domingo, 21 de febrero de 2010

Canned HEAT - Hallelujah 1968

Canned HEAT - Hallelujah 1968
1968 Issue.LST-7618


In the mid 60's, there was an explosion of blues based bands. Paul Butterfield, John Mayall,etc. and Canned Heat. The big difference was that Canned Heat hit the top 40.

Canned Heat was started by blues collector Bob "Bear" Hite and "Blind" Al Wilson. Both had spent their youth searching out old blues 78s and foraging through the American past to collect the music that would tell who were we were and who we could be. Canned Heat both shouted Past and Future blues.

The first album had mostly blues covers but with Bob Hites commanding vocals and Henry Vestine's guitar + Al Wilson's off center vocals made it well nearly obscure. The second album, "Boogie With Canned Heat" had a top 10 hit with "On The Road Again" and they played a date almost every night from SF to Germany.

"Hallejah" is the fourth album released by the Heat. After "Boogie", they released "Living the Blues", that had another top 10 hit, " Going Up the Country", again an Al Wilson vocal. But mostly, "Living the Blues" captilized on the long jam "Fried Hockey Boogie" that was a favorite concert piece that was an FM favorite.

But! "Hallelujah" is a fine stand alone album with such Heat favorites as " Time Was", "Same All Over" and the great '60's anthem "Sic' Em Pigs". By this time, though, Canned Heat seemed to be obligated to do an extented "Boogie". Only lovers of retread will be happy with that kicked tire. 
By  Robert S. Estes. 
Though there was no specific hit on Hallelujah, this album contains Canned Heat's fully developed blues chops and a slightly newfound political edge. Of special note is "Sic 'Em Pigs," an entertaining anti-police anthem, featuring drummer Fito de la Parra, Alan Wilson, and Henry Vestine making pig noises.
By Al Campbell. AMG.
I have got time,things will workout fine
Trouble will not reck my life
Trouble will not reck my life
Someday you´ll like what I´am putting down
A1. Same All Over   2:55
A2. Change My Ways   2:52
A3. Canned Heat   4:25
A4. Sic 'em Pigs   2:44
A5. I'm Her Man   2:59
A6. Time Was   3:24
B1. Do Not Enter   2:55
B2. Big Fat   2:02
B3. Huautla   3:36
B4. Get Off My Back   5:16
B5. Down in the Gutter, But Free   5:37


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