CANNED HEAT – ” Canned Heat Blues Band ” and ” Living The Blues ” Record Store Day 2021 Releases

Posted: May 30, 2021 in MUSIC

For the first time ever on vinyl, a special limited edition Translucent Gold pressing of Canned Heat’s 1997 super rare Canned Heat Blues Band album. This album captures the historic boogie band in a true blues and country blues setting, and features the original band’s Fito de la Parra, Henry Vestine, Larry Taylor plus Junior Watson and Robert Lucas. Tried and true blue renditions from the pens of Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson, Alan Wilson of Canned Heat, plus newer originals from the band.

Tracklisting:

Side One 1-Stranger 2-Quiet Woman 3-Iron Horse 4-Jr’s Shuffle 5-Creole Queen 6-Keep It To Yourself Side Two 1- Boogie Music 2-Going Up The Country 3-See Those Tears 4-One Kind Favor 5-Oh Baby 6-Gorgo Boogie

The Legendary album from the band which is long out of print, and limited on the second-hand market.
Released in 1968, “Living The Blues” was one of the first double albums to place well on album charts. It featured Canned Heat’s signature song, “Going Up the Country”, which would later be heard in the Woodstock film. This deluxe package released as part of Record Store Day Drops will include an OBI strip on the gatefold album jacket with two pockets, featuring the original US printed inner sleeves, orginal record labels, and one yellow and one pink translucent LPs, originally Released November 1968.

The band who unleash another batch of strong originals and engaging overhauls of a few blues staples — including the solid cover of Charley Patton’s “Pony Blues” that commences the effort. Right out of the gate, the formidable team of Wilson and Vestine explore their musical passions with a focused drive that would significantly diminish in the years and on the records to follow. One of the primary factors in the package’s commercial success was their update of Henry Thomas’ “Going Down South,” which they turned into the breezy “Goin’ Up the Country.” The song not only became one of their biggest hits, it was also used in the Woodstock (1970) documentary and a live version — from the actual concert which was presented on the soundtrack.

Blues godfather 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.

 “One Kind Favour” (aka “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”) drives hard with Bob Hite belting out behind the ensemble’s propelling rhythms. Aside from the slightly indulgent “Refried Boogie,” Living The Blues (1968) stands as a testament to Canned Heat’s prowess as modernizers of the blues and recommended as one of the most cohesive works from this incarnation.

Tracklisting:

“Pony Blues” | “My Mistake” | “Sandy’s Blues” | “Going Up The Country” | “Walking By Myself” | “Boogie Music” | “One Kind Favor” | “Parthenogenesis” | “Refried Boogie (Part I)” | “Refried Boogie (Part II)”

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