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FROM HIS HEAD, TO HIS HEART TO HIS HANDS, THE AMAZING MUSIC OF MIKE BLOOMFIELD !
on 20 January 2016
Mike Bloomfield is an absolute guitar legend, from his early days with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (just hear the tracks here from the amazing East-West album), through the time with the Electric Flag, that lasted far too shorter time, the still incredible Super Session, recorded in one day before he went home with Al Kooper, the Fillmore East sessions which were for a time the lost sessions. We get some stunning coustic blues along the way, Bloomfield spend huge periods of time seeing and learning exactly how the blues greats played, he was passionate, his guitar became part of him as hunched over it he just poured evry ounce of his being inti his music with incredible results. Sadly though he was troubled inside and life was a struggle, but this absolutely outstanding box set gives an incredible insight to why he remains so reveared amongst guitarists today. Over three CD's and a documentary style DVD we are left in no doubt of his abilities and his stunning guitar playing, highly rated by Bob Dylan who brought him in on recording sessions, just put on disc three and the live take on Dylan.s 'The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar', the band really laying down a groove that Bloomfield weaves his magic over. Listen to his spoken intros, racks from the 1977 McCAbe's session with just voice and solo guitar, or playing on one of Muddy Waters songs joined by the man himself . Theamazing solo version of 'Darktown Strutters Ball', a challenge for vany would be guitarist.
One could write so much about Bloomfield, but start listening to this amazing box set, he's sad;ly long gone, found dead in his own car on a drug overdose, but what he left is a legacy of one of the finest and most exciting guitarists you will ever hear,Mike Bloomfield.