The Electric Flag

Essential Albums

About The Electric Flag

Electric Flag was a brief, intense confluence of blues-rock talent centered on guitarist Mike Bloomfield (fresh from his stint in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band), singer-songwriter Nick Gravenites, and drummer Buddy Miles. Bloomfield's vision for the band was to explore all manner of American musical forms--soul, jazz, blues, rock, R&B--through a contemporary and mildly psychedelic prism. To further cement their place in the mid-'60s zeitgeist, their debut gig was the Monterey Pop Festival, and their first recording was the soundtrack to the quintessential drug film, THE TRIP. Their first full album, 1968's LONG TIME COMIN', wowed critics and contained their hit version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," but Bloomfield left the band shortly after. Miles would leave after one more album to join Jimi Hendrix in his Band of Gypsys.

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