Monday, October 4, 2010
"Mike Bloomfield-Live At Bill Graham's Fillmore West-1969 US":
The legendary concert by Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites recorded at Bill Graham's Fillmore West in 1969. The late, great Bloomfield is recognised as one of the finest and most influential blues guitarists that America has ever produced. Best known for his astonishing technique and the piercing tone of his solos, he was a member of the ground-breaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, played on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and backed him at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival when Dylan first went 'electric'.
He helped pioneer horn-rock with the Electric Flag and the "Super Session" concept with Al Kooper as well as recording "Triumvirate" with John Hammond Jr and Dr. John.
Bloomfield and Gravenites - lead singer of the Flag and a respected bluesman in his own right - cut an incendiary performance at the Fillmore West which yielded this phenomenal album. Bloomfield positively burns on "It Takes Time", "It's About Time", while his solo on "Blues On A Westside" is one of the greatest moments in blues rock history.
Carlos Santana said: Bloomfield "literally changed my life".
Dylan said :"he played circles around anything I could play".
Gravenites called him "a huge giant of a person".
-by dj fanis: here