Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Rollin' And Tumblin' With Canned Heat And Cream

Enjoy two outstanding live performances of the blues standard "Rollin' and Tumblin,' " separated by almost four decades. First, Canned Heat at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, distinguished by Bob "The Bear" Hite's vocals, Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson's slide guitar and Larry "The Mole" Taylor's bass:

Now let's jump ahead 38 years to the reunion concert of Cream, rock's most influential power trio, in 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Jack Bruce took a break from the bass to show that his vocals and harmonica were as powerful as ever. He was backed up by band mates Eric Clapton on slide guitar and Ginger Baker on drums:


mjmand said...

It's funny. The one constant with the band, Canned Heat over their very troubled history, much of it filled with self-inflicted injuries, has been drummer, Fito de la Parra. Ironically, I believe the clip you showed had original drummer, Frank Cook behind the pads. (Frank went on to be the drummer for Pacific Gas & Electric.) As for Cream: Do these guys really like each other?

Jeff Tone said...

Regarding your last question, Baker once pulled a knife on Bruce and Bruce once threw a guitar at Baker's head. The two had fistfights:

I doubt, though, that they'd behave like this now.