Sunday, August 26, 2007


Michael Bloomfield, the rise and fall of an American guitar hero by Ed Ward (Cherry Lane Books 1983)
Although friends and musical partners have disputed parts of this book, with many interesting session dates in the back. For those who aren't familiar with Mike, Richard Thompson mentions Mike as on of his faves and influences; Mike may well be Bob Dylan's favorite electric guitarist; Santana began as a Bloomfield imitator when his band was called the 'Santana Blues Band' in the sixties....Robben Ford, famed session guitarist, began as Bloomfield imitator...The infamous 'Grateful Dead' jams were originally based on the 'Paul Butterfield blues Band' with Bloomfield on guitar playing 'East-West',(the name of their second album and the full-side-of-the-LP length jam on same). Dylan,Santana and Grateful Dead fans need this book to root their knowledge of their faves , and need to hear 'East-West'.

Me and Big Joe by Michael Bloomfield (Re/Search Publications 1999)
Foremost blues guitarist of the '60s and '70s Mike Bloomfield writes the tale of his early days in Chicago, where he befriends great blues legend Joe Lee Williams (AKA "Big Joe"). Together they embark on a journey to the dark, smoky blues clubs of the Midwest, encountering Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williamson, Tampa Red, Kokomo Arnold, and other blues musicians along the way. A classic American adventure story, a must read for any blues lover or musician.

The Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper with Paul Butterfield and David Clayton Thomas by Ken Brooks (Agenda Ltd 1999)
Mike Bloomfield met Al Kooper at a recording session for Bob Dylan's "Highway 61" album. Al had previously played with The Blues Project and then started Blood Sweat and Tears. Mike had played with the black bluesmen of Chicago before joining The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Mike later formed The Electric Flag with Nick Gravenites. The stories of Paul Butterfield and David Clayton Thomas are intermingled with those of Mike and Al and are also told in this 4-in-1 book. Paul and Mike were both casualties of the blues; Al and David are continuing their careers into the millennium. A track-by-track review of most of their albums and singles is included, many albums and recordings have been unavailable since the 1970s or earlier.

Michael Bloomfield - If You Love These Blues: An Oral History by Jan Mark Wolkin & Bill Keenom (Miller Freeman Books 2000)
If You Love These Blues is not a traditional biography, rather it is a compilation and arrangement of interviews of Bloomfield himself (before his death, of course), his colleagues, his intimates, and some of his important acquaintances given over the years as Bloomfield's life is explored from his youth until his untimely death. Some of the interviews of those important in his life were given years after Bloomfield's death and help the reader to form a retrospective impression of the sort of guy Bloomfield was.

Tell On It: Compendium of Obscurity by David Randall Shorey (Xlibris Corporation 2004)
TELL ON IT was the expression Mike Bloomfield used to get us to open up and get to the present tense reality, and cut to the chase. I was in his Mike Bloomfield and Friends band off and on from ‘76-81. I played and toured in all those configurations. Enjoy the photos from Tahoe to Texas to San Francisco. I remember some stuff that landed in my court, and other things that were hit over the fence. Things that are still out there in the weeds. The COMPENDIUM of OBSCURITY is a trick that I played on myself in order to burn my candle back into the story that I was trying to tell. I had difficulty leaving some things out. I had fun putting some wickedness in. Mike had a brilliant sense of humor. I owe my global perspective on the blues to him. I gained some ground in the (music) marketplace- and EXPRESS my take on my own career from Hollywood to Paris and back. I got my wings from the track and the stingers on Albert’s Shuffle. It is the way shower at his best. TELL ON IT. If it is ILLUMINATION you need, keep listening to his solos. I have been gifted in other ways. My mentor from Blueslab, *Brother Ray Charles playing SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW. It isn’t supposed to read like prose. It isn’t supposed to sound like music. It is like living in my dream.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007



MICHAEL SHRIEVE gave a very heartfelt speech on his induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, which did not make it into the official video. We would like to share it with you here.

When I was 16 years old, I called up about a dozen of my musician friends and asked if they wanted to drive up to the Fillmore with me and see if we could sit in. Michael Bloomfield, Steven Stills and Al Kooper were playing together, billed as "Supersession." Every one of my friends said no, that I was crazy. It would never happen. Until I called my last friend, who was older than me and had actually moved out of his parents' house and was living with a girl, said, "Oh man, that sounds great. Hold on a minute," whereupon he spoke to his girlfriend about it and came back to the phone and said to me "Hey, I think I'm just gonna stay in tonight." Needless to say that one phone call is the reason I didn't marry until my early thirties.... At least I can try, I said to myself. It probably won't happen but tomorrow at least I can say that I tried. So I asked my folks, who were always supportive and trusting of my musical endeavors, for the keys to the car and drove the thirty miles up to the Fillmore. I went in and walked up to the stage, pulled on Mike Bloomfield's pant leg, looked up at him and said, " Hey man, I play drums, can I sit in?" Well I was 16 but looked 12 and I fully expected him to either kick me in the face or say "Go away kid!" But instead he said, "Well the drummer's a really nice guy, let me ask him." Uh-oh. Hey, wait a minute, I thought. I was just going to try. Oh no! Well he comes back and says, "Yeah, it's cool, you can play." Oh shit. Then it hits me. I'm going to play with Michael Bloomfield, Steven Stills, and Al Kooper, on the sand stage that I'd seen with Cream, The Yardbirds, Van Morrison, Miles Davis, and BB King? Well, I played but I swear to this day I don't remember one note, not one moment of the jam. That's how scared I was. So we finished playing and now I'm backstage hanging out with the other musicians. Am I cool or what?





[g]An Evening With John Lee Hooker & Mike Bloomfield:[/g]Me and Don Wilson (the cover artist on Robert Johnson's second LP of reissues released on Columbia) were standing by the curb somewhere around where Rush St. and State St. come together in Chicago--near a below ground folk club called the Fickle Pickle. A car screeched to a stop right where we were standing. It was Bloomfield, manic and excited, and he yelled something like, "Come on, John Lee Hooker is in town for one night." We headed out to a dance hall somewhere on the West side of town on W. Roosevelt Road (12th St.) Up a long steep flight of stairs was a really basic large space where things were happening. John Lee was doing his thing, folks were dancing and drinking and, as the night wore on, somehow, John Lee heard that his harp player was getting more money than he was because he was also taking tickets at the door there. John Lee was pissed and held a one-man work stoppage; said he wouldn't play until he was given more money for the gig. As a result, Mike was asked to play some. (It seemed that he was well known in that dancehall.)Well, he did that--and everyone loved him. Folks didn't want him to stop, but Mr. Hooker thought twice about his one-man strike in the light of this new scab labor. He made it known that he wanted to be back on that stage!! Mike moved graciously away and John Lee continued right from where he left off, I think. But it's hard to say because everything John Lee Hooker does sounds alike---at least it does to me--anyhow.
I don't think the problem with the pay went anywhere after that. All seemed forgotten---and/or forgiven.
Several years later after the Electric Flag and other ventures I had to write the obituary for Mike Bloomfield in Come For To Sing magazine. It was one of the hardest writing jobs I ever did. All I really remember about it was how damn mad I was with Mike---for, seemingly, tossing it all away. Same with Butterfield and so many others. Just a huge damn waste.
Still, it's fun remembering this and writing it out. I can almost smell that place...


Mike Bloomfield- Ext. from The Rolling Stones interview April 1968

RS : How did you get involve with the blues ? What was happening then in Chicago from which so much new blues talent come ?

MB : Well, I'll tell you a little bit about the Chicago blues scene, the white chicago blues scene. The Whole story as best as I can remember it. now what originally went down, the first cats I knew on the scene-they were several areas, where there were people interrested in blues in Chicago-the collectors, and the records cats, the historians and the discoverers who somewhere in their life realized that they where living in a city that was fraught with the real shit - All the whole cats on the records that had moved out to the Pigeonfoot, Georgia - and had ended up in Chicago. And I was one of those cats, like Bob Kessler and Pete Welding. There were a whole lot of people. And then there were cats around who where folkies, who put blues among other esoteric, ethnic folk music.

RS : Was Charles Keil one of those cats ?

MB : Charlie Keil, yeah, Charles was one of those cats. And then there were a very few cats who dug blues because they were living in that neighborhood and there were nothing but spades around and they dug hanging out in the bars. And there were a few cats like that. The first cat on the scene that I picked up on - the old grandaddy of the white Chicago blues scene - was Nick the Greek Gravenites. Nick was from the the West side man, a very tough Polak neighborhood, like they were smoking reefers. And the next cat down there on the really tough scene was Butterfield and like Butterfield want to play harp. And he went down there when he was a young man, right down on the street which was the hardest fucking scene in the world, the baddest, filled with bad motherfuckers. He went down there. Butterfield when down there with his harp and sucked up to Junior Wells, and cotton, and Little Walter. After a bit Butterfield got better than them. At that time Butterfield was going to the University of Chicago, but he spent most of his time on the street and I felt that for all practical purposes, Butterfield was just a tough street spade - like Malcom X - a real tough cat, Man. At that time I was hanging around the folk scene, with the ethnic folks freaking out with "Little Sandy review", flipping out with Rev. Gary Davis & Lightnin' Hopkins and folk music. Oh man, everything from Woody Guthrie to the country blues. That's where I was at. But basically my heart really belonged down there, with blues singing. Because that was like rock & roll but only a million times better. That was the real thing. When I was around eighteen years old I had been sort of messing around and Butterfield sort of accepted me at all, he just sort of thought of as a folky jew boy, because like Butterfield was there and I was just sort of a white kid hanging around and not really playing the shit right, but Butterfield was there man. I guess that was about where the scene was at and I didn't know many people. I just knew Butterfield & Nick Gravenites & Elvin Bishop (who was working already with Paul at the time) and a few folkies. Then when I was around eighteen this cat, Charlie Musselwhte, came up from Memphis and he dug the blues too. He was from an old blues scene at home in Memphis. Mostly it was like Butterfield scene, in which he hung around with Furry Lewis & other old blues singers. I was also pretty much by this time, pretty blues conscious. I was managing this club and every tuesday night I'd try seriously to have concerts with Muddy Waters and Sleepy John Estes, all the blues singers in Chicago that I could get hold of, that I'd ever met or tried to meet. I tried to get especially the rare cats. I was around eighteen and got this band together. We played a year with Big Joe Williams. I played piano with them and Charlie Musselwhite play harp. Eventually Joe Left and when we worked there, we played nothing but blues. The band was Musselwhite, and this cat from the Sopwith Camel named Norman Mayall who is from Chicago, yeah...and this bass player who was from Roy Rogers's band. Mike Johnson was the name of our lead guitar player. He was sort of a rock player, he sang rock & roll. When we got together we didn't play nothing but blues and we weren't real good, but we had a lot of feeling. After that I left that club and went to another club, after playing there for a year, and gave Butterfield my gig there. I said, "listen, my gig's done there, why don't you work there ?" Butterfield had a band that had a sound all its own, an out of sight band, the best band to ever come down in that area, tight, tough, blew everybody's mind. So Butterfield played there. And right after that, cats started saying that the white groups were really getting down to it, because the rules had been laid down: you had to be as good as the spades in town; you had to be as good as Otis Rush, you had to be as good as Buddy Guy, as good as Freddy King, whatever instrument you played at that time, you had to be as good as they were. And who wants to be bad on the South Side ? Man, you were exposed all over I mean right in that city where you lived, in one night you could hear Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, Junior Wells, Lloyd Jones, just dozens of different blues singers, some famous, some not so famous. They were all part of the blues, and in New York Bob Dylan & his cats were playing their thing on the blues. But like Chicago they were playing the real blues because that's where they were working; they whey were working with the cats. Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall, who are not really good, worked a year in the Pepper's Lounge, one of the funkiest clubs, for a year as a novelty act. Corky played the drums and the piano. Applejack cats you don't know about, Chicago Slim, and Steve Miller and all the cat's in Steve Band. The thing is all the Chicago musiciens played the blues and all the other cats were imitators. We were playing right along with them and an imitation just could not do. It had to be the real thing, it had to be right. They had to stand up. Is was Buddy Guy playing just two doors down from you. You wanted to burn him if you could, you know, you just wanted to get up there and burn him off the stage. I think it was really Healthy.

RS : What professional bands did you play with or sit in with at that time ?

MB : Millions of them. It would take a day to give you all the names. I didn't play with as many as many cats did, because I got my own band. I stayed with them for two years. We were signed John Hammond and we recorded for Columbia Records. And it was really weird...we looked like the Stones then you know...really long hair...and outlandish clothes... this was year before the Stones and it was never issued. They never issued a fucking track that we cut.

RS : Did you play with about all the major blues men ?

MB : Millions of them, really, millions of Blue cats. I played with them, I was helped by them. There are pictures of them on my wall; different cats who are special friends. like Big Joe Williams, he was like a father, a close friend. With cats like Muddy, Man, it's like seeing your old uncle. Seeing Muddy on the road or at gig or something, it's like gigging with the whole family or something, with your older brothers and uncles or something like that. It's a very close thing. The Older cats have gotten a lot of work because the younger cats have talked about them and said "man, you think I'm Good, you should hear cats like Little that cat can play harp" That what Butterfield said. It's like me with B.B. King. They're at the Fillmore now. Man, they wouldn't be at the fillmore if there weren't cats talking about them. The main reason you talk about them is because you love them. I know I love them. These cats who where so groovy to teach me and they were so groovy because they weren't satisfeid with just the little white boy playing those licks. You had to be good in order for them to dig you. They just weren't happy, they weren't grabbed, just to see a white cat playing that music. That wasn't where it was at. It was when a white cat socked it to them. They'd yell at the right time and say that was the real shit. That's so good man !

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.
Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA; January 31, 1981

Don’t Brush My Teeth “Last Call,” Bootleg CD
Dark Road Blues
Mean Mistreater
I Don’t Know
Nobody Knows You
Roll On, Buddy/KC Blues
TB Blues
Country Mechanic
Untitled Short Instrumental
Frankie & Johnny
Feelin’ Good
Come On in My Kitchen

Doug Sahm, v, g; Michael Bloomfield, g; Speedy Sparks, b; other members of the Sir Douglas Quintet.
Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA; February 1981

Unknown titles Live performance

The Sir Douglas Quintet shared the bill with Bloomfield at the Catalyst Club. Bloomfield sat in one evening and performed “a few Dylan tunes” with the band.

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others(?) unknown.
Belly-Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA; February 1981

Unknown titles(?) Live performance

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v.
San Francisco, CA(?); February 13, 1981

Interview with Tom Yates Proposed radio series on guitarists

Portions of this interview aired in 1981(?) on a program called "Guitar – A Rock Episode." It also featured Duane Allman. Stations that carried it are unknown.

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD dies of an overdose on February 15, 1981 in San Francisco. He is 37 years old.

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Michael Bloomfield : Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Woody Harris : Guitar, Vocals
Margaret Edmondson : Cello, Vocals
Silvano Borgatta : Piano
Dave Baker : Drums
Claudio Bazzari : Slide Guitar
Chuck Fryers : Guitar
Tino Cappelletti : Bass
Fabio Treves : Harmonica
Bob Dylan : Vocals, Guitar, Hca
Fred Tackett : Guitar
Willie Smith : Keyboards
Tim Drummond : Bass
Jim Keltner : Drums
Clydie King, Carolyn Dennis and Regina Havis : Backing Vocals

1980. Sep. - Recorded live in Milano, Italy (Video)

1980. Sep. 8. - Recorded live in Parco delle Fascine, Firenze
01. “She’s Gone, Gone, Gone” (3.41)
02. “Alabama Women” (5.09)
03. “I Was Born In The Woods, And Schooled In The Lion’s Den” (4.00)
04. “Bartender’s Blues” (5.21)
05. “Tryin’ To Get To You” (5.55)
06. “Frankie & Johnnie” (5.34)
07. "Spike Driver's Moan" (4.02)
08. “Jesus On The Mainline” (6.04)
09. “Louise” (instrumental) (3.13)
10. “At The Cross” (instrumental) (3.45)
11. “Great Dreams From Heaven” (instrumental) (3.14)
12. “Finger Fat” (instrumental) (1.54)
13. “Knockin’ Myself Out” (4.27)
14. “We Shall Overcome” (3.45)
15. “Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond” (4.52)
16. “I’m A Country Mechanic” (3.29)

1980.Sep.12 Recorded Live In Napoli
Streaming :
17. "Intro/Bark Road Blues"
18. "Prison Bound"
19. "Have You Ever Seen Somebody"
20. "Bartender's Blues"
21. "Knockin' Myself Out"
22. "Trying To Get To You"
23. "You Better Stop Drinkin' That Wine Sonny Boy"
24. "Frankie & Johnny"
25. "Feelin' Good"
26. "In A Brand New Auromobile"
27. "Finger Fat"
28. "Louise"
29. "Great Dreams From Heaven"
30. "Great Dreams From Heaven-Reprise"
31. "Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond"
32. "Shake Rattle & Roll-Encore"

1980. Sep.13. - Recorded live at Mestre Teatro, San Mauro
33. "Introduction" (0.18)
34. "Dark Road Blues" (3.10)
35. "Arkansas Moonshine Baby" (5.06)
36. "Chains Of Love" (5.05)
37. "Bartender's Blues" (4.07)
38. "Tryin' To Get To You" (2.05)
39. "Frankie & Johnnie" (4.31)
40. "Fool For A Cigarette/Feelin' Good" (4.32)
41. "Look Over Yonders Wall" (4.22)
42. "Louise" (instrumental) (2.19)
43. "Over The Rainbow" (instrumental) (2.39)
44. "Finger Fat" (instrumental) (1.40)
45. "At The Cross" (instrumental) (3.32)
46. "We Shall Overcome" (instrumental) (3.22)
47. "Gonna Need Somebody On My Bond" (4.51)
48. "Great Dreams From Heaven" (2.30)
49. "Knockin' Myself Out" (4.03)

1980. Sep.14. - Live at Castel D’Azzano, Verona
50. "Introduction by MB" (0.15)
51. "Dark Road Blues" (2.32)
52. "Alabama Women" (4.13)
53. "Chillen Chillen Chillen" (4.33)
54. "Bartender's Blues" (4.54)
55. "Tryin' To Get To You" (2.43)
56. "Hey Good Looking" (1.57)
57. "Frankie & Johnnie" (5.19)
58. "Fool For A Cigarette/Feelin' Good" (3.47)
59. "Crazy \bout An Automobile" (3.50)
60. "Louise" (instrumental) (2.28) w/intro
61. "Finger Fat"(1.18)
62. "Over The Rainbow" (instrumental) (3.04)
63. "Knocking Myself Out" (4.39)
64. "We Shall Overcome" (instrumental) (3.26)
65. "Gonna Need Somebody On My Bond" (5.14)
66. "Country Mechanic" (3.22)
67. "MB names his tunes" (1.00)

1980.Sep.15 - Recorded Live in Palasport, Torino
68. “Dark Road Blues” (4.48)
69. “Prison Bound Blues” (4.50)
70. “Shake, Rattle & Roll” (4.36)
71. “Five Long Years” (5.00)
72. “Don’t You Lie to Me” (4.35)
73. “The Yonker Blues” (4.14)

1980. Sep.23. - Recorded Live At Mariahissen, Stockholm
1980. Sep.24. - Recorded Live At Uppsala Musikforum

According to an interview with Woody Harris in the book “If You Love These Blues – An Oral History” by Keenom & Wolkin, Bloomfield /Harris played the Bitter End in NY for several nights. The Bottom Line, NY (filmed by French TV). In Boston several times and Washington DC, and The Main Point club in Pennsylvania two or three times. And last in McCabe’s in Santa Monica, CA. These performances are supposedly to have happened late Oct. early Nov.

1980. Nov.15. - Recorded live at Fox Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California
74. "Introduction by Bob Dylan/ “Like A Rolling Stone" (7.30)
75. "The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar" (6.35)

1980.Dec.12 - Recorded At Chester Town Meeting House, CT
76. Sloppy Drunk
77. Women Lovin' Each Other
78. Now You're Gone
79. Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out
80. I Think He's Hiding
81. ?
82. That's Why I Love Mankind
83. Nellie Bly
84. Come Back Baby
85. Grave Train
86. Snowbound
87. ?
88. ?
89. Reflections In The Water
90. Night Soil
91. ?
92. ?
93. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
94. ?
95. ?

(01-16)CD "Bloomfield/Harris Live In Firenze" (Bootleg)
(17-32)CD "Bloomfield/Harris Live In Napoli" (Bootleg)
(33-49)CD "Bloomfield/Harris Live In Mestre" (Bootleg)
(50-67)CD "Bloomfield/Harris Live In Verona" (Bootleg)
(63,65,68-73)CD "Bloomfield/Live In Italy" (Bootleg)
(74-75)CD "Bob Dylan - Farewell Bloomfield" (Bootleg)
(76-95)CD "Bloomfield/Live In Chester Meeting Hall" (Bootleg)

MIKE BLOOMFIELD "Cruisin' For A Bruisin'" (1980)

1980. Oct. 27. - Nov. 29.
Recorded At Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California
Producer : Norman Dayron

Michael Bloomfield, guitars 1-10 vocals 1,2,4,6,7,10 piano 1,6-10 organ 8
Henry Oden, bass 1-10
Tom Rizzo, dr 1-10
Hart McNee, baritone sax 1,3-5,8 vocal 8
King Perkoff, tenor sax 1,3-5,8
Derrick Walker, tenor sax 1,3-5,8 hca 7
Jonathan Cramer, piano 2,4,5,10

01. “Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’”
02. “Linda Lu”
03. “Papa-Mama-Rompah-Stompah” (3.27)
04. “Junker’s Blues”
05. “Midnight”
06. “It’ll Be Me”
07. “Motorized Blues”
08. “Mathilda”
09. “Winter Moon”
10. “Snowblind”

(01-10)LP "Cruisin' For A Bruisin'” (1981-Takoma)
(04,06,10)CD "Best Of Mike Bloomfield" (1987-Takoma)
(3)CD "Best Of Mike Bloomfield" (1997-Takoma)

MIKE BLOOMFIELD "Living In The Fast Lane" (1980)

Producer Norman Dayron -

Michael Bloomfield : Vocals 5,6,8, Guitar 1-8, Organ 1, Piano 6,7, Bass 7, Perc. 3, Tamb. 1
Frank Biner : Vocal 1
Mark Naftalin : Piano 1, ARP Synthesizer 6, Electric Piano 5,8
Roger Troy : Bass 1,5,8
George Marsh : Drums 1,5,8
Duke Tito & The Marin County Playboys : Background Vocals 5,8
Sons of Kings : Vocals 2
Clay Cotton : Keyboards 2
Carl Severeid : Bass 2
Dwight Dailey : Drums 2
Toots Suite : Horns 2
Bob Jones : Vocals 4, Bass 4, Drums 4,7
Ann(a) Rizzo : Vocals 4
Mr. Robot : Percussion 4
Mark Adams : Harmonica 5

01. “Maudie” (3.06)
02. “Roots” (3.30)
03. “Watkin’s Rag”(1.43)
04. “Andy’s Bad” (3.50)
05. “Used to It” (2.43)
06. “Big C Blues” (3.31) w/m MB
07. “The Dizz Rag” (3.34)

(01-07)LP “Living In The Fast Lane” (1981-Line)
(01-07)CD "Living In The Fast Lane" (1991-Line)

An album with great tracks from a variety of sessions — from great pop to blues and rag to sublime gospel (the three tracks from 1975 not listed here). “Andy’s Bad” is from the 1977 movie of the same name and is a very catchy tune with the drummer Bob Jones whispering the title (in the movie it’s only instrumental). Tracks (1) is the lesser lights, but still good. Tracks (3,6,and 7) have MB on a lot of instruments and are great showcases for his versatility in the blues genre. Hearing them one thinks he could play that kind of music around the clock. A good album. Might have been released in the US before his death, but it hit Europe immediately after, as the first posthumous release.


1979. July, 9-13.
Recorded in Mill Valley, California, a C.T.
Production by Norman Dayron

Michael Bloomfield : Guitars
D. Woodfull “Woody” Harris : Guitars

01. “I’ll Overcome” (2.24)
02. “I Must See Jesus” (3.51)
03. “Great Dreams from Heaven”
04. “Gonna Need Somebody on My Bond” (2.51)
05. “ I Am a Pilgrim” (2.08)
06. “Farther Along” (5.15)
07. “Have Thine Own Way” (2.20)
08. “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” (2.22)
09. “Peace in the Valley” (2.42)

(01-09)LP “Bloomfield/Harris” (1979-Kicking Mule/Sonet)
(01-09)CD "If You Love This Blues..." (2004-Ace Records)
(04,06,08)CD "Blues, Gospel & Ragtime Guitar Intr." (1993-Shanachie)


Recorded At The Old Waldorf, SF
Producer Norman Dayron
Executive Producer, Nigel Molden

Michael Bloomfield : Vocals 1-6 Guitar 1-7
Barry Goldberg : Piano 1, Organ 2,5,7
Ira Kamin : Organ 1, Piano 3,4
Bob Jones : Drums 1-7
Roger Troy : Bass 1,2,5-7 Vocals 7
The Originals : Baritone & Tenor Saxo­phone
Mark Naftalin, Piano 2,5-7
Doug Kilmer : Bass 3,4
Mark Adams : Harmonica 5
Voices : Anna Rizzo, Bill McEuen, Mary Stripling, David Shorey, Betsy Rice, Sophie Kamin

01. “Lights Out” (1.44)
02. “Between the Hard Place and the Ground” (3.37)
03. “Big Chief from New Orleans” (6.15)
04. “Kid Man Blues” (4.50)
05. “Orphan’s Blues” (5.06)
06. “Juke Joint” (7.00)
07. “Your Friends” (6.45)

1979.Feb.20 - Live At The Earth Tavern, Portland
Streaming :
Mike Bloomfield : Lead Vocals, Guitar
Aston Delone : Piano
David Churry : Bass
Bob Jones : Drums, Vocals
08. "Big Chief Of New Orleans"
09. "Blue Ghost" aka "Bucca's Blues"
10. "Saturday Woman"
11. "She Took My Money"
12. "Kansas City"
13. "Rock Me Baby" (End only)
14. "Stand By Me"

15. "Feel So Bad"
16. "Moving Down The Road"

(01-07)LP “Between The Hard Place & The Ground” (1979-Takoma)
(01,05,07)CD "Best Of Mike Bloomfield" (1987-Takoma)
(02,05,07)CD "Best Of Mike Bloomfield" (1997-Takoma)

(08-16)CD "Live At The Earth Tavern, Portland" (Bootleg)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


1978. Oct.1.
Recorded live at the Greek Theatre, University of California at Berkeley

Paul Butterfield : Harmonica, Vocals 2-6,8
Michael Bloomfield : Guitar, Backing vocals 13
Elvin Bishop : Guitar, Vocals 9,13
Mark Naftalin : Piano, organ
Sam Lay : Drums, Vocals 10,11
Jerome Arnold : Bass, vocals 7,13
Maria Muldaur : Vocals 10,11,13

01. “Introduction by Chet Helms” (2.49)
02. “Born In Chicago” (6.10)
03. “Our Love Is Drifting” (10.33)
04. “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright” (6.08)
05. “Shake Your Moneymaker” (6.31)
06. “Get Out Of My Life Woman” (8.22)
07. “Paying The Price To Feeling Nice” (10.01)
08. “Mystery Train” (7.03)
09. “Little Brown Bird” (9.52)
10. “Got My Mojo Working part 1” (3.32)
11. "Got My Mojo Working part 2" (jam) (6.37)
12. "Getting ready for the encore" (1.22)
13. “Don’t You Lie To Me” (9.31)
14. "Wavy Gravy Outtro" (1.13)

(01-14)CD "The Butterfield Blues Band Reunion Concert" (Bootleg)


1978.Jan.2 - Blue Gravy with Nick Gravenites and Count Talent live at The Village, SF January 19, 1978

1978. Jul.2. - Recorded at The Other End Café, San Francisco, Ca
Michael Bloomfield : Guitar, Vocals 1-14
John Cramer : Piano, vocals 15

Unknow : Bass
Unknow : Drums
01. “Kansas City” (4.48)
02. “Death Cell Rounder Blues” (9.39)
03. “Guitar King” (7.44)
04. “I’m With You Always” (“Lo, Though I Am With Thee”) (3.09)
05. “Instrumental” (1.57)
06. “Katie Mae” (7.16)
07. ”Come On In My Kitchen” (5.46)
08. “Rx For The Blues” (2.58)
09. “Junko Partner” (5.52)
10. “Goodnight Irene” (6.43)
11. “Shake Rattle And Roll” (4.09)
12. “Frankie And Johnnie” (4.07)
13. “Little Sheba” (6.00)
14. “Women Lovin’ Each Other” (6.19)
15. “Snowblind” (9.29)

1978. Sep.8. - Recorded Live At Antone’s, Austin, Texas
Michael Bloomfield : Vocals 1-7,14-16, Guitar 01-16, Piano
Mark Naftalin : Piano
Unknow Bass & Drums
Unknow Vocals 8,9,10,11,12

16. “Big Chief From New Orleans” (3.05)
17. “They Took My Money” (7.18)
18. “Women Lovin’ Each Other” (6.44)
19. “Knockin’ Myself Out” (6.57)
20. “Snowblind” (9.34)
21. “Linda Lu” (3.58)
22. “She’s 19 Years Old” (6.42)
23. “Movin’ Down A Back Road” (4.26)
24. “It’s Gonna Be All right” (8.57)
25. “Feel So Bad” (5.06)
26. “Goin’ Down The Street” (4.40)
27. “Tell It Like It Is” (5.25)
28. “Louisiana Blues” (4.10) (Mojo Hand)
29. “Don’t You Lie To Me” (4.32)
30. “Stranger In My Own Hometown” (5.01) fades out
31. “Times Tough” (6.25) fades out

(01-15)CD "Mike Bloomfield At The Other Café" (Bootleg)
(16-31)CD "Bloomfield At Antone's, Austin, Texas" (Bootleg)

MIKE BLOOMFIELD "Count Talent & The Originals" (1978)

Recorded at Xanadu Recording Co., San Francisco, California -
Producer : Norman Dayron

Michael Bloomfield :
Vocals 3,8, Back Up Vocals 9, Guitar 1-10 Organ 2,7 Six String Banjo 3, Piano 3,4,7,8 Bass 3,8, Fen­der Rhodes 7, Percussion 7,9
Bob Jones : Vocals 1,10 Drums 1-10 Percussion 1,9 Back Up Vocals
Mark Naftalin : Pia­no 1,3,5,6,9,10 accordion 2 Fender Rhodes Arp Synthesizer 4 - Soma, Bass 1,4,6
Clay Cotton : Clavinet 1
Roger Troy : vocals 2,6, Back Up Vocals 6
Thaddeus Reese : Bass 2
Ann Rizzo : Vocals 5,6 bBack Up Vocals
Ted Ashford : Organ 5, Hohner Pianette 10
Jack Blades : Bass 5,10
Jerry Martini : Saxophone 5,10
Dennis Marcellino : Saxophone 5,10
Max Haskett : Trumpet 5,10
Andrew Goldstein : Trombone 5,10
Nick Gravenites : Vocals 7
David Shorey : Bass 7,9 Vocals 9 Back Up Vocals
Marcia Ann Taylor : Vocals 9 Back Up Vocals
Ray Loeckle : Saxopho­ne
Cal Lewiston : Trumpet
Chuck Bennett : Trombone (and clarinet 3)

01. “Love Walk” (3.59)
02. “You Was Wrong” (2.43)
03. “Peach Tree Man” (3.46)
04. “When I Need You” (5.12)
05. “Sammy Knows How to Party” (3.04)
06. “I Need Your Loving” (3.19)
07. “Bad Man” (4.47)
08. “Saturday Night” (1.51)
09. “You’re Changin’” (5.31)
10. “Let the People Dance” (3.00)

(01-10)LP "Count Talents & The Originals" (1978-Clouds)
(4)CD "Blues, Gospel & Ragtime Guitar Instr." (1993-Shanachie)


Recorded at Tres Virgos/Tamarin, Mill Valley, California
Producer Norman Dayron

Michael Bloomfield :
Vocals 2-7, Guitar 1-8, Piano 1-3,7,8, Accordion 7, Tipple 7, Moog 8, Organ 8, Six String Banjo 2,6, Bass 8
Bob Jones : Drums 1-8, Tam­bou­­rine 3, Background Vocals 3
David Shorey : Bass 2,3,6,7, Background Vocals 2,3
Douglas Kilmer : Bass 4,5
Ira Kamin : Piano 4,5
Kraig Kilby : Trombone 6

01. “Guitar King” (4.10)
02. “Knockin’ Myself Out” (4.05)
03. “My Children, My Children” (4.35)
04. “Women Loving Each Other” (6.12)
05. “Sloppy Drunk” (5.58)
06. “You Took My Money” (3.58)
07. “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (4.50)
08. “The Gospel Truth” (4.00)

(01-08)LP "Michael Bloomfield" (1978-Takoma)
(02,05-08)CD "The Best Of Mike Bloomfield" (1997-Takoma)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

MIKE BLOOMFIELD "Guitar Instrumentals" (1977)

Prod. Norman Dayron
Unknow Studio

Michael Bloomfield : Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums

1. “Memphis Radio Blues” (3.33)
2. “Blake’s Rag” (1.45)
3. “Hawaiian Guitar Waltz” (4.05)
4. “Blues For Norman” (4.42)
5. “Wheelchair Rag” (4.35)

(01-05)CD "Blues, Gospel & Ragtime Guitar Instrumentals" (1993-Shanachie)

BIG JOE TURNER "Live At The Palm's Café" (1977)

Recorded live at The Palms Café, 1406 Polk Street, San Francisco

Big Joe Turner : Vocals
Michael Bloomfield, Guitar
Mark Naftalin : Piano
Unknow : Saxophone
Pat Campbell : Bass
Bob Scott : Drums

01. “Every Day I Have the Blues” (9.43)
02. “Early One Morning” (6.13)
03. “Hide and Go Seek” (4.44)
04. “The Night Time Is the Right Time” (7.26)
05. “Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo” (7.27)
06. “I’ve Got A Pocket Full of Pencils/I Want My Baby to Write Me” (13.13)
07. “Stormy Monday Blues” (6.41)
08. “Roll ’Em Pete” (3.31)
09. “Shake, Rattle And Roll” (5.26)
10. “When the Sun Goes Down” (4.20)
11. “How Long Blues” (3.26)
12. “Flip, Flop and Fly” (6.10)
13. “Honey Hush” (“Hi Ho Silver”) (5.48)
14. “TV Mama” (5.11)
15. “Chicken and the Hawk” (4.48)
16. “Write Me a Letter” (5.48)
17. “Chains of Love” (7.25)
18. “Corinna, Corrine” (5.42)
19. “Shake, Rattle and Roll” (7.20)
20. “I Hear You Knockin’” (8.00)
21. “Give Me an Hour in Your Garden” (11.22)
22. “Roll Me Baby” (8.02)
23. “Ain’t Gonna Be Your Lowdown Dog” (3.26)
24. “Stormy Monday Blues” (6.30)
25. “Roll ‘Em Pete” (3.58)
26. “Shake, Rattle And Roll” (3.20)
27. “When The Sun Goes Down” (3.24)
28. “Morning, Noon And Night” (3.21)
29. “Hide And Go Seek” (4.40)
30. “How Long Blues” (6.49)
31. “The Night Time Is the Right Time”
32. “The Things I Used To Do” (9.28)
33. “Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo”
34. “On My Way To Denver”
35. “Jump For Joy”

(04,12,13,14,17,18,21,33)CD "Big Joe Turner Live At The Palm's Café, San Francisco" (Bootleg)

MIKE BLOOMFIELD "Live At The Old Waldorf" (1977)

Recorded Live At The Old Waldorf, San Francisco
Prod. : Norman Dayron

Mike Bloomfield : Lead Guitar, Nick Gravenites : Vocals, Rythm Guitar, Mark Naftalin : Piano, Roger "Jellyroll" Troy : Bass, Bob Jones : Drums + John Cippolina : Guitar (05-15)

01. "Dancin' Fool" (3.49)

02. "Bye, Bye" (4.25)

03. “Feel So Bad” (4.26)
04. "Farther On Up The Road" (3.16)

05. “I Don’t Want No Wife” (3.21)
06. “Move On Over” (6.02)
07. “You Send Me” (9.07) incl. introduction of the band
08. “Feel So Bad” (8.45)
09. “Mr. Pitiful” (6.34)
10. “Tell Me Like It Is” (7.39)
11. “When I Was a Cowboy” (6.46)
12. “Women Lovin’ Each Other” (5.40)
13. “Try It Before You Buy It” (5.42)
14. “Too Much Monkey Business” (5.03)
15. “Instrumental” (cut short) (3.17)

16. “Bad Luck Baby” (5.52)
17. “The Sky Is Cryin’” (5.53)

(01-04,16-17)CD "Live At The Old Waldorf" (1998-Sony/Columbia)
(05-15)CD "MB & Friends With John Cippolina" (Bootleg)

MIKE BLOOMFIELD "Analine" (1977)

Recorded at Beggs/American Zoetrope and Xanadu Recording Co.

Michael Bloomfield :
Guitar 1-9 Banjo 1, Bass 1,4-6,8, Tipple 6, Ukulele 6, Drums 1,8 Piano 1,4,5 Organ 4,5,9 Vocal 1,3,5
Bob Jones : Drums 4,9 Vocals 9
Nick Gravenites : Vocals 9, Guitar 9
Roger Troy : Bass 9
Mark Naftalin : Piano, Accordion 9
Anna Rizzo, vocals 9
Marcia Ann Taylor, vocals 9

01. “Peepin’ An’ A Moanin’ Blues” (2.38)
02. “Mr. Johnson and Mr. Dunn” (2.52)
03. “Frankie and Johnny” (4.06)
04. “At the Cross” (4.34)
05. “Big “C” Blues” (3.52)
06. “Hilo Waltz” (4.05)
07. “Effinonna Rag” (4.29)
08. “Mood Indigo” (5.18)
09. “Analine” (5.34)

(01-09)LP "Analine" (1977-Takoma Rec.)
(04,08)CD “Blues, Gospel & Ragtime Guitar Ins.” (1993-Shanachie Rec.)
(02-03,07)CD "Best Of Mike Bloomfield" (1997-Takoma)

MIKE BLOOMFIELD "Live At McCabe's" (1977)

Recorded live at McCabe’s, Santa Monica, California
Producer : Denny Bruce

Mike Bloomfield : Guitar, Vocals
Mark Naftalin : Keyboards
Roger Troy : Bass, Vocals
Buell Neidlinger : Bass
Buddy Helm : Drums
Bob Jones : Drums

01. “Eyesight to the Blind” (4:15)
02. "Women Lovin' Each Other" (8.19)
03. “Linda Lu” (4:01)
04. “Kansas City Blues” (3:44)
05. "Toilet Story" (0.56)
06. "Frankie & Johnny" (4.38)
07. "Lord, Though I Am With Thee"="I'm With You Always" (3.38)
08. "Jockey Blues"="My Father Was A Jockey" (3.50)
09. "Blues In B Flat" (5.56)
10. “Darktown Strutter’s Ball/Mop Mop/Call Me A Dog” (4:06)
11. "Stagger Lee" (4.20)
12. “I'm Glad I'm Jewish” (3:11)
13. “Great Gifts From Heaven” (3:32)
14. “Between the Hard Place and the Ground” (7:07)
15. "Don't You Lie To Me" (3.30)
16. "Cherry Red" (4.40)
17. "Hymn Tune" (3.34)
18. “Uncle Bob's Barrelhouse Blues” (5:46)
19. “Wee Wee Hours”(7:25)
20. “Vamp in C” (4:13)
21. “Some of These Days” (2:34)
22. "A-Flat Boogaloo" (5.20)
23. “Hully Gully” (4.01)
24. “Wings Of An Angel” (3.55)
25. “Walkin’ The Floor” (4.23)
26. “Don’t You Lie To Me” (4.09)
27. “Junko Partner” (4.44)
28. “Knockin’ Myself Out” (3.45)
29. “Women Lovin’ Each Other” (4.43)
30. “Cherry Red” (3.45)
31. “RX For The Blues” (2.20)
32. “You Must Have Jesus” (5.36)

(01,06-08,11,12,15,17,21-22)CD "I'm With You Always" (1987-Demon Rec.)
(01,03-04,07-08,10,12-14,18-21)CD "Between The Hard Place & The Ground" (1990-Thunderbolt/Magnum)
(23-32)CD "American Hero"(1996-Thunderbolt) /"Rx For The Blues" (1996-Eclipse) / "Junko Partner" (2000-Fruit Tree)...

Friday, September 22, 2006


Live At The Pipeline Tavern, Seattle Wash.
Mike Bloomfield : Guitar, Vocals 6,11,13
Nick Gravenites : Guitar, Vocals 1-4,9-10,14-15
Jellyroll Troy : Bass, Vocals 7,8,12

Unknow : Drums
01. "Thinking Bout My Family"
02. "Buried Alive In The Blues"
03. "Don't Come To My Party"
04. "Blue Highway"
05. "Small Walk In Box"
06. "Women Lovin' Each Other"
07. "One Of These Days"
08. "Meet Me In The Bottom"
09. "My Labors"
10. "Six Weeks In Reno"
11. "It's About Time"
12. "Your Friends"
13. "Do You Work At Night"
14. "Gypsy Good Time"
15. "Goodnight Irene"

(01-15)CD "MB & NG Live At The Pipeline, Seattle 1976" (Bootleg)

1976.June18-20 - Bloomfield, Gravenites, Naftalin live at “Inn Of The Beginning”, Cotati

1976.Sep.7-9 - Michael Bloomfield Live at Antone’s, Texas

1976.Dec.19 - Live At The Old Waldorf, San Francisco

Mike Bloomfield : Lead Guitar
Nick Gravenites : Vocals, Rythm Guitar
Mark Naftalin : Piano
Roger "Jellyroll" Troy : Bass
Bob Jones : Drums

01. "Buried Alive In The Blues (4.55)
02. "Your Friends" (7.18)

(01-02)CD "Live At The Old Waldorf" (1998-Columbia/Sony Music)

MIKE BLOOMFIELD - "If You Love This Blues..." (1976)

Free Download :

Producer : Michael Bloomfield & Eric Kriss
Exec. producer : Jim Crockett

Michael Bloomfield : Vocals 2,4-6,9-13 Guitar 1-13 Bass 2,13 Piano 9,13 Organ 13 Banjo 11 Drums. 13
Ira Kamin : Organ 1,3,9 Piano 3,5,7,11,12
Doug Kilmer : Bass 1,3,5,9,11,12
Tom Donlinger : Drums 1-3,5,7
Eric Kriss : Piano 2,4
Ron Stal­lings : Tenor Sax 5,9
Hart McNee : Baritone Sax 5,9
Nick Gravenites : Vocals 7, Guitar 7
Roger Troy : Bass 7
Dave Neditch : Drums 9,11,12

01. “If You Love These Blues” (1.08)
02. “Hey, Foreman”(2.52)
03. “WDIA” (3.33)
04. “Death Cell Rounder Blues” (3.31)
05. “City Girl” (4.27)
06. “Kansas City” (3.05) (3.08)
07. “Mama Lion” (3.37) (3.57)
08. “Thrift Shop Rag” (1.45) (1.48)
09. “Death in My Family” (3.56)
10. “East Colorado Blues” (1.33)
11. “Blue Ghost Blues” (2.14)
12. “The Train Is Gone” (2.54)
13. “The Altar Song” (2.15)

(01-13)LP "If You Love This Blues, Play Em As You Please" (1976-Sonnet Rec.)
(01-13)CD "If You Love This Blues, Play Em As You Please" (2004-Ace Rec.)

Mike Bloomfield Liner Notes:

"I was lucky enough to grow up in Chicago when you could hear blues on seven or eight radio stations each night. And any night you wanted to hear it Live, It Was there in the clubs and the bars. So, I had huge chances to study it firsthand, to have the best blues musicians personally instruct me. But, in making this album, I feel I'm payin' back this debt indirectly.Most people who created the early blues style, the people I learned from, are dying or dead. So, on this record I'm trying to re-create what I Was able to listen to when I was Learning, I'm Trying to capture and isolate the idioms clearly enough so you'll understand not only the guitar licks, but the entire blues form.'Cause If you don't now the form, you don't got nothin'. Let this record be an introduction. I've presented several styles to give you a broad overview of blues. Listen carefully, imitate what you can, add your own creative energy, and you'll be on your way"

VARIOUS ARTIST "San Francisco Blues Festival" (1976)

1976. Aug.7-8.
Recorded live at the Fourth Annual San Francisco Blues Festival, McLaren Park Amphitheater
Producer, Tom Mazzolini

Michael Bloomfield : Vocal, Guitar
Ira Kamin : Piano
Bob James : Bass
Doug Kilmer : Drums

01. "Women Lovin' Each Other"(4.50)

(01)LP "San Francisco Blues Festival" (1977-Jefferson Rec.)

A live recording that really shows how gifted a guitar player and singer MB was. His solo on (1) is eminent with a hard attack, but still the gentle blues touch with long notes. This track - or even better the whole show - should be made available for all. A really great, but hard to find gem.

KGB (1976)

Recorded At Village Recorders, West Los Angeles, California
Producer : Jim Price

Ray Kennedy : Vocals
Barry Goldberg : Keyboards
Mike Bloomfield : Guitars, Vocals
Rick Grech : Bass
Carmine Appice : Drums

01. Let Me Love You (3.33)
02. Midnight Traveler (5.13)
03. I've Got A Feeling (4.01)
04. High Roller (3.39)
05. Sail On Sailor (3.13)
06. Workin' For Children (3.17)
07. You Got The Notion (3.30)
08. Baby Should I Stay Or Should I Go (4.59)
09. It's Gonna Be A Hard Night (2.47)
10. Magic In Your Touch (4.45)

(01-10)LP "KGB" (1976-MCA)
(01-10)CD "KGB" (2005-Lemon Rec.)

The group never was in the same studio to record. MB got the tapes and overdubbed his guitar parts. A good record from another “Super group”.

BARRY GOLDBERG "Recorded Live" (1976)

Recorded live (?)

Barry Goldberg : Keyboards, Vocals
Michael Bloomfield : Guitar, Vocals 1
Charlie Musselwhite : Harmonica
Harvey Mandel : Guitar
Vincent Bell : Guitar
Neil Merryweather: Bass
Eddie Hoh : Drums

01. “On the Road” (6.24) (One More Mile)
02. “Chicago My Hometown” (4.17) (Sweet Home Chicago)
03. “I Got A Woman (Dedication) (8.37)
04. “That’s Alright Mama” (4.17)
05. “Milk Cow (Muscrat)” (4.28)
06. “A Taste Of Honey (organ serenade)” (6.57)
07. “Josephine (Crying For You)” (4.33)
08. “Suzie Q” (6.10)
09. “Medley (California Earthquake)” (7.55)
10. “Blue Suede Shoes (Trying Too Hard)” (3.05)

(01-10)LP "Recorded Live - Barry Goldberg & Friends" (1976-Buddha Rec.)
(01-10)CD "Recorded Live - Barry Goldberg & Friends" (1993-Unidisc)

A fine record, but the applause is added on. It might still be a live recording, but it could be from a studio session just as well. It could also be from a much earlier date than 1976 (the release year), compared to the 1971 release of Barry Goldberg and Friends.


1975.Jan.7 - The Michael Bloomfield Band - live at Winterland

Live at the Bottom Line, NY

Michael Bloomfield : Guitar, Vocals 3
Nick Gravenites : Vocals 1,5,6
Mark Naftalin : Keyboards
George “Chuck” Rains : Drums
Roger “Jelly Roll” Troy : Bass, Vocals 2,4
01. “Buried Alive In The Blues” (6.30)
02. “I’ll Never Get Over Losing You” (12.38)
03. “Lights Out” (2.16)
04. “You’ve Been Wrong For So Long” (7.28)
05. “My Labors” (7.29)
06. “Wine” (3.22)

Recorded live for the NBC TV show “Speakeasy”, hosted by Chip Monck

Michael Bloomfield : Piano 07, Guitar 08,09,11 Fire Eating 10
Alvin Lee : Guitar 07,08,10,11
Al Kooper : Vocals 07, Ac. Guitar 07, Piano 08,10,11

07. “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (4.11)
08. “Instrumental” (4.11)
09. “Major and Minor modes” (0.17)
10. “Fire Eating” (1.07)
11. “Über den Wellen” (1.41)

(01-06)CD "MB & Friends - Bottom Line 1975" (Bootleg)
(07-11)CD "Speakeasy TV Show 1975" (Bootleg)

CHARLES MUSSELWHITE "Leave The Blues To Us" (1975)

Recorded at Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California
Producer Morey Alexander
Executive Producer : Billy Sherman
Engineer : Joe B. Mauldin (from The Crickets)

Charles Musselwhite : Harmonica, Vocals
Karl Severeid : Bass
Tim Kaihatsu : Guitar
Larry Martin : Drums
Ray Advisee : Horns
Guest Artists:
Michael Bloomfield : Guitar, piano
Barry Goldberg : Piano, Organ
Lynn Carey “Momma Lion” : Background Vocal

01. “Stranger”
02. “Business Man”
03. “Skinny Woman”
04. “Keys To The Highway”
05. “Candy Kitchen”
06. “Long As I Have You”
07. “Just Take Your Time”
08. “Early In The Mornin’”

(01-08)LP "Leave The Blues To Us" (1975-Capitol)


1974.Mar.9 - Mike Bloomfield & Mark Naftalin Band Live in Santa Cruz, California

Live The Bottom Line, New York – Recorded for a radio broadcast on WNYU New York FM radio
Mike Bloomfield : Guitar, Vocals 1,2,7
Al Kooper : Piano, Vocals 9
Barry Goldberg: Organ
George “Chuck” Rains : Drums
Roger Troy : Bass, Vocals 3-6,8,10,11
01. “Don’t You Lie To Me” (6.02) (incl. Bloomfield’s introduction of the band)
02. “Linda Lu” (4.32)
03. “Sweet Little Angel” (11.34)
04. “Unchain My Heart” (6.36)
05. “Inside Information” (5.22)
06. “Shadows Told Me All” (5.28)
07. “Glamour Girl” (8.31)
08. “Heartbreak Is Killing Me” (7.09)
09. “My Imagination” (4.07)
10. “Let Them Talk” (7.52)
11. “I Smell Trouble” (9.49)
12. “If I Could Start All Over Again” (4.45)

1974.Apr.19-20 - Bloomfield & Naftalin at Ben Lomond

Live Gusman Hall, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Michael Bloomfield : Guitar, Vocals 14,16,19
Roger “Jelly Roll” Troy : Bass, Vocals 15,17-18,20-21,27
Mark Naftalin : Piano, Organ, Vocals 25
George “Chuck” Rains : Drums
Dion Di Mucci, vocals 22-24
13. “Introduction” (0.17)
14. “Mary Ann” (3.57)
15. “Sweet Little Angel” (11.19)
16. “Linda Lou” (4.02)
17. “Shadows Told Me All” (3.51)
18. “Inside Information” (4.06)
19. “Children, Children, Children” (5.53) (I Can’t Hear You)
20. “Never Be Lonely” (4.58)
21. “I Smell Trouble” (8.49)
22. “The Wanderer” (3.21)
23. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (4.42)
24. “A Teenager In Love” (2.16)
25. “Big Mama’s Gone” (3.38)
26. “Work Song” (6.31)
27. “Jelly Roll Medley/Stormy Monday” (15.58)

Recorded live at The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA for KSAN-FM broadcast
Michael Bloomfield : Vocals 28,36 Guitar
Nick Gravenites : Vocals 29-31, Guitar
Roger “Jelly Roll” Troy : Vocals 32,34-35,37-38 Bass
Mark Naftalin : Piano
Mark Adams : Harmonica
George “Chuck” Rains : Drums
Mike Henderson : Vocals 37 guitar 37-38
Barry Goldberg : Organ
John Cramer : Vocals 33

28. “Orphan's Blues” (5.09)
29. “Six Weeks In Reno” (3.28)
30. “Love Me Or I’ll Kill You Baby” (3.42)
31. “What Time Is It” (3.28)
32. “Tell Me You Care” (3.31)
33. “Buy Me Some Time” (4.51)
34. “Shadows Told Me All” (3.53)
35. “Blues Medley: Sweet Little Angel/Jelly Jelly” (10.36)
36. “Don’t You Lie To Me” (4.49)/incl. introduction by MB
37. "Shine On Love" (5.05)
38. “Let Them Talk” (5.03)

(01-12)CD "More Lived Adventures Of MB & AK" (Bootleg)
(13-27)CD "MB & Friends - Gusman Hall 1974" (Bootleg)
(28-38)CD "MB & Friends - Record Plant 1974" (Bootleg)

MICHAEL D'ABO "Broken Rainbows" (1974)

Recorded at Rudy Records, San Francisco
Producer : Elliot Mazer

Michael d’Abo : Vocals, Piano, Clavinet
Michael Bloomfield : Guitar
Mark Naftalin : Organ
Elliot Mazer : Bass
Denny Seiwell : Drums

01. “Broken Rainbows” (3.30)

(01)LP "Broken Rainbows" (1974-A & M)
(01)CD "Broken Rainbows" (199?-Japan)


Recorded live in Chicago
Released as video: Blues Summit In Chicago

Muddy Waters : Vocals, Guitar 1-3,6,9,11
Michael Bloomfield : Guitar 1-11
Dr. John : Vocals 10, piano 1,2,5-11
Phil Guy : Guitar 7-9
Willie Dixon : Vocals 7,9,11
Koko Taylor : Vocals 2,7,11
Buddy Miles : Drums 2,6-11
Johnny Winter : Vocals 2,8, Guitar 6-11
Junior Wells : Harmonica 3-6,8-11, Vocals 2,4,5
Nick Gravenites : Vocals 2,4, Intro 3
Al Radford : Bass 1,3-11
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith : Drums 1,-3-5
“Pine Top” Perkins : Piano 1,3,4,11

01. “Blow Wind Blow/Introduction” (4.12)
02. “Welcome and talk about the blues” (all)
03. “Intro by Nick Gravenites/Long Distance Call” (10.41)
04. “Messin’ With The Kid” (3.47)
05. “10 Long Years” (6.03)
06. “Mannish Boy” (6.20)
07. “Wang Dang Doodle” (3.12)
08. “Walkin’ Thru The Park” (4.20)
09. “Hoochie Coochie Man” (5.09)
10. “Sugar Sweet” (4.20)
11. “Got My Mojo Working” (6.16)

Runtime: 60 minutes

Extract : Waters, Mike Bloomfield, Dr. John, and Johnny Winter
Junior Wells, Nick Gravenites, Mike Bloomfield "Messin' With The Kid"
Junior Wells & Mike Bloomfield "Stop Breaking Down"
Muddy Waters & Mike Bloomfield "Long Distance Call"

The concert is very informal. At the beginning of track 2, everybody comes in to greet the “Father” – Muddy Waters. Dr. John even hands over a Mojo.
Bloomfield is the only one on all tracks. He plays more rhythm than lead, but has a couple of short solos. Johnny Winter’s playing is very good and he gets the chance to sing one of Muddy Waters’ songs (8). A fine video with lots of legends.

THE ELECTRIC FLAG "The Band Kept Playing" (1974)

Recorded At Criteria Studios, Miami, Foride
Producer : Jerry Wexler

Nick Gravenites : Vocals, Guitar
Mike Bloomfield : Lead Guitar
Buddy Miles : Vocals, Drums
Barry Goldberg : Keyboards
Roger (Jellyroll) Troy : Bass, Vocals
Guest :
Richard Newell : Harmonica
George Terry : Guitar
Richard Tee : Keyboards
Barry Beckett : Mellotron & Moog
Muscle Shoals Horns...

01. Sweet Soul Music (3.55)
02. Every Now & Then (3.40)
03. Sudden Change (3.55)
04. Earthquake Country (4.00)
05. Doctor, Doctor (5.20)
06. Lonely Song (3.57)
07. Make Your Move (4.17)
08. Inside Information (3.40)
09. Talkin' Won't Get It (4.10)
10. The Band Kept Playing (5.15)
11. Spotlight (outtake-3.43)
12. I Was Robbed Last Night (Outtake-4.39)
13. I Found Out (Outtake-3.08)
14. Never Be Lonely Again (Outtake-3.34)
15. Losing Game (Outtake-3.17)

(01-10)LP/CD "The Band Kept Playing" (1974-Atlantic)
(11-15)CD "Electric Flag - Live" (1998-Get Back Rec.)

The Band Kept Playing contains some of the best music ever recorded by the Electric Flag, but it also demonstrates why they ultimately failed to catch on as well as they should have despite their impressive line-up. On the one hand, "Every Now and Then" ranks among the best songs Buddy Miles ever wrote, and "Earthquake Country" is a classic piece of early-‘70s soul-rock. Unfortunately, most of the material is well-played but rather short on energy and creativity. "Make Your Move," for instance, buries a promising clavinet riff under lazy, mediocre rock guitars and silly lyrics. The nadir, though has to be "Sweet Soul Music," possibly the corniest, most embarrassingly dated would-be rock anthem of the era. Though nothing else on the record is as abysmal, too much clearly shows that, by 1974, the Electric Flag was so burnt out and exhausted that their attempted comeback was doomed before it even started. Jerry Wexler's production, which sounds flat and unimaginative at times, emphasizes the horn section over the band members, even though their playing (especially Miles and Barry Goldberg's ) is often quite fluid. Sadly, it's not enough to save the album. Despite some intermittently exciting moments, The Band Kept Playing is a characteristic end to a promising but flawed career.


1973. Apr.22.
Recorded live on Easter Sunday at radio station KSAN-FM, Sausalito, SF
Michael Bloomfield : Vocals 3,4,6,7,9 Guitar
Mark Naftalin: Piano, Vocals 5,8
01. “Sonny Boy” (5.10) with interviewer’s introduction
02. “Instrumental” (3.37)
03. “I Want You To Love Me” (6.20)
04. “Bloomer’s Blues In Bb” (4.48)

05. “Make It Up To You” (4.20)
06. “TV Hymn” (2.11)

07. “I Wonder Why” (8.30)
08. “If You Need Me” (4.39)
09.“At The Cross” (5.15)

1973.June.1 - Bloomfield, Mark Naftalin & Friends in Chicago at the Aragon

1973.July.1 - Bloomfield & Friends at Warner Park, Madison

1973.July.27 - Electric Flag at San José Festival

1973.Aug.11 - Paramount Theatre, Portland, Oregon

1973.Oct.2 - Live At Winterland in SF, CA /Benefit concert by Jerry Garcia and Merle Saunders, Mike Bloomfield, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Hot Tuna

Live At My Father's Place, Roslyn, New York
Mike Bloomfield : Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Kathy McDonald : Vocals
Unknow : Piano
Unknow : Bass
Unknow : Drums

10. "Mary Ann"
11. "Who's Loving You Tonight"
12. "Further On Up The Road"
13. "I'll Cry My Own Tears"
14. "Don't You, Don't Do It"
15. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
16. "Instrumental-Free Little Angel-Drifting Blues
17. "Working Day"

Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
Michael Bloomfield : Guitar, Vocals 19-24
Mark Naftalin : Piano
Mark Adams : Harmonica
Dee Dee Sharp : Vocals 25-27
Peter Albin? or Moran? : Bass
Mike Henderson : Guitar, Vocal 30
Jon Cramer : Vocals 29
George "Chuck" Rains : Drums

18. "Intro"
19. "Linda Lu" (4.02)
20. "Who's Loving You Tonight" (5.48)
21. "Don't You Lie To Me" (5.09)
22. "Do It Do It Do It" (6.36)
23. "Oh, Darling" (8.50)
24. "Glamour Girl" (10.10)
25. "Just Want To Walk With You" (3.35) cut short
26. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (4.18)
27. "Just Like A Woman" (6.02)
28. "Evil Gal Blues" (2.58)
29. "My Baby Don't Have To Worry" (3.39)
30. "If You Love The Blues" (6.29) incl. band introduction

(01-9)CD "MB & Mark Naftalin 1973 KSAN-FM" (Bootleg)
(10-17)CD "My Father's Place, New York" (Bootleg)
(18-30)CD "Great American Music Hall, SF" (Bootleg)

MIKE BLOOMFIELD "Try It Before You Buy It" (1973)

Recorded At Columbia Studios, San Francisco
Producer : Michael Fusaro

Mike Bloomfield : Lead Guitar, Organ, Vocals (1,3-4,10)
Nick Gravenites : Vocals (2,8-9)
Barry Goldberg : Organ
Mark Naftalin : Piano, Vibes, Marimba, Accordion, Trombone
Roger "Jellyrol" Troy : Bass, Vocals (5-6,11)
George Rains & George Marsh : Drums
Ron Stallings : Sax, Vocals (7)
Jimmy Vincent : Rythm Guitar
John Wilmet : Trumpet
Mel Graves : Tenor Sax
Harry Mann : Alto Sax
Hart McNee : Baritone Sax
Chuck Bennet : Trombone

01. "Been Treated Wrong (5.09)
02. "When It All Comes Down" (3.02)
03. "Lights Out" (1.46)
04. "Baby Come On" (3.45)
05. "Shine On Love" (4.56)
06. "When I Get Home" (4.25)
07. "Try It Before You Buy It" (3.45)
08. "Midnight On The Radio" (2.53)
09. "Your Friends" (6.50)
10. "Tomorrow Night" (2.06)
11. "Let Them Talk" (5.10)
12. "Woodyard Street" (3.07)

(01-11)LP "Try It Before You Buy It" (1975-Columbia)
(08,12)LP "Bloomfield - A Retrospective" (1983-Columbia)
(01-11)CD "Try It Before You Buy It" (199?-One Way Records)
(05-06,11)CD "Living In The Fast Lane" (1991-Line)

The cover shows MB with his mother. The album didn’t leave a trace and the reason could be that it probably never even got a release! (1973 or 1975 promo copies are known to exist). Even the CBS special product CD is hard to find. It’s a good album with fine playing from a great band. It’s a typical MB album with uneven performances. The lead singing is split between 4 people. There are some great tracks like “Your Friends”, which is what MB and his friends do best: music that’s bluesy, slow and with a feeling. A great track. Also a great vocal performance on (1) from MB.

It’s not exactly a blues album, but it’s rooted in the blues for certain. It’s not a Rock ’n’ Roll album either (well, the Dr. John song “Lights Out” certainly is a rocker!). The MB penned (2) even has a Caribbean feel to it due to Mark Naftalin playing the marimba. Nice bottleneck on “Baby Come On”, a track any guitarist would be proud of. The title track is the weakest of them all.

The highlights on this record are Roger Troy’s contributions. He sings lead on three gospel-like songs: “Shine On Love”, “When I Get Home” and “Let Them Talk”. It’s understandable that all three were used again when “Living in the Fast Lane” was released in 1980. There are some differences in the list of musicians from the first release.