Charles Ford Band: Robben Ford (guitar, vocals, piano, saxophone), Mark Ford (harmonica), Stanley Poplin (bass), Patrick Ford (drums).
Additional personnel: Michael Osborn (rhythm guitar).
Recorded at Funky Features, San Francisco, California on January 17 and March 19, 1972 and at In Your Ear, Palo Alto, California. Includes liner notes by Chris Strachwitz and Patrick Ford.
Personnel: Robben Ford (vocals, guitar, saxophone, piano); Mike Osborne, Michael Osborn (guitar); Mark Ford (harmonica); Patrick Ford (drums).
Audio Remixers: Michael Cogan; Patrick Ford.
Liner Note Authors: Chris Strachwitz; Patrick Ford.
Recording information: Funky Features, San Francisco, CA; In Your Ear, Palo Alto, CA.
Editor: Dix Bruce.
Photographer: Chris Strachwitz.
Recorded after the quartet had packed it in, their sole vinyl document inevitably left much to be desired for anyone who'd witnessed their through-the-roof club appearances. Still, the expressive opener, "Blue and Lonesome," manages to create a space of its own, avoiding comparisons with Little Walter's original. Middle brother Robben's expressive vocals defy his 20 years, and his Bloomfield-inspired guitar playing is even more authoritative. Meanwhile harmonica-playing Mark, only age 18, gives Butterfield a run for his money. A later CD reissue gives a glimpse at the band's jazz leaning with a live rendition of John Coltrane's "The Promise." ~ Dan Forte
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