I waited to get into this band, and I regret it. Even if you only like half the songs after you buy it, you are still getting a huge bargain. The Electric Flag didn't last long, were fraught with contradictions and personal problems, and only really produced one real album and one film soundtrack , but they were influential far beyond their time.
Formed by superstar blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield the original group lasted less than one year. The album is something of a contradiction in styles, mixing the gritty blues that Bloomfield, Goldberg, and Gravenites were known for with Buddy Miles' pop-soul influences and a bit of '60s psychedelia.
The Electric Flag was thick with talent at every turn. This album reminds me of early Chicago, back when they were the Chicago Transit Authority. One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. I used to own the vinyl of this album, way back when it first came out in I was a little young to properly appreciate it then, so I sold it.
Too much brass, not enough guitar, I felt at the time. Now, listening to it again after scarily! The brass is really great, punchy and vivid and actually, there's loads of excellent guitar from Mike Bloomfield, one of the best ever blues guitarists, with a really percussive attacking tone with lots of string bending, who sadly succumbed to heroin in , but left such a great legacy through the Paul Butterfield band, Dylan, this album, and his work with Al Kooper.
The only track I'm not so keen on is "Wine", which is a kind of traditional bluegrass piece and feels a little out of place here. But the CD bonus tracks are well worth having. A great value album that you'll play many times over, I reckon. It is the first time the term "Heavy Metal" appeared in print. I enjoy this CD, but one must remember that it has those brass horns, and that heavy metal was a loose term for a new movement in If you like the Blues Brothers, then you will enjoy this one, too.
Buy with confidence, especially at the bargain basement price!! Report abuse. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Back to top. Get to Know Us. Make Money with Us. Amazon Payment Products. Let Us Help You. Documentarian D. Now signed to Columbia Records, they took several months to make the record. But what a stunner they finally released that March. Alongside other new bands like Blood, Sweat and Tears and Chicago, the Electric Flag ushered in a new branch of jazz- and soul-informed rock that valued tight horn charts as well as guitar pyrotechnics.
Miles would form his own Buddy Miles Express and then entertain an invitation to join Jimi Hendrix in the short-lived Band of Gypsys Miles died in Although he continued to record and perform live regularly, he never recaptured the glory he achieved as a bona fide rock guitar hero. Mike Bloomfield died on Feb. He has since been the subject of books and a documentary film and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in as a member of the Butterfield crew.
Most aficionados agree he reached the pinnacle of his creativity during the stretch that took him from Dylan sideman through Butterfield and into the Electric Flag.
But even at his most uninspired, later in his life, there were few guitar players that could do what he could with six strings. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th edn. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN Virgin Books.
The album was called A Long Time Comin' and lived up to its name, instead of being released as soon as Monterrey was finished, it had to wait until March , when all the hype surrounding the band and their guitarist had gone. It didn't make it past number 31 on the Billboard charts, which was a shame because it was an excellent album. It opened with a great version of Howlin' Wolf 's Killing Floor that began with a speech by President Johnson, interrupted by laughter, that gave way to a song in which blues, soul and psychedelia went hand in hand and Bloomfield shone with an explosive solo, accompanied by a brilliant horn section.
The pity of it is that at the beginning of people were still looking for a new Sgt. Pepper's and this was definitely not it.
The track opens with feedback that morphs into a wailing siren. The full band appears, following a disciplined arrangement of call-and-response with Bloomfield plucking the same three notes on guitar and the horns responding with a combination of staccato and short riffs off the baseline.
At about the arrangement is blasted away by the cacophony of feedback, horns blaring and the distant sound of Lyndon Johnson plodding through the same speech he started at the beginning of the album. It ends when Buddy Miles gives the cue with an introductory drum roll and our ears are filled with a Latin beat and Mike Bloomfield on the guitar.
The horns respond, and after a few bars more to ease the transition, Buddy executes a faster drum roll and the tempo smoothly shifts to uptempo blues rock, where Mike Bloomfield delivers one stunning run after another. The tempo continues to pick up until a transition interrupts the rising tide to take us back to the music of the verses.
Oh, how I wish this little piece would have lasted ten times as long! And how I wish Mike Bloomfield had never heard of fucking heroin so he could have lived and played that Les Paul until his fingers naturally ran dry! But what I really wish is that I could be transported back to that warm sunny day when my mother ripped off her top and undulated with abandon to the irresistible rhythms of The Electric Flag.
I would have flung my top into the breeze and joined her to create a dance sensation that really would have swept the nation! Like Like. Looking at things from a different perspective. I would think he is linked with Al Kooper, who is still out there making music. Kooper I believe and as his career shows had a wider take on things. Understood the collaborative nature of much of the music scene and certainly Knew how to bring talent together , aka Super Session.
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