Canned Heat - Living The Blues (Doppel CD)




Doppel CD



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Original release 1968
Reissue Akarma Records 1999/2011
8-page digipak double CD
sealed !

Living the Blues is a 1968 double album by Canned Heat. It was one of the first double albums to place well on album charts. It features Canned Heat's signature song, Going Up the Country, which would later be used in the Woodstock film. John Mayall appears on piano on Walking by Myself and Bear Wires. Dr. John appears on Boogie Music. The 20-minute trippy suite Parthenogenesis is dwarfed by the album-length Refried Boogie, recorded live.


A1 Pony Blues 3:47
A2 My Mistake 3:21
A3 Sandy's Blues 6:45
A4 Going Up the Country 2:51
A5 Walking by Myself 2:38
A6 Boogie Music 3:13

B1 One Kind Favor 4:44
B2 Parthenogenesis 19:54
i. Nebulosity
ii. Rollin' and Tumblin'
iii. Five Owls
iv. Bear Wires
v. Snooky Flowers
vi. Sunflower Power (RMS IS truth)
vii. Raga Kafi
viii. Icebag
ix. Childhood's End

C Refried Boogie - Part I 20:10

D Refried Boogie - Part II 20:50

Produced by Canned Heat and Skip Taylor

CD 1 recorded at I.D. Sound Recorders, Hollywood , California
CD 2 recorded 100% live at the Kaleidoscope. Hollywood, California

All Music Guide Review:
Some have dismissed Canned Heat's third album Living the Blues (1968), primarily owing to the nearly three-quarter-hour long Refried Boogie jam that inhabits the second half of the effort. However, that did not stop it from scoring in the Top 20, which was not bad for a double LP. One obvious reason for its accomplishments is that the remainder of the title continues in the same solid vein as their previous LP, Boogie With Canned Heat (1968), issued merely a few months earlier. The quintet of Alan Blind Owl Wilson (guitar/vocals), Larry The Mole Taylor (bass), Henry Sunflower Vestine (guitar), Aldolfo Fido Dela Parra (drums), and Bob The Bear Hite (vocals) return with the same aggressive blend of amplified rock with rhythm and blues. They also churn out some impressive self-penned tunes, as well as unique derivations of tunes, such as their interpretation of Charley Patton's Pony Blues. Immediately the inspired interplay between Wilson and Vestine proves as successful a combination here as it had on the band's prior outings. The organic and lighter Goin' Up the Country became the Heat's second major single, and is arguably best-remembered for its prominence in the film Woodstock (1970) and its subsequent triple-LP soundtrack. Expanding beyond their own formidable instrumental prowess, British blues guitarist John Mayall sits in -- on piano no less -- for a short yet effective rendition of Jimmie Rodgers' Walking by Myself. Augmenting the combo on the original Boogie Music is another rising ivory-tickler known to many as the Gris-gris man, and still to others as Mac Rebennack. However, it's Dr. John under which the Creole-based pianist garnered the most attention. One Kind Favor [aka See That My Grave Is Kept Clean] is another standard that is given a decidedly modern workout. The sidelong, nine-movement epic Parthenogenesis is an experimental suite that allows each band member copious room to move. Among the more interesting sections include the respective sonic trademark of guitarist John Fahey, who backs up Wilson's Jew's harp twangfest on Nebulosity, as well as the return of Mayall on Bear Wires, the latter being a sly play on the title of Mayall's concurrent platter, Bare Wires (1968). ~ Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide