Saturday, May 16, 2015

CD Review: Blues Legends John Lee Hooker And Canned Heat Come Together For New Live Releases

Legendary blues band Canned Heat found mainstream success in 1969 for there memorable performance at Woodstock and their song "On The Road Again" become one of that generation's definition anthems. In 1971, Canned Heat teamed up with blues legend John Lee Hooker to record the album "Hooker N Heat," which became such a successful collaboration, so much so that the two decided to team up for a tour. On April 14th, Cleopatra Records released a new, never before released live album from Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker performing live at Carnegie Hall in 1971.

The new six-song release simply titled "Carnegie Hall 1971" begins with The Heat diving into the classic blues romp of "Framed" led by singer Bob Hite's storied lyrics dedicated to Abbie Hoffman, who was in the audience that evening. After a quick delivery of one of their hit singles "Let's Work Together," John Lee Hooker steps to the microphone for the slow blues of "Hey Babe" and the epic twenty-minute jam of "Shake N Boogie." The album closes with the John Lee Hooker song "Tease Me Baby" as his gives his most energetic performance of the evening.

Also just released on May 12th is another live album from Canned Heat of their performance in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973. The album captures The Heat at one of their best, performing many of their hit singles like "Let's Work Together" and "On The Road Again." Then The Heat dove into familiar territory with "Election Blues" and the fourteen-minute jam of "Shake 'N' Boogie" as the band seems renewed with their current line-up. The album closes with the slow blues of "Goodbye For Now" as they turn every performance into a memorable one. To find out more about these two latest live releases from Canned Heat along with John Lee Hooker, please visit cleorecs.com.

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