From His Head to His Heart to His Hands

From His Head to His Heart to His Hands

by Michael BloomfieldMichael Bloomfield


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When white blues guitarist Michael Bloomfield was found dead at 37 of a drug overdose in his 1965 Chevy in 1981 in San Francisco, he was no more than a rock footnote to most people, having never had the kind of fame and adulation given to guitar peers like Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Jimi Hendrix, although he surely influenced all of these players with his sharp improvisational skills and his exciting, and admittedly sometimes erratic, performances. While most guitarists of his generation learned the elements of blues guitar playing from records, Bloomfield, who grew up in North Chicago, learned them first-hand 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, and skin color meant nothing to Bloomfield at a time when it seemed to mean everything to everyone else in America. 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. Bloomfield was also a much in-demand session player, playing guitar at Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited sessions and adding his energy and guitar licks to projects by Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin, and many others. His solo albums were strange, eccentric, occasionally brilliant, and never sold well. This set, produced and curated by longtime collaborator Al Kooper, is the first overarching survey of Bloomfield's woefully short career, containing three music discs, Roots, Jams, and Last Licks, with a DVD disc of Bob Sarles' documentary Sweet Blues: A Film about Michael Bloomfield rounding out the set. It's a must for any Bloomfield fan, and hopefully will open the gates to a renewed appreciation for this brilliant, manic, and groundbreaking guitarist.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2014
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0887654763426
catalogNumber: 547634
Rank: 8418

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Paul Butterfield   Harmonica,Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica
Elvin Bishop   Guitar
Chambers Brothers   Background Vocals
Bob Dylan   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Janis Joplin   Vocals
Kooper   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Ondioline
Buddy Miles   Drums
Paul Simon   Vocal Harmony
Luis Gasca   Trumpet
Sivuca   Guitar,Percussion
Barry Goldberg   Organ,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Nick Gravenites   Percussion,Vocals
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Sam Lay   Drums
Roger Troy   Bass
Jim Keltner   Drums
Bobby Gregg   Drums
Ace of Cups   Background Vocals
Jerome Arnold   Bass
Maury Baker   Drums
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Brad Campbell   Bass
Lonnie Castille   Drums
Terry Clements   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Davenport   Drums
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Marcus Doubleday   Trumpet
Tim Drummond   Bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Brian Friedman   Piano
Paul Griffin   Piano
Paul Harris   Piano
Buddy Helm   Drums
John Kahn   Bass
Ira Kamin   Organ
Richard Kermode   Organ
Bruce Langhorne   Tambourine
Bill Lee   Bass
Joe Mack   Bass
Norman Mayell   Drums
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Naftalin   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Buell Neidlinger   Bass
Gerald Oshita   Baritone Saxophone
Fred Olsen   Guitar
Skip Prokop   Drums
George Rains   Drums
Herbie Rich   Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone
Roy Ruby   Piano
Richard Santi   Accordion
Russ Savakus   Bass
Otis Spann   Piano
Rev. Ron Stallings   Alto Saxophone
Peter Strazza   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Tackett   Electric Guitar
Mark Teel   Tenor Saxophone
Sid Warner   Bass
John Wilmeth   Trumpet
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Organ
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Johnny Cresci   Drums
Dino Andino   Conga
Mike Johnson   Guitar
Regina Harris   Background Vocals
Noel Jewkis   Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Flowers   Baritone Saxophone
Mike Melford   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Mike Fonfara   Keyboards
Bob Jones   Drums
Eddie Hoh   Drums
Stemzie Hunter   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Michael Melford   Producer
Ray Charles   Composer
Bruce Dickinson   Executive Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer,Producer
Electric Flag   Producer
Janis Joplin   Composer
Kooper   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Remixing
Buddy Miles   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
Nick Gravenites   Composer,Producer
Bob Johnson   Producer
Mark Abramson   Producer
Denny Bruce   Producer
John Court   Producer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Norman Dayron   Producer
Elmore James   Composer
John Kahn   Composer
Ira Kamin   Composer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Gabriel Mekler   Producer
Bob Morgan   Producer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Mark Naftalin   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Tom Wilson   Producer
Michael Simmons   Liner Notes
Walter Jacobs   Composer
Norman Rockwell   Paintings
Joe Scott   Horn Arrangements
Dan McClosky   Interviewer
Traditional   Composer
Bloomfield   Composer
Preston Foster   Composer
Jim Marshall   Cover Photo
A. Walker   Composer
A. Christian   Composer
M. Schuman   Composer
Ted Leyhe   Producer
Bob Sarles   Director,Producer
C. Burnett   Composer
Larry Milburn   Producer
Christina Keating   Producer
Bruce Schmiechen   Producer
"Magic" Dave Roberts   Engineer,Remixing

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