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  • Audio CD (December 6, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: December 6, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A milestone in the careers of all involved. For the Hook, this was the venerable bluesman's first time on the pop-album charts. For Canned Heat, it was, sadly, the last recording with Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, who'd be dead of a drug overdose just months later. This 1971 double LP is here on 2 CDs, and it's a blues-boogie masterpiece.

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This 1971 collaboration between primal one-part-Delta/one-part-Detroit singer-guitarist John Lee Hooker and Southern California blues revivalists Canned Heat works in large part because all parties involved are a little off. Hooker, the most unsystematic of the major bluesmen of his generation, isn't a good fit for disciplined players; rather, he requires sidemen who play by feel. In harp player-guitarist Alan Wilson, the Crawling King Snake found a particularly sympathetic foil; sadly, Wilson died shortly after these sessions were completed. Roughly divided into spare, gritty Delta exercises and full-on boogie stomps featuring the full band, Hooker 'n' Heat is surely one of Canned Heat's crowning moments, which isn't saying that much. But that it stands as a milestone in Hooker's oeuvre is quite a statement indeed! --Steven Stolder

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Hearing this music has forever changed my approach to recording- and to listening.
0xC00000D0
John Lee Hooker is at his articulate best and it is surely a definitive blues album which recorded a magic moment in time.
Dennis Abramson
It's Hooker at his best, playing mostly with Canned Heat's Blind Owl, but also with the rest of the Heat band.
JR Ewing

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Dick Neely on July 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There have been a number of albums produced over the years which match a legendary figure from blues music with some his admirers in well known contemporary rock or blues bands. Blues and other music critics often lambast these efforts and hold them in utmost contempt. Some of these sessions are truly awful but some come off well, such as "Fathers and Sons" with Muddy Waters and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. "Hooker 'N' Heat," released on Liberty Records in 1970, stands as possibly the best example of generational meeting of the minds. Canned Heat was at the top of their popularity and Hooker was fading from the public eye somewhat. This record helped to revitalize interest in Hooker's music. Most of Hooker's best work, out of hundreds of recordings, many under assumed names, is solo, just "The Hook," his left foot and his guitar. On albums where he recorded with full bands or other accompaniment his rough, often uneven style, with a measure count that often varied, didn't mesh well with musicians accustomed to playing arrangements or standard blues classics. Sometimes the clash detracted from the product. The band Canned Heat had no such problems. It was obvious that he loved the band and they loved him! Bob "The Bear" Hite, the band leader, who usually provided the gruff vocals on much of the band's material, was a blues collector and historian and was well acquainted with Hooker's music and the band itself was rough hewn and unpolished but played with feeling and a respect for the music. Hite is not heard on the album. He wisely stood aside and gave the spotlight to Hooker. No band ever backed the Hook better. This was the last album for 'Heat member Alan Wilson, who plays harmonica and piano.Read more ›
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By TFR VINE VOICE on May 22, 2004
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When I first heard it, "Hooker and Heat" blew me away. It still does.
It doesn't get any better than this. Separately, Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker both produced excellent blues material, but together, they seemed to work off each other. It seems like the intensity of each got kicked up a level when they went into the studio to record this collection.
The recordings are stripped down, raw. My favorites are "Alimonia Blues", "You Talk Too Much" and "Peavine", but the rest of the set is great too. I guess if you're a blues purist or a member of some obscure mutual admiration society, the studio chatter is probably going to be offensive.
My personal opinion is that all of the extra stuff adds authenticy to the recordings. That's part of what makes this collection unique. After all, if I wanted to listen to some of the material on this collection without the chatter, I could do so by listening to one of dozens of other Canned Heat or Hooker recordings.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Abramson on August 28, 2005
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I wore a hole in this vinyl record simply because it was definitive blues at its best.

The interaction between the legend John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat was incomparable, confirmed by Hooker's patter between tracks.

The rawness is still there but with that added polish. At one point Hooker suggests they have enough for a "triple album" which would mean "triple money". A shame it wasn't a triple album, it records both Hooker and Canned Heat at their pinnacle.

If you want to hear Blues music played in its purest form buy this album, it doesn't get any better. John Lee Hooker is at his articulate best and it is surely a definitive blues album which recorded a magic moment in time. Al "Blind Owl" Wilson's harp playing went hand in glove with Hooker's playing and he says between tracks that Wilson must have been listening to his records all his life, it truly is inspired playing. A tragedy that Wilson overdosed shortly afterwards, he was at the height of his musical powers.

The production is excellent and did justice to the musical experience.

This is one of the classic albums of modern times. If you like John Lee, I believe he produced no better album than this, Canned Heat stayed in the background and let him do his thing, whilst providing the best backing band he had ever experienced.

An absolute gem!!!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By 0xC00000D0 on June 20, 2001
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This album changed my life.
I came across it quite by accident at a time when I had only a passing familiarity with "The Hook". What I heard here changed me forever. Hooker (clearly enamored with Alan Wilson), and Canned Heat (clearly even more enamored with their hero John Lee) add a sense of life and enthusiasm missing from most of the poorer Hooker records. John plays by himself for most of Disc One, and then is slowly joined- first by Alan Wilson- then by the rest of the band. The album which had started out slow and "melluh" and gradually picked up speed rollicks through a couple of rockers with a jubilant Canned Heat- crowned finally by a wild 12 minute romp that changes in beat and texture throughout.
This album is largely disregarded in the blues and rock press. The record is raw- complete with false starts and dialogue. Also, it was recorded during an unheralded and otherwise unproductive period for Hooker. It is, therefore, no surprise that not many people have ever heard this.
I'm glad I did.
For anyone, like me, weary of the overproduced and distant sounds of modern pop, rock and blues- Hooker'N'Heat is a gritty yet stunningly beautiful reminder of the power of live music. Six guys in a room- feeding off each other, bouncing off each other- weaving a rhythmical and melodic tapestry that rocks- then swerves and changes- and rocks again.
Hearing this music has forever changed my approach to recording- and to listening. Thank You John and Canned Heat.
-Matt
P.S. A mark of great music is that it inspires. Every time I hear this I immediately have to pick up a guitar and plug in because yes, John, "I Feeeeel GOOOD!"
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