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An American Music Band/A Long Time Coming [Original recording remastered]

Electric Flag Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Dec 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: SPV Yellow Label
  • ASIN: B000PC0TUO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Soul Searchin'
2. Sunny
3. With Time There Is Change
4. Nothing to Do
5. See To Your Neighbour
6. Qualified
7. Hey Little Girl
8. Mystery
9. My Woman Hangs Around The House
10. Killing Floor
11. Groovin' Is Easy
12. Over-Lovin' You
13. She Should Have Just
14. Wine
15. Texas
16. Sittin' in Circles
17. You Don't Realise
18. Another Country
19. Easy Rider

Product Description

The short-lived but successful Electric Flag was formed in 1967 by America s finest white blues guitarist, Mike Bloomfield. The innovative idea was to meld hard rock with big band brass arrangements. Bloomfield drew in a collection of seasoned professionals from some of America s most successful bands including drummer Buddy Miles who went onto play with Jimi Hendrix in Band of Gypsies.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed 1 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Being amazed to find that no-one so far has written about
these two albums, let me put down a few humble words.
I picked both these albums out of the bargain bins in Hendon and Swiss Cottage,around 1970 (They were never likely to chart.) but as a big
Paul Butterfield fan I knew roughly what I might find. Let me tell
you they were serious growers . you know when you need something
playing that doesn't distract but is an inspiration, a good feeling.
This is them. Part 1 and Part 2. Really a soundtrack to our lives.
And strangely, they never date or sound tired.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not worth flagging up 26 July 2014
Format:Audio CD
The recording quality is not as bad as you might expect from a cheap live recording . The horns are a little underwhelming but there is plenty of Mike Bloomfield's stinging guitar and Nick Gravenites' underrated blue eyed soul singing . I Should Have Left Her is simply Killing Floor wearing another hat . I don't know what the writer of the notes was smoking but he describes Groovin' Is Easy as a jazzy instrumental when it is the familiar light soul tune sung by a laidback Nick Gravenites . All in all , not a bad record but there is little point in buying ( even for two quid or so ) since it adds nothing to A Long Time Coming .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable with regard to the limited output 17 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this band did not last long so that any release draws attention. Having missed this release and loving the "A long time comin'" album I simply had to order this one. Well, there are about 3 tracks worthwhile but then the price was so ridiculously low that it's been worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Sep 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
at this price a steal
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues greats from the 60s 14 Dec 2008
By Bluesman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For those who grew up in the 60s and 70s the Electric Flag was still an obscure band. However, there were two legendary bluesmen who featured on their album, A Long Time Coming. The late Michael Bloomfield on lead guitar was one of the greatest blues guitarist of his era. Featured on other albums such as Super Session with Stephen Stills and Al Kooper, he was a brilliant blues guitarists whose smooth soulful playing is still as good today as it was then. Buddy Miles and Bloomfield team up for Texas which, in this reviewer's opinion, is one of the best blues songs ever written. Similarly, You Don't Realize is one of the most beautiful blues ballads ever written. Richie Havens makes a surprise appearance on the original album as well. Killing Floor becomes Led Zeppelin's The Lemon Song a few years later. The Electric Flag was the first major group to bring a brass sound to blues (before Chicago did). This is a great American album that you can't go wrong with.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 3 Oct 2005
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was originally released on Columbia in the 60's and features Buddy Miles, Harvey Brooks, Herbie Rich, John Simon, Hoshal Wright as well as Nick Gravenites. NOTE THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT ALBUMS RELEASED UNDER THIS TITLE. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, not a compilation or greatest hits like the others.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the second is better 2 May 2009
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Out of the two 1968-9 Electric Flag studio albums, the second, self titled one is the better. True, it does not have Mike Bloomfield, but the sound is far superior, the arrangements are tighter, and the band seems more sure of itself.

The album is less ambitous, but the execution is better, and there are creative flurishes: listen to the segue from Sonny into With Time There Is Change, using the flute for transition. It is all part of the dark, smokey vibe, which focuses the album more than Long Time Commin, which is great, but never quite acheives an overall mood.( I wonder what would have happened if they had started with a basic blues album like this, then tackled the more lofty work of Long Time Commin'0
It is a shame this band broke up so soon. Both records show they had plenty of potental. Buy this twofer, and you'll see the many ways they could have gone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good two-fer: I remember when 22 Mar 2014
By John F. Browning - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The original Electric Flag album, "A Long Time Comin'" was such a shot of fresh air and creativity that some of the cuts from this still send a charge up my spine: Killing Floor, Texas, Easy Rider are all wild rides that stimulate the relational centers of my brain. Mike Bloomfield was in razor-sharp form on these cuts - his guitar sound was and is Unparalleled. Yes, oh yes this is an uneven production - by this time, Bloomfield was on his way out - it was weighing him down, man.
The second one, The Electric Flag, An American Music Band is just doggone good right through, psychedelic sould as put across by a ridiculously talented band headed by Buddy Miles. Wow! This is a rare album, for sure, but one that deserves to be heard. I particularly like Buddy's song "Qualified". The ballads are all spot-on and the instrumentation is ENERGIZED. Too bad this little experiment of Michael's didn't pan out. They started as the hit of the Monterrey Pop Festival and then sort of faded quickly away.
Oh, I remember when and this CD sort of flashes me back to my wonderment at the excellent playing here when I was a lad. I appreciate all of this still, after 46 or so years. Impressive music!
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