Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I grew up listening to the Best of Canned Heat on a tape cassette...what is it about "Goin' Up Country" that it was just as good a midwest skateboard anthem as it was (originally) Woodstock hippie anthem? Such a strange sound to that song: the flute riff, Alan Wilson's awesome high voice, etc. It's gotta be one of the earliest eco-hits-- 'Blind Owl' Wilson was already (late 60s) massively depressed by the direction humanity was/is headed--I think he was singing about more than a weekend upstate! Just recently a friend played me the 1969 album "Living the Blues" which pushes the Heat's snappy Chicago blues sound a little beyond into psychedelic moments. Check it out, and dig deeper into the Canned Heat story to find a band of music-freaks and scholars, buddies of John Fahey who "re-discovered" (i.e., physically located and even bought new instruments for) Charlie Patton, Son House & others and then JAMMED with them.
Living The Blues on vinyl