Release Date: 17 November 2017
Format: LP Vinyl
|Mike Bloomfield Live At McCabe's Guitar Workshop Limited Vinyl LP
Mike Bloomfield was one of America's greatest artists of the 60s 70s; our country's answer to Eric Clapton. A skilled guitarist, arranger and writer, Bloomfield popularized his blues heroes tunes to an unaware teen audience so they could hear where rock n' roll's roots originated.
As a teen in Chicago, Mike was enamoured with the power and originality of such bluesmen as John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Lightnin Hopkins. He obsessively listened to their records, and quickly became a proficient blues guitarist.
By the early 1960s he was leading his own groups at clubs like the Fickle Pickle, Big Johns, McCabe's (where these recordings were made), and others. He also became one of the most in-demand session musicians, backing the likes of Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, and a host of others. In the mid-1960s Mike joined the incredible Paul Butterfield Blues Band, whose albums for Elektra are still considered classics to this day. Much of the group's success was due to Bloomfield's superb work. That adulation led to a successful break with Paul to form his own group, The Electric Flag.
A super-group like none before it (and some say not since), it included drummer Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix Group, Santana), guitarist Nick Cravenites (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) and bassist Harvey Brooks (Bob Dylan, The Doors), among others. They were quickly signed by Columbia Records and achieved instant success. Both critics and public alike found their fresh approach to both blues and rock material electrifying, and their influence on other musicians at that time cannot be overstated. In spite of great critical and financial success, the group broke up due to too many oversized egos, which was both an unfortunate and fortunate happening while the world lost one of its greatest groups, the splinter groups that formed in the aftermath were equally superb, and Bloomfield, Gravenites, Miles and the rest all continued to record and perform brilliantly.
After the demise of the Electric Flag, Bloomfield teamed up with Al Kooper (a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears) and Steven Stills (CSNY) for the incredibly successful Super Session LP on Columbia, a major seller and staple of any serious record collector. The follow-up, Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper was also highly successful. Until his death, Bloomfield continued to record both on his own and with other major artists (Dr. John, John Hammond, etc.) He never lost his love of blues, and continued to be one of America's most popular blues and rock artists. His influence was felt up until his death from an overdose at the young age of 37. A final album, Cruisin For A Brusin was released the same day he died.
This album stands as a tribute to one of our great musicians, as Mike perfume a selection of original and classic rock and blues material.
1. Women Lovin' Each Other
2. Don't You Lie To Me
3. Cherry Red
4. Hully Gully
5. Wings Of An Angel (Prisoner's Song)
6. Walkin' the Floor
7. Junko Partner
8. Knockin' Myself Out
9. RX For the Blues
10. You Must Have Jesus