Canned Heat – The First Canned Heat Album

  • A stunning sounding copy: Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Both sides are clean, clear and spacious with plenty of bottom end weight and big rock energy
  • Not the quietest copy we’ve come across (see below), so we’re discounting it accordingly
  • Comprised entirely of blues covers such as Muddy Waters’ Rollin’ and Tumblin’ and Robert Johnson’s Dust My Broom

Blues Rock

What the best sides of this Blues Rock album have to offer is not hard to hear:

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space   
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1967
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with the guitars and drums having the correct sound for this kind of recording
  • Transparency, resolution and freedom from smear

No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for starters. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.


Side One

Rollin’ And Tumblin’
Bullfrog Blues
Evil Is Going On
Goin’ Down Slowly
Catfish Blues 

Side Two

Dust My Broom
Help Me
Big Road Blues
The Story Of My Life
The Road Song
Rich Woman

AMG 4 Star Review

The dearth of original material on Canned Heat was less of a result of any songwriting deficiencies, but rather exemplifies their authentic renderings of traditionals such as the open-throttled boogie of “Rollin’ and Tumblin'” — which is rightfully recognized as having been derived from the Muddy Waters arrangement. Similarly, a rousing reading of Robert Johnson’s “Dust My Broom” is co-credited to Elmore James. Blues aficionados will undoubtedly notice references to a pair of Howlin’ Wolf classics — “Smokestack Lightning” as well as “I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)” — as part of the rambling “Road Song.” While decidedly more obscure to the casual listener, Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones “Story of My Life” is both a high point on this recording, as well as one of the fiercest renditions ever committed to tape.