I had the original vinyl of this but like so many it went many years ago, so I was delighted to see this new copy with the second live album from the original vinyl present in its entirety!
For me this album, their third caught the Heat at their peak as each of their first three albums improved with a decline setting in after number three. This album shows the band playing traditional style blues yet also experimenting within the format. Along with the song that for me will be forever associated with Woodstock, namely Going Up The Country, there is another excellent Wilson song in the form of My Mistake. Bob Hite is in good voice on Pony Blues Boogie Music, and of course there is the segmented marathon of Parthenogenesis with a couple of guest appearances. The second CD is the monster Refried Boogie which for me has always been amazing where each band member has their section to stretch out over 41 mins, with the shining star always being the Sunflower in my opinion who has a phenomenal solo - just as good as I remember it after all these years, (especially if the volume is cranked up to 95db or more!!!). One slight disappointment is that this live performance is still divided in to 2 tracks as it was on the original vinyl rather than uninterrupted.
If you like this, then I am sure you will enjoy Canned Heat / Boogie With Canned Heat
, their first two albums on a single CD. The saddest thing is how many of the this band are no longer with us.
Packaging is a double CD in a slimline box with cardboard slipcase (!!!), and it contains 12 page booklet with some interesting information. I'm so pleased that I decided to repurchase this album so do yourself a favour and invest in one yourself.