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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002GZ3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Walkin' Blues 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Get Out Of My Life, Woman 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Got A Mind To Give Up Living 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. All These Blues 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Work Song 7:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mary, Mary 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Two Trains Running 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Never Say No 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. East-West13:11Album Only

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If the Butterfield Blues Band's groundbreaking debut earned the respect of the group's elder influences, this one won over (and guided) the blues boys' psychedelic peers. Highlighted by the 13-minute-plus title track (an Eastern-influenced jam cowritten by guitarist Mike Bloomfield), East-West stretches the boundaries of the blues. It would prod many lesser groups to explore, with generally dreary results, interminable free-flight explorations. But while East-West and a cover of jazzman Cannonball Adderly's "Work Song" ventured in new directions, Paul Butterfield and company remained rooted in solid Chicago blues. East West presents the best of both worlds. --Steve Stolder

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Hard to believe now but in the mid-60s the two great white hopes of blues guitar were Clapton in the UK and Mike Bloomfield in the US. Both started as traditional blues players but by 1966 Clapton had joined Cream and Bloomer and Butter released this offering.

If the Butterfield Band's debut album had been traditional Muddy Waters-style Chicago blues, this one was much more experimental and varied. It did contain traditional blues in the shape of good versions of Muddy's "Two trains running" and Robert Johnson's "Walking blues" but also more souly Bobby Bland-style numbers like Allen Tousaint's "Get out my life woman" and "I got a mind to give up living" - the style which Butterfield would use on his next couple of albums. There was also the Mike Nesmith song "Mary Mary" which despite being a short pop song actually works well. Surprisingly Butterfield's powerful and distictive voice and wonderful harp playing fit in to all different styles of music on this record.

However, it's the two instrumentals, the 13-minute title track and to a lesser extent the 8-minute version of Nat Adderley's "Work song" that came to define the album. "East-West" was a modal experiment in fusing blues and Indian music, in an extended free jazz format. If it seems a bit passe now it was ground-breaking at the time and mind-blowing in terms of its scope and its length. It influenced many other blues and rock bands (particularly on the West coast) to strech out and explore different kinds of music. I'm not entirely sure that the mix works as an album but it does offer variety and there is some good playing to admire. It's sad that fashion and substance abuse limited the success of both Butter and Bloomer, who could only dream of the continuing success that Clapton has enjoyed (despite his own substance abuse!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bigears on 1 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Truly superlative album. Always been one of my favourites,and I have listened to a LOT of all kinds of music. Supremely musical,creative and bluesy. They all play their socks off. Fabulous guitar solos on "Living","Work Song" and "East-West".This and their first are two of the best white blues albums ever. Sadly they never attained these dizzy heights again, after Bloomfield left, and they tried different directions.
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By Mudd Smith on 11 Jun. 2009
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is a "must have" album, for anyone who loves the blues and is interested in either the 1960s sound or the evolution of the genre.
I think this is the best of the Butterfield Blues Band's albums. It sounds great on vinyl too!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warren on 16 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Okay , this album is worth a punt and eastwest is the standout song from the album. But compared to their first album it is pretty weak. Far less bluesy.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GangstaGranny on 11 Nov. 2012
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This was a bit disappointing. I am a huge fan of their albums 'the Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw' and 'In My Own Dream', both of which rely on a terrific brass section, in particular the sax solo on the track In My Own Dream is one of the ultimate musical experiences of all time in my opinion. This album has no brass section...some excellent blues harp but otherwise unremarkable
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