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Live At Winterland Ballroom [Live]

Paul Butterfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00K5P37SC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Reissue of this rare live album, available for the first time in the U.S. Paul Butterfield set the standards in the 1960s and 1970s for kick-ass white electric Blues. Arguably no other group could hold a candle to them. In 1973 he formed Paul Butterfield's Better Days. They issued a number of fine albums on the Bearsville label. One of those albums, LIVE AT WINTERLAND BALLROOM, was issued only in Japan, until now. We finally make this rare album available to everyone.

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1973 live recording. Tight playing from the harmonica driven blue rockers with Better Days. Japanese only until now...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great live recording of a great band! Everybody shines! Don't hesitate, buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine live set from a very under-raeted group 11 Sep 1999
By Jim Gallanis(jcgsbg@execpc.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a tight, well played live set from Paul Butterfield's last and perhaps finest band, Better Days. Better Days consisted of Butterfield on harp and vocals, Geoff Muldaur on keys, guitar, and vocals, Ronnie Barron on piano and vocals, legendary studio musician Amos Garrett on lead guitar, Bill Rich on bass and Christopher Parker on drums. Better Days was relatively short-lived, releasing only two studio albums on the Bearsville label in 1973 and 1974. This set is a very welcome addition to their body of recorded work. Better Days was one of the rare bands made up of veteran musicians who brought a wide variety of musical backgrounds and experiences into a seamless mix. Paul Butterfield was a harp player second to none; he certainly merits inclusion in the short list of harmonica greats, along with Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter Jacobs, Junior Wells and a few others. His gritty vocals brought a strong Chicago-blues component to the Better Days sound. Geoff Muldaur was a veteran of the east-coast blues school, having played with Jim Kweskin and also releasing several fine albums his then-wife, Maria Muldaur. Geoff played rhythym and slide guitar and keyboards with Better Days, in addition to sharing the vocal work with Butterfield and Ronnie Barron. Barron, a New Orleans native, played piano and sang with a deep and beautiful cajun sound. Amos Garrett was a well respected studio musician who had played with Kweskin, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, and others. His solo on Maria's hit "Midnight at the Oasis" is widely considered a masterpiece by guitarists. Garrett was probably the finest guitarist to play with Butterfield since Michael Bloomfield left the original Butterfield Band in 1967. Better Days was reminiscent of their Woodstock neighbors, The Band, in several respects. Each group had three strong lead vocalists who could easily have carried their own band. In addition, each group was comprised of veteran players who knew enough to sublimate their egos to the music---there is no showing off, there are no virtuoso turns (quite an anomoly for the early 70s!) These folks were smart enough and experienced enough to know what to leave out, as well as what to play. This live set is a nice showcase of what this fine group of musicians had to offer. Butterfield shines on the opener, "Countryside", a previously unrecorded number by this group. Geoff Muldaur has two excellent vocal turns here, "Small Town Talk" (written by Bobby Charles and Rick Danko), and Nick Graveneties' "Buried Alive in the Blues". Amos Garrett has a lower profile on this set than I'd like, but his solo on Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love" is a thing of beauty. This show was recorded on February 23, 1973, at Winterland Ballroom. The lineup that night was the Elvin Bishop Group, Michael Bloomfield and Friends, and Paul Butterfield's Better Days. The Better Days set was followed by a reunion of the original Butterfield Blues Band alumni, Butterfield, Bloomfield, Bishop, and Mark Naftalin. One can only wonder if that reunion jam was recorded....I certainly hope so, and I hope Bearsville (or whoever owns the rights to the tapes) will release the reunion set. It's music with great historical as well as artistic value...how about it, Bearsville?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this one while you can!!! 8 Dec 2005
By J. R Sategna - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolute great live album. The sound is great and Butterfield's Better Days Band are in excellent form. I wonder why this never came out in the domestic market so it could be better availiable. This is one album that should be bought for all Butterfield fans. The vocals are first rate and it includes an introduction by Bill Graham.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic later Butterfield!! Must have!! 19 Feb 2013
By B.E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ignore any review less than five stars for this. I started listening to Butterfield in 1966 and in my estimation this is essential for any Butterfield fan. The recording is top-notch, the band is beyond superb and Butterfield is on absolute fire. For whatever reason (Bill Graham standing in the wings, a live recording etc.), Butter starts out the show at a level of intensity that is so hot you wonder where the the music can go...and then the band kicks in to Countryside and the whole track blasts off. What a total groove! If you're a Butterfield fan and don't have this, it's worth the high price. It's his last great album and it's criminal that it's not more widely known or available at a lower price.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live at Winterland Ballroom [Live] Stereo 2014 $11.99 19 July 2014
By Mark D Powers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was there. This show was billed as the Three B's, Butterfield, Bloomfield, and Bishop all playing sets in there own bands, then at the end a set with them all together. Bill makes reference to this in the opener saying if it was not for Butterfield alot of us wouldn't be here in reference to Bloomfield and Bishop, who at this time Bishop being the more popular. We where aware there was a live recording as Graham announced it, in fact my friend got kicked out for yelling too much by Bill Graham himself only to be let back in after my friend showed Bill his Star of David. You can here the audience is a little rowdy as we where now out of the hippie stage and we where into the stoner stage, more booze, harder drugs, etc. Of course I don't really remember the actual concert except for glimpses in my mind. Enough about me.
This stereo recording from 1973, via Japan 1999, to us now in 2014 is a solid live, well balanced live recording. It is funny to listen to the lyrics as the hippie influence was still intact even though Butterfield's Better Days was obviously a blues band, New Walkin Blues is awesome.
Packaging is adequate, rear CD notes by Geoff Muldaur are nice reflection, but not entirely about the actual concert. The white lettering in such small print is barely legible. Hey Rhino people, did you really want us to use a magnifying glass?
I am very glad I have this new CD and will be listening to it again. Check out Bloomfield at the Warfield, same vibe.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Butterfield! 16 July 2014
By Lucky's Geist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I first started learning to play the harmonica, I thought of it as an instrument that was more of a toy than a serious lead instrument. The more I listened and learned the more I came to appreciate players like Paul Butterfield. He takes the ten-hole diatonic and transforms it to the lead instrument. This album is a great example of the deep, smooth tone that is Paul Butterfield. This is a little slower than what you might be used to from Butterfield, but that gives you the opportunity to soak in every note as Butterfield exalts the humble, unassuming harp, bearing the soul that only he can, brining you to the stage to share what must has been an absolutely amazing evening. Three words of advice with regard to this album, "Buy it, now!" Experience a legend!
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