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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261205919
  • Catalog Number: 591
  • Sales rank: 36,088

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most underrated band of the 60s

    While I do not own the cd version of this album, I do own the vinyl and I must say this is the best Canned Heat album one can buy. The first side of this album contains their most noted hit, "Goin Up the Country" but the real gem lies in the second half with the uncut "Refried Boogie". You will not be disappointed in this album. Pure blues rock genius! And... Don't forget to boogie!!!!!

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