CANNED HEAT: Finyl Vinyl

Product no.: RUF 1309

17.00 €


First New Album In 15 Years!

Release April 2024

BLIND OWL… We thought Dave Alvin was coming in to play guitar on one of the

unfinished tracks and, instead, he said he had written a song about one of Canned Heat’s

founding members, Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson… writer of “On The Road Again” and “Going

Up The Country.” Dave plays guitar and sings this amazing tribute to Alan who was also a

very concerned environmentalist.

“The odds are stacked against it, but that Sequoia somehow survives, standing strong, standing proud and that’s where the “Blind Owl” still flies!”

SO SAD (THE WORLD’S IN A TANGLE)… Written by Canned Heat’s Manager/Producer for

57 years, Skip Taylor. The band originally recorded this in 1970, but the message is even more important today. The band calls this a “psychedelic, environmental boogie!” Guesting on lead guitar is Joe Bonamassa who said that The Heat’s original guitarist, Henry Vestine, was one of his early influences.

EAST/WEST BOOGIE… Canned Heat’s adaptation of the Theme for Tehran, the Apple TV Show. Written by Mark Eliyahu. It combines the Arabic Eastern and Western music scales and feel for a true, modern, belly dancing boogie!


001 One Last Boogie 00:03:59

002 Blind Owl 00:06:04

003 Goin’ To Heaven (In A Pontiac) 00:03:02

004 So Sad (The World’s In A Tangle) 00:05:52

005 East/West Boogie (Instrumental) 00:04:09

006 Tease Me 00:03:11

007 A Hot Ole Time 00:03:29

008 You’re The One 00:04:50

009 When You’re 69 00:04:51

010 Independence Day 00:04:27

011 There Goes That Train 00:03:10

Los Angeles, 1965: Blues enthusiasts Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (1943-1970) and Bob "The Bear" Hite (1943-1981) together with like-minded musicians found Canned Heat. They name the band after the title of a 1928 song by bluesman Tommy Johnson about a fuel containing methyl alcohol, also referred to as "canned heat", which is misused by alcoholics as a substitute drug. In 1967 drummer Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra who is still a member today joins Canned Heat, while otherwise the band has seen a lot of personnel turnover in the course of its history. One year later Canned Heat’s successful hit single "On The Road Again" makes them popular worldwide. Following this chart success they have further hits with "Going Up The Country" (1968) and "Let's Work Together" (1970). In August 1969 Canned Heat are part of the line-up of the legendary "Woodstock Music & Art Fair". Apart from band albums such as their eponymous debut LP from 1967 or "Boogie With Canned Heat" from the following year they are featured on collaborations with genre greats such as John Lee Hooker ("Hooker ’n Heat", 1971), Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown ("Gate’s On The Heat", 1973) or Memphis Slim ("Memphis Heat", 1974).

Fast forward to the present: Nearly 60 years after the band was founded a new studio album will be released by Ruf Records on CD and LP in April 2024. Recorded in Burbank, California, long-serving drummer Fito de la Parra was joined in the studio by the members of the band's current line-up, i.e. guitarist, keyboard player and singer Jimmy Vivino, harper and singer Dale Spalding and Richard "Rick" Reed who succeeded long-time bass player Larry "The Mole" Taylor after his death in 2019. Another musician that can be heard on the album is blues rocker Joe Bonamassa who makes a guest appearance as lead guitarist on "So Sad (The World's In A Tangle)"; Canned Heat first recorded this song for their 1970 album "Future Blues" with founding members Alan Wilson and Bob Hite still around and a live version can be found on their 2015 CD/DVD set from Ruf's "Songs From The Road" series. Moreover the early days of the band's history are reflected in the song "Blind Owl", a homage to Alan Wilson which refers to his nickname owing to an extreme nearsightedness. The song was written by Californian singer-songwriter Dave Alvin who is featured as a guest guitarist and singer here. Among the other tracks there are three compositions each by Jimmy Vivino ("One Last Boogie", "Goin' To Heaven [In A Pontiac]" and "When You're 69") and Dale Spalding ("Tease Me", "You're The One" and "Independence Day"). Another track, "East West Boogie", presents an unusual musical mix with the oriental sounds of the "Theme from Tehran", a US TV show, combined with a typical Canned Heat boogie groove.

So, is this the grand finale of a long lasting recording career with which Canned Heat say their goodbye to showbiz? First of all the album title seems to point in that direction, since "Finyl Vinyl" can of course be read as "final vinyl". Then there is the opener, Vivino's "One Last Boogie", pointing in the same direction. And last, but not least another of his songs, the slowblues "When You're 69", deals with an age that makes you rather think of retirement than further activities. On the other hand the tour plan on the band's homepage is already filled with first dates for 2024, not just in the US but also in Europe later this year.



Fito de la Parra *Drums

Jimmy Vivino *Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar

Dale Spalding *Vocals, Harp

Richard Reed *Bass