Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Don't Say That I Ain't Your Man! : Essential Blues, 1964-1969
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
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You'll Be Buying This Sooner or Later
tin2x | Staten Island, NY USA | 12/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, if you want to know what the hype is all about you can start here. You get classic tracks from both of Bloomers' Butterfield studio albums (classics in their own rights), The Electric Flag (who also produced some fine music), and his work with Al Kooper (Super Session and Live Adventures...). Additionally you get some tracks that are on out of print records (as in LPs) that have a great reputation.Ultimately you'll probably get the 2 Butterfield albums, Super Session, and then Live Adventures... But if you haven't yet and are saving your dough (or don't have a lot) this gives you some highlights. Of course it will make you want to buy the rest too... Just the way it works... There are great tracks missing of course, and the early tracks are more interesting to people who already have the albums mentioned above. But if the record companies gave us truly essential discs they wouldn't make money off the others.Worth getting wherever you are in discovering this inspiring guitar player. Early on it's a fantastic sampler. And if you know his work it fills in some holes with some rare tracks.Like I said it's going to be on your shopping list sooner or later."
M. Bernocchi | Old Windsor, Berkshire United Kingdom | 09/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You would probably already know that Mike Bloomfield is considered one of the best and most influential white blues guitarist ever lived. Unfortunately, due to several circumstances, and mainly to his character (apparently he was not the kind of person you would get on easily together) and his life style, his musical legacy is spread across several different albums recorded with several different bands and several different solo efforts. Due to the above, even his playing has been wonderful (most of the time) but sometime not so good either. This collection, covering 5 years of his career, includes some of his finest blues recordings, some of which previously unissued gems. If you never heard of him, I believe this is the right point to start with. Hearing him playing the blues at a so young age for sure will make you thinking about what a major star he would probably have been if his life weren't ended so tragically. This is a magnificent collection of great blues that should not be missed by any serious blues fan."
A Great Compilation of Blues
Scooter | Southern California | 03/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't give 5 stars very often, but this CD is deserving of it. From the outset I will say this is a multi-year compilation, drawn from many sources of Mike Bloomfield's catalog. If you a true blue died in the wool Bloomfield fan, you probably have all these tracks.
The CD starts out with 3-4 of Paul Butterfield's songs which featured Mike Bloomfield, the son of a rich Chicago industrial family who abandoned the wealth and dedicated his life to the blues without ever selling out to sell potato chips.
The CD then goes into a single Electric Flag song, which I think gave the band short shrift, but thats life in the compilation business.
It then moves on to 2 Super Session tracks, which will blow you away, especially Albert's Shuffle. For you purists out there, check out the Remastered version of Super Session which has this track without the annoying horns.
Then to the best part of the CD, which is Mikes work with Nick Gravenites and Mike's work at the Fillmore, previously only available in bootleg CD's albeit widely distributed. Carmelita Shuffle, It Takes Time and Don't Think About It Baby are the best tracks in the CD.
So sit back and enjoy the blues, played by one of the great masters of the genre--Mike Bloomfield."