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on 20 June 2001
One of the 5 best white blues albums ever. Nick Gravenites'tunes are among the best ever written in this genre (not only blues but also folk and R&B). Mike Bloomfield solos are IMHO his best captured on record (together with the "Fillmore West" LP). The brass section plays devinely. Do not miss that. My two vinyl copies will be at last safely stored.
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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.
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on 4 July 2013
A mixed bag as an album, but the best of Mike Bloomfield's guitar on the album is required listening for anyone who values his playing.
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