An Anthology: The Elektra Years

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
An Anthology -- The Elektra Years is a double-disc, 33-song set that offers a comprehensive overview of Paul Butterfield's eight years with the label. His first two albums, Paul Butterfield Blues Band and East-West, were seminal, groundbreaking records that blurred the boundaries between blues, jazz and rock, suggesting everything from blues-rock to psychedelia. They were stunning achievements which proved difficult to match, but Butterfield's remaining albums for the label all had a few good cuts. An Anthology does a nice job of rounding up those highlights, picking the best moments from uneven records; consequently, it's quite a valuable package for listeners ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
An Anthology -- The Elektra Years is a double-disc, 33-song set that offers a comprehensive overview of Paul Butterfield's eight years with the label. His first two albums, Paul Butterfield Blues Band and East-West, were seminal, groundbreaking records that blurred the boundaries between blues, jazz and rock, suggesting everything from blues-rock to psychedelia. They were stunning achievements which proved difficult to match, but Butterfield's remaining albums for the label all had a few good cuts. An Anthology does a nice job of rounding up those highlights, picking the best moments from uneven records; consequently, it's quite a valuable package for listeners who simply want a sampling from those later albums instead of purchasing them individually. Butterfield's first two albums remain necessary listens in their own right, but this set offers an excellent summary of his entire stint with Elektra.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/1998
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596212427
  • Catalog Number: 62124
  • Sales rank: 32,262

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Primary Artist, Track Performer
Paul Butterfield Indexed Contributor, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Bloomfield Organ, Guitar, Piano, Hammond Organ
Elvin Bishop Guitar
Al Kooper Organ
Ted Harris Piano
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Clydie King Background Vocals
Sam Lay Drums
Big Black Conga
Bobbye Hall Bongos, Conga
Jerome Arnold Bass
Merry Clayton Background Vocals
Billy Davenport Percussion, Drums
George Davidson Drums
Brother Gene Dinwiddie Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Oma Drake Background Vocals
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Guitar, French Horn
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Rod Hicks Bass, Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence Baritone Saxophone
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Bugsy Maugh Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Naftalin Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Ralph Wash Guitar
Dennis Whitted Drums
Phillip Wilson Percussion, Conga, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Keith Johnson Trumpet
John Court Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Butterfield Arranger
Little Walter Composer
Bruce Harris Producer
Elmore James Composer
Mel London Composer
Bugsy Maugh Composer
Junior Parker Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Nat Adderley Jr. Composer
Nancy Mazzei Art Direction
Tom Ellis III Liner Notes
Public Domain Composer
Brian Kelly Art Direction
Warren Moore Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Forgotten Pioneer

    Paul Butterfield is seldom mentioned when the birth of jam band rock is discussed. The birth of that genre is here on the last track of Disc 1, the 13 minute East-West. Butterfield was a key figure in bringing Chicago blues to a wider public. His singing is unexceptional but he was one of the all-time great harmonica players, miles ahead of Bob Dylan or Neil Young. This compilation draws one disc from the Mike Bloomfield-Elvin Bishop years and the other disc from the rest of the Blues Band's output. As the band continued Butterfield added horns and moved into R&B, jazz, and soul. My favorite song is One More Heartache, the first cut on that disc. Sadly, both Bloomfield and Butterfield later died from drug use after their careers went downhill.

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