Thursday, March 14, 2013

Canned Heat - Live at Topanga Corral

One of the most interesting things about Live at Topanga Corral is that the cover features a shirtless Bob "The Bear" Hite, who, while a freakishly fat man in the 60's, would basically be an average dude today.

Aside from the cover, this album features 46:37 of fantastic blues. What always makes Canned Heat great for me is the overdriven guitar by Henry "Sunflower" Vestine, who is in rare form on this album. The only real problem with Live at Topanga Corral is the fact that the sound quality isn't that great. It's about on par with my Rubber Dubber bootleg of The Band in terms of fidelity. While that's a common problem with live albums from this era, it does distract from an otherwise fine performance by a great band.

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