The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper

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Band/Record: The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper

Label/Matrix: US 1969 Columbia KGP 6

Condition Record/Sleeve: EX+/EX

Extra Info: Fantastic Album ... Original US 1st press 2LP on the Columbia label .... Wow.  EX+ ..dream audio ...

Recorded over three nights in 1968, this is one of those great blues psych-rock jam albums. The relationship between Kooper and Bloomfield is intuitive and symbiotic- the two of them know how to share a song, playing with and off of one another with finesse and warmth. It's wonderful to hear them tossing ideas back and forth- one of the album's coolest moments occurs during a cover of "Dear Mr. Fantasy," when, during the instrumental break, Kooper plays a quote from "Hey Jude," and Bloomfield echoes it during his solo. It's a pretty good indicator of the loose, playful feel that permeates this album. Of course, it doesn't hurt that these are two of the best players in the business, capable of melding blues and jazz into an expertly crafted rock 'n' roll framework. They also know how to jam, settling into loose grooves and letting loose with the best that they got. As a result, we get to hear Bloomfield's stinging lead guitar erupting beautifully over Kooper's lush organ constructions. It's not exactly earth-shattering, but it's still a wonderful listen. Perhaps it does occasionally slip into overindulgence (such as on the cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "No More Lonely Nights," which features guitarist Elvin Bishop substituting for a temporarily absent Bloomfield. He isn't bad, but the song ambles its way past the twelve-minute mark without much in the way of innovative or inspiring playing. Still, it's got some great eruptions from Kooper), and it does start to lose a bit of energy towards the end, but it's still a great listen for any fan of blues or jam oriented rock.

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