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FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS HEART TO HIS HANDS
« La première fois que j'ai vu Mickael jouer de la guitare, ça a littéralement changé ma vie au point de me dire :
c'est exactement ce que je veux faire pour le restant de mes jours »
Trop tôt disparu à l'âge de 37 ans le 15 février 1981, Mike Bloomfield n'a pas véritablement eu la reconnaissance médiatique qu'il méritait amplement.
Immense guitariste de blues dont la carrière s'étend sur une quinzaine d'années, c'est le grand producteur John Hammond Sr qui repère le natif de Chicago en 1964 et le signe sur le label Columbia. Suivront sa collaboration avec le Paul Butterfield Blues Band, sa légendaire session avec Bob Dylan sur l'album « Highway 61 Revisited » et le fameux concert électrique au Newport Folk Festival en 1965.
Le guitariste créera Electric Flag en 1967 avant que les tensions dues à la drogue et autres problèmes d'égo ne le poussent à quitter la formation, laissant Buddy Miles aux commandes.
1968 voit la sortie de l'album-événement « Super Session » avec Al Kooper et Stephen Stills.
C'est d'ailleurs son grand ami Kooper qui très logiquement présente aujourd'hui cette belle rétrospective sous forme de long box à paraître en 2014 et longuement attendue par les fans du guitariste.
L'anthologie offre 3 CD, un passionnant documentaire vidéo inédit « Sweet Blues : A Film About Mike Bloomfield » et un excellent livret de 37 pages.
Le producteur Al Kooper a choisi des enregistrements studio, live et de nombreuses raretés.
On y entend également plusieurs introductions parlées de Mike Bloomfield ainsi que Bob Dylan le présentant au public du Warfield Theatre le 15 novembre 1980, juste trois mois avant sa disparition suite à une overdose.
Puisse ce remarquable coffret remettre en lumière un très grand guitariste respecté par les plus grands (Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton...).
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Les fans de Bloomfield, dans l’attente d’une telle collection depuis sa mort, s’en réjouissent. 3 CD, un documentaire vidéo très captivant (Sweet Blues : A Film About Mike Bloomfield) et un livret très informatif habillent ce coffret magnifique et parfaitement ciblé par Kooper dont il faut louer l’investissement et le travail technique ici. L’offre publiée sous l’identité de From His Head To His Heart To His Hands (2014) réinstalle sous les projos un artiste qui n’a pas eu, de son temps, la reconnaissance qui lui revenait de droit, au seul motif de son incroyable talent.
Respecté de ses pairs, notamment ceux de la branche blues, et des guitaristes pour lequel il était la voie à suivre, Michael Bloomfield de Chicago a influé sur de nombreux artistes. Le meilleur exemple est Carlos Santana qui, dès qu’il a vu Mike jouer de la guitare, a décidé d’en faire son instrument jusqu’à la fin de sa vie. Pour Dylan, il fut le plus grand guitariste qu’il n’ait jamais entendu. Cela se passe de commentaires.Lire la suite ›
On appréciera ici surtout la fluidité de son jeu sur des classiques de blues et le niveau s'élève encore plus lorsqu'il accompagne des géants comme Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan et Janis Joplin ("One good man" : à tomber).
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This set is a loving tribute by his good friend and sometime collaborator Al Kooper (Blues Project, BS&T,Super Session, etc.). I have only listened to disc 1 so far and can recommend it on that bit alone. His initial recordings for John Hammond are stunning! I am looking forward to working through this set over the weekend. As for the content, my only quibble is that no playing was included from his "if you love these blues" set initially made for Guitar Player magazine. However, I have all that stuff already.
Update: I finished the box and it just gets better as you go from disc to disc. The live stuff on disc 2 is incendiary. Disc 3 includes highlights from his later work, standouts being his fiery workout with Janis Joplin (one good man), samples from the hard to get collaborations with Nick Gravenites and the unreleased Bottom Line T Bone track with Al Kooper. At the end of disc 3, wait for the hidden track, a song as a heart felt tribute from Kooper himself - the idea of doing that a true '60s inspiration. The video is great. Hopefully, a longer version will also be released.
All players who know of Bloomfield are rejoicing at this release. For those of you who are being introduced to this great artist, your next task is to go out and listen to as much of his work as possible. One other point, at the end of disc 1 is one of the finest examples of sublime, understated playing ever recorded, under 1 minute in length. It is called, "Easy Rider". Listen to it and be gobsmacked! God bless you, Michael.
I did notice the edit on Killing Floor. That seemed unnecessary but I wasn't there making the decisions. We're all here because we loved Michael so let's forgive decisions we didn't get to make.
I mostly want to point at my favorites that aren't here. I read a Bloomer biography a few years ago that had a short disc stuck in the back. As I remember, without going home and pulling it out, it was playing from Big John's or from that pre-Butter period. You hear the distinctive Bloomfield phrasing but he is lacking some restraint that came later. Still great to hear. I love the Hammond stuff here. That fast pickin' song, wow! So if I got to chose my favorite Butterfield cuts not included here they would include: Shake Your Moneymaker, Screamin' (two geniuses at work together), I Got A Mind To Give Up Livin', and Two Trains Running (who's solos have such beautiful architectture and emotional intensity). Another Butter cut would be Nut Popper (I think that's the title), an instrumental on the "Lost First Butter album, or whatever its called. Many great cuts there. Like others I'd include the Guitar Player Album, If You Love These Blues..., which wasn't available for years on cd but now is. It showcases some of the breadth of Michael's ability. I would have for sure included Mama Lion with Nick singing in this set. Finally, one not many seem to mention is the Woody Herman set, Brand New. I must have read about it in Rolling Stone when it came out because I had it when it came out. Just ordered the CD here on Amazon. (Oops, I also forgot Two Jews Blues by Barry Goldberg)
If they started issuing random live sets for Michael like they do with Johnny Winter nowadays I'd be there with my credit card. I suppose since so much of Michaels prime stuff is in bands with others like the Flag and Butter that it would be hard to get all the permissions you need to release things. Anyway, I'm at least still hoping for an expanded Live Adventures and glad to see a bunch of that and a couple with Nick at the Filmore and that other recent live one from that period.
What a loss, his passing but thanks again to all for this excellent tribute. Hopefully it will whet some appetites and people will go out and get some of the original albums to hear more.
OK, I'm just writing to please myself. Don't slag me, Mr One-star, or any of his friends. This one was truely A Long Time Comin' and I'm glad it's here.
Just want to check in since I finished disc three. I sort of thought things might go down a little on the third disc but I'm very happy with it. That Glamour Girl is just plain incredible and there are lots of other nice ones on there too. Got me to pull out so other stuff. I've got about a hundred songs on a Bloomfield play list on my Ipod. Forgot how great Fathers and Sons is, not a ton of Michael but Paul and Muddy are just at their best. Really like the Dylan cut too. Now when I get that Woody Herman disc in the mail (only had the LP before this) I'll be ready to go. I'm also going to get a few more of the 70s discs to round things out.
As I look back on my Bloomer hero worship, I know that for me it was always about those blazing electric leads. Part of the disappointment of the 70s for me was all his acoustic stuff, just not my bag. But now that I've grown up to be an old man with a minor bit of guitar playing behind me, I realize what a well rounded musician Michael was.
Final comment: this set is so totally worth it. If this is all you own of Michael, well you might not have my favorite moments but you will have a good overview of a fine gentleman and a "nice outstanding musician" (as Junior Wells once referred to Sonny Boy 2. But if you get serious this is a good pointer to many other charms. Keep searchin'.
Bloomfield found his niche in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and this set includes only a few precious cuts from his time with them, including the “East-West” the 13 minute title track jam from their second album, that includes rock, raga and Dixieland riffs . The second disc is primarily material he recorded with his cohort and producer of this box set, Al Kooper. Of course, it includes “Albert’s Shuffle,” possibly Bloomfield’s signature tune and an excellent rearrangement of Simon & Garfunkel’s “59th Street Bridge Song” that is edited from two live performances.
The third disc is a compilation of his later work, a combination of small club solo gigs and collaborations with Nick Gravenites and Mark Naftalin. There is also a raw recording of T-Bone Walker’s “Glamour Girl” with both Barry Goldberg and AL Kooper on keyboards, that just kills. And, on what may be Bloomfield’s last recording, he joins Bob Dylan, who calls his friend up to the stage to jam on “The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar,” during Dylan’s 1980 show at the Wharfield Theater, in San Francisco. The playing is a bit scattered, with Michael playing single note runs and slide, not his strong suit, but the energy and emotion is there in both Dylan’s vocals and Mike’s playing.
The DVD documentary is an excellent overview of Bloomfield’s life and artistry. There are interviews with his cohorts from his Chicago days, including Nick Gravenites, Charlie Musslewhite, Sam Lay and Elvin Bishop. The late rock promoter Bill Graham reminisces on how Michael encouraged him to book some of the Black acts that influenced his music. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of live clips of his playing on the DVD. But the touching recollections by his fellow musicians and family make for a very moving documentary.
Why four stars? Because at least two of the tracks on this set are edited, and are not the original tracks. The track "Killin' Floor" on CD1 has roughly 30 seconds edited out - where it mellows out with the sax solo that begins at 3:15 and ends at 3:38. On this compilation, that is gone. I really liked that part of the tune. The original timing of the tune is 4:11, while the edited version here is 3:51. Then, on CD2, the track "Her Holy Modal Highness" has nearly 3 minutes edited out. The original track clocks in at 9:00, while the version on this set is 6:09. Perhaps the producers of the set were faced with the decision to make these edits versus not being to justify the cost of an additional disc in the set. I guess I'd rather have the set with the edits than no set at all. Who knows. I'm disappointed, nevertheless.