Canned Heat

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Canned Heat is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965. The group has been noted for its interpretations of blues material and for its efforts to promote interest in this type of music and its original artists. It was launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, who took the name from Tommy Johnson's 1928 "Canned Heat Blues", a song about an alcoholic who had desperately turned to drinking Sterno, generically called "canned heat" (from the original 1914 product name Sterno Canned Heat), After appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals at the end of the 1960s, the band acquired worldwide fame with a lineup consisting of Hite (vocals), Wilson (guitar, harmonica and vocals), Henry Vestine and later Harvey Mandel (lead guitar), Larry Taylor (bass), and Adolfo de la Parra (drums).

The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era. Canned Heat appeared at most major musical events at the end of the 1960s, performing blues standards along with their own material and occasionally indulging in lengthy 'psychedelic' solos. Two of their songs – "Going Up the Country" and "On the Road Again" – became international hits. "Going Up the Country" was a remake of the Henry Thomas song "Bull Doze Blues", recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1927. "On the Road Again" was a cover version of the 1953 Floyd Jones song of the same name, which is reportedly based on the Tommy Johnson song "Big Road Blues", recorded in 1928.

Since the early 1970s, numerous personnel changes have occurred, although the current lineup includes all three surviving members of the classic lineup: de la Parra (who has remained in the band since first joining in 1967), Mandel, and Taylor. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, de la Parra was the only member from the band's 1960s lineup. He wrote a book about the band's career, titled Living the Blues. Larry Taylor, whose presence in the band has not been steady, is the other surviving member from the earliest lineups. Mandel, Walter Trout and Junior Watson are among the guitarists who gained fame for playing in later editions of the band.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Memphis Heat Memphis Slim 3
1989 The Healer John Lee Hooker 4 11
1997 Woodstock Various Artists 1
1999 The Summer of Peace, Love & Music Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2000 Cruisin' 2 Highway Hits Various Artists 1
2000 The Woodstock Generation - Out of Time Various Artists 1
2001 Forever Gold: Great Blues Masters Various Artists 1
2003 Bring On the Blues Corey Stevens 1
2004 I Love Music Various Artists 1
2005 Complete Sixties Various Artists 1
2006 40th Anniversary Australia’s Tour of Duty: Vietnam War 1966–1972 Various Artists 1
2007 An All-Star Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd Various Artists 1
2007 L'essentiel POP ROCK Various Artists 1
2009 Music for the Road, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Classic Rock 40 Top Hits Various Artists 1
Sunshine Sounds Inspired by the West Coast Various Artists 1
The Sixties Collection Volume 2 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 KFRC 610 Solid Gold Various Artists 1
1975 Pure Rock 1970 Various Artists 2
1984 Remember The 60's (Volume 6) Various Artists 1
1987 Classic Rock: 1968 Various Artists 2
1987 Freedom Rock Various Artists 1
1987 stereoplay, CD 25: Yesterday's Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1970: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 98 Rock WIYY Classics 2 Various Artists 1
1988 Back on the Road Various Artists 3
1988 Black & White - The Little Red Rooster Various Artists 1
1988 Hifi Visionen: Oldie-CD 12 Various Artists 1
1988 Q-FM-96 Classics, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1989 25 Jaar Popmuziek: 1967/1968 Various Artists 1
1989 1969: The Beat Goes On Various Artists 1
1989 Compact Jazz: Best of Blues Various Artists 1
1989 Flower Power Various Artists 5 1
1989 Media’s affenstarke Oldtimer II Various Artists 3
1989 Monterey Pop ’67 Various Artists 1
1989 Our Generation: Hits From the Sixties Various Artists 1
1989 The Golden Age of Underground Radio Various Artists 1
1990 Hit History, Volume 14: 1968 Various Artists 1
1990 Back in Time... The Sound of the Seventies Various Artists 1
1990 Bubble Gum Party 2 Various Artists 1
1990 De Pre Historie 1968, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 Flower Power Hits of the 60's Various Artists 2
1990 Guitar Rock Various Artists 1
1990 Hifi Visionen: Oldie-CD 20 Various Artists 1
1990 Killer Chameleons!!! Wicked Vicious Vinyl 1990 Various Artists 1
1990 Milestones: 20 Rock Operas Various Artists 1
1990 Rock Generation Various Artists 1
1990 Sounds of the Seventies: 1970, Take Two Various Artists 2
1990 The Psychedelic Years 1966-1969 Various Artists 3
1991 70’s Greatest Rock Hits, Volume 10: Hitchin’ a Ride Various Artists 1
1991 All Time Rock Classics Various Artists 1
1991 Back to Blues, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Blue Yule Various Artists 1
1991 Flower Power, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
1991 Flower Power, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Hifi Visionen: Oldie-CD 21 Various Artists 1
1991 Pop Giganten: Hits der 60er Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Legendary Rock Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Rock USA Various Artists 1
1991 The Spirit of the 60s: 1968: The Beat Goes On Various Artists 1
1992 Bescherung à la carte Various Artists 1
1992 16 All-Time Rock Hits 6 Various Artists 1
1992 Back to the 70’s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Ich zahl' nicht mehr! Rock & Wave Various Artists 1
1992 Le disque du routard Various Artists 1
1992 Legends of Christmas Past: A Rock n' R&B Holiday Collection Various Artists 1
1992 Magical History Tour 2: Born to Be Wild Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Favourites Various Artists 1
1992 The Best of Tour of Duty Various Artists 1
1992 The Flashback of the 70's Various Artists 3
1992 The Rock Box Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock Collection: Raised on Rock Various Artists 1
1992 The Spirit of the 60s: 1969: The Hits Don't Stop Various Artists 1
1993 Blues Masters, Volume 7: Blues Revival Various Artists 1
1993 The Blues Experience Various Artists 2
1993 Blues Masters, Volume 15: Slide Guitar Classics Various Artists 1
1993 Baby Boomer Classics: Rockin Sixties Various Artists 1
1993 Beat-Club: Das Original, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Boom Boom and Other Songs From the TV Commercials Various Artists 1
1993 Hol dir den Beat zurück, Vol. I Various Artists 1
1993 Levi’s Hits 3 Various Artists 5 1
1993 Masterpieces of Rock Various Artists 2
1993 Oh Happy Day! Various Artists 1
1993 Radio Saigon Various Artists 1
1993 The Sound of California Various Artists 2
1994 Billboard Rock 'N' Roll Christmas Various Artists 1
1994 Harley-Davidson Road Songs Various Artists 3
1994 70's: The Rare Cuts Various Artists 1
1994 Children of the Revolution Various Artists 1
1994 Class Reunion ’69: Greatest Hits of 1969 Various Artists 1
1994 Dirty Rock One Various Artists 1
1994 Flower Power Various Artists 1
1994 Flower Power, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1994 Guitar Rock: The Early '70s Various Artists 1
1994 Guitar Rock: The Late '60s Various Artists 1
1994 Originals 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Various Artists 1
1994 Route 66, Volume II Various Artists 1
1994 The 70's: 1970 Various Artists 1
1994 The Chart Show Ultimate Blues Various Artists 1

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