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Title - 'Carnegie Hall 1971' + 'Stockholm 1973'
Artist - Canned Heat

Cleopatra Records are in the midst of releasing three (3) previously unreleased 1970s live albums by Canned Heat, with the first two being live at Carnegie Hall 1971 (with John Lee Hooker), and Stockholm 1973.

The first album, Carnegie Hall 1971 is out now, the second release, Stockholm 1973, is due on May 12th. A third album, Canned Heat's Illinois Blues 1973, will be released on July 7th.

As all rock aficionados already know, the American blues/boogie rock band, Canned Heat (which, personally, I've always thought was a quite brilliant name for a band!) was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965.

Throughout its lengthy career, the group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material, as well as for efforts to promote the interest in this type of music and its original artists. Indeed, Canned Heat was actually launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, who took the name from Tommy Johnson's 1928 "Canned Heat Blues", a song about an alcoholic who had desperately turned to drinking Sterno, generically called "canned heat".

After appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals at the end of the 1960s, the band acquired worldwide fame with a line-up consisting of Bob Hite, vocals, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica and vocals, Henry Vestine (and later, Harvey Mandel) on lead guitar, Larry Taylor on bass, and Adolfo de la Parra on drums.

The Carnegie Hall set from 1971 may only feature five (5) tracks, plus a bonus (see below), but with just 'Shake 'n' Boogie' coming in at just under 20 minutes, well, you know you're getting your moneys worth here! This live in 1971 set was captured during the band's tour with blues icon John Lee Hooker and aside from this CD version there is also a limited edition green vinyl album version! Oh, and as alluded to above, a Hooker-led version of "Tease Me Baby" is included as a bonus track, along with an interview with Canned Heat drummer Adolfo de la Parra!

1. "Framed"
2. "Let’s Work Together"
3. "Hey Babe"
4. "Shake ‘n’ Boogie"
5. "Back Door Man"
6. Bonus Track: "Tease Me Baby"

Canned Heat's Stockholm 1973 live album is also a very special, never before released concert experience from America's biggest, baddest, bluesiest rock band ever! The band's post-Alan Wilson line-up stars on the live set, and features vocalist Bob The Bear Hite, guitar Henry The Sunflower Vestine, drummer Adolfo Fito La Parra, guitarist James Shane, bassist Richard Hite, and keyboardist Ed Beyer.

Much like the live 1971 album, these guys just enjoyed what they were doing and it comes across so much so on this live album from just two years later. Sure they were getting a reputation well before these two lives outings as being "bad boys," but that just added to their overall mystique: because damn it if these guys couldn't actually play!

If you'll allow me to wander slightly, to make my point, their "bad boy boys of rock" label began for being jailed in Denver, Colorado after a Denver Police informant provided enough evidence for their arrest for drugs! Funnily enough, the band even managed to add that moment into one of their later songs, "My Crime"! Anyway, band manager, Skip Taylor was forced to obtain the $10,000 bail by selling off Canned Heat's publishing rights to Liberty Records President Al Bennett! How about that for a "bad boys" story, from a band rich in real life storytelling - both musically and when performing live!

1. "Let’s Work Together"
2. "On The Road Again"
3. "Harley Davidson Blues"
4. "Election Blues"
5. "So Long Wrong"
6. "Shake ‘n’ Boogie"
7. "Goodbye For Now"

'Carnegie Hall 1971' CD Purchase Link

'Stockholm 1973' CD Purchase Link