1968 Canned Heat – Living The Blues

Living The Blues is the third album by Canned Heat, a double album released in late 1968. It was one of the first double albums to place well on album charts. It features Canned Heat’s signature song, “Going Up the Country”, which would later be used in the Woodstock film. John Mayall appears on piano on “Walking by Myself” and “Bear Wires”. Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) appears on “Boogie Music”. The 20-minute trippy suite “Parthenogenesis” is dwarfed by the album-length “Refried Boogie”, recorded live.


1  Pony Blues (Charlie Patton) 03:52
2  My Mistake (Alan Wilson) 03:26
3  Sandy’s Blues (Bob Hite) 06:50
4  Going Up The Country (Alan Wilson) 02:53
5  Walking By Myself (Jimmy Rogers) 02:33
6  Boogie Music (LT Tatman III) 03:24
7  One Kind Favor (Lemon Jefferson) 04:49
8  Parthenogenesis (Canned Heat) 19:59
9  Refried Boogie (Part 1) (Canned Heat) 20:16
10  Refried Boogie (Part 2) (Canned Heat) 21:07



BassLarry Taylor
DrumsAdolfo De La Parra
GuitarHenry Vestine
Slide GuitarAlan Wilson
HarpAlan Wilson
HarmonicaAlan Wilson
VocalsAlan Wilson
VocalsBob Hite

Other Musicians

3 Sandy’s Blues

PianoJoe Sample

4 Going Up The Country

FluteJim Horn

6 Boogie Music

GuitarCharley Patton
PianoMac Rebennack
ViolinHenry Sims

8 Parthenogenesis

GuitarJohn Fahey
PianoMac Rebennack

Liner Notes

Producer – Canned Heat, Skip Taylor
Arranged By, Adapted By – Canned Heat (Track 1)
Arranged By, Adapted By – L. T. Tatman III (Track 7)
Arranged By (Horns) – Miles Grayson (Track 3)
Arranged By (Horns) – Mac Rebennack
Engineer – Richard Moore
Engineer (Assistant) – Ivan Fisher

Art Direction – Woody Woodward
Graphics – Jima Abbott
Photography By – Peter Bernuth

Copyright (c) – Liberty Records, Inc.
Published By – Metric Music Co.
Recorded At – I.D. Sound
Recorded At – The Kaleidoscope, Hollywood
Pressed By – Research Craft