Between the Hard Place & the Ground/Cruisin' for a Bruisin'

Between the Hard Place & the Ground/Cruisin' for a Bruisin'

by Michael BloomfieldMichael Bloomfield


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While most guitarists of his generation learned the elements of blues guitar playing from records, Michael Bloomfield, who grew up in North Chicago, learned them firsthand by playing with the likes of B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Big Joe Williams, and others in Chicago's gritty blues clubs. His first bands, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag, were racially mixed blues powerhouses, fusing the blues with jazz, R&B, psychedelia, and seemingly everything else under the sun, and like Bloomfield, both of those bands are woefully underappreciated. His four solo albums, the last two of which, 1979's Between the Hard Place & the Ground and the darker Cruisin' for a Bruisin' from 1981, are combined here, were strange, eccentric, occasionally brilliant, and never sold well. An erratic, manic, and groundbreaking guitarist, Bloomfield may well have been at his best as a session player or as a member of a touring band, but even as uneven as these two albums are with him front and center, Bloomfield is never less than fascinating.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2008
Label: Takoma Uk
UPC: 0029667032728
catalogNumber: 7070
Rank: 39859

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Roger Troy   Bass
Jonathan Cramer   Piano
Ira Kamin   Piano,Drums
Doug Kilmer   Bass
Hart McNee   Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Mark Naftalin   Piano
Henry Oden   Bass
King Perkoff   Tenor Saxophone
Tom Rizzo   Drums
Derrick Walker   Harmonica,Tenor Saxophone
Barry Thomas Goldberg   Organ,Piano
Mark Adams   Harmonica
Bob "Congo" Jones   Drums

Technical Credits

Champion Jack Dupree   Composer
Nick Gravenites   Composer
Roy Byrd   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Jonathan Cramer   Composer
Norman Dayron   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Mark Wallner   Engineer
Dr. John   Arranger,Composer
Ray Sharpe   Composer
Huey Thierry   Composer
George Khoury   Composer
Seth David   Composer
Jeanne Vikki   Composer
Neil Dell   Cover Design

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