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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Night At The Fillmore For Mike'n'Al., 8 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68 (Audio CD)
As you may have guessed from the title, this album compiles 60 minutes of live performances taped in December 1968, three months after Bloomfield & Kooper's three night stint at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, the better moments of which were compiled for the 'Live Adventures...' LP.
Overall, it's not quite the 5-star song'n'jam-fest that made 'Live Adventures' such a compelling historical artefact of a very special time in rock history.
Kooper's vocals (never his strongest point) don't always hit the mark, while the rhythm section (put together at short notice) sometimes seem at odds with each other.
Bloomfield, however, is on fire, his passionate and emotive soloing lifting the bar in a way few other guitarists at that time could match.
His brief partnership with the often underrated Al Kooper seemed to bring the best out of him, Kooper, in essence, creating a sympathetic backdrop which allowed Bloomfield to express himself fully.
It's not all about Bloomfield, however, as guest Johnny Winter pops up with a spellbinding version of 'It's My Own Fault' which blows the crowd away - and got young Johnny his first major-label deal.
The Bloomfield/Kooper axis play a similar choice of material to the September Fillmore West shows, '59th Street Bridge Song', 'That's All Right Mama' & 'Together Till The End Of Time' all played with a capture-the-moment feel which perfectly encapsulates the ad-hoc nature of late '60s U.S live shows.
They even manage to close with a 9-minute version of 'Season Of The Witch' (made famous by Al Kooper and Steve Stills).
Even with the slight imperfections that are apparent, the rhythm section do enough to enable Bloomfield & Kooper to jam to their hearts content.
It may not be the most perfect show ever put to tape, but the sheer musicality on offer from Bloomfield and Kooper make these long-lost tapes a must have for students of this brief, but at times brilliant partnership, which would come to represent (for Bloomfield in particular) a career high-point. Try it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Super Session, 19 April 2013
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Some great playing on this record - especially from Bloomfield and guest Johnny Winter - but a couple of tracks that, to be fair, should have remained unreleased. If you enjoyed Super Session and Live Adventures of, this will be for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars special gift, 13 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68 (Audio CD)
delighted the recipient, it was a sixtieth birthday present which he was not expecting , when added to the other purchases it was a hit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I remember it well, 7 May 2013
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This was a bit of a blast from the past, took me right back to the early 70`s, it has a few rough edges but good for all that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present, 24 Jan 2013
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I bought this together with Strictly the Blues and the 3oth Anniversary Tour: Live as a Christmas present. They arrived very promptly and the recipient is very happy!
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