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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, 21 Feb 2010
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Ian Williams "ianw" (Sunderland, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: An Anthology: The Elektra Years (Audio CD)
In the mid-60's there were two names in white boy blues that stood out -John Mayall in the UK and Paul Butterfield in the USA. It's easy to lay your hands on umpteen Mayal albums and collections, less so for Butterfield who was, arguably, the more authentic (by having racially diverse bands from the very beginning). Now, however, anyone interested in checking out Butterfield can lay their hands on this excellent introduction to this artist.

It perceptively creams off the best of his Elektra albums, presenting the tracks in chronological order which shows Butterfield and the band's development from its rootsiest blues to experiments with jazz fusion and raga. Like Mayall in the UK, he utilised a succession of great musicians: terrific rhythm sections including Jerome Arnold, Sam Lay,and Billy Davenport; hotshot guitarists and keyboard players including Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, and Mark Naftalin; and later a horn section which included David Sanborn; plus, of course, Butterfield himself as lead vocalist and the only harp player the band ever needed. The 24-page booklet includes an excellent account of the band's history, full track details, and a few photos.

Any complaints? Only Amazon's current excessive price. You can buy the download for far less but then you miss out on the booklet which is an essential part of the package, so I would recommend you do as I did and buy a copy from Amazon Marketplace. And buy it you should because it represents a pinnacle in one corner of modern music. This really is great stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUTTERFIELD'S BEST OF THE BEST !!, 26 April 2010
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J. Kavanagh - See all my reviews
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In 1965 I bought Paul's first album and I was blown away. In the middle 60's I was a blues dj and I played this album every night, a very loud and brash young man Bob Geldof was alway's requesting this album. I have all Paul's albums up to Betterday's studio album and live album. This collection is absolutely brilliant. I keep it the car and play it all the time loud yes very loud.
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