Canned Heat – Live At The Capitol, Germany (1988)

FrontCover1Here´s another rare item from my audience recordings tape collection, this time from Canned Heat:

Canned Heat is an American rock band that was 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 attracted 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 remake 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. For much of the 1990s and 2000s and following Larry Taylor’s death in 2019, de la Parra has been the only member from the band’s 1960s lineup. He wrote a book about the band’s career, titled Living the Blues.[3] Mandel, Walter Trout and Junior Watson are among the guitarists who gained fame for playing in later editions of the band. (wikipedia)


I got this tape from an old friend at the end of the Eighties … and it´s a real good audience tape. Canned Heat toured through Europe to promote their new album “Reheated”.

For all die hard fans (like me) of Canned Heat !

Recorded live at the Capitol, Mannheim/Germany, September 15, 1988

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Fito de la Parra (drums, vocals)
Larry Taylor (bass, guitar, vocals)
James Thornbury (slide guitar, harmonica, flute vocals)
Junior Watson (guitar, vocals)


01. Hucklebuck (Traditional)  J.J. Jump (de la Parra/Watson) 4.13
02. Gunstreet Girl (Waits) 4.45
03. I Love To Rock & Roll (Bocage) 3.27
04. On The Road Again (Oden) 6.10
05. Red Headed Woman (Taylor/Kaplan/Mann/Innes) 4.51
06. So Fine (Betty Jean) (Corthen/Neill/Colbert) 6.26
07. Let´s Work Together (Harrison) 5.33
08. Hucklebuck (Traditional) 5.43
09. Going Up The Country (Wilson) 4.56
10. Looking For The Party (Nash/Barroso) 4.46
11. Boogie (de la Parra/Taylor/Thornbury/Watson) 19.41
12. Mercury Blues (Douglas) 4.13
13. One Way Out (Sehorn/James) 5.09
14. Built For Comfort (Dixon) 6.34


Capitol Mannheim


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2 thoughts on “Canned Heat – Live At The Capitol, Germany (1988)

  1. Hi man, Thank you very much for this really rare Canned Heat concert. And especially thanks to your old friend who recorded and gave this tape for you.


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