Canned Heat emerged from a "community" of Blues Enthusiasts that would meet in Bob Hite's house in Topanga Canyon near Los Angeles. Hite traded discs from an early age, so Music enthusiasts would meet there all the time, this intense musical activity ended with the obvious creation of a Band, in this case a Jug Band. The Band changed Line-ups pretty quickly, people came and went just like that, until finally with Henry Vestine (expelled from The Mothers Of Invention for excessive Drug use) and Frank Cook establishing the first steady Line-Up, with the other former Members, Bob Hite, Alan Wilson and Stu Brotman. 1966 saw their first recording, which ended up not being released until the 70's, and quickly after that Brotman quit (he would later go on the play with Kaleidoscope). Larry Tailor was the Bassist chosen to replace him and in 1967 they recorded their first released Album (Already posted on this Blog). On the end of the year they were arrested by the FBI for Drug Related crimes, which ended up with Frank Cook being replaced with Fito de la Parra, and forming the Classic Line-Up. In 1968 they released 2 Albums, Boogie With Canned Heat and Living The Blues, which was one of the first Double-Albums to get a very good spot on the Charts.
Best Tracks - "Pony Blues", "My Mistake", "Going Up The Country", "One Kind Favor", "Parthenogenesis", "Refried Boogie". This one is a much better Album and shows an evolution from their Debut. Much more Rock Oriented and with some fantastic Guitar licks. This is one is quite long, lasting for almost an hour and a half, but it is definitively a worthy and more than enriching experience.
- Alan Wilson – Slide Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica.
- Henry Vestine– Lead Guitar.
- Larry Taylor – Bass.
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