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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

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Michael Bloomfield's short life from 1943 - 1981 left behind some outstanding treasures of music, primarily blues. Much of the material is under other artists name such as his work in Paul Butterfield's band, his formation of The Electric Flag, or the truly essential albums, Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, and Muddy Waters' Fathers and Sons. If you prefer the longer jams his work with Al Kooper is the place to look, whether with the studio Super Sessions or a live selection.

Paul Butterfield
Electric Flag
Al Kooper
Nick Gravenites
Bob Dylan
Muddy Waters

April 2009 re-issue
Live at Bill Graham's Fillmore West: 1969

Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

Paul Butterfield

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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

Paul Butterfield's An Anthology -- The Elektra Years includes a portion of the material that includes Michael Bloomfield. His debut album, 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. Their next album, East-West is most noted for the extended eastern influenced 13 minute title track that is included on this Anthology.  

The second disc the band incorporates horns into their music. Among the personnel, noted sax player David Sanborn is on most tracks. Some great music on this disc too.

Butterfield's band with Bloomfield backed Bob Dylan at his infamous 7/25/1965, electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Dylan's Bootleg Series Vol. 7 includes the "Maggie's Farm." 

Disc: 1
From Folk Song
1. Born In Chicago  
From What's Shakin'
2. Lovin Cup  
3. One More Mile  
4. Off the Wall  
From Single
5. Come On In  
From The Original Lost Elecktra Sessions
6. Nut Popper #I 
7. Ain't No Need To Go No Further/It's Too Late Brother 
From The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
8. Born In Chicago 
9. Shake Your Money Maker 
10. Blues With A Feeling 
11. Thank You Mr. Poobah 
12. Our Love Is Driftin' 
13. Mystery Train 
14. Last Night 
From East-West
15. Walkin ' Blues 
16. I Got A Mind To Give Up Living 
17. Work Song 
18. All These Blues 
19. East West  

Disc: 2
From The Resurrection of Pigboy
1. One More Heartache  
2. Double Trouble  
From In My Own Dream
3. Last Hope's Gone  
4. Mornin' Blues  
5. Just To Be With You  
6. Get Yourself Together 
7. In My Own Dream 
From Keep On Dreaming
8. Love March 
9. Walkin' By Myself 
10. Love Disease 
From The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live
11. Everything's Gonna Be Alright 
12. Driftin' & Driftin' 
From Sometimes I Feel Like Smilin'
13. Blind Leading The Blind 
14. Song For Lee 

Paul Butterfield Blues Band - 1965
1. Born In Chicago  
2. Shake Your Money-Maker  
3. Blues With A Feeling  
4. Thank You Mr. Poobah  
5. I Got My Mojo Working  
6. Mellow Down Easy  
7. Screamin'  
8. Our Love Is Drifting  
9. Mystery Train  
10. Last Night  
11. Look Over Yonders Wall  

East-West - 1966
1. Walkin' Blues  
2. Get Out Of My Life, Woman  
3. I Got A Mind To Give Up Living  
4. All These Blues  
5. Work Song  
6. Mary, Mary  
7. Two Trains Running  
8. Never Say No  
9. East-West  

An Anthology -- The Elektra Years 
Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

Electric Flag

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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

The re-mastered rendition includes several bonus tracks.

1. Killing Floor   
2. Groovin' Is Easy   
3. She Should Have Just   
4. Goin' Down Slow   
5. Texas   
6. Sittin' In Circles  
7. You Don't Realize  
8. Movie Music-Improvisation  
9. Another Country  
10. Easy Rider  
11. Soul Searchin'  
12. See To Your Neighbor  
13. With Time There Is Change  
14. Nothing To Do  
15. Hey Little Girl  
16. Drinkin' Wine  
17. The Night Time Is The Right Time

Old Glory: The Best of Electric Flag
Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

Super Session

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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations
Not all the tracks include Michael Bloomfield, the others feature Stephen Stills. 

Amazon Product Description
Those familiar with the Live Adventures album these two recorded at the Fillmore West know how brilliant they could be on 
stage, and here's another gem, recorded at the Fillmore East this time and featuring 'One Way Out,' 'It's My Own Fault' 
(with Bloomfield trading licks with Johnny Winter...Johnny was signed to Columbia after this gig!). Newly remastered & 
now with 4 bonus tracks, 'Albert's Shuffle' (2002 Remix w/o Horns), 'Season of the Witch.' (2002 Remix w/o Horns), 'Blues 
For Nothing' (Studio Outtake) & 'Fat Grey Cloud' Previously Unreleased Live Track). Features 12-page booklet with 
unpublished photos from the recording session, new liner notes by Al Kooper & the Rolling Stone Hall Of Fame review by 
David Fricke. 60 scintillating minutes! 13 tracks. Columbia/Legacy. 2003. 

1. Albert's Shuffle  
2. Stop  
3. Man's Temptation  
4. His Holy Modal Majesty  
5. Really  
6. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry  
7. Season Of The Witch  
8. You Don't Love Me  
9. Harvey's Tune  
10. Albert's Shuffle (2002 Remix w/o Horns)  
11. Season Of The Witch (2002 Remix w/o Horns)  
12. Blues For Nothing  
13. Fat Grey Cloud (Live)  

Super Session
Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

Live Adventures Of Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper 

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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations
Disc: 1 
1. Opening Speech    
2. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)    
3. I Wonder Who    
4. Her Holy Modal Highness    
5. The Weight    
6. Mary Ann    
7. Together 'Til The End Of Time    
8. That's All Right    
9. Green Onions    

Disc: 2 
1. Opening Speech    
2. Sonny Boy Williamson    
3. No More Lonely Nights    
4. Dear Mr. Fantasy    
5. Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong    
6. Finale-Refugee    
Live Adventures Of Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper 
Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68

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1. Introductions    
2. One Way Out    
3. Mike Bloomfield's Introduction Of Johnny Winter    
4. It's My Own Fault    
5. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)    
6. (Please) Tell Me Partner    
7. That's All Right Mama    
8. Together Till The End Of Time    
9. Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong    
10. Season Of The Witch   
Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68
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Nick Gravenites & Mike Bloomfield

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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations
Product Description
UK reissue & first time on CD for 1969 solo album from the singer & main songwriter for The Electric Flag. Featuring all 
the studio sides (allegedly backed by Quicksilver Messenger Service) & live tracks (featuring Mike Bloomfield) from the 
original release with three added titles from the album, 'Live At Bill Graham's Fillmore West' (originally released in 
1969), 'It Takes Time', 'Blues On A Westside' & 'It's About Time'. 2001. 

1. Killing My Love 
2. Gypsy Good Time 
3. Holy Moly 
4. Moon Tune 
5. My Labors 
6. Throw Your Dog a Bone 
7. As Good as You've Been to This World 
8. Wintry Country Side 
9. It Takes Time 
10. Blues on a Westside 
11. It's About Time 

My Labors and More
Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations
Live at Bill Graham's Fillmore West: 1969

1. It Takes Time 
2. Oh Mama 
3. Love Got Me 
4. Blues on a Westside 
5. One More Mile to Go 
6. It's About Time 
7. Carmelita Skiffle [Instrumental] 
8. Killing My Love 
9. Gypsy Good Time 
10. Holy Moly 
11. Moon Tune 
12. Mary Ann [*] 

Live at Bill Graham's Fillmore West: 1969
Product Description:
Raven presents for the first time on one CD, the legendary concert by MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD and NICK GRAVENITES recorded at Bill Graham's Fillmore West in 1969. With bonus track, superb quality audio, color booklet and informative liner notes. The late, great Bloomfield is recognised as one of the finest and most influential blues guitarists that America has ever produced. Best known for his astonishing technique and the piercing tone of his solos, he was a member of the ground-breaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, played on Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' and backed him at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival when Dylan first went 'electric'. He helped pioneer horn-rock with the Electric Flag and the Super Session concept with Al Kooper as well as recording Triumvirate with John Hammond Jr and Dr. John. Bloomfield and Gravenites - lead singer of the Flag and a respected bluesman in his own right - cut an incendiary performance at the Fillmore West which yielded this phenomenal album. The concert was split across the original Live at Fillmore West vinyl and Gravenites' My Labors album, and the tracks have now been recombined on one stellar CD. Bloomfield positively burns on 'It Takes Time', 'Killing My Love', 'Gypsy Good Time', while his monumental solo on 'Blues on a Westside' is one of the greatest moments in blues rock history. Carlos Santana said Bloomfield "literally changed my life". Dylan said "he played circles around anything I could play". Gravenites called him "a huge giant of a person".
Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

Mike Bloomfield

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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations
1. Sweet Little Angel/Jelly Jelly   
2. Feel So Bad   
3. Bad Luck Baby   
4. The Sky Is Cryin'   
5. Dancin' Fool   
6. Buried Alive In The Blues   
7. Farther Up The Road   
8. Your Friends   
9. Bye, Bye  

Mike Bloomfield, lead guitar ; with vocal and instrumental accompaniment including Mark Naftalin, Nick Gravenites, and Roger "Jelly Roll" Troy. 
Recorded in Sausalito at the Record Plant (1st work) in 1974, and at the Old Waldorf nightclub, San Francisco, Calif., Dec. 1976-May 1977 (remainder). 
Photos and liner notes

Live at the Old Waldorf
Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

Bob Dylan

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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited is one his best albums. The middle album of his consecutive classic three releases. Amazingly, most of the songs from this album are  household names among Dylan fans, perhaps all except “From a Buick 6.”

The album starts out with one of Dylan's more popular classics, "Like A Rolling Stone" that hit #2 in the U.S. and #4 in London. At the time of its release the 6 minute length was unheard, especially for radio material.

A few blues songs as expected are included, Dylan style, are included. Of them my favorite is track three, “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,” a mellow gem with a superb instrumental section that is dominated by the harmonica, but the fills that complement are so well placed. “Highway 61 Revisited” is a fun upbeat bluesy slide track that is an often covered by other musicians, while “Tombstone Blues” is a psychedelic blues offering.  

The album closes enormously with “Desolation Row,” one of Dylan’s long poetic numbers. The backing musicianship offers an excellent acoustic Latin flavored accompaniment making this the definitive version of the song.

It is easy to rank Highway 61 Revisited as Dylan’s best album. From a personal perspective, I generally prefer the backing musicians on Blonde on Blonde to those on Highway 61 Revisited so I enjoy that album more, but that is me. Regardless, Highway 61 Revisited is a masterpiece.

1. Like A Rolling Stone  
2. Tombstone Blues  
3. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry  
4. From A Buick 6  
5. Ballad Of A Thin Man  
6. Queen Jane Approximately  
7. Highway 61 Revisited  
8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues  
9. Desolation Row  

Also of interest:
There are some outtakes that feature Bloomfield. On Bootleg Series Vol. 1 - 3 he is on three songs from disc 2. On Vol. 7, No Direction Home, he is on one live track from the infamous Newport Folk Festival, and five alternate studio tracks, 3, 4,  5 , 6, and 8. 

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Highway 61 Revisited
Bootleg Series Vol. 7
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Muddy Waters

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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations
Whether you are a Muddy Waters , Michael Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, or simply a fan of the blues, Fathers and Sons is essential.

1. All Aboard    
2. Mean Disposition    
3. Blow Wind Blow    
4. Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had    
5. Walking Thru The Park    
6. Forty Days And Forty Nights    
7. Standin' Round Cryin'    
8. I'm Ready    
9. Twenty Four Hours    
10. Sugar Sweet    

Bonus tracks
11. Country Boy 
12. I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love) 
13. Oh Yeah 
14. I Feel So Good 

Live 4/24/69
Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree, Chicago, IL

15. Long Distance Call
16. Baby, Please Don't Go
17. Honey Bee
18. The Same Thing
19. Got My Mojo Working Part One
20. Got My Mojo Working Part Two

Personnel 
Muddy Waters, vocals and guitar 
Otis Spann, piano
Michael Bloomfield, guitar *
Paul Butterfield, harmonica *
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Sam Lay * and Buddy Miles, drums
Others on a track or two

* from Paul Butterfield's Blues Band

Dates
Tracks 1-14 recorded at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Ill., April 21-23, 1969. Tracks 15-20 recorded live in concert at the Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree, Chicago, Ill., April 24, 1969.

Even though most of these songs are found elsewhere, this line-up is excellent, and this 20 song CD is  highly recommended. The liner notes written by Bill Dahl are very good and the credits are thorough.

Fathers & Sons
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Monterey Pop

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Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival - Criterion Collection

Product Description

DISC ONE: "Monterey Pop" New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker. New 5.1 mix by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS. Audio commentary by Festival producer Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker. New video interview with Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker. Audio interviews with Festival producer John Phillips, Festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby. Photo essay by photographer Elaine Mayes. Original theatrical trailer. Orginal theatrical radio spots. Monterey Pop scrapbook. Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition. 

DISC TWO: "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Shake! Otis at Monterey" New high-definition digital transfers, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker. New 5.1 mixes by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS. Audio commentary on Jimi Plays Monterey by music critic and historian Charles Shaar Murray. Two audio commentaries on Shake! by music critic and historian Peter Guralnick: the first on Otis Redding's Monterey performance, song by song; the second on Redding before and after Monterey. Interview with Phil Walden, Otis Redding's manager from 1959 to 1967. Original theatrical trailer for Jimi Plays Monterey. Video excerpt: Pete Townshend on Monterey and Jimi Hendrix. Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition 

DISC THREE: "Monterey Pop -- The Outtake Performance" Two hours of performances not included in the original film, from the following artists: Buffalo Springfield performing "For What It's Worth, " The Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Blues Project, The Byrds, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Country Joe and the Fish, The Electric Flag, Jefferson Airplane, Al Kooper, The Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, and The Who. 

Monterey Pop
Complete
Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations
Michael Bloomfield - Reviews and recommendations

 

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