Music Review

Uncanned! The Best of Canned Heat (1994)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Lead Performance: Canned Heat; Genre: Reissues

The two-CD set, Uncanned! The Best of Canned Heat, crammed with outtakes, unreleased cuts, and curiosities (a 1968 Levi's ad), is a fairly comprehensive history of the '60s-'70s band that tried to make blues safe for white people. Unfortunately, Heat's best moments — hits like ''Going Up the Country'' and ''On the Road Again,'' choice blues covers, and collaborations with John Lee Hooker and Little Richard — are merely islands scattered across a sea of aimless boogie. C

Originally posted Jun 24, 1994 Published in issue #228-229 Jun 24, 1994 Order article reprints
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