Canned Heat - Hallelujah (1969)

Canned Heat is an American blues-rock band originally formed in the 60s.

Canned Heat's fourth album continued in the style with which they had made themselves a name with (and produced two hit songs with), mixing convincing blues authenticity with counter-culture cool (best exemplified on the anti-police tune "Sic 'Em Pigs", itself based on Bukka White's "Sic 'Em Dogs"). Keyboards were provided by guests Ernest Lane and Mark Naftalin. However despite being thoroughly consistent as an album, and typical of the Canned Heat sound, Hallelujah did not feature any hits like its two predecessors had, and so is often overlooked in their discography.
After its release the band prepared to play the Woodstock Festival, but it was then that lead guitarist Henry Vestine departed after an on-stage fall-out with bassist Larry Taylor. He was replaced by Harvey Mandel in time for Woodstock, where they played a fantastic set, and their song "Goin' Up The Country" was used as the theme tune for the corresponding documentary film.

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1 comment:

Rebecca Davis said...

Thanks for featuring Canned Heat on your blog! Though it does not contain any commercial hits, this album is notable for the song "Time Was", a great Alan Wilson tune featuring some nice guitar work from Henry Vestine.

To learn more about classic-era Canned Heat, including this album, I hope you'll check out my bio of their co-founder Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. (That's his voice on the hits "Going Up the Country" and "On the Road Again".) It's available at

Thanks again for featuring the Heat, and as singer Bob Hite always said, don't forget to boogie!