Living the Blues

Living the Blues
Studio album by Canned Heat
Released November 1, 1968
Recorded August-October 1968 at I.D. Sound Studios and "live" at The Kaleidoscope, Hollywood, California
Genre Blues, psychedelic blues
Length 88:03
Label Liberty
Producer Skip Taylor
Canned Heat chronology
Boogie with Canned Heat
Living the Blues
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone(neutral)[2]

Living the Blues is the third album by Canned Heat, a double album released in 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 appears on "Boogie Music". The 20-minute trippy suite "Parthenogenesis" is dwarfed by the album-length "Refried Boogie", recorded live.

Track listing

Side One

  1. "Pony Blues" (Charlie Patton) – 3:48
  2. "My Mistake" (Alan Wilson) – 3:22
  3. "Sandy's Blues" (Bob Hite) – 6:46
  4. "Going Up the Country" (Wilson) – 2:50
  5. "Walking by Myself" (Jimmy Rogers) – 2:29
  6. "Boogie Music" (L.T. Tatman III) – 3:00
  • "Tell Me Man Blues" (1929 recording by Henry Sims) – 0:15

Side Two

  1. "One Kind Favor" (Lemon Jefferson) – 4:44
  2. "Parthenogenesis" (Canned Heat) – 19:57
  • I Nebulosity
  • II Rollin' and Tumblin'
  • III Five Owls
  • IV Bear Wires
  • V Snooky Flowers
  • VI Sunflower Power (RMS Is Truth)
  • VII Raga Kafi
  • VIII Icebag
  • IX Childhood's End

Side Three

  1. "Refried Boogie (Part I)" (Canned Heat) (Recorded Live) – 20:10

Side Four

  1. "Refried Boogie (Part II)" (Canned Heat) (Recorded Live) – 20:50


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Additional Personnel


  1. Planer, Lindsay. Living the Blues at AllMusic
  2. Burks, John (December 7, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
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