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Bear Traces: Nuggets from Bob's Barn

(Sub Rosa; US: 2 Aug 2011; UK: 3 Oct 2011)

Like a previous release in the “Dr. Boogie Presents” series, this disc compiles 78 records from the collection of Canned Heat founder and vocalist Bob Hite. Hite gathered an enormous set of records through the 1960s and saved much music that would otherwise be forgotten. The set chosen here hints at the sound that influenced Canned Heat in its early years, when the band had more of a boogie-influenced sound. Not all of the cuts here fit that mold, but nearly all of them are entertaining. Despite the appeal of the obscure artists gathered, Lightnin’ Hopkins provides the stand out performance with “Move on out Boogie”, a relatively early and crazed cut. The disc might honor Hite’s musical tastes, but it probably says as much about the ability of Dr. Boogie (or Walter De Paduwa) to pick out the gems.


Justin Cober-Lake lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, kids, and dog. His writing has appeared in a number of places, including Stylus, Paste, Chord, and Trouser Press. His work made its first appearance on CD with the release of Todd Goodman's first symphony, Fields of Crimson. He's recently co-founded the literary fly-fishing journal Rise Forms.

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