- Audio CD (7 April 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Sony Music Cmg
- ASIN: B000068ZQU
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68 CD
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THE LOST CONCERT TAPES and#039;68DISC 11. INTRODUCTIONS2. ONE WAY OUT3. MIKE BLOOMFIELDand#039;S INTRODUCTION OF J...4. ITand#039;S MY OWN FAULT FEAT JOHNNY WINTER5. 59THG STREET BRIDGE SONG6. TELL ME PARTNER7. THATand#039;S ALL RIGHT MAMA8. TOGETHER and#039;TILL THE END OF TIME9. DONand#039;T THROW YOUR LOVE ON ME SO STRONG10. SEASON OF THE WITCH
Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes is one of the live attempts at recreating the seminal jam chemistry of Super Session and like the others this previously unreleased set is a hit-and-miss affair with its fair share of off-key and off-target tunes. The rhythm section is erratic, the repertoire--ranging from Simon & Garfunkel's "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" to an Elvis-flavoured "That's All Right Mama"--is a bit odd and co-leader Al Kooper is competent but rarely inspired.
Guitarist Michael Bloomfield, however, is uniformly brilliant and his graceful blues virtuosity is by itself well worth the price of admission. Bloomfield and the group are joined on BB King's "It's My Own Fault" by a then-unknown Johnny Winter and things get really interesting. For nearly 11 minutes Winter and Bloomfield dive deep into the blues with Winter astounding the audience with his vocals and lightning licks on a song that had long been a staple of his live shows in Texas.
The remainder of the album lacks similar energy and excitement, but Bloomfield's guitar work keeps it listenable. Overall, The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper, recorded several months earlier, provides a better look at the band's concert sound but it does so without Winter. --Michael Point, Amazon.com
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Overall, it's not quite the 5-star song'n'jam-fest that made 'Live Adventures' such a compelling historical artefact of a very special time in rock history.
Kooper's vocals (never his strongest point) don't always hit the mark, while the rhythm section (put together at short notice) sometimes seem at odds with each other.
Bloomfield, however, is on fire, his passionate and emotive soloing lifting the bar in a way few other guitarists at that time could match.
His brief partnership with the often underrated Al Kooper seemed to bring the best out of him, Kooper, in essence, creating a sympathetic backdrop which allowed Bloomfield to express himself fully.
It's not all about Bloomfield, however, as guest Johnny Winter pops up with a spellbinding version of 'It's My Own Fault' which blows the crowd away - and got young Johnny his first major-label deal.
The Bloomfield/Kooper axis play a similar choice of material to the September Fillmore West shows, '59th Street Bridge Song', 'That's All Right Mama' & 'Together Till The End Of Time' all played with a capture-the-moment feel which perfectly encapsulates the ad-hoc nature of late '60s U.S live shows.
They even manage to close with a 9-minute version of 'Season Of The Witch' (made famous by Al Kooper and Steve Stills).
Even with the slight imperfections that are apparent, the rhythm section do enough to enable Bloomfield & Kooper to jam to their hearts content.Read more ›
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delighted the recipient, it was a sixtieth birthday present which he was not expecting , when added to the other purchases it was a hit.Published on 13 Aug. 2013 by chrisp
This was a bit of a blast from the past, took me right back to the early 70`s, it has a few rough edges but good for all that.Published on 7 May 2013 by Mrs Susan Duff