A Long Time Comin'

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Writer Jeff Tamarkin says "ex Butterfield Band guitarist Mike Bloomfield, drummer Buddy Miles, and others put this soul-rock band together in 1967. This debut is a testament to their ability to catch fire and keep on burnin'." That The Electric Flag do so well -- they appeared at the Monterey International Pop Festival with the Blues Project, Paul Butterfield, and Janis Joplin, and all these groups had some musical connection to each other beyond that pivotal festival. A Long Time Comin' is the "new soul" described appropriately enough by the late critic Lillian Roxon, and tunes like "She Should Have Just" and "Over-Lovin' You" lean more towards the soul side than the pop ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Writer Jeff Tamarkin says "ex Butterfield Band guitarist Mike Bloomfield, drummer Buddy Miles, and others put this soul-rock band together in 1967. This debut is a testament to their ability to catch fire and keep on burnin'." That The Electric Flag do so well -- they appeared at the Monterey International Pop Festival with the Blues Project, Paul Butterfield, and Janis Joplin, and all these groups had some musical connection to each other beyond that pivotal festival. A Long Time Comin' is the "new soul" described appropriately enough by the late critic Lillian Roxon, and tunes like "She Should Have Just" and "Over-Lovin' You" lean more towards the soul side than the pop so many radio listeners were attuned to back then. Nick Gravenites was too much of a purist to ride his blues on the Top 40 the way Felix Cavaliere gave us "Groovin'," so Janis Joplin's eventual replacement in Big Brother & the Holding Company, Gravenites, and this crew pour out "Groovin' Is Easy" on this disc. It's a classy production, intellectual ideas with lots of musical changes, a subdued version of what Joplin herself would give us on I Got Dem Ole Kozmic Blues Again, Mama two years later, with some of that album written by vocalist Gravenites. Though launched after Al Kooper's the Blues Project, A Long Time Comin' itself influenced bands who would go on to sell more records. In the traditional "Wine," it is proclaimed "you know Janis Joplin, she'll tell you all about that wine, baby." As good as the album is, though, the material is pretty much composed by Mike Bloomfield and Barry Goldberg, when they're not covering Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" and adding spoken-word news broadcasts to the mix. More contributions by Buddy Miles and Gravenites in the songwriting department would have been welcome here. The extended CD version has four additional tracks, Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" and "Mystery," both which appear on the self-titled Electric Flag outing which followed this LP, as well as other material which shows up on Old Glory: The Best of Electric Flag, released in 2000. "Sittin' in Circles" opens like the Doors' "Riders on the Storm," the keyboards as well as the sound effects, and a hook of "hey little girl" which would resurface as the title of a Nick Gravenites tune on the aforementioned follow-up disc, where Gravenites and Miles did pick up the songwriting slack, Bloomfield having wandered off to Super Session with the Blues Project's Al Kooper. Amazing stuff all in all, which could eventually comprise a boxed set of experimental blues rock from the mid- to late sixties. Either version of this recording, original vinyl or extended CD, is fun listening and a revelation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972375021
  • Catalog Number: 723750
  • Sales rank: 7,996

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Killing Floor (4:11)
  2. 2 Groovin' Is Easy (3:06)
  3. 3 Over-Lovin' You (2:12)
  4. 4 She Should Have Just (5:03)
  5. 5 Wine (3:15)
  6. 6 Texas (4:49)
  7. 7 Sittin' in Circles (3:54)
  8. 8 You Don't Realize (4:56)
  9. 9 Another Country (8:47)
  10. 10 Easy Rider (0:53)
  11. 11 Sunny (4:02)
  12. 12 Mystery (2:56)
  13. 13 Look into My Eyes (3:07)
  14. 14 Going Down Slow (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Electric Flag Primary Artist
Michael Bloomfield Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Richie Havens Percussion, Sitar
Buddy Miles Percussion, Drums
Sivuca Guitar, Percussion
Paul Beaver Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer
Barry Goldberg Keyboards
Nick Gravenites Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Harvey Brooks Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Joe Church Percussion
John Court Percussion, Vocals
Leo Daruczek Strings
Marcus Doubleday Percussion, Trumpet
Michael Fonfara Keyboards
Julius Held Strings
Stemsy Hunter Saxophone, Vocals
Charles McCracken Strings
Bobby Notkoff Strings, Violin, Soloist
Herbie Rich Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Peter Strazza Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Brown Strings
Technical Credits
Michael Bloomfield Arranger, Adaptation
Aretha Franklin Composer
Richard Fariña Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Joe Church Producer
John Court Producer
Larry Keyes Remixing
Roy Segal Engineer
John Berg Cover Photo
Jim Marshall Cover Photo
James Oden Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    still a great flashback!!!!!

    Being a teenager in Chicago in the 1960's, had my head turned around by the Beatles. Scared my parents with the Rolling Stones and The Animals. Hearing the old blues tunes being played was a calling! Used to go to Old Town to hear the original Paul Butterfield Blues Band while in high school with some kindred spirits. Was not ready for what we had seen.....got used to long hair and then these guys looked as though they would hurt you. Fast forward to 1967: Bloomfield knocking around the studios and hearing about a "new" band with horns no less. What the hell....give it a listen. WOW!!! Along with his partner in crime Al Kooper's Blood Sweat and Tears, made a huge impression on the class of 1968. Never thought horns belonged in the blues until I heard this album (STILL have this and BST on vinyl). After almost forty years, still can close my eyes and flash to a simpler more joyous time and smile. Was lucky enough to see Bloomfield jam with Canned Heat (original line up) Thanksgiving week end 1968....what a rush! Get this album by all means!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An American Classic

    How can you listen to the likes of Killin Floor, Wine, and Texas without smiling. I once saw this band at "The Bottom Line" in NYC. I spotted Elvin Bishop at the bar. His concert at Central Park was rained out. I told him that it was cool to see him there. He replied, "Where else would I be?" Enough Said!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT AMERICAN BAND

    This was one fantastic album. There are three songs that stand out as classics when it comes to rock/blues recordings, KILLING FLOOR, TEXAS, WINE. Mike Bloomfield on guitar was in his prime and this album is a testament to his style and the era of the recording.

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    Posted September 26, 2009

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