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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band / East-West [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

Paul Butterfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Elektra / Warner
  • ASIN: B00005OKOW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Born In Chicago
2. Shake Your Money-Maker
3. Blues With A Feeling
4. Thank You Mr. Poobah
5. I Got My Mojo Working
6. Mellow Down Easy
7. Screamin'
8. Our Love Is Drifting
9. Mystery Train
10. Last Night
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Walkin' Blues
2. "Get Out Of My Life, Woman"
3. I Got A Mind To Give Up Living
4. All These Blues
5. Work Song
6. "Mary, Mary"
7. Two Trains Running
8. Never Say No
9. East-West

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WEA 812273571; WEA ITALIANA - Italia;

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historic! 20 Sep 2003
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The late Paul Butterfield from Chicago, Illinois was the first white bluesman to develop a style original and powerful enough to place him in the pantheon of true blues greats.

It is really impossible to underestimate the importance of his efforts - before Paul Butterfield came to prominence, white musicians in Britain and the US alike treated the blues with cautious respect, afraid of coming off as inauthentic (and with good reason, too).

But Butterfield cleared the way for white musicians to build upon the blues tradition (instead of merely replicating it), and this release combines his first two albums, "The Paul Butterfield Blues Band" from 1965, and 1966s "East-West".

On "The Paul Butterfield Blues Band", harpist Buttefield and a star-studded band which includes Sam Lay and slide guitarist Michael Bloomfield churn out superb, muscular renditions of Elmore James' "Shake Your Moneymaker" and "Look On Yonder Wall", Little Walter's "Last Night" and "Blues With A Feeling", Junior Parker's "Mystery Train", and Muddy Waters' "I Got My Mojo Working" (with a great, raw lead vocal from drummer Sam Lay).

Bloomfield's and Butterfield's playing is sublime, and the band mixes covers with original songs, the soulful, Elmore James-like "Our Love Is Drifting", the instrumentals "Screamin'" and "Thank You Mr Poobah", and Nick Gravenite's excellent "Born In Chicago".

"East-West" takes its name from the lengthy 13-minute blues-rock solo which closes the album, a fiery fusion of blues and jazz.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Blues Rock 16 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
This 2CD pack brings together the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s first 2 albums. The self-titled debut is very easy to get into - and comprises great versions of mostly well-known blues standards. Butterfield’s harp playing is generally to the fore, but the other musicians also get a chance to open up too. You will be amazed by Bloomfield’s machine gun guitar work. There’s also some tasteful organ courtesy of Mark Naftalin. It’s difficult to pick favourite songs. All the songs are hot, and the album is very cohesive.
The second album is somewhat different. Besides a few blues standards like Walkin’ Blues, plus a superb version of the Lee Dorsey/Allen Toussaint song Get out of My Life, Woman, the album includes some long jazzy improvised jams like Work Song and East-West. These don't do much for me. I'm not doubting that they're great songs (friends of mine love them), I'm just not a jazz fiend. See what you think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This excellent twofer collects the debut and second album of Chicago Blues outfit `The Paul Butterfield Blues Band'. Recorded in the mid sixties, when Butterfield was barely out of his teens, the two recordings reveal a set of musicians of great talent, steeped in knowledge and experience of the Chicago blues scene and already skilled in the art of making music.

Covering mainly well known standards and with a sprinkling of similar sounding originals, the debut self titled album is a class album. Butterfield's harmonica playing is fiery and distinctive, and the band all get room to do their thing behind him, leading to some interpretations of the old stuff which are different enough to be interesting, but faithful enough to sound authentic. The original material fits right in, and an enjoyable, foot stomping blues and boogie style album results.

East-West is a more interesting album. Starting to move away from the pure blues, and experimenting with the form to include jazz elements, this shows what a talent Butterfield had. It is still true to the Chicago style, but introduces new elements that work well and stamp their own style on the music.

The two albums come on separate discs in a fold out jewel case. The remastering is pretty good, and the sound clear on my stereo. In all an excellent way of getting hold of two important blues albums.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great stoner music 7 Sep 2009
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pre neopolitan mary joanna deep bass free fiddlin guitar noodlin with a groove to blow your cotton socks into flip flops... exquisite timeless musical mastery!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time 30 Nov 2001
By N. Wakabayashi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a reissue with the first two albums by the Butterfield Blues Band(first & most important line up). Chances are, if one has the first two albums in the old cd format, they have wondered how it would sound if they were sonically remastered.
Fans like me get their wish. The results are STUNNING, as Bloomfield's licks absolutely RING throughout. I always wondered how Bloomfield would sound in this new age of digital remastering (due to albums such as Super Sessiom not being remastered, Fillmore West & My Labors out of print), & the results are unbelievable.
Some questions: were they any outtakes available aside from the Elektra Anthology? There are no bonus tracks present, & I'd dish out $$ to hear them. It's also annoying that it's available only as an import...
However, there are some new pics of the classic line up, & like I mentioned before, the sound improvement is outstanding. Worth every penny of the import price. Recommended, & in many ways, essential.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw out the old CDs 7 Feb 2002
By Flipper Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Butterfield aficionados are spreading the word on this twofer. Sound quality a quantum leap from the old Elektra single albums. Hard to believe East West was recorded almost four decades ago, based on the audio quality found here. Paul's harp no longer piercing, but musical. Bloomfield-Bishop guitars rendered powerfully, soaring above the mix. Here's hoping In My Own Dream gets this treatment. Encore!
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the Test of Time 12 Mar 2005
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There are some bands that sound fresh and compelling when they first appear on the scene, but when you listen to them nearly forty years later, you wonder why you ever liked them. Then there are others, like the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, that sound just as good if not better than when you first heard them.

Paul Butterfield's debut album is one of the first I owned at the tender age of eleven. Back then, I mostly just liked a half-dozen songs on side one and rarely listened to the flip side. And when East-West came out, I flippantly dismissed it, thinking at the time it couldn't hold a candle to the first one.

My old album is now worn and scratched, so when I saw the pair being offered together as a remastered set, I could not resist ordering it. When I threw it in the CD player, all I could do was marvel at the miracle wrought by remastering. The percussion, in particular, comes to life. Now here are a couple of albums that truly stand the test of time!

After listening to both CDs several times, I am still of the opinion that the eponymous debut is superior to East-West, but not by that much. I like the entire debut album, the follow-up is only mariginally and perhaps necessarily weaker than its blockbuster predecessor.

In my opinion, the following songs are the highlights of disc one: Born in Chicago, Shake Your Money-Maker, Blues With A Feeling, the instrumental Thank You Mr. Poobah, the driving I Got My Mojo Working featuring drummer Sam Lay on vocals, Screamin', and Look Over Yonders' Wall, a song that seems to presage the southern blues/rock of the Allman Brothers.

Disc two features fewer standouts, but is nevertheless worthwhile. My favorites are: Get Out of My Life Woman (later covered by Iron Butterfly on their debut), I Got A Mind To Give Up Living, and a couple instrumentals, Work Song and East-West.

Getting this set gives the listener the opportunity to hear some great musicians at their peak. In addition to Butterfield, there is the immortal blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield and an early Elvin Bishop who went on to light up the San Francisco scene before falling into commercialism. In addition, there is the drumming of the great Sam Lay and the fabulous keyboard work of the lesser-known Mark Naftalin.

These guys were far advanced for their day and from their collaborations sprang a number of important late 60s musical groupings. If blues is your thing, how can you be without a great pair of albums like these?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING SOUND QUALITY FROM A GREAT BLUES BAND 18 Nov 2010
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Finally, much of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band's best music is presented in an enhanced crystal-clear sound format in which I can very clearly hear all of each of the vocals and each and every instrument in the musical mix! This very dramatic improvement in sound quality in comparison to other PBBB releases makes me very, very happy, as I believe that the Paul Butterfield Blues Band is an extremely talented, a truly unique, and a historically very important blues band that quite often plays very engaging and very high quality electric blues music, as it truly and consistently does on this 2 cd set. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band album along with the Bluesbreakers album introduced excellent blues-based music into the caucasian "mainstream" of U. S. culture. Every song on both of the two cds is terrific! Any reviewer who claims that the sound quality of this 2 cd set is not a great deal better than the earlier PBBB cds that include these same songs must have either no familiarity with or absolutely no memory of the very limited sound quality of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band's earlier releases. Cd number one (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) is filled with BLUES masterpieces. While the musical character of most of the songs on the second cd (East-West) departs from the more traditional blues musical character of the songs on the first cd (their self-titled debut release), the music on East-West is also very beautiful, very interesting, and very compelling because it is more experimental and more jam-oriented than the blues music on the first cd in this set. The guitar work, harmonica playing, and vocals on both of these cds are outstanding! If you already like The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and/or if you want to learn more about a very important part of blues band history, you MUST BUY this amazing crystal-clear sounding 2 cd set! (Just for your information, a second sound-enhanced PBBB 2 cd set, which includes both The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw and In My Own Dream, is also available. If you are thinking about also ordering this second sound-enhanced 2 cd set, which I did, my advise to you is to simply forget it. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band's instrumentation and it's personnel are different on this second enhanced cd set, horns tend to dominate the songs, and the songs just do not include much of what I consider to be high quality blues music. The music is much more experimental and free-flowing, and tends to sometimes drift from one discordant note to another.)

John
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. 11 July 2012
By L. Bachrach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Throw out your old Butterfield CDs. The improved sound quality on this imported reissue is worth the price. This was one of the best white blues bands. Butterfield, Bishop and Bloomfield were a great team. Bloomfield never played better. This was the apex of his career.
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