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Super Session [Original recording remastered, Import]

Michael Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills, Al Kooper & Stephen Stills Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00008QSA5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Albert's Shuffle
2. Stop
3. Man's Temptation
4. His Holy Modal Majesty
5. Really
6. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
7. Season Of The Witch
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Harvey's Tune
10. Albert's Shuffle (2002 Remix w/o Horns)
11. Season Of The Witch (2002 Remix w/o Horns)
12. Blues For Nothing
13. Fat Grey Cloud (Live)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I bought the original LP when it came out in 1968, and I was playing it only a few weeks ago when someone asked "Why not get a CD of that?" I was delighted to find this CD with the four extra tracks, two of which (10, 12) are variants on Albert's Shuffle.

I think jayhikkss has written the most comprehensive Az review on this CD, any more and the sleeve notes of Michael Thomas' original and David Fricke's Rolling Stone article, and Al Kooper's foreword would be redundant. And I tend to agree with jayhikkss' analysis if not the conclusion; myself I think it is still squeezes into five stars. It is such a good album that I think everyone should have at least listened to it once, and many of us children of the '60s will already have a copy.

For the record, I prefer the original versions with horns, finding the sans-horns versions (tracks 10, 11) a bit lacking; Kooper was right. The 'Blues for Nothing' bonus track is really 'Albert's Shuffle' done differently - Bloomfield brilliantly exploring fresh flights of fancy, and well worthy of inclusion. 'Fat Grey Cloud' does fit better with 'The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper tracks which have a different feel to Supersession.

Happy memories always return when I listen to this.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that changed my views 6 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was 18 and musically naive when this album was first released. A friend of mine had bought it and played it to me and I was hooked on white boys blues. Since that day, I've bought and worn out 5 copies. This latest reincarnation is the best yet. The extra tracks range from excellent to awful but who cares. Albert's Shuffle is even better without the horns, Season of the Witch better with. Track 12 was omitted from the original, quite rightly, it's terrible! Track 13 is beautiful, worth buying the album for this one alone. If you already own it, buy it again. If you don't, what are you waiting for? The album sounds just as good today as it did all those years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They just don't make 'em like this any more... 31 Mar 2007
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The 'Super Session' album used to be a bit of a last resort of the musical scoundrel. Endless jamming, lots of tedious noodling, not a lot of great music. However, this album is the one that set the bar so high that it was difficult to top. Guitarist Michael Bloomfield had already established himself as a top guitar banana with the Butterfield Blues Band, but his playing is right out of the top drawer here. The instrumental take of Howard Tate's soul stomper 'Stop' is a belter, awash with razor-edged guitar licks. Kooper isn't the world's greatest singer, but what he does, he does well, and his keyboard work and arrangements are imaginative and colourful. When he ropes in Stephen Stills for a couple of tracks, it just gets better. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An often-overlooked bluesman in his pomp 6 Jan 2014
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Perhaps the squalid nature of his decline has consigned Bloomfield to the footnotes of recent blues history; or maybe he was just less charismatic than Hendrix, Clapton, Guy, Beck or Page. But he was a fine player. These super sessions (from the era obsessed with the supergroup) and quite relaxed; but contain some fine and tasteful playing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You can't keep a good session down! 3 Jun 2013
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The names of the artists say it all. This takes me way back, probably more than I care to remember, when music was felt and not manufactured. Love it. If you liked late 60's free music, you'll love this.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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In the early 70's era of compilations such as "Fill Your Head with Rock" and "The Rock Machine Turns You On", I first came across this album in my local posts office, where I was browsing through a selection of Music for Pleasure albums. I had previously found such delights as "The Best of John Mayall" and "The World of Blues Power" when I came upon what I thought was yet another compilation of US blues/rock groups from where the likes of Bloomfield, Cooper and Stills originated from.
On first listening to the cheap vinyl re-lease version (which I still have in my collection) I was immediately drawn to the guitar work of Bloomfield and keyboard contributions from Kooper. This is backed up throughout by excellent work from Stills etc to produce such delights as "Season of the Witch", a complete rework of the Donovan classic.
All in all an superb live album which typifies the excellence around at the time - often copied but never bettered.
I've now got in on album, cassette and CD to prove the point!
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