Canned Heat


From Los Angeles, California, USA.

Canned Heat I (1966 - 1968)
  • Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson - guitar/harmonica/vocals - b. July 4, 1943, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; d. September 3, 1970, Topanga, California, USA.
  • Bob "Bear" Hite - harmonica/vocals - b. February 26, 1945, Torrance, California, USA; d. April 5, 1981, Venice, California, USA.
  • Henry Vestine - guitar - b. December 24, 1944, Washington, D.C., USA; d. December 1997, Paris, France.
  • Larry Taylor - bass - b. Samuel Taylor, June 26, 1942, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
  • Frank Cook - drums
Album:
  1. "Canned Heat" (1967)

Canned Heat II (1968 - 1969)
  • Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson - guitar/harmonica/vocals
  • Bob "Bear" Hite - harmonica/vocals
  • Henry Vestine - guitar
  • Larry Taylor - bass
  • Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra - drums - b. February 8, 1946, Mexico City, Mexico.
Albums:
  1. "Boogie with Canned Heat" (1968) - Single: "On the Road Again"
  2. "Living the Blues" (1968) - Single: "Going Up the Country"

Canned Heat III (1969 - 1970)
  • Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson - guitar/harmonica/vocals
  • Bob "Bear" Hite - harmonica/vocals
  • Larry Taylor - bass
  • Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra - drums
  • Harvey Mandel - guitar - b. March 11, 1945, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Albums:
  1. "Hallelujah" (1969)
  2. "Vintage Heat" (1970)
  3. "Live in Europe" (1970)
  4. "Future Blues" (1970) - Single: "Let's Work Together"
  5. "Hooker 'n' Heat" (2-CDs) (1970) (with John Lee Hooker)
  6. "Best of Hooker 'n' Heat" (1971)
Larry Taylor and Harvey Mandel join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

Canned Heat IV (1970 - 1972)
  • Bob "Bear" Hite - harmonica/vocals
  • Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra - drums
  • Henry Vestine - guitar
  • Antonio de la Barreda - bass
  • Albums:
    1. "Live at the Topanga Corral" (1971)

    Canned Heat V (1972 - 1981)
    • Bob "Bear" Hite - harmonica/vocals
    • Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra - drums
    • Henry Vestine - guitar
    • Richard Hite - bass
    Albums:
    1. "Historical Figures and Ancient Heads" (1972)
    2. "New Age" (1973)
    3. "One More River to Cross" (1974)
    4. "Human Condition" (1978)
    5. "Hooker 'n' Heat Recorded Live at the Fox Venice Theatre" (1981)
    6. "King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents...Canned Heat" (live) (1995)

    Canned Heat VI (1981 - 1984)
    • Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra - drums
    • Walter Trout - guitar/vocals
    • Mike "The Mouth" Halbey - guitar/vocals
    • Paul "Ernie" Rodriguez - bass/vocals
    • Rick "Cherry Red" Kellogg - harmonica/vocals
    Album:
    1. "Live in OZ" (2001) - This Canned Heat CD, "Live in OZ: Featuring Walter Trout" (published by Mystic Records), was originally recorded as "Boogie Assault: Live In Australia" in 1981.  After the untimely death of vocalist and harp-player Bob Hite in April 1981, Canned Heat was reassembled for it's 1981 debut in Australia.  In addition to Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra (drums), the new lineup included Mike "The Mouth" Halbey (guitar/vocals), Paul "Ernie" Rodriguez (bass/vocals), Rick "Cherry Red" Kellogg (harmonica/vocals), and Walter Trout (lead guitar/vocals).  "Live in OZ" contains a good cross-section of Canned Heat material, including the singles "On The Road Again", "Goin' Up The Country", and "Let's Work Together".  Other songs included are "Amphetamine Annie", "Kings Of The Boogie", "Refried Hockey Boogie" (nearly 23 minutes long, and featuring solos from everyone, including Trout's homage to Australia's "Waltzing Matilda"), the bluesy "Hell's On Down The Line", "Chicken Shack Boogie", and the ultra-bluesy "So Long".  The entire band cooks in grand "Heat" fashion, and "Live in OZ" is a testament that this version of Canned Heat could boogie with the best of them...and it is inconceivable that Canned Heat could have found a better guitarist than Walter Trout, whose fiery lead guitar work throughout is simply stunning.  "Hats-off" to Mystic Records for making this classic 1981 Canned Heat concert available.

    Canned Heat VII (1984 - 1994)
    • Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra - drums
    • Henry Vestine - guitar
    • Richard Hite - bass
    • James Thornbury - guitar/harmonica/vocals
    Albums:
    1. "Reheated" (1990)
    2. "Burnin' Live" (1992)

    Canned Heat VIII (1994 - 1995)
    • Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra - drums
    • Henry Vestine - guitar
    • James Thornbury - guitar/harmonica/vocals
    • Harvey Mandel - guitar
    • Larry Taylor - bass
    • Junior Watson - guitar/vocals
    • Ron Shumake - bass/vocals
    Album:
    1. "Internal Combustion" (1994)

    Canned Heat IX (1995 - 1997)
    • Henry Vestine - guitar
    • Robert Lucas - vocals
    • Others...
    Album:
    1. "Gamblin' Woman" (1996)
    2. "Boogie Up the Country" (1998)
    3. "Canned Heat Blues Band" (1998)
    4. "The Masters" (1999)
    5. "Boogie 2000" (1999)

    Canned Heat X(1998 - ? )
    • Robert Lucas - vocals
    • Others...
    Album:
    1. "Gamblin' Woman" (1996)
    2. "Boogie Up the Country" (1998)
    3. "Canned Heat Blues Band" (1998)
    4. "The Masters" (1999)
    5. "Boogie 2000" (1999)

    Compilations:
    1. "The Canned Heat Cookbook / Best Of" (1970)
    2. "The Very Best of Canned Heat" (1975)
    3. "The Best of Canned Heat" (1987)
    4. "Uncanned (The Best of Canned Heat)" (2-CDs) (1994)
    5. "Best of Canned Heat - On the Road Again" (1997)
    6. "Very Best of the Blues Years" (2000)

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    Last Revised:  November 13, 2001
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