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Hooker 'N Heat

John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat

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When this two-LP set was initially released in January 1971, Canned Heat was back to its R&B roots, sporting slightly revised personnel. In the spring of the previous year, Larry "The Mole" Taylor (bass) and Harvey Mandel (guitar) simultaneously accepted invitations to join John Mayall's concurrent incarnation of the Bluesbreakers. This marked the return of Henry "Sunflower" Vestine (guitar) and the incorporation of Antonio "Tony" de la Barreda (bass), a highly skilled constituent of Aldolfo de la Parra (drums). Sadly, it would also be the final effort to include co-founder Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, who passed away in September 1970. Hooker 'n Heat (1971) is a low-key affair split between unaccompanied solo John Lee Hooker (guitar/vocals) tunes, collaborations between Hooker and Wilson (piano/guitar/harmonica), as well as five full-blown confabs between Hooker and Heat. The first platter focuses on Hooker's looser entries that vacillate from the relatively uninspired ramblings of "Send Me Your Pillow" and "Drifter" to the essential and guttural "Feelin' Is Gone" or spirited "Bottle Up and Go." The latter being among those with Wilson on piano. Perhaps the best of the batch is the lengthy seven-minute-plus "World Today," which is languid and poignant talking blues, with Hooker lamenting the concurrent state of affairs around the globe. "I Got My Eyes on You" is an unabashed derivative of Hooker's classic "Dimples," with the title changed for what were most likely legal rather than artistic concerns. That said, the readings of the seminal "Burning Hell" and "Bottle Up and Go" kept their familiar monikers intact. The full-fledged collaborations shine as both parties unleash some of their finest respective work. While Canned Heat get top bill -- probably as it was the group's record company that sprung for Hooker 'n Heat -- make no mistake, as Hooker steers the combo with the same gritty and percussive guitar leads that have become his trademark. The epic "Boogie Chillen No. 2" stretches over 11 and a half minutes and is full of the same swagger as the original, with the support of Canned Heat igniting the verses and simmering on the subsequent instrumental breaks with all killer and no filler. The 2002 two-CD pressing by the French Magic Records label is augmented with "It's All Right," with a single edit of "Whiskey and Wimmen."

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1
Messin' With The Hook
00:03:23

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Vocals, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

2
The Feelin' Is Gone
00:04:32

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Vocals, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Send Me A Pillow
00:04:48

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Vocals, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

4
Sittin' Here Thinkin
00:04:07

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Vocals, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Meet Me In The Bottom
00:03:34

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Vocals, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Alimonia Blues
00:04:31

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Vocals, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Drifter
00:04:57

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Vocals, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

8
You Talk Too Much
00:03:17

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Burning Hell
00:05:28

Bernard Besman, ComposerLyricist - Canned Heat, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Hite Jr., Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer

℗ 1971 EMI Catalog

10
Bottle Up And Go
00:02:27

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - Alan Wilson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Hooker, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

DISC 2

1
The World Today
00:07:47

Canned Heat, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

2
I Got My Eyes On You
00:04:26

CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - Alan Wilson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Whiskey And Wimmen'
00:04:37

Canned Heat, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

4
Just You And Me
00:07:42

Canned Heat, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Let's Make It
00:04:06

Canned Heat, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Musician, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Peavine
00:05:08

Canned Heat, FeaturedArtist - Alan Wilson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Adolfo De La Parra, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Antonio De La Barreda, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Boogie Chillen No. 2
00:11:33

Bernard Besman, Composer - CBSO Chorus, Producer - Robert Tear, Producer - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Producer - Sir Simon Rattle, Producer - Canned Heat, MainArtist - Alan Wilson, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Hooker, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Birch, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Halsey, Producer - Alison Hargan, Producer - Dino Lappas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willard White, Producer - Henry Vestine, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Skip Taylor, Producer - Robert Zimbler, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary King, Producer - Adolfo De La Parra, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Antonio De La Barreda, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1971 Capitol Records, LLC

Album review

When this two-LP set was initially released in January 1971, Canned Heat was back to its R&B roots, sporting slightly revised personnel. In the spring of the previous year, Larry "The Mole" Taylor (bass) and Harvey Mandel (guitar) simultaneously accepted invitations to join John Mayall's concurrent incarnation of the Bluesbreakers. This marked the return of Henry "Sunflower" Vestine (guitar) and the incorporation of Antonio "Tony" de la Barreda (bass), a highly skilled constituent of Aldolfo de la Parra (drums). Sadly, it would also be the final effort to include co-founder Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, who passed away in September 1970. Hooker 'n Heat (1971) is a low-key affair split between unaccompanied solo John Lee Hooker (guitar/vocals) tunes, collaborations between Hooker and Wilson (piano/guitar/harmonica), as well as five full-blown confabs between Hooker and Heat. The first platter focuses on Hooker's looser entries that vacillate from the relatively uninspired ramblings of "Send Me Your Pillow" and "Drifter" to the essential and guttural "Feelin' Is Gone" or spirited "Bottle Up and Go." The latter being among those with Wilson on piano. Perhaps the best of the batch is the lengthy seven-minute-plus "World Today," which is languid and poignant talking blues, with Hooker lamenting the concurrent state of affairs around the globe. "I Got My Eyes on You" is an unabashed derivative of Hooker's classic "Dimples," with the title changed for what were most likely legal rather than artistic concerns. That said, the readings of the seminal "Burning Hell" and "Bottle Up and Go" kept their familiar monikers intact. The full-fledged collaborations shine as both parties unleash some of their finest respective work. While Canned Heat get top bill -- probably as it was the group's record company that sprung for Hooker 'n Heat -- make no mistake, as Hooker steers the combo with the same gritty and percussive guitar leads that have become his trademark. The epic "Boogie Chillen No. 2" stretches over 11 and a half minutes and is full of the same swagger as the original, with the support of Canned Heat igniting the verses and simmering on the subsequent instrumental breaks with all killer and no filler. The 2002 two-CD pressing by the French Magic Records label is augmented with "It's All Right," with a single edit of "Whiskey and Wimmen."

© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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