Living the Blues

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Living the Blues
Living the Blues - Canned Heat.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 1968
RecordedAugust-October 1968 at I.D. Sound Studios and "live" at The Kaleidoscope, Hollywood, California
GenreBlues, psychedelic blues
ProducerSkip Taylor
Canned Heat chronology
Boogie with Canned Heat
Living the Blues
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(neutral)[2]

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 appears on "Boogie Music". The 20-minute trippy suite "Parthenogenesis" is dwarfed by the album-length "Refried Boogie", recorded live.

Track listing[edit]

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


Canned Heat
Additional Personnel
  • Rich Moore – Engineer
  • Ivan Fisher – Assistant Engineer
  • Skip Taylor – Producer
  • Canned Heat – Producer


  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.