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on 2 November 2016
Bloomfield hit me like a hammer when I bought "Super Session" on vinyl when it first came out. I have loved him ever since. This is a marvellous set and my heartfelt thanks to the publishers for getting it out there. I have always felt that Bloomfield and Peter Green were the very best of the white blues players and right up there with the best players of the genre in any circumstance. What makes them so special is their note execution and timing. It is simply superb and shows their sheer class. It is a joy to listen to either and with this Bloomfield set there is plenty of great listening. Buy it if you want to hear a great guitar player execute his art.
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on 1 June 2017
Lovely film and music - the previously unreleased "Santana Clause" a definite highlight of Michael's career. Despite 2 decades of box sets and revisionary CD releases with extra tracks, this track alone shows there is still a lot of music out there that was recorded years ago but never released...
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on 29 May 2017
Gives really good overview of him at his best.
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VINE VOICEon 10 February 2014
A non definitive but lovingly crafted box set featuring one of the best and underrated blues guitarists of the 20th Century.
The set was compiled by Al Kooper, but as some reviewers have noted is minus some key tracks from key bands KGB for instance. Each of the discs is not much more than 1 hour so there is approximately 45 minutes more music that could have been added easily. That said this is most likely down to getting the rights for the music. The box also does have an element of leave them wanting more, never a bad thing as there is nothing worse that a box which is bloated and has a 4th disc of music no one wants to hear.
For the casual Bloomfield collector there are a number of rare and previously unreleased tracks, while the set also serves as an appetiser for deeper diving the Bloomfield catalogue. The sound quality is top notch. My only real complaint is that the booklet is not anchored to the package and slides out very easily. That minor quibble aside great set. Recommended to anyone who like Blues music and would listen to Paul Jones show on radio 2 Monday nights.
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on 3 February 2014
Of the '60s generation of young, white, Les Paul wieldin', electric blues guitarists Mike Bloomfield stands astride them all. Peter Green is a close second, but both are light years ahead of Clapton and everybody else. Maybe the fact that they both remained blues purists explains why they didn't further develop their styles in the way that Clapton did. Certainly, in the documentary DVD included in this set, Blooms states that he never wanted to be a rock star, he just wanted to play guitar and play the blues. Boy does he play guitar.

This set contains 3 CDs focussed on his roots playing, jam playing and later period playing. A fine selection indeed and the documentary is fantastic. The set is worth buying just for the documentary alone - it's jut a shame that Blooms was filmed so little during his lifetime.

Al Kooper has done a fantastic job producing this, it is a real testament to his late friend and partner in crime.

To sum it up in 3 words: BUY BUY BUY!
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on 4 February 2014
This 3CD + 1DVD set has been a long time coming and Al Kooper has to be congratulated at least for his persistence with Columbia records in persuading them to get this set out. It is a shame really that it has come out hot on the heels of the tremendous and bar raising 7CD (!) Duane Allman box-set of last year (2013) which was just about perfect and consequently highlights the flaws with this set. Straight off the bat I have to say I am a huge admirer of Michael Bloomfield and reckon he was right at the top tier of guitarists in the 1960's and hugely influential on the psychedelic guitarists of the late '60's (just listen to "East-West" or his live performance of "Maggie Farm" backing Dylan at Newport and psych-guitar starts there!). The music on these CDs is spread over 3CD's but each CD only plays just over an hour which means almost an hour of potential playing time is lost - for a collector's set such as this and since Bloomfield was in his element on live guitar jams how come the free space wasn't filled up with some more examples of his live prowess such as "Moon Tune" or "Blues On A Westside" to name but two [or even better unreleased live material; there is plenty out there]?

More of Bloomfield's session work such as provided on the Duane Allman set would have also been welcome since he was arguably one of the most in demand session guitarists of the mid- to late- 60's after playing with Dylan. A whole disc of session work would've been welcome instead of the patchy final music disc (#3) which contains post-60's work which frankly doesn't do Bloomfield any favours sounding much diminished in performance and especially sound quality (he was playing club dates by this point with sadly his demons catching up with him). It would have been better to solely concentrate on Bloomfield's peak years from '64-'69; a harsh judgement perhaps but there is more than enough primo material in these 5-years to fill up six-discs yet alone three.

The music selections here in the main are excellent, including a couple of mid-60's Dylan ringers [esp. "Tombstone Blues" with Chambers Brothers backing vox], provided one doesn't include the post '69 work which with the exception of the poignant Dylan '80 reunion only weeks before Bloomfield's death is expendable and it would have been better to fill this space with higher quality peak period music (for example, where is the scorching "Work Song" by the Butterfield Blues Band?). However the closing, unlisted track, "They Just Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore", is a travesty being a synth-and-drum machine vocal tune by Al Kooper, presumably intended as a 'tribute' to his fallen friend? If so he really shouldn't have bothered since synth'n'drums [esp. a pseudo-polka rhythm!] really don't fit in with the remainder of the set and frankly the tune is crap - any sensible editor would have told him, "sorry Al this doesn't work, if you want an untitled track how about another unreleased live track with lashings of Bloomfield guitar or even some studio dialog featuring the great man?" It is a real pity that this horrifying track has been allowed to stand thereby marring what in general is a fine attempt at summarising Bloomfield's art (despite it's manifest flaws - too much unused space and lacklustre '70's tracks instead of more primo '60's work).
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on 17 March 2014
Mike Bloomfield had a unique sound and playing style. I love the way he phrases up during a solo with some strange notes that seem to blend brilliantly. When I tried to replay those notes on my guitar it sounded terrible.
These 3 CDs cover his career highlights apart from a few omissions I would have liked included.
The best years were from 1965-1969, after 1969 Mike sadly was drifting towards drugs and not focusing as much in music when he should have been.
The recordings he did with Al Kooper are my favourite parts. This box set does not have any rare stuff except for the Bob Dylan tracks. Bob Dylan showed a genuine love of Mikes playing and his comments on the closing 1980 track are emotional and heart warming. The solo played on that Bob Dylan 1980 live performance shows Mike near the end of his life, his solo has a wild, sad quality about it as if he is fighting with his guitar to play the best solo of his life. It is a special moment on this box set.

This box set is well worth getting if you don't have much Mike Bloomfield in your collection. The few rare tracks do make it more worth getting. I am happy with the sound and info provided with the box set.
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on 21 June 2014
Wonderful done booklet, CDs and DVD, missing some of his later work but as a retrospective from the time when Michael was the best Blues guitarist in the world, this is a wonderful, and long overdue, tribute to the man
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This nicely packaged 3 CD / 1 DVD set from Sony Legacy is an at times simply majestic celebration of the guitar artistry of the late Michael Bloomfield. He played with Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 when Dylan decided to 'go electric', but his work with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Electric Flag or as part of the Al Kooper 'Supersession' album and beyond ensured that his playing skills would be the stuff of legend. His withering drug addiction problems would ensure that his life - he died when he was just thirty-seven years old - would be short and not always sweet - but this set is a suitable epitaph for an underrated guitar player.
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on 18 July 2014
Yeh, a fine compilation as well as a TRIBUTE to an all time great.It's about the music, the soul and most of all THE HEART within .If you are t all familiar with Michael's LEGACY then add this to your collection and keep this unique legacy alive!
Blues fans you NEED to listen to this.
WELL DONE to the compilers and record producers..and THANKS!!!!
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