Boomkat Product Review:
Canned Heat's Bob Hite had a legendary collection of 78s in his archive, having began collecting when he worked in a record store, prior to being in the band. Since Hite's death, this treasure trove has been divided up - which is sad, but on the upside, some of those ancient recordings have been salvaged for the purposes of this 17 track LP. Dating between 1941 and 1958, these selections explore the hidden depths of American R&B, boogie woogie and blues, featuring formidable piano talents like Pete Johnson (whose 'Death Ray Boogie' sounds incredible - effortlessly virtuosic key work buried in deep, warm crackle), and great bluesmen like Clarence Brown and Otis Rush. Notably, much of the B-side is devoted to Elmore James, who's captured in electrifying form on these beautiful transfers. Excellent.