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Canned Heat

A hard-luck blues band of the '60s, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan Wilson and Bob Hite. They seemed to be on the right track and played all the right festivals (including Monterey and Woodstock, making it very prominently into the documentaries about both) but somehow never found a lasting audience.

Certainly their hearts were in the right place. Canned Heat's debut album -- released shortly after their appearance at Monterey -- was every bit as deep into the roots of the blues as any other combo of the time mining similar turf, with the exception of the original Paul Butterfield band. Hite was nicknamed "The Bear" and stalked the stage in the time-honored tradition of Howlin' Wolf and other large-proportioned bluesmen. Wilson was an extraordinary harmonica player, with a fat tone and great vibrato. His work on guitar, especially in open tunings (he played on Son House's rediscovery recordings of the mid-'60s, incidentally) gave the band a depth and texture that most other rhythm players could only aspire to. Henry Vestine -- another dyed-in-the-wool record collector -- was the West Coast's answer to Michael Bloomfield and capable of fretboard fireworks at a moment's notice.

Canned Heat's breakthrough moment occurred with the release of their second album, establishing them with hippie ballroom audiences as the "kings of the boogie." As a way of paying homage to the musician they got the idea from in the first place, they later collaborated on an album with John Lee Hooker that was one of the elder bluesman's most successful outings with a young white (or black, for that matter) combo backing him up. After two big chart hits with "Goin' Up the Country" and an explosive version of Wilbert Harrison's "Let's Work Together," Wilson died under mysterious (probably drug-related) circumstances in 1970, and Hite carried on with various reconstituted versions of the band until his death just before a show in 1981, from a heart seizure.

Still, the surviving members -- led by drummer Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra -- continued touring and recording, recruiting new vocalist Walter Trout; he was replaced in 1985 by James Thornbury, who fronted the band for the next decade. After Thornbury exited in 1995, Canned Heat tapped Robert Lucas to assume lead vocal duties; they soon recorded The Canned Heat Blues Band, which sadly was Vestine's last recording with the group -- he died in Paris in October 1997 in the wake of the band's recent tour. Boogie 2000 followed two years later. ~ Cub Koda & Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Very Best Of Canned Heat, Vol. 2

1. Cherokee Dance

2. Wait And See

3. I Love My Baby

4. John Lee Hooker Boogie

5. Drifting

6. Saturday Night Fish Fry

7. Oh Baby

8. Mercury Blues (Live)

9. Saturday Blues

10. Little Wheel (Hooker`n Heat)

11. Let's Work Together (Live)

12. I Used To Be Bad

13. The Hucklebuck

14. Keep It To Yourself

15. Younderswall (Live)

16. Hell's On Down The Road

17. Shake 'n Boogie(Live)

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Track List: The Very Best Of Canned Heat

1. On The Road Again

2. Going Up The Country

3. Amphetamine Annie

4. Rollin' And Tumblin' (Live)

5. Dust My Broom (Live)

6. Bullfrog Blues (Live)

7. Henry's Shuffle

8. Fried Hockey Boogie

9. Same All Over

10. Time Was

11. Low Down (And High Up)

12. Poor Moon

13. Let's Work Together

14. Future Blues

15. Human Condition

16. Whiskey And Wimmen (feat. John Lee Hooker)

17. Long Way From L.A.

18. Rockin' With The King (feat. Little Richard)

19. Rock And Roll Music

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Track List: Then & Now - 40 Years Of Boogie

Disc 1

1. Bullfrog Blues

2. Rollin' And Tumblin'

3. Going Up The Country

4. Amphetamine Annie

5. Time Was

6. Boogie Music

7. On The Road Again

8. Same All Over

9. Sic'Em Pigs

10. Fried Hockey Boogie

11. Let's Work Together

Disc 2

1. Same Old Games

2. Bad Trouble

3. Black Coffee

4. Getaway

5. It Don't Matter

6. Let's Work Together

7. 1, 2, 3 Here We Go Again

8. That Fat Cat

9. Home To You

10. Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

11. Little Wheel

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Track List: The Boogie House Tapes Vol.2

Disc 1

1. Struttin' That Stuff

2. Go To Utah

4. You Tease Me

5. Something's Gotta Go

6. Please Don't Bother Me

7. Get Off My Back

8. Saturday Blues

9. Blind Melon

10. Sloppy Drunk

11. Death Bed Blues

12. Sneakin' Around

13. Get On My Airplane

14. Wolfman's Blues

Disc 2

1. Red Headed Woman

2. 24 Hours

3. Turpentine Moan

4. Kidman Blues

5. Oh Baby

6. Jj Jump

7. Sunnyland

8. Built For Comfort

9. Looking For A Party

10. Dizzy Miss Lizzy

11. Worried Life Blues

13. Gamblin' Woman

14. Mambo Tango

15. Quiet Woman

16. Creole Queen

17. A Little Time With Me

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Track List: Canned Heat / Boogie With Canned Heat

1. Rollin' And Tumblin'

2. Bullfrog Blues

3. Evil Is Going On

4. Goin' Down Slow

5. Catfish Blues

6. Dust My Broom

7. Help Me

8. Big Road Blues

9. The Story Of My Life

10. The Road Song

11. Rich Woman

12. Evil Woman

13. My Crime

14. On The Road Again

15. World In A Jug

16. Turpentine Moan

17. Whiskey Headed Woman, No. 2

18. Amphetamine Annie

19. An Owl Song

20. Marie Laveau

21. Fried Hockey Boogie

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Track List: Live At The Turku Rock Festival Finland

1. Introduction (Live)

2. She Don't Want Me No More (Live)

3. Let's Work Together (Live)

4. On The Road Again (Live)

5. That's All Right (Live)

6. Hill Stomp (Live)

7. Long Way From L.A. (Live)

8. Watch Yourself (Live)

9. Canned Heat Boogie (Live)

10. Late Night Blues (Live)

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Track List: Future Blues (Dig. Rem.)

1. Sugar Bee

2. Shake It And Break It

4. My Time Ain't Long

6. Let's Work Together

7. London Blues

8. So Sad (The World's In A Tangle)

9. Future Blues

10. I'm Her Man

12. Let's Work Together

13. It's All Right

14. Human Condition

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Track List: Canned Heat Cookbook

1. Bullfrog Blues

2. Rollin' And Tumblin'

3. Going Up The Country

4. Amphetamine Annie

5. Time Was

6. Boogie Music

7. On The Road Again

8. Same All Over

9. Sic'Em Pigs

10. Fried Hockey Boogie

11. Let's Work Together

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Track List: Living The Blues

Disc 1

1. Pony Blues

2. My Mistake

3. Sandy's Blues

4. Going Up The Country

5. Walking By Myself

6. Boogie Music

7. One Kind Favor

8. Parthenogenesis

Disc 2

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Saw Canned Heat with Lighting Hopkins, about 1967, Santa Monica Civic, 3rd row.
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rmasters
Yep . . . Marie Laveau! That's damn good music!
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jazzato
Jmkmmmmmmkkm n mnm mknmmmmmkmm mom km y min mbmmmmmmmm mull nonnonmmnkmm m n k m
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More 2 come
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1 of the great band
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Breath of fresh air yes rock 'n' roll
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Under rated! Canned Heat, the Bear was a hit as their mascot, so to speak..but so much more! Burned out way too soon man! Loved 'em!
Great memories..
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paulmorenosi r : I was on to these guys early, just like you... Damn good stuff for white persons ;)
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Sweet
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One joint one shot twice canned heat out on patrol V.C. Can wait
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Last saw Canned Heat while at the Bull Island Fest w/ Al Ferreira - the largest gathering of musicians & hippies since Woodstock, located along the Ohio Riv. b/t IN & ILL in no man's land (neither state knew WTF had claim or control)...F o r g e t how long we stayed...sus p e c t about two days or so, as my Brother-in Law was watching me while my parents were in Hawaii.
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Canned heat so gawddammed underated. I was fortunate to see em ( the original group ) in SF back in 1970 at a show promoted by KSAN at golden gate park. Chambers bros, 13th floor elevators etc the heat weren't the headliners but they were surely the kings of boogie. Gawd that was a long time ago. Am I really still here after all this time ? One thing tho at least I can say I got that chance to witness that show. The elevators were f**kin excellent also......ga w d I'm old ! It was a good time
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Good bio--a lot of blues bands from the 60s (Siegel-Schw a l l ; Butterfield; Canned Heat) never seemed to make it big compared to British imitators. A good subject for some doctoral thesis.
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Lovin' me some canned lovin' today!!!
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Love me some Canned Heat!!
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Lead singer sounds like Kermit the Frog. Still love 'em
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rhg111
LETS WORK TOGETHER IS A MASTERPIECE.
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The record they did with John Lee Hooker - Hooker & Heat is well worth the price.
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vpalmer73
Of all the great blues bands of the late 60s, these guys are right up there with Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, and Paul Butterfield
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Man I just dig this group
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One of the most underrated bands from that era
Their blues rendition was incredible
Miss that music
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I luv me some Canned Heat, & it KILLS ME, when I think about missin them , when they weren't just in the same metro area, ... THEY WERE DOWN THE STREET ! & IN A SMALL BAR NO LESS !! Only God knows why I didn't make it..
all I can remember, is that my "Brand New Girlfriend". . . wasn't interested.. . y e t I still married that girl..."SOME PEOPLE R STRANGE" . . .
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They hooked me on the blues, a long time ago...
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Great band true to their blues
Too bad they weren't around for long and as most things only true rockers can appreciate them
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Underrated band- no doublt. The original band was nothing short of incredible. They all had previous experience in other bands, but they were tight musicially and could jam/stretch out with the best of them. Saw them in Chicago in the early 70's with John Mayall Bluesbreaker s .
cc_union@exc i t e . c o m
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...gonna jump in that water, stay drunk (almost) all the time.
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Heat in a can,how cool is that?
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Do yourself a favor and make a canned heat pandora station. Maybe my favorite station ....
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Saw them at the Waikiki Shell back in the mid 60's, along with Jimi Hendrix....a n d Janis too....
Wow, what a show.....
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jandrezzi
Saw them at the Fillmore East good times for roll
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House band in topanga canyon The corrals. Along with some others. Like. Eagles, O was a rat in topanga & twin ploes , more bands I'm drawing a blank Most everyone in dead and gone. Oh yea Little. Feat.
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I saw them in 1968 @ The Bank not sure what city it was in, but in was in SoCal !!!!!!!Great Concert!!
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Had the pleasure to see this Canned heat in the 70's. I think i was only 14. with Country Joe,Shanna,T h e Chamber Brothers and about 5 more bands.
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I love them ��
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michaelrocks 6 8
Wow, Kitty, Daisy and Luis covered this, I didn't realize this
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saw them at the Adelanto CA. blues fest on may 24th, they still KICK
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Rusty Cooley is better
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I don't know what else to say for some strange reason I just love this band and I just can't seem to explain why. Just love that San Fran Booggie wooggie I guess
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On The Road Again: EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT BAND. :-)
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I can chop some wood playing Canned heat cmon.....cmo n
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Whoops. They were playing with Holland K Smith, not Mike Morgan. In the words of The Bear, "You know what I've been smoking".
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Saw them at Texas Internationa l Pop Festival. This band ignited my 50+ year love affair with the blues. Had a chance to smoke one backstage with Fito when they played Caravan of Dreams in Ft Worth. Believe they had Mike Morgan playing with them that might.
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THE BEAR. SUNFLOWER. BLIND OWL. MOLE FITO. CANNED HEAT
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All the way. From south of the border we got old Fito
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Lawd have mercy on my wicked son..
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I've Got My Eyes On You
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While it was John Baldry who somehow got me to really explore the blues, I've always love Canned Heat. Going up the Country, On the Road Again, World in a Jug, so much good stuff. Can't beat it.
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outlawjosey6 4
Damn thems blues from them pioneers is too damn GOOD! !!
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