I bought this on vinyl when it first came out. At the time you could still go to hear the blues greats regularly performing in Chicago because they were still alive; John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, and lots of others. Maxwell Street was still goin strong and the early Sunday morning jams were a blues lover's paradise. I had been enjoying Dr. John's music already, and was very curious as to how he would sound in a blues trio. I knew Bloomfield's music from Electric Flag and the Super Sessions with Al Kooper, but hadn't yet heard John Hammond. The recording was a pleasant surprise. At first, the tracks that stood out were Cha Dooky Doo and Baby Let Me Kiss You. BLMKY has a snakey groove that I hadn't heard before. But with repeated listenings I began to hear the rich tapestry of other instruments and the thick atmosphere of each track. It became my favorite "blues" album for many years. My favorite tracks are Groundhog Blues and Just to Be With You. Groundhog Blues is a smoker...total scene....not your typical blues track by any means....kinda sits in the swamp at night smoldering. The harp playing on Just to Be With You combined with the powerful vocals is outstanding. This LP has so much diversity that I can't see how someone wouldn't like it. I suppose blues purists might want to hear something more predictably in line with the classics. And if you're looking for the style that each of these artists is immediately known for, you won't find much of it here. Sure, Rock Me is reminiscent of Bloomfield's other work, and Cha Dooky Doo is kinda like Dr. John's flavor, but not really. Instead, you get a rare chance to listen to vastly different musical styles as they coalesce into a unique blues form.
The liner notes are fun to read on the LP cover about how they almost killed each other in the studio before the sound finally merged.
If ya pick this up, give some serious listening to all the background instrumentation...some amazing stuff.