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Count Talent and the Originals
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Mike Bloomfield Did More to Influence the Chicago Blues Scene Than Any Other Single White Musician. After Gaining Experience in the Band of Paul Butterfield (A Harmonica Player Raised Alongside the Old South Side Bluesmen)... more »
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Mike Bloomfield Did More to Influence the Chicago Blues Scene Than Any Other Single White Musician. After Gaining Experience in the Band of Paul Butterfield (A Harmonica Player Raised Alongside the Old South Side Bluesmen), Bloomfield Developed a Totally Innovative Technique Involving Long Intricate Guitar Solos Full of Soul and Intuition, which Paid Obvious Tribute to the Indian Raga. Along with Bob Dylan, Bloomfield Taught the World to Play this Kind of Folk and Blues Rock. He Worked Alongside Al Kooper, Electric Flag and Many Others, and his Career was Star-studded Right Up Until his Tragic Death in 1981. Count Talent and the Originals (1978) Finds Bloomfield in Top Form Alongside Mark Naftalin and Nick Gravenites, and with a Killer Band. Bloomfield Gives Us a Series of Memorable Tracks Including "Bad Man," a Tale of Life in the Streets, and the Heart-wrenching "You was Wrong," which Really Puts his Skills to the Test (Which He Passes with Flying Colors).
Not the Best . Only for Existing Bloomfield Fans
Lee R. Toman | Rochester, NY United States | 12/31/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album along with others from the Post Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag era Michael Bloomfield varies in quality. This is not one of the best. Much better are "My Labors and More", "Super Session", or either live album with Al kooper. Also better is "Live at the Old Wardorf".
Two of the songs on this album, Peach Tree Man and Saturday Night are also on "Knockin' Myself Out".
Best track is Bad Man. As usual Michael and Nick combine for a terrific song.
I don't recommend this CD to the average listener. If you are new to Michael Bloomfield, try the albums mentioned above (starting with "My Labors and More" and "Super Session") plus the Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag "Old Glory" albums.
If you are big Bloomfield fan (like I am), it is worth getting for Michael's slide guitar work plus Bad Man."
Spirited but uneven effort by Bloomfield and Friends
Rex Chickeneater | Armenia | 12/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Count Talent and the Originals is a worthwhile late 1970s album by the late, great guitarist Michael Bloomfield. It features many of the Bay Area-based musicians who often played with Bloomfield during that period. In contrast to the guitar playing of "Super Session," the focus here is mainly on vocals and good/bad times lyrics. "You Was Wrong" is probably the highlight, featuring excellent vocals by Jelly Roll Troy and some outstanding solos by Bloomfield. Nick Gravenites stars on "Bad Man," a brooding song. Marcia Ann Taylor's vocals on "You're Changing" and Anna Rizzo's on "Sammy Knows How to Party" will not appeal to every taste, but they have a sleazy charm well suited to the album's fun & darkness atmosphere. Bob Jones provides energetic vocals on "Love Walk" and "Let the People Dance." Bloomfield's slide guitar is featured on "When I Need You;" unfortunately, the song's arrangement, or perhaps the song itself, is not particularly interesting. Bloomfield's good-time vocals dominate "Peach Tree Man" and "Saturday Night." Overall, this album will appeal most to fans of Bloomfield's late 1970s materials, instead of those seeking the guitar hero of Highway 61-Electric Flag-Super Session-My Labors."
outlawguy | 11/04/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"i bought this for the song "you was wrong" and for collection.the rest of this isnt very good."