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At the Old Waldorf 1976-1977: Live from the Vaults

Michael Bloomfield Audio CD


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Michael Bloomfield was one of America's first great white blues guitarists, earning his reputation on the strength of his work in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. His expressive, fluid solo lines and prodigious technique graced many other projects -- most notably Bob Dylan's earliest electric forays -- and he also pursued a solo career, with variable results. Uncomfortable with the ... Read more in Amazon's Michael Bloomfield Store

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lesser known Guitar Hero 28 Jan 2002
By Jon Kleinman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although never a household name like Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mike Bloomfield was undoubtedly one of the greats of blues/rock guitar. Bloomfield is best known for his stints with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Bob Dylan; he played on such classic albums as Paul Butterfield's "East-West" and Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited." In 1968, Bloomfield teamed up with Al Kooper to produce the "Super Session" album, that recording spawned the instrumental hit "Albert's Shuffle." Mike Bloomfield has often been described as a "musician's musician": a substantial number of his fans have always been fellow guitar players looking for inspiration.
"Live at the Old Waldorf" captures Mike Bloomfield in his element: onstage in his hometown, the San Francisco Bay Area. The Disc is a collection of beautifully re-mastered performances recorded between 1976 and 1977, along with a set of rare photos and extensive liner notes. The music on this disc is outstanding; old fans will be ecstatic and newcomers just may rush out to buy everything else Bloomfield recorded after listening to this disc. The mastery which Mike Bloomfield exhibited over his Gibson Les Paul guitar was amazing; he could churn out sweet, soulful BB King-style riffs or play biting, stinging lead lines reminiscent of a young Eric Clapton's work with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. His solos on blues standards like "Sweet Little Angel" and "The Sky is Crying" are simply jaw-dropping. On several tracks Mike's old running buddy Nick Gravenites contributes his gruff voice and wry vocals; tunes like "Dancing Fool" and "Buried Alive in the Blues" are excellent examples of Nick's inimitable tongue in cheek songwriting. All the tracks on this disc have the loose, spontaneous feel of a great live recording.
Listening to this disc, it is easy to understand why Bloomfield has always been so highly regarded by guitar players. His solos are like textbook examples of how the electric guitar should be played. Anyone with an interest in blues/rock guitar owes it to them selves to check out this disc by one of the lesser known heroes of electric guitar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mucg Better Ta\han I Was Led to Think 11 Aug 2002
By Lee R. Toman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a avid Bloomfield fan I had hesitated getting this CD based on various reviews. However I just picked it up. Much better than people have said. If Mike's playing on My Labors and More is a 5 (or higher?) and Super Session is also a 5, then this is a 4.
He really cooks on My Labors and Super Session; here he is very good. Surprises for me were The Sky is Cryin' and many others. The songs are good even if Mike's licks are not god like; only above us mortals.
Recommend it after you have listen to My Labors, Super Sessions, and the Butterfiled albums. It won't disappoint you.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The True Greats Of American Guitar Blues Music. 3 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael is without question one of the very best to ever emerge from America on Blues Guitar. This is a collective set of great and rare gems. Michale is doing some of his finest playing here in a smaller club type setting. This one is a jewel and not to be missed. I highly recommend this recording to any and all music collections.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended 26 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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i have been a micheal bloomfield admirer for many years. "live at the old waldorf" has some great moments. check out his comping on "farther on up the road", and his electric slide playing on "the sky is crying". it sounds as though he is playing a electric trash can!! it is sad that micheal bloomfields legacy is largly ignored these days.
highly recommended
i also recommend >1. micheal bloomfield: don't say that i ain't your man!:essential blues 1964-1969
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth owning 28 Mar 2011
By Frank R. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD was much better than I expected.

I got to hear Mike Bloomfield live 6 times back in the late 1960's and early 1970's. He was, in my opinion, inspirational and amazing. However, I don't think he ever came through at his best in a recording and this one also falls a little short of being there in person.

It was recorded live in a ratty bar in the mid 1970's. God only knows how primitive the recording technology may have been. Bloomfield suffered from arthritis and heroin addiction. It affected his playing. Still, this is really, really good material. It is also one of the rare opportunities one will ever have to hear Bloomfield play slide guitar.

I'd like to congratulate the producer Norman Dayron for preserving this music. I'd like to congratulate the engineers who digitally remastered the original recordings. They did great and they probably didn't have much to work with.

If you liked Mike Bloomfield back in the day, you should really enjoy the album. If you are a student of the guitar, it I think it is especially worth listening to. Bloomfield was an unbelievably great guitarist, who has undeservedly faded from the public's memory in the 30 years since his death.
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