The Essential Canned Heat
An excellent compilation from this late 60s/early 70s Californian blues rock band who sprung out of the hippy movement and certainly looked the part, but always stayed true to their blues roots. Guitar, bass drums, a bit of organ and a grizzly vocal. What more could you want?
The first three tracks on here are absolute corkers - Let's Work Together (later re-worked by Bryan Ferry as Let's Stick Together in 1976); the wonderful country rock of Going Up The Country and the impossibly appealing On The Road Again for which one just needs to close one's eyes to summon up the spirit of the late 60s.
Other highlights abound - Bullfrog Blues; Rollin' And Tumblin', I'm Her Man, That's All Right Mama and a credible cover of Dust My Broom. The Hunter is a speeded up version of the Albert King song Free covered on Tons Of Sobs. Same dodgy lyrics though about "shooting you with my love gun.."
The sound quality on this is truly excellent - big and full with fantastic bass sound.
You can't go far wrong with this. Peace, man...play the blues.