Human Condition Revisited: I Used to Be Mad But
This 1978 release is significant for being the last complete studio album featuring Bob "The Bear" Hite who died - aged just 36 - of a heart attack on April 6, 1981 after a gig at the Palamino in North Hollywood. At that point the band was midway through recording the KINGS OF THE BOOGIE album for the Destiny Label. HUMAN CONDITION was recorded during 1977 and is complex in form with frequent gear changes - from blues to jazz-blues and back - but at it's base is that updated John Lee Hooker 'Boogie Chiller' riff that was Canned Heat's trademark from the early days around 1967 onward. This collection also includes I USED TO BE HALF MAD BUT NOW I'M HALF CRAZY, which was recorded at the end of the 1981 tour and features rock'n'roll and soul covers, blues originals and new approaches to Heat's hits.