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Long Time Comin

Electric Flag, Electric FlagAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMVIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Killing Floor
2. Groovin' Is Easy
3. Over-Lovin' You
4. She Should Have Just
5. Wine
6. Texas
7. Sittin' in Circles
8. You Don't Realize
9. Another Country
10. Easy Rider
11. Sunny [*]
12. Mystery [*]
13. Look into My Eyes [#][*]
14. Going Down Slow [#][*]

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'60's debut from ex-Butterfield Band guitarist Mike Bloomfield and drummer Buddy Miles. Includes bonus tracks and previously unreleased cuts including Sunny; Look Into My Eyes; Killing Floor; Groovin' Is Easy; Wine and more!

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars San Francisco's answer to Blood, Sweat & Tears August 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
When this album first appeared in early 1968, underground freeform FM radio was in its heyday and the songs on "A Long Time Comin'" were a mainstay on underground radio. AM radio didn't know what to make of a band that combined blues, folk, jazz, rock and -- at times -- even classical modes in a sound that was astounding. This was the Bay Area's answer to New York's Blood, Sweat & Tears and it was an incredibly worthy answer indeed. Al Kooper built the original BS&T from the ashes of the little-known Blues Project, while The Electric Flag's Mike Bloomfield came from even headier stuff -- namely, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, where Bloomfield proved that a Jewish kid can have the blues -- real blues. To cover what other musicians in this band made this such an incredible group would take pages as there are so many of them. Buddy Miles handled the drums (who'd later launch his own Buddy Miles Express before joining Hendrix in the Band of Gypsies). Barry Goldberg added keys that were exquisite before leaving to form Barry Goldberg's Reunion. The horns in the Flag were more brash and bluesy than the classically-trained jazz musings of their New York contemporaries, BS&T. These guys could cook and when they turned up the heat, no audience I ever saw them perform to was able to withstand the spell they created live. The songs on this album are a remarkable testament to the precision, eloquence and power of the Electric Flag. Wow. Even the memory of these guys live is powerful. This album is their greatest recorded legacy.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware September 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This being one of my favorite cd's I was excited when I saw this available as a remastered import from Sony.However, when I put it on it sounded terrible. The highs were so screechy that the cd was unlistenable and lets not talk about the non-existent bass. I do have the original Columbia issue and compared to this "remastered version" the original sounds like an audiophile cd. Not really but this is how bad this thing sounds. In looking at the credits it appears that the same person did the remastering on both. I am guessing that the import is nothing more than a digital dub from way back when. Do yourself a favor and just get the Columbia/Legacy remastered compilation. It has 99 9/10 of the origial album and it sounds great. Happy listening
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Remastered" March 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I ordered the import version of this CD (Sony Holland, English language label) because it was listed as "remastered" and I assumed it would have better fidelity than the domestic release. I have never heard the domestic version but it cannot be any worse than the import. Very tinny highs, not much bass. The original vinyl probably sounds better.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Salute the Flag June 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What Mike Bloomfield wanted, when he bolted the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to make his home in San Francisco and put together this spry brass outfit, was a band that shied away from no portion of American music while keeping an anchor in the blues. What he got on this album was both a pretty powerful actuality and its own death sentence - the material is mostly top flight stuff but the cohesion doesn't always hold up as it should, given the talent Bloomfield assembled for the venture. And, considering that the band would purge Bloomfield, singer Nick Gravenites, and keyboardsman Barry Goldberg not long after this (their first) went onto the racks, that's a troublesome thought given the Flag's potential.
Still, this is the only Electric Flag you'll ever need; nay, require. You can't argue with the breezy power of "Killin' Floor," where Bloomfield and company wrap some vibrant brass lines around the Howlin' Wolf classic and give just about everyone room to breathe, even if it's Bloomfield's slinkily dangling guitar and Buddy Miles's rumble funk drumming that are the stars of the show. They rewrap Stick McGhee's vintage "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-De-O-Dee" into the lickety split boogie "Wine," grind it through practically laughing horns, Bloomfield's hit-the-roof-running guitar solo, and Gravenites's exhortative vocals, then finish off with a slowed-down coda that damn near serves up a round on the house. But they show some soul without being pretentious about it - Bloomfield's surprising "You Don't Realise" (he was usually, at best, a stumbling songwriter), Rick Polte's "She Should Have Just," and Gravenites's classic "Groovin' Is Easy" make a case for the Flag having been as credible a soul band as a blues-rock brass attack.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
The band's name had a subtitle, "An American Music Band". This CD is far more than just 'blues with horns'. It beautifully integrates musical elements from an incredibly diverse range of sources, including Chicago, Memphis, Texas, Motown, Philly, MuscleShoals, NewOrleans, Nashville. It is more deeply and respectfully rooted in those musical traditions than probably any of the other hybrid pop music of its era. The music has somewhat less harmonic sophistication and self-conscious compositional structure than the music of its nearest competition from that era, Blood, Sweat & Tears, but it delivers more immediacy, drive, solo instrumentalism, idiom and soul. It thumps; it rocks; it screams; it moans; it wails; it cruises; it caresses.
Bloomfield, Gravenites, Miles, et al., knew in their heads and in their bones exactly what they were doing.
Personally, I'd recommend this CD over the other Electric Flag CDs, including the various anthologies and collections. This was their first, their best, and the only one that was conceived and realized (by the band itself) as a single integrated work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Album !!!
Classic Electric Flag Album !!! Buy it today !!!
Published 10 days ago by chuck worthington
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mike Bloomfield Thing
"The Mike Bloomfield Thing." That's how they were advertising themselves when ads for the Monterey Pop Fesitival began airing in L.A. on progressive AM radio station KRLA. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ricardo Mio
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
Great music from an American band...Mile Bloomfield playing at his best and the rest of the band...Buddy Miles...wow....Cheeck out Killin Floor'! Quick delivery too
Published 3 months ago by Terry LaMont
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Blues Band
Chicago Blues like nothing else. Too bad it was only for a short time. Wish they were still around to play.
Published 5 months ago by Norman L. Goodfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised me
I knew and loved Mike B's playing before this but had never heard Electric Flag and was more than a bit surprised: there's a lot more to this than great guitarwork
Published 6 months ago by Marty F
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Flag still great.
I loved this album when it was first released and forty-five years later I still love it. The remastering could have been done better, but the quality of the songwriting and the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dennis Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike Bloomfield's easy going Electric Flag.
I believe that was what they were saying about the album back in the 60's when it first came out. I bought that and Super Session and BS&T with Al Kooper. How good is that!!!!!
Published 10 months ago by Thomas R Wutkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent record,
if you like Bloomfield you wil love this record, this is my kind of music you will not be dissapointed
Published 13 months ago by goofygreg
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement
I bought this when I was a freshman in college. I was on my fourth copy when I found it on a CD Thrile dto have it back
Published 14 months ago by Clay Alder
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ealry fussion of Blues, Rock and Soul.
A mixed bag but still a great step forward in fusing together blues, rock and soul.This was a great experiement similar to the Blues Project..
Published 15 months ago by Dan C. Stanford
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Mike bloomfield
Back around '66, I read a rave review of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band LP, and it's lead guitarist, "the unbelievable Mike Bloomfield". It took me a while to track it down, (the record stores had never heard of it), but when I did, I was totally blown away! I didn't know guitar... Read More
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