Canned Rock – Live (1979)

FrontCover1This is a real obscure prog-rock band from the Seventies:

Canned Rock was a vehicle for records by the trio of that name and was presumably owned by them. It appears to have issued three albums and one single during the period 1978-82, the albums being ‘Kinetic Energy’ (CAN-002; 1978), ‘Live’ (CAN-003; 1979), and ‘Machines’ (CAN-004; 1982); there had been a previous album on the Tavern label, ‘Canned Rock’ (STA-1014). Apparently the band was popular live, and had a penchant for attempting to play songs that most other people would only do in the studio, such as Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. That habit was reflected in the fact that their only single on this label coupled a cover version of the Sparks song ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us’ with a version of the ‘Star Wars’ theme. Its number was CANS-003 (presumably because the album it was taken from was numbered CAN-003), and it was released in November 1979, through Pinnacle. (

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And here´s their live album (it was the second album of the band)  and we can hear pretty good cover versins of classic progh-rock tunes from the Seventies. A real good cover band with real good musicians !

They describes themselbes as the best live band of the 70’s & 80’s … this is of course nonsense, but it´s till today a nice album.


Pete Buckby (drums, percussion, vocals)
Dougie Kenward (guitar, keyboards, syntesizer, vocals)
Don Maxwell (bass, vocals)

01. Mars / Star Wars (Holst/Williams) 7.25
02. Logical Song (Davies/Hodgson) 4.27
03. Fanfare To The Common Man (Copland) 5.01
04. Music (Miles) 6.51
05.  This Town Aint Big Enough For The Both Of Us (Mael) 3.06
06. Hocus Pocus / Sylvia (Akkerman(v.Leer) 5.59
07. Bat Out Of Hell (Steinman) 9.37
08. War Of The Worlds (Wayne) 7.50



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