Canned Heat

Reheated

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Originally released in Europe, this features a reconstituted Canned Heat lineup from 1988. Drummer Fito de la Parra and bassist Larry Taylor are the only two left over from the old days, but that doesn't seem much of a problem here, as top-flight guitar work from Junior Watson and James Thornbury drives these songs right along. There's a nice, organic feel to many of the tracks, with minimal production on some providing a welcome rough touch. There's a fine remake of "Bull Frog Blues" aboard, but tracks like "Hucklebuck," "(So Fine) Betty Jean," "I Love to Rock and Roll," and "Mercury Blues" are the big tickets here. One of the group's best latter-day albums.

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