on 15 June 2001
After the breakup of Mike Bloomfield's Electric Flag, members of the band did 2 nights at the Fillmore West. Columbia recorded the shows and later divided the selections and released them on 2 different LPs, "My Labors" and "Live at the Fillmore West". The cuts on this new release contain all of the original "My Labors" LP and some choice cuts from "Live at the Fillmore West". Especially welcome is the inclusion of the extended track "Blues on the Westside". Gravenites is tremendous on this song; there is a terrific soprano sax solo, and finally one of Bloomfield's most searing solos. Another highlight is the number "Gypsy Good Time" in which Mike Bloomfield solos 4 choruses, introducing an incredible variety of feeling, intensity and melodic content, a real master class for anyone interested in hearing a I IV V refrain played to perfection. Copies of the original LP "My Labors" have soared at auction so the desire for this music has never disappeared, and now that longing has been fulfilled. Those who want to hear Taj Mahal's guest appearance with the group, singing "One More Mile" will have to continue to scour the Earth in search of ancient vinyl.