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Future Blues is the fifth album by American rock band Canned Heat, released in 1970. It was the last to feature the band's classic lineup, as Larry Taylor and Harvey Mandel departed soon after its release and songwriter Alan Wilson died later that year. It was also the only classic-era Canned Heat studio album to feature Mandel, as Henry Vestine had been the lead guitarist on the previous albums. Their cover of "Let's Work Together" by Wilbert Harrison became a hit. "London Blues" features Dr. John. It was re-released on CD in 2002 by MAM productions with five bonus tracks.

Future Blues
Future Blues - Canned Heat.jpg
Cover of the original 1970 LP
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 3, 1970
StudioVillage Recorders in Los Angeles, CA
GenreBlues rock
ProducerSkip Taylor, Canned Heat
Canned Heat chronology
Future Blues
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideA-[1]
The Village VoiceA[2]


Track listingEdit

Side OneEdit

  1. "Sugar Bee" (Eddie Shuler) – 2:39
  2. "Shake It and Break It" (Charlie Patton) – 2:35
  3. "That's All Right (Mama)" (Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup) – 4:19
  4. "My Time Ain't Long" (Alan Wilson) – 3:49
  5. "Skat" (Wilson) – 2:44
  6. "Let's Work Together" (Wilbert Harrison) – 2:53

Side TwoEdit

  1. "London Blues" (Wilson) – 5:31
  2. "So Sad (The World's in a Tangle)" (Canned Heat) – 7:57
  3. "Future Blues" (Canned Heat) – 2:58

Bonus tracks from 2000 CD release (Repertoire REP 4889)Edit

  1. "Let's Work Together" Single Mono Version (Harrison) – 2:46
  2. "Skat" Single Mono Version (Wilson) – 2:39
  3. "Wooly Bully" (Sam Samudio) – 2:30
  4. "Christmas Blues" Canned Heat and The Chipmunks (Cook, Taylor, Vestine, Wilson, Hite Jr.) – 2:31
  5. "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" Canned Heat and The Chipmunks (Bagdasarian) – 2:45


Canned HeatEdit

Additional MusiciansEdit

  • Dr. Johnpiano, horn arrangements (tracks 5 & 7)
  • Ernest Lane – piano (track 9)



  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 7, 1971). "Consumer Guide (15)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 5, 2013.