'Canned Heat - Live At Montreux 1973: SE'
(Canned Heat / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2007 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: Canned Heat were one of the hardest living and hardest working bands of the late sixties and through the seventies. Led by the inimitable Bob "The Bear" Hite, a huge man with a personality to match, they established themselves as one of the greatest white blues bands of all time.
DVD Verdict: What a wonderful, wonderful (and for us fans, highly thoughtful) package those lovely people at Eagle Eye Media have now come up with! Indeed, and for the first time this DVD tells the full unexpurgated story from the surviving band members and management. The second disc contains their 1973 concert performance from the Montreux Jazz Festival. Originally released in September 2006 as a single disc, this concert also features a guest appearance from Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown on several tracks! Sure people will tell you that this concert was recorded past their peak years, of which their point would be valid, but the nostalgic value to these DVDs is still so incredible. Sadly Bob "The Bear" Hite only sings on four songs out of the ten here. And - for my money - the Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown songs are not that good as he seems to have a big ego and every time the band starts to kick in and jam around him he quiets them down so he can do some lame "trick" playing on guitar or harmonica that to me just comes across as silly and boring!!! But the two songs sung by James Shane are more than OK blues numbers, but are in truth mostly showcase songs for his singing and playing and not band songs. The bottom line though is if you love Canned Heat then it is more than interesting to see "The Bear" and guys from this era of the band. I just honestly wish I could report that it was a better show. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and does not come with any Special Features.