Canned Heat – The Boogie House Tapes 1967-1976

Canned Heat – The Boogie House Tapes 1967-1976
2000 Issue.


“In the town of Overijse,Belgium there is a very special place called the Boogie House”.  This is a place where Canned Heat used to jam with various musicoligists analyzing they’re concoctions. What we get are some very inspired playing by the Heat that shows their utter love and respect for the blues. They never treat it as a joke.
Featuring the last four bottleneck slide recordings from Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson’s hospital bed following a suicide attempt in 1971, Disc One of the Boogie House Tapes Vol. 2 gives listeners a final insight into the tortured genius who re-taught delta blues grandfather Son House how to play guitar like Son House. Wilson’s ghostly high vocal intonations and perfect vibrato on “Sloppy Drunk” and “Death Bed Blues” are literally frightening to listen to, while “Blind Melon” illustrates his complete mastery of open tunings. The record also features the last roadhouse recording of the mountainous blues shouter and bandleader Bob “The Bear” Hite bellowing “Hell’s On Down The Line” in 1981, days before he collapsed on stage and died of a drug-related heart attack. The collection of rare recordings was assembled from the vaults of drummer/producer Fito de la Parra and Walter “Dr. Boogie” de Paduwa who provides two live shows from the early 1990’s with the trademark buzz of original guitarist Henry “Sunflower” Vestine on the second disc.
By Brett Lemke.
German edition released in 1998, maybe a bootleg or a counterfeit item filled with early recordings from Canned Heat. Actually, the tune “House of Blue Lights” was originally released on their album “Human Conditions” from 1978, and was recently compiled  in the superb 2CDs-set “THE BOOGIE HOUSE TAPES 1967-1976 Vol.2” (2004, on Ruf Records, which label maybe had released in 1998 the same CD you collected), featuring live and studio recordings, commercials, funny bits, Alan Wilson’s last recordings and performances of different line-ups from the 70s, 80s and 90s, thanks to Fito de la Parra,
drummer, producer and Canned Heat’s  survivor in charge. Regarding this special release, in the town of Overijse, Belgium, is a very special place called ‘The Boogie House’. It is not a public location, but the home of musicologist, radio personality Walter De Paduwa aka ‘Dr. Boogie’. He has turned his home into a private museum, dedicated to the preservation of Boogie music, in special to Canned Heat. This historical content from some of very old tapes was salvaged and mastered digitally for this release.
By Amarilis Gibeli.
Harvey Mandel- (Guitar), (Keyboards), (Vocals),
Ronnie Barron- (Piano), (Vocals),
Wolfman Jack- (Vocals), (Spoken Word),
Robert Lucas- (Harmonica), Robert Lucas (Vocals), Robert Lucas (Slide Guitar),
Larry Taylor- (Bass),
Henry Vestine- (Guitar), (Vocals),
Magic Dick- (Harmonica),
Mark Goldberg- (Bass),
Michael Halby- (Guitar),
Joel Scott Hill- (Guitar), (Vocals),
Bob Hite- (Vocals), (Bass),
Ernie Rodriguez- (Bass),
Adolfo de la Parra- (Drums),
Junior Watson- (Guitar),
Chris Morgan- (Guitar),
Alan Wilson- (Guitar), (Vocals),
James Thornbury- (Harmonica), James Thornbury (Vocals), (Slide Guitar),
Ron Shumake- (Bass),
Tony De La Barreda- (Bass),
Michael Halby- (Guitar),
Bob “The Bear” Hite- (Vocals).

Disc One
01. Reefer Blues  3:09
02. House of Blue Lights  3:20
03. Sleepin’ in the Ground  5:18
04. Caterpillar Crawl  2:10
05. D. Drone  4:42
06. These Boots Are Made For… (Studio Jokes)  1:17
07. Charokee Dance  2:30
08. Harley Davidson Blues  2:54
09. Good Bye for Now  4:04
10. Chicago Bound  3:53
11. On the Road Again  2:08
12. Human Condition  3:07
13. My Time Ain’t Long  4:38
14. London Blues  5:40
15. Future Blues  4:23
16. Move On Down the Road  1:41
17. Long Way From L.A.  3:47
18. Going up the Country  2:55
19. Let’s Work Together  4:09

Disc Two
01. Bullfrog Blues  5:10
02. Bob Speaks to the Audience  2:58
03. Pulling Hair Blues  9:28
04. You Know I Love You  6:34
05. I Love My Baby  10:29
06. Breathe Easy  7:51
07. Sore Back Blues  9:24
08. Shaken Boogie  10:46
09. Bring It On Home  8:55
10. Tu vas trop vite (Keep It Clean)  2:43

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4 Responses to “Canned Heat – The Boogie House Tapes 1967-1976”

  1. Thanks for sharing this archive info. Is this on Amazon? Canned Heat are my alltime favorite music.

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