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Canned Heat

Canned Heat - Burnin' Live - 1990 - Aim Records (Australia)

Canned Heat, the legendary blues/boogie rock band are now 43 years in circulation. They have undergone many personnel changes, and deep sadness with the untimely deaths of members like Alan Wilson, Bob Hite, and Henry Vestine. Despite these great losses, Canned Heat have always managed to be "On The Road Again," even though Adolfo "Fito" De La Parra may be the only original band member playing with CH. The band have an extensive recorded output, but have always remained true to their great boogie and blues rock. Check out their Wikipedia bio @ WIKI/CH/BIO for a list of the great musicians they have played with. This album, "Burnin' Live" is a re-union live album from Australia, recorded in 1990, and showcases Canned Heat at their best. The album is of good sound quality with quite unusual live tracks, "Let's work together", "Gamblin' woman", "Hucklebuck", "Sunnyland", "Rollin' and tumblin", "Nitwit", "Gunstreet girl", "One way out", "J.J. Jump" and "Mercury blues." Buy the Band's classic 1968 "Boogie with Canned Heat " and Check out the great "Canned Heat, Featuring Walter Trout - Live In Oz" album @ CH&WTOZ


1. Let's Work Together
2. Gamblin' Woman
3. Hucklebuck
4. Sunnyland
5. Rollin' And Tumblin'
6. Nitwit
7. Gunstreet Girl
8. One Way Out
9. J.J Jump
10. Mercury Blues


Fito de la Parra - Drums
Larry Taylor - Bass, Vocals
James Thornbury - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Junior Watson - Guitar


Emerging in 1966, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson and Bob "The Bear" Hite. They gained international attention and secured their niche in the pages of rock 'n roll history with their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival (along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who) and the headlining slot at the original Woodstock Festival. Wilson was already renowned for his distinctive harmonica work when he accompanied veteran bluesman, Son House, on his rediscovery album, "Father of the Blues." Hite took the name Canned Heat from a 1928 recording by Tommy Johnson. They were joined by Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine, another ardent record collector capable of fretboard fireworks at a moment's notice who was a former member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Rounding out the band in 1967 were Larry "The Mole" Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician who had played with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Monkees and Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra on drums who had played in two of the biggest Latin American bands, Los Sinners and Los Hooligans and then with The Platters, The Shirelles, T-Bone Walker and Etta James. Canned Heat's unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie has earned them a loyal following and influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands during the past 35 years. Their Top-40 country-blues-rock songs, "On The Road Again," "Let's Work Together," and "Going Up The Country," became rock anthems throughout the world with the later being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock. Right from the start, Canned Heat has been at the forefront of popularizing blues music. Their second album, "Boogie With Canned Heat," included the worldwide hit "On The Road Again" and a twelve minute version of "Fried Hockey Boogie" that established them with hippie ballroom audiences as the "kings of the boogie!" Their third album, "Living The Blues," included a 19-minute tour de force, "Parthenogenesis" which displayed the quintet at their most experimental along with their incarnation of Henry Thomas' "Bulldozer Blues" where singer, Wilson, retained the tune of the original song, rewrote the lyric and came up with "Goin' Up The Country," whose simple message caught the "back-to-nature" attitude of the late '60s and went to #1 in 25 countries around the world. The band can boast of collaborations with John Mayall and Little Richard and later with blues icon, John Lee Hooker, the musician that they initially got much of their musical inspiration from in the first place. This union first produced the spirited and revered album, "Hooker 'n Heat" and then Hooker's 1990 Grammy Award-winning classic, "The Healer." The band is also credited with bringing a number of other forgotten bluesmen to the forefront of modern blues including Sunnyland Slim, who they found driving a taxi in Chicago, Skip James, who they found in a hospital in Tunica, Mississippi and took to the Newport Festival, Memphis Slim and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown with whom they recorded in France and Albert Collins. They brought Collins to California where they had their manager negotiate a recording agreement for Albert that started him on his way to becoming a well known musician throughout the world. On September 3rd, 1970, the band was shattered by the suicide of Alan Wilson. His death sparked reconstruction within the group and member changes continued throughout the next two decades. On April 5th, 1981, at the Palamino in Los Angeles, gargantuan vocalist, Bob Hite, collapsed and died of a heart attack and on October 20th, 1997, Henry Vestine died in Paris, France following the final gig of a European tour. Despite these untimely deaths and assorted musical trends, Canned Heat has survived under the leadership of Fito de la Parra since the late 70's. Since 1967, the band has toured extensively all over the world, performing at numerous festivals including Monterey Pop, Newport Pop, the Sturgis Motorcycle Run U.S.A., and the original Woodstock. They have performed at world-renowned venues such as Paris' Olympia, both Fillmore Auditoriums, The Kaleidoscope, Carnegie Hall (with John Lee Hooker), Madison Square Garden and even Royal Albert Hall and have played more biker festivals than any other band in the world. (from DAZ.com & www.freeddb.com/artists/Canned%20Heat.html


Rebecca Davis Winters said...

Thanks for remembering Canned Heat.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi! RDW. Canned heat will certainly be promoted on this blog, (not that a band of their stature need promoting). Thanks for comment, & keep your great CH blog going! Please keep in touch

Anonymous said...

link is dead, will you please re-post it, thanks

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Anonymous. Thanks for req. Try
Keep in touch!

Rebecca Davis said...

Hi again! I appreciate all the work you've put into your blog; thanks for continuing to feature all the great music you have posted here.

I'm not sure if you've any space for another Canned Heat feature, but if you're interested, I think you'd enjoy the Alan Wilson tribute website that has been put together by his family. It's at AlanWilsonCannedHeat.com and contains some great musicological essays, samples of Alan's own writing, rare pictures, videos, song downloads and more. I've been honored to make a few contributions myself, and am really excited to have a resource like this on the Internet.

And, of course, you can still get my Wilson bio through my website: http://BlindOwlBio.com.

Thanks again and don't forget to boogie! :)

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Rebecca. Thanks for the info. A lot of Canned Heat fans visit this blog, so anything related to the band will be of interest. TTU soon...P