Michael Bloomfield was like a shooting star, a rolling stone who catapulted. Sorta like Hendrix, he lasted a little longer than the Purple Haze, until 1981, dying of a drug overdose at age 36. He suffered from insomnia as well as addiction. But for a time, if you were alive then (especially during the 1960s), and you listened to music, if you missed Michael ... sorry, but you were asleep. Okay, his music with Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, his short-lived and sizzling Electric Flag band, the one-off Super Session album with keyboardist/singer Al Kooper and bassist Harvey Brooks, ...read more
While a proliferation of box sets continue to entice with career-spanning retrospectives-- sometimes entire discographies, like Legacy Recordings' recent Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection (2013)--few serve as aural biographies with the same degree of success as Mike Bloomfield's aptly titled From His Head to His Heart to His Hands, a three-CD/one-DVD long box produced by the only person who could truly do justice to the late bluesman, Bob Dylan compatriot, member of the seminal Paul Butterfield Blues Band and founder of the equally essential horn-heavy Electric Flag. Thirty-three years may have passed, but keyboardist/producer Al Kooper is still around ...read more
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