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Monday, August 02, 2010

Canned Heat - Queens Hall, Edinburgh 31 July

This concert, part of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (yes, yet another Edinburgh Festival) was billed as part of the Woodstock Reunited tour. Of the four members of Canned Heat there are only two originals left, though some of the founders died way back in the 70s. Anyway, if you shut your eyes you'd never know, so perfectly have they recreated the band's original sound (and that despite their harmonica player's being one of the casualties).

There were always going to be two important things about this concert. (1) Are the band good live performers, not just going through the motions? (2) Will they do all the old hits? Answers repectively YES and DUH! They opened up with On The Road Again, I suppose to showcase how little their sound has changed. In among a whole bunch of blues standards and things I didn't recognise we also had Amphetamine Annie, Goin' Up The Country and Let's Work Together.

I'm not a hardcore Canned Heat fan but enjoy their kind of music, so this was always going to be a fun evening for me, with no high expectations to be punctured. But it was uncanny how little the sound has changed (indeed I had to Google when I got home to confirm the lineup changes).

Here are the boys in their prime:





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