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Original Magic, it paved the way for countless imitators.
on 23 February 2011
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.