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Number 285

Canned Heat - Boogie With Canned Heat (Liberty LBS83103)

Named after Tommy Johnson's Canned Heat Blues, this Los Angeles blues band enjoyed some success in the late Sixties and early Seventies with a handful of albums and a list of singles between 1967 and 1974, including Going Up the Country, Let's Work Together and from this album, On the Road Again. Boogie With Canned Heat is the band's second album release and features mostly original material. Guitarist Al Wilson, who was the featured singer on On the Road Again, committed suicide in 1970, his death being overshadowed by those of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, all three at the age of 27. One of the featured numbers on the album was the twelve minute Fried Hockey Boogie, which would be the first of many such boogie numbers, becoming the band’s signature sound.