Longtime blues fans know this band from the days of Bob "the Bear" Hite and Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson.

Longtime blues fans know this band from the days of Bob "the Bear" Hite and Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. The only remaining member from those days is drummer Fito de la Parra. The new lineup—Dallas Hodge, Stanley Behrens, Greg Kage, John Paulus, and Fito—is very credible, as is Friends in the Can. The jazzy blues "That Fat Cat," the hard-hitting "Bad Trouble" (with Roy Rogers on slide guitar), and the equally rockin' "Home to You" (with guitarist Walter Trout) attest to Canned Heat's blues solidarity. Check out the dramatic cover of "Never Get out of These Blues Alive," featuring John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal, and "Little Wheel," with Hooker, Henry Vestine, and Larry Taylor. Friends in the Can is Canned Heat deep in the blues, past and present.—PVV

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