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Michael Bloomfield: Best of Michael Bloomfield [Takoma]

Track List

>Knockin' Myself Out
>Sloppy Drunk
>You Took My Money
>Gospel Truth, The
>Lights Out
>Orphan's Blues
>Your Friends
>Junker's Blues
>It'll Be Me

Album Notes

Engineers include: Alan Rice, Norman Dayron, M. Wallner.

Personnel: Michael Bloomfield (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, tiple, banjo, accordion, piano, organ, Moog synthesizer); Little Brother Montgomery (vocals, piano); Roger Troy (vocals); David Shorey (guitar, background vocals); Mark Adams (harmonica); Steve Lederer, Frank Tiberi, Gene Smookler, Sal Nistico (reeds); Woody Herman (soprano saxophone); The Originals (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Derrick Walker, King Perkoff (tenor saxophone); Hart McNee (baritone saxophone); Forrest Buchtel, Buddy Powers, Bill Byrne, Tom Harrell, Tony Klatka (trumpet); Don Switzer, Kraig Kilby, Ira Nepus (trombone); Barry Goldberg , Ira Kamin (piano, organ); Jonathan Cramer, Mark Naftalin (piano); Alan Broadbent (keyboards); Alan Read (bass guitar, fretless bass); Bob Jones (drums, background vocals); Ed Soph, Tom Rizzo (drums).

Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.

Liner Note Author: Pete Welding.

Recording information: Beggs-American Zoetrope (1978-1980); Fickle Pickel, Chicago, IL (1978-1980); Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA (1978-1980); The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA (1978-1980); Tres Virgos-Tamarin, Mill Valley, CA (1978-1980); Wally Heider Studio, San Francisco, CA (1978-1980).

Photographer: Norman Dayron.

Arrangers: Alan Broadbent; Michael Bloomfield.

While the title's accuracy is debatable, this CD contains 10 fine tracks drawn from three albums produced by Norman Dayron for Takoma between 1978 and 1980. Arrangements are spare (with one horn-powered exception) and Bloomfield's vocals are greatly improved over his early attempts. Running-time, as on all the Takoma releases, is short at 43:30. ~ Cary Wolfson


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