The iconic Canned Heat are an American blues and rock music treasure. Their importance and ever growing legion of
worldwide fans is second to none. Their music has been an inspiration to many as their definitive catalog of albums and hit singles
have stood the test of time.
Formed by fellow blues enthusiasts and record collectors Bob "The Bear" Hite Jr. and Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, they were one
of the first rock bands to successfully translate the country blues of icons like Robert Johnson, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker
and others to a whole new audience. While maintaining a rock, country blues and boogie groove, Canned Heat's sound became
their trademark to the world.
Soon recruiting members like Larry Taylor on the bass, Henry Vestine on guitar and Fito de la Parra on drums, Canned Heat
became the toast of the hippie generation in the sixties culminating with their headline appearance at the Woodstock festival in
August 1969. Their music not only rocked, but it also foretold future concerns about the environment, the human condition, the
economy, and the somber effects of wars.
For several years, Canned Heat along and their fellow bluesman John Lee Hooker had been playing shows together but never
recorded an album with each other, that was until the folks at Liberty Records awarded their favorite boogie band the opportunity
to cut a double album extravaganza with The Hook, aptly titled Hooker 'N Heat.
The session first two sides featured John Lee Hooker shouting the blues and tapping his feet, while cleverly placing
microphones all over to the studio to catch every nuance and beat of this sorely missed blues master. Listen to the man do his thing
on Messin' With The Hook, You Talk Too Much and Meet Me In The Bottom. In addition to Hooker, the late great Alan Wilson would
also be featured on harp and piano for several of these amazingly raw solo tracks. As fate would have it, his gentle spirit soon
departed Earth, making these The Blind Owl's final commercial recordings.
The remaining sides feature the full Canned Heat band and John Lee Hooker laying down some of the finest rock and blues
boogie ever recorded. With the combination of Bob Hite manning the mixing board with Skip Taylor, Henry Vestine’s atomic lead
guitar, Fito de la Parra's powerful boogie beat, the dynamic Alan Wilson on guitar and harmonica, Tony de la Barreda's bass and
John Lee Hooker's tenacious vocal and guitar, there never was or will be a more incredible display of the boogie ever caught on
wax. Just check out the groove of Let's Make It, the jump blues of the hit single Whisky And Wimmen' or the battle royal boogie of
Boogie Chillen No. 2.
Celebrating their 45th year in the music business, Friday Music is very proud to announce the first time audiophile vinyl
recording of Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker's all time classic Hooker 'N Heat.
Impeccably mastered from the original Liberty Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Canned Heat/Johnny Winter/Jeff Beck) at
Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records with Ron McMaster, Hooker 'N Heat also begins the first release in the extensive and
authorized Canned Heat/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series.
In addition to the hard rocking boogie music contained on this stunning release, to celebrate this limited edition album, we
are also including the original gatefold cover which hasn't been issued for decades, plus a poly lined sleeve to protect each of your
vinyl albums and a poly bag to keep your album cover in mint condition.
Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker... Hooker 'N Heat... A Blues Rock Masterpiece... First Time Audiophile Vinyl Release in North
America... Only from your friends at Friday Music... "Don't Forget To Boogie!"