Canned Heat

Canned Heat

1967-1976: The Boogie House Tapes

Ruf

Prior to hearing this album, the only Canned Heat material I was familiar with came from a beer commercial, in the form of “On the Road Again,” complete with the lead singer’s Tarzan-like yodel. This 2-disc collection of unreleased live material (including a version of the aforementioned song) was strung together with the help of Walter De Paduwa (a.k.a. Dr. Boogie), who operates a museum in Belgium dedicated to the preservation of boogie music. The songs on The Boogie House Tapes are raw. There is no slick production here, as I’m sure they weren’t originally intended for release. Fortunately, the live performance and jam session environment that these recordings came from fostered some excellent moments. Much of the album is broken up with talking and re-starts but the uninterrupted guitar and harmonica solos are second to none. Despite the title, The Boogie House Tapes showcases some of the best traditional blues around, with occasional forays into boogie and blues-rock. You won’t need to be a hardcore fan to appreciate this long overdue collection.

Ruf Records GmbH, Kirchstr.24, 37318 Lindewerra, Germany; http://www.rufrecords.de.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Demons/Demons 2
    Demons/Demons 2

    Synapse Films reissues Lamberto Bava’s epic ’80s gore-filled movies Demons and Demons 2 in beautiful new editions.

  • Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson
    Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson

    Searching for the Disappearing Hour (Pyroclastic Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Payal Kapadia
    Payal Kapadia

    Earlier this year, director Payal Kapadia was awarded the Oeil d’or (Golden Eye) for best documentary at the 74th Cannes Film Festival for her debut feature, A Night of Knowing Nothing. Lily and Generoso interviewed Kapadia about her poignant film, which employs a hybrid-fiction technique to provide a personal view of the student protests that engulfed Indian colleges and universities during the previous decade.

  • Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    A classic children’s tale re-imagined by America’s greatest composers.

  • Taraka
    Taraka

    Welcome to Paradise Lost (Rage Peace). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • AFI Fest 2021
    AFI Fest 2021

    The 2021 edition of the American Film Institute’s Festival, was a total success. After mounting a small virtual festival in 2020, AFI Fest came roaring back this year with a slate of 115 films representing over fifty countries. Lily and Generoso rank their favorite features from this year’s festival which include new offerings from Céline Sciamma, Miguel Gomes, and Jacques Audiard.

  • Comet Of Any Substance
    Comet Of Any Substance

    Full Of Seeds, Bursting With Its Own Corrections (COAS). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Poetic Song Verse
    Poetic Song Verse

    A study of how poetry crept into rock and roll.

  • Foreigner
    Foreigner

    Is it really Foreigner with no original members?

  • Mixtape 171 :: Scarcity Is Manufactured
    Mixtape 171 :: Scarcity Is Manufactured

    For a quarter century, Deerhoof have been a benchmark for the contrasting dynamics of sweet and sour, spiked and pillowy, and all manner of sounds that should not get along but quite obviously do.

From the Archives