Catch fire with Canned Heat

Near the tail end of 1967, Canned Heat was a band in turmoil.

The euphoria over the earthy, outlaw boogie-blues band’s triumphant performance at the Monterey Pop Festival that June had faded along with the last dying embers of the Summer of Love.

The infamous Denver pot bust, allegedly staged by a Denver Police Department hell-bent on harassing everyone associated with the hippie ballroom the Family Dog, drained the band’s emotions and finances, even after the unexpected commercial success — it reached #76 on the Billboard chart — of its eponymous debut, released that July.

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