on 31 May 2011
I bought this on vinyl in the early 1970s, and always liked it, so I'm not quite sure why I did not replace it on cd when my vinyl was sold. I guess it was probably because it was not available!
However, here it is again, with the addition of some extra tracks (including, rather inexplicably, one from the Live Adventures album). Suffice to say that it is a good record of a typically loose Bloomfield jam, which seemed to take place fairly regularly in the late 1960s, when he was without a regular band gig. My favourite track was always the instrumental Carmelita Skiffle, but there are plenty of others to be enjoyed.
The playing and singing is good (though not great), but at least the bum notes and odd moments when the beat goes slightly astray have not been re-done later in the studio - leading to a genuine live gig feel for the album.
Personally, I wouldn't put Bloomfield in the same class as Green, Clapton and Taylor were at that time, but he certainly loved his blues, and it shows in his playing.
All-in-all, a very enjoyable album of guitar based blues, though probably not essential for every collector!