“Future Blues” by Canned Heat - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1970Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Into the 70s, and the band were in good shape, notching up another big hit with a classic take on Wilbert Harrison’s “Lets Work Together”. Elsewhere, Al Wilson’s own composition “My Time Ain’t Long” (albeit a variant on “Dust My Broom”) is another super highlight. Spookily, he’d be dead from a drug overdose just 4 weeks later, aged only 27. So sad. Al acquired the nickname “Blind Owl” owing to his extreme nearsightedness; in one instance when he was playing at a wedding, he laid his guitar on the wedding cake because he did not see it. As Canned Heat’s drummer, Fito de la Parra, wrote in his book: “Without the glasses, Alan literally could not recognize the people he played with at two feet, that’s how blind the ’Blind Owl’ was.” That made me laugh. As did Al’s “shooby doob doob bopping” on the track “Skat”. Man, that’s razzmattaz jazz! So long feller, I loved ya, you’re a legend…

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:39] 5.7.png Canned Heat - Sugar Bee (Eddie Shuler) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [02:35] 5.9.png Canned Heat - Shake It And Break It (Charley Patton) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A3 [04:19] 5.2.png Canned Heat - That’s All Right, Mama (Arthur Crudup) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A4 [03:49] 7.9.png Canned Heat - My Time Ain’t Long (Al Wilson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [02:44] 6.4.png Canned Heat - Skat (Al Wilson) Jazz
A6 [02:53] 9.4.png Canned Heat - Let’s Work Together (Wilbert Harrison) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [05:31] 7.2.png Canned Heat - London Blues (Al Wilson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B2 [07:57] 6.9.png Canned Heat - So Sad (The World’s In A Tangle) (Bob Hite, Alan Wilson, Larry Taylor, Adolfo de la Parra, Harvey Mandel) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:58] 5.3.png Canned Heat - Future Blues (Bob Hite, Alan Wilson, Larry Taylor, Adolfo de la Parra, Harvey Mandel) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

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