Canned Heat
Boogie With Canned Heat


4.0
excellent

Review

by manosg USER (42 Reviews)
June 19th, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Play that good ole blues rock music white boy…

Some guys wonder if people’s music habits are influenced by weather. Well, the answer most times is affirmative even though for me it’s not so much weather but music I’ve associated with periods of my life. In that respect, one of the songs I need to hear every summer is “On the Road Again”. Images of driving through the hot desert with the windows of my car rolled down come to my mind every time I listen to that song. Yeah, you know similar to that dream that Jim Morrison used to have minus the wounded Indians of course. There’s something about this tune that immediately draws me every time to its hypnotic, driving, dronish rhythm combined with Alan Wilson’s falsetto vocals that makes it so appealing to me.

However, despite my infatuation with Canned Heat’s most well known track, for quite some time I never bothered to check any of their full albums. So, are these white boys that play blues rock any good? The answer is a definite yes! After putting out their self-titled debut comprising completely of old blues staples, Canned Heat went on to record their sophomore effort which was released just six months later. One significant difference is that Boogie With Canned Heat consists almost entirely of original material written by the band.

In a sentence, Canned Heat used the old folk blues style played by legends such as John Lee Hooker as a platform, enriched it with driving boogie elements and served it with a psychedelic vibe. The music contained on Boogie With Canned Heat is standard blues rock, infused with the elements mentioned before, similar to Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, Paul Butterfield and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers among others. The listener can enjoy some beautiful lead/slide guitar combined with harmonica (folk elements) and a few piano/horn arrangements (boogie-woogie) courtesy of Dr. John. Overall, the vibe of the album is laid back and feel-good and at the same time one can feel the love of the band towards the country blues of the previous decades. Moreover, the quality of song writing is quite consistent throughout and towards the end of the album we find the first recording of a Canned Heat extended jam. An 11 minute boogie based on the rhythm of “On the Road Again” in which every band member is presented by Heat’s main vocalist and provides us with a short solo; “Fried Hockey Boogie” is definitely one of the highlights of this album.

Overall, Boogie With Canned Heat stands as probably Canned Heat’s best and most consistent effort alongside Future Blues. Highly recommended to fans of the blues, psychedelic rock and to those who enjoy tasty rhythms with a strong late ‘60s vibe.



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manosg
June 19th 2014


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome blues rock that needs more love.

Full album: http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Boogie+With+Canned+Heat/786200

Your comments are appreciated as always.

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Muisc4Life26
June 19th 2014


2938 Comments


great review, i got to check this album out.

manosg
June 19th 2014


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks bud. I think you'll like it, knowing that you're in a blues mood.

Cygnatti
June 19th 2014


22282 Comments


heard about this band a while ago, but I always had my doubts that they'd be good for some reason.

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DrJohn
June 19th 2014


489 Comments


These guys are solid manosg, boogieing with them definitely warrants a 4 out of 5. For anyone interested getting into this band further,(beside 'On the road again' people may also be familiar with their cover of 'Let's work together') you can try along with the aforementioned album the self titled debut and if you dig, give ‘Hallelujah’ a spin…

Mythodea
June 19th 2014


1503 Comments


Manosg, I always seek for your reviews. Some awesome bands you know!

DrJohn
June 19th 2014


489 Comments


BTW What's the freaking need of a Lana Del Ray review every 5 minutes, pushing out of the front page albums deserving of attention they won't get otherwise?

manosg
June 19th 2014


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Mythodea
Thanks a lot man, that's a high praise!

@DrJohn
Amen bro.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2014


20154 Comments


cool rev bro. Once again, you've reviewed a band I have yet to hear :/

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Mad.
June 19th 2014


4185 Comments


Great review as always manosg, this definitely looks interesting, I've heard of the band, probably because of On The Road Again

manosg
June 19th 2014


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys. Canned Heat is a great band if you're ever in a bluesy, laid-back mood. They're more feelgood than other blues artists and definitely recommended for summer.

deslad
June 19th 2014


392 Comments


As I am always on a bluesy mood I'll jam this soon. Great review man, pos'd.

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manosg
June 20th 2014


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent, keep me posted!

manosg
July 11th 2014


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great version of "On The Road Again" from Woodstock. Just watched it and thought I should share it with you. Good times...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j16RlNtyBE



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