orbit the solar system before bringing it back gently to earth. The band would never sound better than this. Sadly, the final reason Canned Heat never achieved the success they deserved is that both Alan Wilson and Bob Hite (and, much later, Henry Vestine) would die too young from their self-destructive lifestyle. Thankfully, they left a pretty good legacy for a band that was kicked in the can by life once too often.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer blues from the Woodstock era August 9, 2003
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Best of Canned Heat is a great collection of the best of this great blues band which formed in the late-60's. Many music fans know the band today from their inclusions on several '60s compliations that have been released like Revolution Rock and their participation at Woodstock in 1969. While Woodstock was certainly their high point, Canned Heat were different from many bands from that era, concentrating on their blues roots rather than singing of free love, psychedelia, or protesting the changing times.

While Canned Heat were a blues band, they also knew of the importance of having a memorable hook in their tracks. This shows prominently on this collection, whether it's the harmonica solos on "On The Road Again", the flute (!) on their biggest hit "Going Up The Country", the horn section on "Boogie Music", or the piano on "Same All Over." But there is also some great raw blues here such as "Amphetamine Annie", and their smokin' versions of "Let's Work Together" and Muddy Waters' oft-covered classic "Rollin' And Tumblin." Having two lead vocalists in the band also worked to their advantage as well as Alan Wilson's falsetto vocals on "Going Up The Country" and "Time Was" complimented Bob "The Bear" Hite's rougher vocals on "Let's Work Together" and "Bullfrog Blues" very well. The album closes with the 11-minute "Fried Hockey Boogie" which gives all the band members their chance to shine. There's also a longer and better version of this track on the soundtrack album Woodstock Two. An excellent compilation, highly recommended to fans of the blues, and to fans who loved the music from the Woodstock era.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse Boogie/Blues at it's finest. A must. February 5, 1999
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This CD is a good representation of the group's most well known tunes. Classic stuff here. They were in my opinion one of the best in the business for boogie/blues music. Authentic characters. From Alan Wilson on the harp and rhythm guitar to Henry Vestine on lead guitar to Mole Taylor on bass, Bob (The Bear) Hite on lead vocals and Fito De Lepara on drums, they were simply amazing. This CD belongs in any serious collectors collection. Excellent material here from a fantastic band and one of a kind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Compilation July 24, 2002
By Keith
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This is a reasonable compilation of CH's GHs from 1967-1970. But although the blurb for this Disky release says its original release date is 1999, my EMI release copy says its copyright 1989 and it has a different title ("On the Road Again"). So if you collect compilations, make sure you don't already have it.
I recently bought this in Melbourne Australia for $AUD[price] (maybe $USD[price]?). Its a useful addition to my 'shut out the office and boogie at the keyboard' collection at work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro To A Great Band February 18, 1999
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For many years I have been a fan of this somewhat overlooked band from the 60's and 70s'. This "Best Of" effort is a good introduction for the uninitiated. They were a bad of exceptional talents who gelled together. Canned Heat covered a lot of classics and added their own songs to the blues standards of our times. This cd is a good remastering of the original tunes. It is fun to listen to and a showcase for the talents of each member. Well worth a listen. Hopefully, it will help introduce Canned Heat to a whole new slew of fans.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This was a great rockin' blues band, and it's amazing to realize that they actually had hit singles. Today's music audience doesn't even understand why musical ability makes a damn bit of difference. But here is a band that had 3 or 4 hit singles in an ancient musical style, just because they played so convincingly. I'll admit it, I sought this record out because I heard the wonderful "Lets Work Together" on a TV ad. All I can say is, there are many paths to enlightenment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome music from the good ole days
I just loved this CD. It sure takes me back to my younger days. I really enjoy it and everyone loves to hear the songs come up in my music mix.
Published 23 days ago by Sandra LaCagnina
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Canned Heat way back (another lifetime ago) and it ...
I love Canned Heat way back (another lifetime ago) and it was so good to hear their music again with this album!
Alan's voice...perfect for the blues. Studio tracks. Read more
Published 27 days ago by NittyGritty17
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic album a must have fro any collection
Published 2 months ago by robert mcclendon
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's All Boogie!
I'll never forget seeing Canned Heat in concert in 1969. This CD brings back a lot of memories of my youth.
Published 14 months ago by WhatMeThinks
5.0 out of 5 stars nothin like Canned Heat
Anyone hearing this band for the first time was immediately a fan.They mixed a classic sound with blues and rock to earn a nitch in many a fans heart.
Published on October 15, 2009 by Scott N. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise Sampler Of First Four Releases
Who would have thought that a blues band could have Top 40 hit singles?
This group of musicians led by gruff blues shouter Bob "The Bear" Hite and falsetto... Read more
Published on January 4, 2009 by Boomertunes
4.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Interesting
I really wanted to like this album and I do really like about three of the songs, but the rest didn't do anything for me. Read more
Published on July 22, 2006 by David L Hutchins
4.0 out of 5 stars Water Turning To Wine
Interesting band from the deph of the Woodstock era, and way short lived, due to the deaths of Blind Owl Wilson and Bear Hite what a tragedy. Read more
Published on January 11, 2006 by Bushman
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ONE IS TIGHT, SCORCHER BLUES OF THE PSYCHE-SIXTIES
Remember these dudes. You really probably do from some point in your life. Not everything these guys ever did was exceptional, but they have left their mark in pop culture. Read more
Published on October 26, 2005 by wally gator
5.0 out of 5 stars Reply to mellowb780
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Published on February 25, 2005 by Gerald A. Miller
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