V.A. ‘WOODSTOCK NATION’ (a WCF original, # 738) + Canned Heat ‘THE REAL FUTURE BLUES ALBUM’

A. The original version, ca. 1971:

Woodstock Nation 2

Woodstock Nation 1

 

It’s almost shocking how much information there is on the back insert compared to the usual WCF modus operandi of “you got the song titles, what more do you want?”. There is just one issue here, while the title alludes to this possibly being a recording from Woodstock, it certainly fooled HOTWACKS, this is from a different festival recorded nine months later and I have a strong feeling that the producers knew this.

Source: Kickapoo Creek Rock Festival, May 30, 1970, in Heyworth, IL

Despite the title and all the confusion it has caused, this LP was actually recorded the following year at the Kickapoo Creek Festival. There was an interview with the bootlegger available online a while ago. I haven’t been able to find it recently. In it he states that 37 reels were recorded from the soundboard, and that most or all of the reels were stolen. He did state that the album was produced in somewhere between 500 and 2000 copies, many of which did not come out. The remainder of the Canned Heat session was put out in Amsterdam under the title The Real Future Blues. A photo of that original is also attached. Of interesting note is that all known copies of Ted Nugent listed as being from Woodstock are just copies of this album. He never performed at Woodstock.” (thanks to Doinker for the images & background info)

Kick a Poo Creek 1

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B. The first Reissue

WN Atlasta RE I aWN Atlasta RE I b

“BANANAZ are BLACK.” is this an insider joke or a reference to the yellow PVC version of this release shown here (NR-1202)?

WN Atlasta RE II aWN Atlasta RE II b

WN Atlasta RE II b1WN Atlasta RE II b2

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The Canned Heat tapes pressed onto vinyl – if you have any further detail regarding this release, please leave a comment:

Canned Heat FBA

LP with blank white labels, matrix: SD 8476 / 8477

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Plus the gold/yellow wax copy NR-1195:

Canned Heat TRFBACanned Heat TRFBA b

Better quality images needed.

Just one performance on side 2: A 16:30 minute version of “So Sad”.

A total of five Canned Heat songs are available spread across both releases.

 

14 comments
  1. j said:

    sjew……everytime the author of this blog suprises me more and more…..

  2. Erik T said:

    I have the Canned Heat lp on this label. I thought it was original material, and the European version on gold wax came later?
    It’s a crackly lp of a good soundboard recording. Starts up with Bob Hite talking before Reefer Blues, which may be the same one on the official double cd “Boogie House Tapes.”
    Short lp as well if I recall. My turntable recently died, it was more than 35 years old I think – about twenty when it was given to me about 15 years ago. So I haven’t been playing records for at least a month.
    I hadn’t thought of this as a WCF production. Did they actually waste everyone’s time and release the upcoming “Cha Na Na” bootleg promised on the front cover?

    • WCF never released the Canned Heat tapes nor a “Cha Na Na” bootleg.
      Are you sure the gold/yellow wax version is European?
      What I researched points to the order I show above for the Woodstock Nation compilation.

  3. YesDays said:

    Very interesting post, about an interesting release (with interesting history involving the Festival itself and it’s “promoter”). I truly wonder if NR-1202 on colored vinyl, with it’s unique cartoon caricature labels was the original (…..if it’s G O L D it’s the real Bananaz….), and WCF copied it (…. if it’s “BLACK” it’s the real Bananaz….) with it’s characteristic “Bananaz” typographic label. Or was it the other way ‘round, and NR-1202 on colored vinyl copied WCF? This would make some sense about the “gold” and “black” assertions on the insert covers. The cartoon character label seems too radical a departure by WCF and their modus operandi. These 2 seem like the work of different outfits. Did WCF ever again produce anything with such unique labels?

    • YesDays, I believe that only the first release shown with ‘738’ on the label was made by WCF. I’m pretty much in the dark about the others and have used the order stated on discogs.

  4. YesDays said:

    Regarding the Canned Heat LP cover image, that looks like a sundial to me …whatever meaning that was intended to have, in context of the album and material.

    • Thank you, that makes a lot more sense than my slightly psychedelic interpretation.

  5. bmankin said:

    It is surprising that no one has yet mentioned that the crowd photo on the album cover is not from the Kickapoo Creek festival.

  6. arno said:

    WESN FM from Illinois broadcast an hour of this great material last year and uploaded it, along with some photos and info, on their web page:
    https://www.downstatesounds.com/2019/06/wesn-show-27-jun-27-2019.html
    The show includes side one of the “Woodstock Nation” LP (with some edits) and the Canned Heat LP.

    Probably most interesting here is a photo of the bootlegger Ron Lipe (and his son), as he is actually recording footage at the festival!
    It’s the only picture I’ve seen of a bootlegger in the very act of making a bootleg recording… I thought you might want to include this photo (and the corresponding text) here.

    The text goes:

    “Ron Lipe (aka Prince Knight), a disc jockey on St. Louis’ KSHE, had a makeshift recording studio set up in the back of a pickup truck that he backed up to the soundboard. Legend has it that he recorded 30-40 reels of tape over the course of the weekend. As the story goes, most of the tapes were stolen. However, a handful of the recordings were pressed onto vinyl by Lipe as bootlegs.”

    Another note:

    I recently got a first pressing of the “Woodstock Nation” LP, and interestingly, both sides are faded out early compared to the re-pressings, although the sleeve lists all tracks – side one is missing the last 6 minutes (faded 4 ½ minutes before the Paul Butterfield track reaches the end!), side two is faded out after “Teen Angel”. Also, the LP appears to be in mono. Thus later pressings must have been newly mastered from Lipe’s tapes, which would mean he was probably also involved in at least one of the re-pressings.

    Despite the boasting about vinyl quality on the sleeve, the overall pressing quality is pretty awful (noisy, with lots of dents & bubbles), and the grooves are sort of wide-spaced and reach quite close to the label. I’m assuming the cutting engineer didn’t mind too much doing a sloppy job, and might just have faded out the volume before the end of the master tape as the cutting stylus approached the end of the disc.

    • Erik T said:

      Thanks for these updated remarks..!

  7. Rick Willard said:

    The first pressing of the Future Blues album was full color, but a very limited run.The gold vinyl pressing is the original. Ron Lipe was one of my closest friends. After his death, I visited his ex-wife in Mississippi, and found she had several cases of both albums in the basement. She gave me a case of each, which I gave away to friends. they’re probably still down there, but I don’t know for sure.

  8. arno said:

    Thanks Rick, that’s very exciting. But by “The gold vinyl pressing is the original” – are you saying there are gold vinyl copies in a full color cover? To my knowledge, there is only what I believed to be the first pressing (full color cover, black vinyl with plain white labels), and the re-press (b&w slick, band members’ faces added to the sundial, gold vinyl with purple printed labels).
    Am I mistaken on this one?

    The Woodstock Nation LP is a different story.
    Do you recall which of the above mentioned pressings of either album were in those boxes? I’m still a little puzzled as to whether Ron had all of the above mentioned re-pressings commissioned himself…

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