Dr. Boogie presents Rarities from the Bob Hite Vaults

[Sub Rosa,]

  Canned Heat founder Bob Hite had one of the most radically extensive collections of 78 rpms. Over years, he would have many parties where he unwrapped newly found gems from his stacks of records.  Unfortunately, after Hite's death, his world-famous collection more or less vanished into thin air - partly sold and even plundered.  This album is meant to preserve very rare 78s and the music contained within their vinyl grooves.  Collection starts off on a high point with Pete Johnson's 1941 track "Death Ray Boogie".  One of the first piano legends, Johnson is fully in charge of his instrument as his boogie styling rocks the house.  Later on, we get pianist Googie Rene with his stupendously hopping "Wiggle Tail".  Etta James gives a heartfelt rendition of "Good Rocking Daddy", while Eddie Hope delivers a blues-soaked number with his "Lost Child".  Collection ends with six Elmore James A and B sides.  All date back to 1953 and all show why this guitar-god was regarded by many as the epitome of blues.  His songs breathe passion, fire and guts in hefty amounts. You can smell the sweat as he breaks into feisty, scorching solos.  For the preservation of music and to ensure these tracks will not be forgotten, you've got to buy this album. If only to pass it on to the next generation, this album rates a solid 10.  With more volumes already in the works, this is one journey you don't want to miss.  

Tom Sekowski

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