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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
When white blues guitarist Michael Bloomfield was found dead at 37 of a drug overdose in his 1965 Chevy in 1981 in San Francisco, he was no more than a rock footnote to most people, having never had the kind of fame and adulation given to guitar peers like Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Jimi Hendrix, although he surely influenced all of these players with his sharp improvisational skills and his exciting, and admittedly sometimes erratic, performances. While most guitarists of his generation learned the elements of blues guitar playing from records, Bloomfield, who grew up in North Chicago, learned them first-hand by playing with the likes of B.B. King, Albert King, ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
When white blues guitarist Michael Bloomfield was found dead at 37 of a drug overdose in his 1965 Chevy in 1981 in San Francisco, he was no more than a rock footnote to most people, having never had the kind of fame and adulation given to guitar peers like Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Jimi Hendrix, although he surely influenced all of these players with his sharp improvisational skills and his exciting, and admittedly sometimes erratic, performances. While most guitarists of his generation learned the elements of blues guitar playing from records, Bloomfield, who grew up in North Chicago, learned them first-hand 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, and skin color meant nothing to Bloomfield at a time when it seemed to mean everything to everyone else in America. 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. Bloomfield was also a much in-demand session player, playing guitar at Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited sessions and adding his energy and guitar licks to projects by Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin, and many others. His solo albums were strange, eccentric, occasionally brilliant, and never sold well. This set, produced and curated by longtime collaborator Al Kooper, is the first overarching survey of Bloomfield's woefully short career, containing three music discs, Roots, Jams, and Last Licks, with a DVD disc of Bob Sarles' documentary Sweet Blues: A Film about Michael Bloomfield rounding out the set. It's a must for any Bloomfield fan, and hopefully will open the gates to a renewed appreciation for this brilliant, manic, and groundbreaking guitarist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2014
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 887654763426
  • Catalog Number: 547634
  • Sales rank: 23,247

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Country Boy (2:44)
  2. 2 Judge, Judge (2:03)
  3. 3 Hammond's Rag (2:08)
  4. 4 I've Got You in the Palm of My Hand (2:25)
  5. 5 I've Got My Mojo Workin' (2:36)
  6. 6 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (6:34)
  7. 7 Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan (5:57)
  8. 8 Michael Speaks About Paul Butterfield (0:39)
  9. 9 Born in Chicago - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (3:05)
  10. 10 Blues with a Feeling - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (4:22)
  11. 11 East-West - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (13:11)
  12. 12 Killing Floor - Electric Flag (3:50)
  13. 13 Texas - Electric Flag (4:47)
  14. 14 Susie's Shuffle - Electric Flag (3:41)
  15. 15 Just a Little Something - Electric Flag (3:22)
  16. 16 Easy Rider - Electric Flag (0:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Albert's Shuffle (6:54)
  2. 2 Stop (4:17)
  3. 3 His Holy Modal Majesty (7:16)
  4. 4 Opening Speech (1:23)
  5. 5 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) (5:39)
  6. 6 Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong (7:49)
  7. 7 Santana Clause (4:40)
  8. 8 The Weight (4:07)
  9. 9 Opening Speech (1:27)
  10. 10 One Way Out (4:17)
  11. 11 Her Holy Modal Highness (6:09)
  12. 12 Fat Grey Cloud (4:29)
  13. 13 Mary Ann (5:18)
  14. 14 That's All Right (3:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I'm Glad I'm Jewish (3:15)
  2. 2 Men's Room (0:50)
  3. 3 Don't You Lie to Me (3:08)
  4. 4 Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - Muddy Waters (3:03)
  5. 5 Gypsy Good Time (4:28)
  6. 6 One Good Man - Janis Joplin (4:01)
  7. 7 It's About Time (5:14)
  8. 8 Carmelita Skiffle (2:53)
  9. 9 Darktown Strutters' Ball (3:56)
  10. 10 Don't Think About It Baby (3:31)
  11. 11 Jockey Blues/Old Folks Boogie (3:15)
  12. 12 A-Flat Boogaloo (3:54)
  13. 13 Glamour Girl (8:02)
  14. 14 Spoken Intro - Bob Dylan (2:01)
  15. 15 The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar - Bob Dylan (5:49)
  16. 16 Hymn Time (1:52)
  17. 17 [Untitled] (3:55)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Bloomfield Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Paul Butterfield Harmonica, Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Elvin Bishop Guitar
The Chambers Brothers Background Vocals
Bob Dylan Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Janis Joplin Vocals
Al Kooper Organ, Piano, Vocals, Ondioline
Buddy Miles Drums
Paul Simon Vocal Harmony
Luis Gasca Trumpet
Sivuca Guitar, Percussion
Barry Goldberg Organ, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Nick Gravenites Percussion, Vocals
Clydie King Background Vocals
Sam Lay Drums
Roger Troy Bass
Jim Keltner Drums
Bobby Gregg Drums
Ace of Cups Background Vocals
Jerome Arnold Bass
Maury Baker Drums
Harvey Brooks Bass
Brad Campbell Bass
Lonnie Castille Drums
Terry Clements Tenor Saxophone
Billy Davenport Drums
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Marcus Doubleday Trumpet
Tim Drummond Bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Brian Friedman Piano
Paul Griffin Piano
Paul Harris Piano
Buddy Helm Drums
John Kahn Bass
Ira Kamin Organ
Richard Kermode Organ
Bruce Langhorne Tambourine
Bill Lee Bass
Joe Mack Bass
Norman Mayell Drums
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Mark Naftalin Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Buell Neidlinger Bass
Gerald Oshita Baritone Saxophone
Fred Olsen Guitar
Skip Prokop Drums
George Rains Drums
Herbie Rich Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone
Roy Ruby Piano
Richard Santi Accordion
Russ Savakus Bass
Otis Spann Piano
Rev. Ron Stallings Alto Saxophone
Peter Strazza Tenor Saxophone
Fred Tackett Electric Guitar
Mark Teel Tenor Saxophone
Sid Warner Bass
John Wilmeth Trumpet
William D. "Smitty" Smith Organ
Jerry Jemmott Bass
Johnny Cresci Drums
Dino Andino Conga
Mike Johnson Guitar
Regina Harris Background Vocals
Noel Jewkis Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Flowers Baritone Saxophone
Mike Melford Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Mike Fonfara Keyboards
Bob Jones Drums
Eddie Hoh Drums
Stemzie Hunter Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Michael Bloomfield Composer
John Hammond Jr. Producer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Michael Melford Producer
Ray Charles Composer
Bruce Dickinson Executive Producer
Bob Dylan Composer, Producer
Electric Flag Producer
Janis Joplin Composer
Al Kooper Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Remixing, Mastering
Buddy Miles Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Paul Simon Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Nick Gravenites Composer, Producer
Bob Johnson Producer
Mark Abramson Producer
Denny Bruce Producer
John Court Producer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Norman Dayron Producer
Elmore James Composer
John Kahn Composer
Ira Kamin Composer
Elliot Mazer Producer
Gabriel Mekler Producer
Bob Morgan Producer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Mark Naftalin Composer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Paul Rothchild Producer
Marshall Sehorn Composer
Tom Wilson Producer
Michael Simmons Liner Notes
Walter Jacobs Composer
Norman Rockwell Paintings
Joe Scott Horn Arrangements
Dan McClosky Interviewer
Traditional Composer
Bloomfield Composer
Preston Foster Composer
Jim Marshall Cover Photo
A. Walker Composer
A. Christian Composer
M. Schuman Composer
S. Williamson Composer
Ted Leyhe Producer
Bob Sarles Director, Producer
C. Burnett Composer
Larry Milburn Producer
Christina Keating Producer
Bruce Schmiechen Producer
"Magic" Dave Roberts Engineer, Remixing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    love this 3 album package. it is hard touching all bases when m

    love this 3 album package. it is hard touching all bases when making a collection like this (I wish al kooper would have included "just to be with you" from the strawberry jam album). my only gripe is the hvbrid edit of "feeling groovy", but that is just my personal gripe. still a good song that is fun to listen to. the dvd compliment's the cd's perfectly.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Haven't received it yet ----I love anything Bloomfield does so I

    Haven't received it yet ----I love anything Bloomfield does so I'm sure I'll like this------A-L-O-T-------!

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