Living the Blues [UK]

Living the Blues [UK]

by Canned HeatCanned Heat


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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).

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2003
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261205919
catalogNumber: 591
Rank: 14757

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Canned Heat   Primary Artist
Charley Patton   Guitar
John Mayall   Piano
Joe Sample   Piano
Fito Páez   Drums
Larry Taylor   Conga,Bass Guitar
Henry Vestine   Guitar
John Fahey   Guitar
Henry "Son" Sims   Violin
Adolfo de la Parra   Drums
Alan Wilson   Guitar,Harmonica,Jew's Harp
Owl   Guitar,Harp,Chromatic Harmonica,Jaw Harp
Sunflower   Guitar
Mole   Conga
Bob "The Bear" Hite   Vocals

Technical Credits

Canned Heat   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation,Audio Production
Bob Hite   Composer
Richard Moore   Engineer
Skip Taylor   Producer,Audio Production
Woody Woodward   Art Direction
Miles Grayson   Horn Arrangements
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Alan Wilson   Composer
Jima Abbott   Graphic Design
John Creaux   Horn Arrangements

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