Anthology: The Elektra Years

An Anthology: The Elektra Years

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by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
     
 
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the very best bands of 1960s, blues or otherwise. Butterfield was a gutsy singer with a beefy, Little Walter tone to his harmonica, and the band debuted with two gifted guitarists, Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, and a fine keyboard player, Mark Naftalin. Bloomfield played on the band's first two albums, which are well

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the very best bands of 1960s, blues or otherwise. Butterfield was a gutsy singer with a beefy, Little Walter tone to his harmonica, and the band debuted with two gifted guitarists, Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, and a fine keyboard player, Mark Naftalin. Bloomfield played on the band's first two albums, which are well chronicled on the first of this two-disc compilation. "Born in Chicago" captures the band rocking, while "Blues with a Feeling" and "I Got a Mind to Give Up Living" showcase Bloomfield's mastery of the slow blues solo. Two extended jams, the swinging "Work Song" and the jazzy "East West," operate at the highest levels of disciplined improvisation, and both rock like crazy. The second disc covers later incarnations of Butterfield's band and features some exceptional Butterfield vocals ("Just to Be with You"), more great guitar (by Bishop and Buzz Feiten), and the addition of horns. If later Butterfield groups could never quite equal the power of the original, that's just the price of greatness.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/1998
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596212427
catalogNumber:
62124
Rank:
60149

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Born in Chicago
  2. Lovin' Cup
  3. One More Mile
  4. Off the Wall
  5. Come on In
  6. Nut Popper, No. 1
  7. Ain't No Need to Go No Further/It's Too Late Brother
  8. Born in Chicago
  9. Shake Your Moneymaker
  10. Blues With a Feeling
  11. Thank You Mr. Poobah
  12. Our Love Is Drifting
  13. Mystery Train
  14. Last Night
  15. Walking Blues
  16. I Got a Mind to Give up Living
  17. Work Song
  18. All These Blues
  19. East West

Disc 2

  1. One More Heartache
  2. Double Trouble
  3. Last Hope's Gone
  4. Come on In
  5. Just to Be with You
  6. Get Yourself Together
  7. In My Own Dream
  8. Love March
  9. Walking by Myself
  10. Love Disease
  11. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  12. Driftin' and Driftin'
  13. Blind Leading the Blind
  14. Song for Lee

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Butterfield Blues Band   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Michael Bloomfield   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ
Paul Butterfield   Flute,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Elvin Bishop   Guitar
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   Composer
Nancy Mazzei   Art Direction
Tom Ellis   Liner Notes
Public Domain   Composer
Brian Kelly   Art Direction
Warren Moore   Composer

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An Anthology: The Elektra Years 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
glauver More than 1 year ago
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.