Michael Bloomfield – Live at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West (1969/2014)

Posted by Green on January 9, 2019as


This session from early 1969 featured Nick Gravenites, Mark Naftalin, John Kahn, and Snooky Flowers (among others), with cameos from Taj Mahal and Jesse Ed Davis, but it’s clear from the opening notes who the real star is. Over the years, Michael Bloomfield’s titanic solos on “Blues on a Westside” have dwarfed the rest of the album in many listeners’ memories, but truthfully, his playing just burns across every track. More of Bloomfield’s great guitar work from these shows is on Nick Gravenites’ My Labors on Columbia.

1 It Takes Time 4:27
Vocals – Nick Gravenites
Written-By – Otis Rush, Willie Dixon
2 Oh Mama 2:59
Written-By, Vocals – Michael Bloomfield
3 Love Got Me 2:37
Vocals – Bob Jones
Written-By – Arthur Conley
4 Blues On A Westside 15:18
Written-By, Vocals – Nick Gravenites
5 One More Mile To Go 10:35
Electric Guitar – Jesse Ed Davis
Harp – Taj Mahal
Vocals – Taj Mahal
Written-By – Joseph Cotton
6 It’s About Time 7:00
Written-By, Vocals – Nick Gravenites
7 Carmelita Skiffle (Instrumental) 5:11
Written-By – B. T. Jones, M. Naftalin, M. Bloomfield, N. Gravenites
Bonus Tracks
8 If I Ever Get Lucky 14:04
Vocals – Taj Mahal
9 Stronger Than DIrt (Instrumental) 6:19
Written-By – Bob Jones, Ira Kamin, John Kahn, Mark Naftalin, M. Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites

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