Founding member Mike Bloomfield was not featured on the album. In , the album was released on Columbia CS They did cover " Sunny ". Mike Bloomfield didn't play on the album as he had left in May Rich also did the sax solo and sang lead on a song called "Qualified". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
Forgotten Flag. The Electric Flag deserves a better fate. Because the Flag has been largely ignored by critics since its dissolution in , its story has never really been told in detail. But it also foreshadows the growth of American pop music away from the narrow confines of its segregated genres and toward an open confluence of styles and cultures. For that reason alone, music lovers — especially American music lovers — should know about the Electric Flag. An idea. Barry Goldberg, then playing keyboards for Ryder in the studio, knew Michael Bloomfield from their days in Chicago.
Michael was acknowledged as the best guitarist around, and Goldberg obliged Ryder by bringing his friend to the date. He especially wanted a band that would play American music. All kinds of American music. They played it well, and they were becoming known in the States.
The blues, it seemed, had to cross the Atlantic to reach a wider audience in its home country. In fact, nearly all of the music coming from Britain in was deeply rooted in American culture. The Rolling Stones, having taken their name from the Muddy Waters tune, fashioned a string of Top 40 hits out of American blues and soul forms. King or James Brown. A band with a soulful sound like the session players at Stax Records were famous for. And Bloomfield wanted to show the music world how it could be done.
He would create an American music band. The band. He and Bloomfield went looking for other band members. Brooks knew of a drummer named Buddy Miles through a connection with disc jockey and impresario Murray the K. He recommended Miles to Bloomfield and Goldberg and, though they had been considering Billy Mundi of the Mothers of Invention for their rhythm section, they were intrigued by the prospect that Miles presented.
Though something of a cultural anachronism by , Kaufman still played an important role in introducing new acts to wider audiences with his epic productions. He inadvertently performed that function for Bloomfield and Goldberg that Sunday.
Bloomfield was elated to discover that Miles was also an excellent singer. For the horn section, Bloomfield initially hired two excellent players. Peter Strazza joined the band on tenor saxophone. Trumpeter Marcus Doubleday was recommended by jazz guitarist Larry Coryell. He was known as something of a jazz player and was a capable improviser. The band would be a septet to start. City by the Bay. Michael decided to base the new band on the West Coast.
It also had a relaxed, tolerant attitude toward nearly everything, including drugs. Because Nick Gravenites was already there, Michael asked him to find a house for the band. Michael sent his wife, Susan, out to the Bay Area from Chicago to help with the search. The band members made their way to Mill Valley during the first weeks of April Barry was deathly afraid of flying and drove all the way from New York with Peter Strazza.
The musicians initially joined Michael and Susan in the house on Wellesley Court, where a number of Bengal musicians working with Grossman were also briefly quartered. Within a few weeks, however, Bloomfield had individual houses for his men. Hollywood calls. In late April, though, an unusual opportunity arose.
Fonda, however, was taking the picture seriously as an artistic endeavor and wanted the soundtrack to embody the true counterculture experience. He may have encountered the nascent Electric Flag jamming in some capacity at a local venue at the end of April. Experimenting in the studio. Bloomfield threw himself into the project with relish. He had been inspired by the work of producers Phil Spector and Bob Crewe and he knew what groups like the Beach Boys and the Beatles had done in the studio.
He was eager to experiment. The UA facility was one that was frequently used for soundtracks and was outfitted with excellent equipment. Peter Fonda arranged for the Flag to camp out in a huge, Spanish castle-like house in the Hollywood Hills. Much was going on in Los Angeles in the spring of Nico was spending some time with friends on the Sunset Strip, and somehow hooked up with the Electric Flag.
The one-hour set featured material from the first album, as well as several blues covers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is written like a personal reflection, personal essay, or argumentative essay that states a Wikipedia editor's personal feelings or presents an original argument about a topic. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. American blues rock band.
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Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Chicago , Illinois , United States. Blues rock , Psychedelic rock. Sidewalk T mono ST stereo. Liner notes by Murray Krugman . Possibly released in . Tracks 11 to 14 are bonus tracks. Tracks 13, 14 previously unavailable . Best of" compilation, including outtakes and selections from the band's Monterey Pop Festival appearance.
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