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Super Session [Import]

Michael Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills, Al Kooper & Stephen StillsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony UK
  • ASIN: B000068ZQT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Albert's Shuffle
2. Stop
3. Man's Temptation
4. His Holy Modal Majesty
5. Really
6. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
7. Season of the Witch
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Harvey's Tune
10. Albert's Shuffle [2002 Remix w/o Horns][*]
11. Season of the Witch [2002 Remix w/o Horns][*]
12. Blues for Nothing [*]
13. Fat Grey Cloud [Live][#][*]

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The complete smash album featuring Kooper, Stills and Bloomfield, here reissued with new remastering and four bonus tracks!

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110 of 114 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Excellent Bloomfield Playing. May 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD shows two things, one the brilliance of Bloomfield's playing and two, just how far he had fallen as a result of his Heroin addiction. After nine hours of recording, Bloomfield and Kooper completed Bloomfield's "Albert's Shuffle", "His Holy Modal Majesty" and "Really", Howard Tate's "Stop", and Curtis Mayfield's "Man's Temptation". At the completion of these first five tunes, Bloomfield packed up his things and abruptly left the studio. Kooper wanted to complete the recording so he picked up the phone and called Stephen Stills. Still's agreed to finish the sessions. As such you get two very different sounding recordings here. The first half--Kooper and Bloomfield which contains some very nice blues and classic Bloomfield guitar. The last half features Kooper and Stills complete with jangly guitar and Buffalo Springfield like vocals. The disc is rounded out with some added bonus material featuring remix versions of "Albert's Shuffle" and "Season of the Witch" without the horns and two others. An added bonus is "Fat Grey Clound" which is a masterpiece in itself. On the other hand, while this disc has some good tunes on it the addition of Stills and absence of Bloomfield leaves the recording with a hodgepodge quality. As an alternative or in addition to this disc, check out the "Lost Concert Tapes".
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE genuine "Super Session" January 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A trick some out-of-work artists used back in the '60s was to team up and record a session and come up with some name for the effort, calling themselves some sort of "supergroup" in doing so. As far as that goes, this one was not much different. Chicago blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield had just left the Electric Flag and keyboardist Al Kooper had just left Blood Sweat and Tears. The little-known Kooper has been around the music scene as much as anybody has, involved in sessions or production for everybody from Bob Dylan to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bloomfield was noted as one of the finest blues guitarists around. They knew each other as they had both worked with Dylan on "Highway 61 Revisited", and they saw an opportunity in 1968 to record together.

Unlike some of the pretenders, though, this one is the real deal. The opening cut is a pure exercise in raw blues guitar as Bloomfield goes all out in "Albert's Shuffle", aided ably by Kooper's organ, Barry Goldberg's electric piano, Harvey Brook's bass and Eddie Hoh's drums. Kooper, who is known as a master producer, decided the track needed horns, so he overdubbed them into the recording for release. On the CD, a bonus track plays the original recording of "Albert's Shuffle" without the horns. You decide which version is better; I like the horns myself.

Bloomfield continues with Howard Tate's "Stop", another instrumental that segues well with "Albert's Shuffle". The third track is a cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Man's Temptation" that sounds more like Blood Sweat & Tears than the previous two tracks with horns dominating this cut, not Bloomfield's guitar. Al Kooper is not a particularly good singer, so this track is a little weak.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blues guitar jam session! April 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album represents the rock equivalent of a jazz "blowing session". Bloomfield and Kooper met while playing on Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" and had both left their current bands. Bloomfield quit Electric Flag while Kooper exited Blood, Sweat & Tears. This jam session with some of their friends like Barry Goldberg, Harvey Brooks and Eddie Hoh contains some of the best playing of Bloomfield's career. The opening cut "Albert's Shuffle" illustrates the influences of blues greats like Albert King, Freddie King, B.B. King and Albert Collins on Bloomfield's style. His playing while not fast and flashy like Stevie Ray Vaughan or Johnny Winter relies on string bending, dynamics and emotion. His instrumental cover of "Stop" is catchy and it may be more than coincidence that Jimi Hendrix and Joe Walsh with the James Gang both featured versions of song in their sets after "Super Session" was released. "His Holy Modal Majesty" sort of picks up where the epic "East-West" left off during his tenure with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. It features Bloomfield's eastern influenced modal playing. "Really" is another slow burner. Much to the chagrin of Kooper, Bloomfield abruptly split the session after only half of the album was recorded due to his insomnia and heroin addiction. Kooper quickly recruited Stephen Stills from Buffalo Springfield and later CSN&Y to record the rest of the album. Stills plays fairly well especially of the long jam of Donovan's "Season of the Witch". The cover of "You Don't Love Me" later covered by the Allman Brothers Band on "At Fillmore East" is given a treatment with some phasing and flanging effects. Read more ›
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eternal love affair February 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I think the real reason behind writing reviews like this lies in the hope that you will be able to convince some person(s) out there that something is missing form their life unless they get to hear this music. I don't think I can get any more eloquent on the brilliance of these musicians than any other reviewer here; the only words of praise in addition are for Harvey Brook's bass playing which is both beautiful, inventive and absolutely essential in tying together the Bloomfield and the Stills parts. It feels like they are somehow sailing along on the same river of bass, although they have very different playing styles. (Must mention too Stills' wah-wah playing at the end of "Season of the witch", the most "lyrical" use of this effect I have heard to this day).

So as you may understand, I have always loved this record (although I must say it took some spinnings back in -68 for it to grow on me). Those who love it, will know, and for those who haven't heard it, let it grow on you too, and it could be one of those pieces of music that will follow you through the years, make your hard times easier to endure and the good times even more enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 2003 Extra Tracks, not import
Great album, can't go wrong. Must have as I have listened to it from when it came out. I personally like the Stephen Stills songs better. Sound quality is great.
Published 6 days ago by Mark D Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars White peole surely can't jump, But they can REALLY make BLUES
When Bob Dylan turn up his Stratocaster due his performance in the Newpork jazz and folk festival in 1965, few knew who was the master ax-man who played besides him, Consider by... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jacobo Zea Cortes
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Talent
This brings back great memories for me. I wish that Michael Bloomfield was still alive today. He would be a super star.
Published 25 days ago by NTH Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember this
Found memories of my youth. I had this album in college and played it constantly. Another great example of talented people.
Published 1 month ago by Paul T.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Extra Songs!
This expanded version brings bonus material that never should have been left off the original CD. Fat Grey Cloud is a delight that will thrill the blues enthusiast and the two... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Need TWENTY Stars to rate this CD!
One of the best albums of the 60s! Each tune carries a vibe that throbbed through our music and concerts back then. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patty Craven
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike Bloomfield RIP
Mike Bloomfield's guitar was one of the greatest ever. It is too bad that Mike did not ever achieve the reputation he deserved. Al Kooper and Steve Stills never sounded better.
Published 1 month ago by Norman L. Goodfriend
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine playing...
Great playing and somewhat "historical" as well due to the players' backgrounds, etc. Only one, maybe two cuts don't hold up very well but mostly, this is overall a great... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rincon
4.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Classic
This is one of the all time classic albums in the annals of Rock music. Really superb. I have an old vinyl copy, though I bought it used, and it is a bit scratchy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Beers
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch fretboard work by Bloomfield
Bloomfield laid down some of the sweetest blues riffs ever on this recording. In my opinion, to date no one has yet surpassed the fluidity, phrasing and color of his work here. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Edward M. Olsoe
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Stephen Stills
You will appreciate the unique quality of SS guitar playing when you go see him live. He has gotten MUCH better over the years on electric, and there is NO rocker that played acoustic guitar like him over the years. In my book, he is Clapton on the acoustic guitar. He had a very unique sound on... Read more
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