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The Very Best of Canned Heat [Capitol]

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Canned Heat 5/24/2005

Review

With the glut of Canned Heat compilations available, what makes this 19-song Capitol/EMI release better than the rest? For starters, the previously unreleased track "Henry's Shuffle," featuring guitarist Henry Vestine and recorded in 1968, which was undoubtedly the zenith year for the band; the inclusion of "Low Down (And High Up)"; the rare Liberty B-side "Time Was," and the rollicking 1970 date with Little Richard, "Rockin' With the King." Also included are several tracks that both the novice and die-hard fan alike would find essential -- three live cuts from the Monterey Pop Festival, a nod to the 1971 collaborative effort with John Lee Hooker on "Whiskey and Wimmen'," and two Woodstock era classics culled from the Boogie with Canned Heat album, "Amphetamine Annie" and "Fried Hockey Boogie." And, of course, what would a Canned Heat compilation be without the bona fide hippie hits: "On the Road Again," "Goin' Up the Country" and "Let's Work Together." These are the original versions, digitally remastered and sounding great, so ignore the glut, this really is the Very Best of Canned Heat. ~ Al Campbell
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 On the Road Again Canned Heat 4:52
  3. 2 Goin' up the Country Canned Heat 2:50
  4. 3 Amphetamine Annie Canned Heat 3:30
  5. 4 Rollin' and Tumblin' Canned Heat 4:15
  6. 5 Dust My Broom Canned Heat 4:59
  7. 6 Bullfrog Blues Canned Heat 3:6
  8. 7 Henry's Shuffle Canned Heat 4:51
  9. 8 Fried Hockey Boogie Canned Heat 10:59
  10. 9 Same All Over Canned Heat 2:50
  11. 10 Time Was Canned Heat 3:21
  12. 11 Low Down (And High Up) Canned Heat 2:50
  13. 12 Poor Moon Canned Heat 3:23
  14. 13 Let's Work Together Canned Heat 3:11
  15. 14 Future Blues Canned Heat 2:56
  16. 15 Human Condition Canned Heat 5:23
  17. 16 Whiskey and Wimmen' Canned Heat 4:34
  18. 17 Long Way From L.A. Canned Heat 3:4
  19. 18 Rockin' With the King Canned Heat 3:14
  20. 19 Rock & Roll Canned Heat 2:26

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