The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Even after his death, Paul Butterfield's music didn't receive the accolades that were so deserved. Outputting styles adopted from Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters among other blues greats, Butterfield became one of the first white singers to rekindle blues music through the course of the mid-'60s. His debut album, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, saw him teaming up with guitarists Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield, with Jerome Arnold on bass, Sam Lay on drums, and Mark Naftalin playing organ. The result was a wonderfully messy and boisterous display of American-styled blues, with intensity and pure passion derived from every bent note. In front of all these instruments is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Even after his death, Paul Butterfield's music didn't receive the accolades that were so deserved. Outputting styles adopted from Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters among other blues greats, Butterfield became one of the first white singers to rekindle blues music through the course of the mid-'60s. His debut album, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, saw him teaming up with guitarists Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield, with Jerome Arnold on bass, Sam Lay on drums, and Mark Naftalin playing organ. The result was a wonderfully messy and boisterous display of American-styled blues, with intensity and pure passion derived from every bent note. In front of all these instruments is Butterfield's harmonica, beautifully dictating a mood and a genuine feel that is no longer existent, even in today's blues music. Each song captures the essence of Chicago blues in a different way, from the back-alley feel of "Born in Chicago" to the melting ease of Willie Dixon's "Mellow Down Easy" to the authentic devotion that emanates from Bishop and Butterfield's "Our Love Is Drifting." "Shake Your Money Maker," "Blues With a Feeling," and "I Got My Mojo Working" (with Lay on vocals) are all equally moving pieces performed with a raw adoration for blues music. Best of all, the music that pours from this album is unfiltered...blared, clamored, and let loose, like blues music is supposed to be released. A year later, 1966's East West carried on with the same type of brash blues sound partnered with a jazzier feel, giving greater to attention to Bishop's and Bloomfield's instrumental talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596064729
  • Catalog Number: 7294
  • Sales rank: 2,471

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Primary Artist, Track Performer
Paul Butterfield Indexed Contributor, Harmonica, Vocals
Michael Bloomfield Slide Guitar
Elvin Bishop Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Sam Lay Drums
The Blues Band Track Performer
Jerome Arnold Bass
Mark Naftalin Organ
Technical Credits
Mark Abramson Producer
Elmore James Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Junior Parker Composer
Paul Rothchild Director, Producer, Mastering
Pete Welding Liner Notes
Sam Phillips Composer
William S. Harvey Cover Design
Dave Collins Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Paul Butterfield was a pretty damn good harp player.  This album

    Paul Butterfield was a pretty damn good harp player.  This album is E-lec-tric.  Turn up the volume, drop the needle on "Born in Chicago" and go.  Don't hold back now.  Dah doo dah Dah Dah - Dah doo dah Dah Dah..... 

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