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From His Head to His Heart to His Hands, the 3 CD/1 DVD anthology features released and unreleased gems from solo sessions to live performances from The Fillmore East and Fillmore West, The Bottom Line and other historic venues. This compilation also will feature a fascinating new mini-documentary combining vintage audio interviews with Bloomfield and live performances with new reflections from his friends, collaborators and admirers.

Guitarist Mike Bloomfield never fully got his due as one of the go-to sidemen of his generation or for his importance as a common thread in the patchwork of genres that changed the face of rock and roll in the 1960s and 1970s - until now. Bloomfield's incredible career will be chronicled in From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.

Raised on the North Side of Chicago, Bloomfield's guitar prowess was immediately obvious; emulating the architects of the genre and fusing their style to the more experimental strains of 1960s pop and rock. Legendary A&R man John Hammond saw the same sort of raw talent in him that he saw in some of his greatest discoveries, from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen, and would sign Bloomfield to Columbia Records. Bloomfield would make history for the label as a session guitarist for Dylan's iconic Highway 61 Revisited in 1965, featuring the incendiary "Like a Rolling Stone."

Bloomfield was an original member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, contributing to their 1965 self-titled debut and follow-up East-West (1966); the latter album s title track, co-written by Bloomfield, is regarded as a high watermark in rock history, combining elements of blues, jazz, psychedelia and Eastern musical concepts in equal measure. From there, Bloomfield founded the famed "American Music Band" The Electric Flag, and fronted it into 1968. Also in 1968, Mike partook in the recording of Moby Grape's Grape Jam and the platinum-selling Super Session LP, a collaboration with fellow session legend Al Kooper.

As the decade wore on, Bloomfield would continue to release innovative, guitar-heavy works, including his debut solo album It's Not Killing Me and My Labors with Electric Flag member Nick Gravenites, both released in 1969. The remainder of his career was perhaps best known for more session highlights, including work on Muddy Waters Fathers And Sons and Janis Joplin's solo debut I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! - all the while recording a series of highly-regarded solo works.

Bloomfield died at the too-young age of 37; only afterward did his reputation solidify as a building block of the 1960s' popular music evolution, his peerless guitar work one of the few common threads in a decade of musical change.

At long last, Bloomfield will truly get his due with From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.

A Ravin' Film. Directed by Bob Sarles. Produced and Edited by Bob Sarles and Christina Keating. Director of photography: Ted Leyhe. Producers: Ted Leyhe, Larry Milburn & Bruce Schmiechen.

Disc: 1
1. I'm a Country Boy
2. Judge, Judge
3. Hammond's Rag
4. I've Got You in the Palm of My Hand
5. I've Got My Mojo Workin'
6. Like a Rolling Stone (Instrumental) - performed by Bob Dylan
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Disc: 2
1. Albert's Shuffle
2. Stop
3. His Holy Modal Majesty
4. Opening Speech (Live)
5. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) (Live) Hybrid Edit
6. Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong (Live)
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Disc: 3
1. I'm Glad I m Jewish (Live)
2. Men's Room - Spoken Word Segment from McCabe's (Live)
3. Don't You Lie to Me (Live)
4. Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had (Live) - performed by Muddy Waters
5. Gypsy Good Time (Live)
6. One Good Man- performed by Janis Joplin
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B00G2DC2EG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Samuel B. King
If you are into a great blues guitarist who believed in getting all he could from the great black blues musicians you must have this compilation!
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I have loved his playing and attitude and other gifts since I bought that first Butterfield album when it first came out.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Samuel B. King on February 7, 2014
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This is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to America. It is fitting that this set has been released at the same time because Bloomfield represented the opposite of Beatlemania - it was adult music. I remember buying the first Blues Project album at the time and a friend saying, "if you like that, grab onto this!" Although the Project had great players, they still had one foot in garage rock. The Butterfield Band was different! And Bloomfield's playing! A long standing misconception is that British players were the ones who turned Americans on to their own African American blues heritage. Well, the Butterfield Band, and Bloomfield, were arguably a bigger influence at the beginning, at least for musicians. People who grew up on modern players have no idea of his impact.For American players of the time, Bloomfield was the "one", Clapton and Hendrix only impacting later.Players eagerly followed his evolution, from the Butter band through the Electric Flag and collaborations with Al Kooper. True fans also found inspiration in his later, more eclectic recordings. His influence went way beyond the blues. Would have Robbie Krieger played the raga solo in light my fire or would the Allmans have done all those extended blues based excursions without EAST-WEST? Cream's Winterland spoonful excursion? Perhaps, but it was first, and surely was an influence. He sold a million telecasters and later 10 million les Pauls. For many people, myself included, it was Bloomers' use of the les Paul that was the inspiration, not Clapton and the Beano album (not to take anything from THAT great player). As for his SOUND, his sound was clean, his natural passion making what lesser players try to achieve through effects.Read more ›
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eliminator Man on February 12, 2014
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First thank you to Al and Michael and Bob and everyone else associated with this for the love and respect you give Michael. I have loved his playing and attitude and other gifts since I bought that first Butterfield album when it first came out. That, Muddy's best and a Lightnin' Hopkins were my first real blues albums after going through the Stones and Animals to get there. I'm on my fourth or fifth copy of the first Butter album and own many others featuring Michael. I'm still on the first Disc and I'm familiar with much to come but want to jump into the early reviews just to pay homage to a hero of mine and to offer a few hints to others, whol like one reviewer here, may only have Super Session.

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.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bob C. on February 8, 2014
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This is the first career spanning compilation of Mike Bloomfield's music, though it is not comprehensive, it does a great job of conveying the depth of his talent. It begins with tracks from his audition session for Columbia Records executive, John Hammond, in 1964. What is revealing in these tracks is that while he would become famous for his searing electric guitar work, at the time of the the Hammond sessions he was more advanced as an acoustic blues and ragtime player. On the acoustic tracks, he is accompanied by Bill Lee, Spike Lee's father on bass.
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.
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Absolutely. I have just about all Michael's recordings, but this documentary box set is a must-have for anyone who appreciates - loves - Michael and his work and his influence. Just watched the trailer. Wow. Can't wait.
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