CANNED HEAT - ASH GROVE, LOS ANGELES 1967

December 12, 2018 – 7:05 am

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CANNED HEAT
Los Angeles 1967 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Ash Grove, 8162 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA; January 13, 1967. Fairly to very good mono soundboard (uncirculated Alan Wilson reels Mk2 remaster with NO EQ).

Thanks to kneesfudd for sharing the show at Dime.

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Right fine SBD for the era but some vocal mike distortion.
WARTS: Repaired dullspots and dropouts but surely missed a few. Vocal mikes were too hot and probably not that great quality and sometimes a bit distorted, but painstakingly repaired it where possible. Tape splices between #03 (so tracked separately), 09&10, 15&16 (set change), 17&18, #20(?) in talk . #17 cuts after 6&1/2mins. #29 cuts after 1min. #35 cuts after 70secs.
The same Mark Andes on bass who was a founding member of Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne & Firefall.
Frank Cook was also the drummer & manager for early Pacific Gas & Electric (from 1967-1970).
Barry Hanson is apparently Canned Heat’s manager at this time (pre-Dr Demento era while living w/Spirit in Topanga Canyon).

Feels like i’ve been working on this one forever after returning to it again and again. The notes and comparisons were brutal, but lessening or repairing each bit of microphone distortion was really insane. Great music overall, gives one an intimate look at the band before the big time.

Knees

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Lineage:
SBD > unknown mono reel-to-reel recorder > master tapes > unknown (probably only reel) generations > Alan Wilson’s reels
Remastering 2016/2017: wavs > Audacity [channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, speed/pitch seemed OK on average & left alone, NO equalisation (except on split second microphone overloads), NO noise reduction] > CD Wave (track splits) > flacs (Trader’s Little Helper)

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Disc 1 (First Set)
Track 101. Introduction 0:26
Track 102. Help Me 6:25
Track 103. talk 0:07
Track 104. talk 0:47
Track 105. Catfish Blues 6:44
Track 106. talk 1:19
Track 107. Bullfrog Blues 4:07
Track 108. talk 1:01
Track 109. Five Long Years 6:36
Track 110. talk 0:11
Track 111. 300 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy 4:45
Track 112. talk 0:56
Track 113. Pet Cream Man 6:25
Track 114. talk 1:07
Track 115. Can’t Hold Out 4:12
45 mins

Disc 2 (Second Set)
Track 201. Promoter Intro 0:21
Track 202. Blues With A Feeling 7:02
Track 203. talk 0:57
Track 204. Blues In E (?) 11:51
Track 205. talk 1:24
Track 206. Big Road Blues 2:51
Track 207. talk 0:54
Track 208. There Is Something On Your Mind 9:12
Track 209. talk 0:48
Track 210. Dust My Broom 4:39
40 mins

Lineup:
Robert Ernest Hite aka Bob “The Bear” Hite - harmonica, vocals
Alan Christie “Blind Owl” Wilson - electric guitar, harmonica, vocals
Henry Charles “The Sunflower” Vestine - electric guitar
Mark Andes - electric bass
Frank Cook - drums,
vocals (#15)

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  1. 4 Responses to “CANNED HEAT - ASH GROVE, LOS ANGELES 1967”

  2. Rumor has it This was a band of big uns

    By U L E on Dec 12, 2018

  3. This appears to be a different show than this one
    http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=4019
    Louder too.
    Thanks BigO

    By sking on Dec 12, 2018

  4. Still love the cover. Everyone is looking up at something except for Jack.

    Jack doesn’t know shit.

    By sking on Dec 12, 2018

  5. Great! Vintage ! What’s Frank doing there? He’s recruiting people for some Freak Out album songs.

    By Richard Galuppo on Dec 13, 2018

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