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Original Lost Elektra Sessions

Paul ButterfieldAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B0000252LD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
2. Just to Be with You
3. Help Me
4. Hate to See You Go
5. Poor Boy
6. Nut Popper #1
7. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
8. Lovin' Cup
9. Rock Me
10. It Hurts Me Too
11. Our Love Is Driftin'
12. Take Me Back, Baby
13. Mellow Down Easy
14. Ain't No Need to Go No Further
15. Love Her with a Feeling
16. Piney Brown Blues
17. Spoonful
18. That's All Right
19. Goin' Down Slow

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Assembled by producer Paul Rothchild shortly before his death, this really is the band's debut album that they recorded in 1964 yet never released, with only two of the songs appearing on their maiden Paul Butterfield Blues Band release!

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why was this music scrapped?! October 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Even though this page only lists five tracks, "The Original Lost Electra Sessions" is not an EP, it's a 19-track CD.
All but one of these 19 tracks were recorded in December, 1964, as Paul Butterfield's projected first LP, but the results were (inexplicably) scrapped and replaced by the band's official self-titled debut, cut a few months later.
With both Sam Lay, Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield already onboard, these sessions are very similar in feel to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band's first album. It's perhaps a little bit rawer in production and performance, but not really worse or different than what ended up on the actual debut LP.
Dedicated primarily to electric Chicago blues standards, it opens with a somewhat rushed take on "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", followed by a great "Just To Be With You" with some sublime harp playing by Paul Butterfield.
Butterfield also does a pretty good Sonny Boy Williamson (II) on a faithful rendition of "Help Me", and there are many more highlights, including an excellent rendition of the classic blues shuffle "Poor Boy", a slow, smouldering "It Hurts Me Too", an alternate version of the fine original "Our Love Is Drifting", a great, swinging "Take Me Back Baby", Jimmy Rogers' "That's All Right", and yet another Tampa Red-tune, "Love Her With A Feeling".
The band also lay down a really good version of Jimmy Oden's "Goin' Down Slow", and the originals "Lovin' Cup" and the fiery instrumental "Nut Popper #1" are excellent.
Virtually everything here is worth a listen, actually. It's not highly original, but The Paul Butterfield Blues Band's versions of these classic Chicago blues tunes are among the best and most convincing blues music ever waxed by a (primarily) white blues band.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early, raw, and utterly cool June 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that this album was scrapped. A lot of bands put out albums that were much worse than this. One has to wonder if Paul Rothschild should have just taken a few valiums and put this out at the time it was recorded, because this is very, very good.
This is a terrific document of a band of seriously dedicated guys playing the music they love, as authentically as they can. These guys weren't kidding; they paid their dues on the South Side of Chicago and were accepted as peers by none other than Muddy Waters. The performances here are raw but not sloppy, and the band is as tight as a tick. Most of the songs on here are played at a quick clip, but there's a lot of bite and venom in these performances, an air of urgency not dissimilar to something you hear on Buddy Guy's early recordings.
It's sad to think that the Yardbirds got so much praise (and still do) as being white interpreters of the blues, when this collection shows clearly that the Butterfield Blues Band was much, much better than anything the British blues movement would offer for several years. Why the Yardbirds got the press and historical props and the Butterfield Blues Band doesn't is a total mystery. Maybe they didn't wear enough paisley.
There is no paisley or patchouli on this one. It's just hard, tough blues, nasty, with teeth in it. Forget that half the band was white guys and dump every preconception you have about hippies, white blues, etc., and listen to this for what it is; a seriously cool recording of a very hot band hitting their stride.
Finally, I want to add that the recording quality of this album is not "execrable." It sounds every bit as good as any other album recorded in 1964 (! ) and a whole lot better than most. As a matter of fact, I think this is a much better produced record than anything the Yardbirds ever did. It's certainly much more authentic blues. A great document of an unjustly forgotten group.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best White Harpist Ever November 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is some of the earliest Butterfield available. The takes on this album were scrapped (or thought to be scrapped) for the more produced tunes that appear on first album. In my opinion, a lot of these takes are better than what appears on the first album. Butterfield's rendition of "Just To Be With You" (Muddy Waters)is absolutely awe-inspiring. Jimmy Rodgers' "That's Alright" is as good as the original, although different. And Little Walter's "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" is a jam. All of these takes are amazing, and definately not to be missed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great blues recording. January 2, 2006
By E. Joy
Format:Audio CD
I have heard the white vs. black bluesman argument for years and years. I've always felt that it isn't the color of the skin that's important when it comes to the music but rather the soul of the musician. Given that, this is a great blues album by a band of soulful bluesmen. Butterfields harp is as hot as ever and the guitars of Bloomfield and Bishop are the epitome of the blues. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band were one of the greatest blues bands ever assembled and this recording is evidence of that fact. My only question is how this music has gone unheard for all of these years?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By bobtec
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This album is a rare, and precious gem that fits quite comfortably between the first album, and East-West. The people at Elektra discovered that sometimes true gold can be found without digging in a gold mine. And they struck real gold, not fools gold. And on the list of gems are songs like Spoonful, Everything's Gonna Be Alright (which I haven't heard since the release of Woodstock 2), Mellow Down Easy (the only repeat out of 19 songs), Rock Me, and Poor Boy. This is not only to be added to the Essentials list, but the top 2 must haves have now become three.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Giants lost Sessions
Priceless pieces of blues rock that should not be overlooked. They were recorded before the session for the first album
Published 20 days ago by CARLOS MAZAGATOS
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor mix - not worth the time
Sound mix does not measure up to actually released Elektra recordings so much of the band is buried. Will not get much listening time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The recordings are great. Well worth the listen. I highly recommend this CD for Paul Butterfield fans who do not have this recording.
Published 10 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth 5 stars!
This collection of early Butterfield recordings was even better than what I expected. The playing is so strong. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Barry Cowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff If You Like The Original Band
If you are a big fan of the first two albums by the original Paul Butterfield Blues Band, then you have to get this outing, and which was supposed to have comprised their initial... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lawrence A. Strid
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Blues
This is essential music for any blues fan, the best Butterfield Blues Band recordings. Butterfield and Bloomfield with Sam Lay on drums. A great band, exceptional sessions. Read more
Published on November 6, 2009 by blue barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfield's Masterwork?! Yet unreleased?!!
Listen to the tour de force "Hate to See You Go". Butterfield at his most primal and vicious. He is just so damn excited to be playing harp! Read more
Published on January 19, 2009 by Jeffrey Siegel
5.0 out of 5 stars THIN WILD MERCURY!
I recommend this album to anyone who likes Bob Dylan's second masterpiece [not second album], Blonde On Blonde, as these 2 albums have that same THIN WILD MERCURY SOUND. Read more
Published on April 4, 2008 by Terrapin Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul sings on all tracks
A must have for all blues lovers as well as those who need to hear the voice of the consumate blues man,Paul Butterfield. Read more
Published on January 20, 2008 by J. Nichols
1.0 out of 5 stars I love this, almost as much as their first one
Not enough Bloomfield guitar, but his keyboard playing fits in well. Butterfield and drummer Sam Lay are on fire, while Elvin and Jerome do a fine job, as usual.
Published on January 4, 2007 by Gene W. Hancock
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