A. The original version, ca. 1971:
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)
B. The first Reissue
“BANANAZ are BLACK.” is this an insider joke or a reference to the yellow PVC version of this release shown here (NR-1202)?
The Canned Heat tapes pressed onto vinyl – if you have any further detail regarding this release, please leave a comment:
LP with blank white labels, matrix: SD 8476 / 8477
Plus the gold/yellow wax copy NR-1195:
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.