In Memory of Michael Bloomfield

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Following their 2001 tribute to Paul Butterfield credited to Robben Ford & the Ford Blues Band, the Ford Blues Band pick 13 tracks they feel best-represent the harmonica bandleader's illustrious -- but short-lived -- guitarist, Mike Bloomfield. Interspersed with five fascinating but brief interview snippets of Bloomfield chatting about his first employer and playing blues in general, the band, with help from brother Robben Ford, guitarist Chris Cain, and a sparingly utilized horn section, judiciously choose many obscure selections from the guitarist's diverse projects. "Jimi the Fox" comes from the little-known Two Jews Blues, "Peter's Trip" was a tune included on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Following their 2001 tribute to Paul Butterfield credited to Robben Ford & the Ford Blues Band, the Ford Blues Band pick 13 tracks they feel best-represent the harmonica bandleader's illustrious -- but short-lived -- guitarist, Mike Bloomfield. Interspersed with five fascinating but brief interview snippets of Bloomfield chatting about his first employer and playing blues in general, the band, with help from brother Robben Ford, guitarist Chris Cain, and a sparingly utilized horn section, judiciously choose many obscure selections from the guitarist's diverse projects. "Jimi the Fox" comes from the little-known Two Jews Blues, "Peter's Trip" was a tune included on the B-movie soundtrack to The Trip, and "Next Time You See Me" as well as "The Ones I Loved Are Gone" were originally found on Bloomfield's seldom-heard and generally disappointing solo album, It's Not Killing Me. This band not only resurrects these forgotten gems, they bring them alive with sizzling authority. Ford burns on a version of East-West's "I Got a Mind to Give up Living," guest harmonica player Andy Just sounds scarily like Butterfield on a supercharged "Blues With a Feeling," and the horn-infused cover of the Electric Flag's "Groovin' Is Easy," featuring female backing vocals, nearly outdoes the original. Guitarists Cain and Ford do a terrific job re-creating Bloomfield's terse style without aping it and these reinterpretations never seem rote. The recording quality is crisp but not slick, the performances are scintillating, production by drummer Patrick Ford is lean, and the arrangements bring out the best in these tunes. Except for shoddy graphics that look like they were thrown together overnight, this is an inspired project that will hopefully expose Bloomfield's music to another generation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • Label: Blue Rock'it Records
  • UPC: 727566013625
  • Catalog Number: 660136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Interview (0:18)
  2. 2 Killing My Love (4:35)
  3. 3 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (5:43)
  4. 4 Stop (3:21)
  5. 5 Next Time You See Me (2:41)
  6. 6 Interview (0:17)
  7. 7 I Got a Mind to Give Up Living (5:18)
  8. 8 Interview (0:11)
  9. 9 Groovin' Is Easy (3:33)
  10. 10 Peter's Trip (2:06)
  11. 11 The Ones I Loved Are Gone (3:11)
  12. 12 It's About Time (6:20)
  13. 13 Jimi the Fox (3:33)
  14. 14 Mary Ann (5:04)
  15. 15 Interview (0:23)
  16. 16 Blues With a Feeling (3:47)
  17. 17 Interview (0:23)
  18. 18 Blues for MB (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Ford Blues Band Primary Artist
Chris Cain Guitar, Vocals
Robben Ford Guitar, Vocals
Andy Just Harmonica, Vocals
John Burr Strings, Harpsichord, Keyboards
Renato Espinoza Background Vocals
Patrick Ford Drums
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet
Tony "Macaroni" Lufrano Organ, Piano
Brad Catania Trumpet
John Lee Sanders Saxophone, Vocals
Dewayne Pate Bass
Volker Strifler Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Alice Cooper Composer
Carly Simon Composer
Roger Waters Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Garth Webber Engineer
Michael Bruce Composer
Patrick Ford Arranger, Producer
Earl Forest Composer
Bill Harvey Composer
Ken Lee Mastering
Don Was Composer
Traditional Composer
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