Between the Hard Place & the Ground/Cruisin' for a Bruisin'

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
While most guitarists of his generation learned the elements of blues guitar playing from records, Michael Bloomfield, who grew up in North Chicago, learned them firsthand by playing with the likes of B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Big Joe Williams, and others in Chicago's gritty blues clubs. His first bands, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag, were racially mixed blues powerhouses, fusing the blues with jazz, R&B, psychedelia, and seemingly everything else under the sun, and like Bloomfield, both of those bands are woefully underappreciated. His four solo albums, the last two of which, 1979's Between the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
While most guitarists of his generation learned the elements of blues guitar playing from records, Michael Bloomfield, who grew up in North Chicago, learned them firsthand by playing with the likes of B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Big Joe Williams, and others in Chicago's gritty blues clubs. His first bands, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag, were racially mixed blues powerhouses, fusing the blues with jazz, R&B, psychedelia, and seemingly everything else under the sun, and like Bloomfield, both of those bands are woefully underappreciated. His four solo albums, the last two of which, 1979's Between the Hard Place & the Ground and the darker Cruisin' for a Bruisin' from 1981, are combined here, were strange, eccentric, occasionally brilliant, and never sold well. An erratic, manic, and groundbreaking guitarist, Bloomfield may well have been at his best as a session player or as a member of a touring band, but even as uneven as these two albums are with him front and center, Bloomfield is never less than fascinating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2008
  • Label: Takoma Uk
  • UPC: 029667032728
  • Catalog Number: 7070
  • Sales rank: 54,579

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lights Out (1:48)
  2. 2 Between the Hard Place and the Ground (3:39)
  3. 3 Big Chief from New Orleans (6:23)
  4. 4 Kidman Blues (4:57)
  5. 5 Orphan's Blues (5:11)
  6. 6 Juke Joint Blues (7:08)
  7. 7 Your Friends (6:53)
  8. 8 Cruisin' for a Bruisin' (3:49)
  9. 9 Linda Lou (2:10)
  10. 10 Papa-Mama-Rompah-Stompah (3:30)
  11. 11 Junker's Blues (2:34)
  12. 12 Midnight (3:46)
  13. 13 It'll Be Me (3:02)
  14. 14 Motorized Blues (4:12)
  15. 15 Mathilda (2:29)
  16. 16 Winter Moon (4:33)
  17. 17 Snowblind (5:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Bloomfield Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Roger Troy Bass
Jonathan Cramer Piano
Ira Kamin Piano, Drums
Doug Kilmer Bass
Hart McNee Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Mark Naftalin Piano
Henry Oden Bass
King Perkoff Tenor Saxophone
Tom Rizzo Drums
Derrick Walker Harmonica, Tenor Saxophone
Barry Thomas Goldberg Organ, Piano
Mark Adams Harmonica
Bob "Congo" Jones Drums
Technical Credits
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
Nick Gravenites Composer
Roy Byrd Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Jonathan Cramer Composer
Norman Dayron Composer, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Deadric Malone Composer
Mark Wallner Engineer
Mac Rebennack Arranger, Composer
Ray Sharpe Composer
Huey Thierry Composer
George Khoury Composer
Seth David Composer
Jeanne Vikki Composer
Neil Dell Cover Design
Rob Shread Mastering
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