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From His Head To His Heart To His Hands [Box set, CD+DVD]

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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  • Audio CD (3 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00G2DC2EG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I'm a Country Boy
2. Judge, Judge
3. Hammond's Rag
4. I've Got You in the Palm of My Hands
5. I Got My MoJo Working
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Albert's Shuffle - Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield
2. Stop - Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper, Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield
3. His Holy Modal Majesty - Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper, Al Kooper
4. Intro - Fillmore West - Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper, Al Kooper
5. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) - Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. I'm Glad I'm Jewish
2. Men's Room
3. Don't You Lie to Me
4. Can't Lose What You Never Had - Muddy Waters, Mike Bloomfield
5. Gypsy Good Time - Nick Gravenites
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Introduction
2. He Was a Nice Young White Boy
3. Chicago
4. Breaking Out
5. Dylan
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

From His Head to His Heart to His Hands, the 3CD/1DVD anthology features released and unreleased gems from solo sessions to live performances from The Fillmore East and Fillmore West, The Bottom Line and other historic venues. This compilation also will feature a fascinating new mini-documentary combining vintage audio interviews with Bloomfield and live performances with new reflections from his friends, collaborators and admirers.

Guitarist Mike Bloomfield never fully got his due as one of the go-to sidemen of his generation or for his importance as a common thread in the patchwork of genres that changed the face of rock and roll in the 1960s and 1970s - until now. Bloomfield's incredible career will be chronicled in From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.

Raised on the North Side of Chicago, Bloomfield's guitar prowess was immediately obvious; emulating the architects of the genre and fusing their style to the more experimental strains of 1960s pop and rock. Legendary A&R man John Hammond saw the same sort of raw talent in him that he saw in some of his greatest discoveries, from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen, and would sign Bloomfield to Columbia Records. Bloomfield would make history for the label as a session guitarist for Dylan's iconic Highway 61 Revisited in 1965, featuring the incendiary "Like a Rolling Stone."

Bloomfield was an original member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, contributing to their 1965 self-titled debut and follow-up East-West (1966); the latter album s title track, co-written by Bloomfield, is regarded as a high watermark in rock history, combining elements of blues, jazz, psychedelia and Eastern musical concepts in equal measure. From there, Bloomfield founded the famed "American Music Band" The Electric Flag, and fronted it into 1968. Also in 1968, Mike partook in the recording of Moby Grape's Grape Jam and the platinum-selling Super Session LP, a collaboration with fellow session legend Al Kooper.

Bloomfield died at the too-young age of 37; only afterward did his reputation solidify as a building block of the 1960s' popular music evolution, his peerless guitar work one of the few common threads in a decade of musical change.

At long last, Bloomfield will truly get his due with From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.


A Ravin' Film. Directed by Bob Sarles. Produced and Edited by Bob Sarles and Christina Keating. Director of photography: Ted Leyhe. Producers: Ted Leyhe, Larry Milburn & Bruce Schmiechen.

Product Description

(2014/Columbia) 193:13/47, 3-CD/1-DVD-Box.
Recordings from 1964-1980. DVD: Sweet Blues - a film about Mike Bloomfield.
Medium 1
  1. I'm a Country Boy
  2. Judge, Judge
  3. Hammond's Rag
  4. I've Got You in the Palm of My Hands
  5. I Got My MoJo Workin'
  6. Like a Rolling Stone (Instrumental)
  7. Tombstone Blues (Alternate Chambers Brothers Version)
  8. Michael Speaks About Paul Butterfield
  9. Born in Chicago
  10. Blues with a Feeling
  11. East-West
  12. Killing Floor
  13. Texas
  14. Susie's Shuffle (Live Jam)
  15. Just a Little Something (Live)
  16. Easy Rider
Medium 2
  1. Albert's Shuffle
  2. Stop
  3. His Holy Modal Majesty
  4. Opening Speech (Live)
  5. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) (Hybrid Edit) (Live) (Mono)
  6. Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong (Live)
  7. Santana Clause (Live)
  8. The Weight (Live)
  9. Opening Speech (Live)
  10. One Way Out (Live)
  11. Her Holy Modal Highness (Live)
  12. Fat Grey Cloud (Live)
  13. Mary Ann (Live)
  14. That's All Right Mama (Live)
Medium 3
  1. I'm Glad I'm Jewish (Live)
  2. Men's Room (Live)
  3. Don't You Lie to Me (Live)
  4. Can't Lose What You Never Had (Live)
  5. Gypsy Good Time (Live)
  6. One Good Man
  7. It's About Time (Live)
  8. Carmelita Skiffle (Live)
  9. Darktown Strutters Ball (Live)
  10. Don't Think About It Baby
  11. Old Folks Boogie (Live) - Jockey Blues
  12. A-Flat Boogaloo (Live)
  13. Glamour Girl (Live)
  14. Spoken Intro (Live)
  15. The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar (Live)
  16. Hymn Time (Live Excerpt)
  17. Hidden Track

Customer Reviews

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This 3CD + 1DVD set has been a long time coming and Al Kooper has to be congratulated at least for his persistence with Columbia records in persuading them to get this set out. It is a shame really that it has come out hot on the heels of the tremendous and bar raising 7CD (!) Duane Allman box-set of last year (2013) which was just about perfect and consequently highlights the flaws with this set. Straight off the bat I have to say I am a huge admirer of Michael Bloomfield and reckon he was right at the top tier of guitarists in the 1960's and hugely influential on the psychedelic guitarists of the late '60's (just listen to "East-West" or his live performance of "Maggie Farm" backing Dylan at Newport and psych-guitar starts there!). The music on these CDs is spread over 3CD's but each CD only plays just over an hour which means almost an hour of potential playing time is lost - for a collector's set such as this and since Bloomfield was in his element on live guitar jams how come the free space wasn't filled up with some more examples of his live prowess such as "Moon Tune" or "Blues On A Westside" to name but two [or even better unreleased live material; there is plenty out there]?

More of Bloomfield's session work such as provided on the Duane Allman set would have also been welcome since he was arguably one of the most in demand session guitarists of the mid- to late- 60's after playing with Dylan. A whole disc of session work would've been welcome instead of the patchy final music disc (#3) which contains post-60's work which frankly doesn't do Bloomfield any favours sounding much diminished in performance and especially sound quality (he was playing club dates by this point with sadly his demons catching up with him).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but only the half work! 5 Feb 2014
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The songs Al Kooper has chosen for the Mike Bloomfield Box set. But there is almost nothing from 1970 till 1980. The only exception are the songs from "I'm with you always. No title from the solo-lp's from 1976-80, no song from the Electric flag reunion, no song from the lp with Dr. John and John Hammond, no song from the Bloomfield/Harris-lp, no song from the Woody Herman Big Band-lp, no song from the KGB-lp, no song from his lp's with James Cotton or Sam Lay. There is more important music from Mike Bloomfield! I think the examples show that Mike's work is represented only half. To show the whole work is at least one more cd necessary. Al Kooper let this chance go by! And the chances for another Mike Bloomfield box set are very little!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ferrari of boxed sets 3 April 2014
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Bloomfield's guitar work is lyrical and intense at the same time. His technique is perfection but always subserviant to the emotional impact. Like Mozart, he was a conduit for music. Even if blues oriented music isn't your thing you would appreciate the ability and the undeniable impact of the music both personally and for its historical influence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GUITAR GOD 17 Mar 2014
By acer
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This box set is great and long over due. ALthough i have most of the tracks, they are well worth owning again, but the icing on the cake for me is the DVD what a great documentary, hopefully one day they will release dvds of performance footage.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A non definitive but lovingly crafted box 10 Feb 2014
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A non definitive but lovingly crafted box set featuring one of the best and underrated blues guitarists of the 20th Century.
The set was compiled by Al Kooper, but as some reviewers have noted is minus some key tracks from key bands KGB for instance. Each of the discs is not much more than 1 hour so there is approximately 45 minutes more music that could have been added easily. That said this is most likely down to getting the rights for the music. The box also does have an element of leave them wanting more, never a bad thing as there is nothing worse that a box which is bloated and has a 4th disc of music no one wants to hear.
For the casual Bloomfield collector there are a number of rare and previously unreleased tracks, while the set also serves as an appetiser for deeper diving the Bloomfield catalogue. The sound quality is top notch. My only real complaint is that the booklet is not anchored to the package and slides out very easily. That minor quibble aside great set. Recommended to anyone who like Blues music and would listen to Paul Jones show on radio 2 Monday nights.
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