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Canned Heat

Live at Montreux 1973

Review by Mark Johnson

I have been a fan of Canned Heat since way back in the 70s. So this was a great surprise to receive as a review CD. The fact that they captured this live performance from 1973 on CD is something everyone can enjoy forever now. 

The band and players on this CD include: Bob “The Bear” Hite, on vocals, harmonica, and bass; Henry Vestine, on guitar; Fito De La Parra, on drums; Richard White, on bass and vocals; James Shane, on guitars and vocals; Ed Beyer, on piano and keyboards; Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, on guitar, harmonica, violin, and vocals. Guest appearances include Richard Hite, on bass and vocals.

These Woodstock legends are captured well in this presentation for all of posterity. Sit back and enjoy some blues the way it used to be played, slow and mellow and full of feeling.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2011  Volume 5 at

Track by Track Review
On the Road Again

“On the Road Again” has always been one of my favorite songs of the 70s. It is a great traveling road song and this live version helps capture and deliver all of its power.

Worried Life Blues
The harmonica on “Worried Life Blues” is wonderful and the track is a standout of this set.
Night Time is the Right Time
“Night Time is the Right Time” is a classic song delivered so well here live. The band / audience interaction is wonderful on most tracks, but especially here. It would be great to see the accompanying DVD to this CD.
Rock and Roll Music
“Rock and Roll Music” is another blues highlight.
Lookin’ for My Rainbow
“Lookin’ for My Rainbow” captures a feeling and spirit that is as vital today as it was back in the 70s.
Shake ‘N’ Boogie
The show–stealing “Shake ‘N’ Boogie," a 14-minute and more epic track, that closes the set is worth the price of admission alone. It is full of wonderful blues guitar and bass.
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