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Canned Heat - Live at Montreux 1973Canned Heat - Live at Montreux 1973
(2006 – Eagle Vision)

This 73 minute DVD features Canned Heat, which was one of the top rockin’-blues bands of the late sixties and all throughout the seventies. Led by Bob "The Bear" Hite, they established themselves as one of the greatest white blues bands of all time. This concert from Montreux in 1973, their only appearance at the festival, captures them at their peak, and features a guest appearance from Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. The classics songs on this DVD are On The Road Again, Rock & Roll Music and Let’s Work Together.

Track listing:

1. On the Road Again
2. Please Mr. Nixon w/ Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
3. Worried Life Blues w/ Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
4. Ooh Poo Pah Doo w/ Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
5. Funky w/ Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
6. Night Time is the Right Time
7. Let’s Work Together
8. Rock and Roll Music
9. Lookin’ for My Rainbow
10. Montreux Boogie (improvisation)

The group was led by Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Bob Hite ("The Bear") (vocals, harmonica). Henry Vestine (a.k.a Sunflower) also played guitar and was an ex-member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Larry Taylor ("The Mole") (best known up until then as the Monkees session bassist), was their studio bassist, (joining full time through 1970), along with drummer Frank Cook for their first album. Canned Heat took their name from Tommy Johnson's 1928 "Canned Heat Blues” about an alcoholic who drank Sterno, also known as canned heat.

To my readers, I apologize for using this review as my personal soapbox but here goes. There continues to be an over abundance of stuff being released on DVD with what blatantly appears to be another way to make a buck. That being said the Montreux Jazz Festival held every July in Montreux, Switzerland is one if not the pinnacle music event(s). While I’ve never been I’ve heard my share of these recordings and seen several of these videos and they are very enjoyable. The Montreux events are among the best and the DVD’s I’ve seen are all good – really good. This Canned Heat holds up to these high standards. Check it out. You’ll enjoy this California blues band, I did.

Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net ~

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