11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just as the young British men in The Rolling Stones were enamored with the electric blues music that came out of Chicago in the '50s and early '60s, so were the young American men who lived in the heart of it. Bassist Jerome Arnold and drummer Sam Lay were hired from Howlin' Wolf's backing band, and lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield had been plucked from a crosstown rival by producer Paul Rothchild; together they formed 1965's most imposing modern blues band behind singer and harmonica player Paul Butterfield. Rothchild's discerning ear forced the band to record the material several times before an acceptable debut album could be issued. The songs are played loud and proud, to the point of near-anarchy at times. Several Bloomfield originals are thrown in, but the main draw is the band's interpretive ability. The group breathes fire into Elmore James' "Shake Your Moneymaker" and Junior Parker's "Mystery Train" and does two Little Walter cuts—"Blues with a Feeling" and "Last Night"—mighty proud. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just as the young British men in The Rolling Stones were enamored with the electric blues music that came out of Chicago in the '50s and early '60s, so were the young American men who lived in the heart of it. Bassist Jerome Arnold and drummer Sam Lay were hired from Howlin' Wolf's backing band, and lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield had been plucked from a crosstown rival by producer Paul Rothchild; together they formed 1965's most imposing modern blues band behind singer and harmonica player Paul Butterfield. Rothchild's discerning ear forced the band to record the material several times before an acceptable debut album could be issued. The songs are played loud and proud, to the point of near-anarchy at times. Several Bloomfield originals are thrown in, but the main draw is the band's interpretive ability. The group breathes fire into Elmore James' "Shake Your Moneymaker" and Junior Parker's "Mystery Train" and does two Little Walter cuts—"Blues with a Feeling" and "Last Night"—mighty proud. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Longbranchno4 ,

The Problem with iTunes, CD's etc is:

Little things that you just don't find out that are on the original vinyl. Like where it says " "We suggest that you play this record at the highest possible volume in order to fully appreciate the sound of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band." Liner notes are priceless sociological insight into the band and the times in which the original music was published. It is a shame that the same sort of thing is not available digitally.

The band however is just as great on iTunes as it is on vinyl- just remember to play it loud for full appreciation.

Buffalo Bobby ,

Butterfield/Bloomfield Perfection

This is it! Just buy it. Listen to it. Listen to it over and over again. Learn Grasshopper, learn.

SqueakyRat ,

I remember

Ron McKernan showing up with this LP in his clutches at a hang-out in Palo Alto, in 1965 I suppose. He put in on the turntable and changed our musical world.

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