Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
RX FOR THE BLUES
KEVIN D. ALEXANDER | Long Beach, CA | 12/07/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is from another title "Taking Flight" or "Greatest Hits" and through research these songs are from Big John's Live in Chicago 1963-64. These songs are great!!! Michael Bloomfield was indeed a super guitar player!! I would recommend this album to any Michael Bloomfield fan who is searching for early stuff from this guitar legend."
I Love This Album
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have Junko Partner and American Hero. They have the same quality of sound. I am assuming this one does too, since it has the same songs. The sound quality is not great, but the selection of songs is amazing. It goes from the pop "Hully Gully" (a fun treat for me), through country blues like "Walkin' the Floor", to hardcore blues like "Junko Partner" (which I find upsetting to listen to, although I love "Knockin' Myself Out" and "Rx for the Blues"), to a gospel like "You Must Have Jesus". It shows the wide range of music Bloomfield can do a great job on! This album was my first (and still my favorite) Bloomfield album. Other albums have better guitar solos, but this one has the widest range of songs."
Not A Bad Place To Look If You Really Like Bloomers
tin2x | Staten Island, NY USA | 12/15/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is definitely an intriguiging release. It's intimate, which is another way of saying the sound ain't so great. There's bad mixing but like the other reviewer says it's from a Chi-town club. Bloomfield is singing and it doesn't always work, most notably on "You Must Have Jesus". After all this is the same guy who sung "I'm Glad I'm Jewish"! His style and limitations work out okay on tracks such as "Don't You Lie To Me" and "Women Lovin' Each Other" (which calls to mind Johnny Winter's later "Bad Girl Blues" to me - Bloomer's voice even gets a little gritty). And it is a good insight into a developing guitar legend. More fiery than a lot of his seventies work. If you have "Don't Say I Ain't Your Man!" you sort of know what Bloomfield's earlier work was like and can decide if you want more of the same. If you don't have it, I would suggest getting that first. Then you can make up your mind about whether to explore this release more.I put a note on some imports named "American Hero" and "Junko Partner" because this is the same release. I can't testify to the sound quality on those discs, but since this is only (price) you have to know this material and be obsessed with it to spend anymore. It gets pushed up a star because it's so cheap and it has historical interest (but not as much significance)."