Sunday, June 25, 2006

Nick Gravenites with Michael Bloomfield - My Labors & More (with Bloomfield) [1969] @320 (Blues)

Following on from the Barry Goldberg post, this album again showcases the guitar of Michael Bloomfield. In this case, however, it is a genuine Gravenities album.

Gravenities is an unsung force in the development of US white blues. His biggest claim to fame is being brains behind Janis Joplin's masterpiece, "Pearl" It was Gravenities who organized the band, arranged the tunes and, I think, produced. He also worked for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Electric Flag.

Of his solo work, such as it is, this is the most impressive. Possessor of a soulful voice, he also is a excellent musician and often played with Bloomfield.

This version of the album has additional tracks from "Live From Bill Graham's Fillmore West" The reason for this is simply that half of the original album is live from the same show, this merely brings more of this material together. Just why they did that and not simply re-release the whole album as a second disc is, of course, an example of the mysteries of record company logic.

Nonetheless, these tracks come from a classic album and whilst providing filler, merely make you want the remainder of the album, which features an all star cast including a guest spot on a few tracks from Taj Mahal.

It is the live tracks that stand out here, as they are a good vehicle for Bloomfield to stretch out.

Throughly recommended.

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micaus said...

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Slidewell said...

Hey, thank you lots for posting this album! Been looking for it for a long time. I used to think Gravenites voice was kind of so-so when he sang for the 'lectric flag, but here he sounds terrific, really full of soul and emotion. Course I've been looking for this one first and foremost to hear the mighty Bloomfield, who does not fail to disappoint. Please keep up the great work with this first-rate blog. I've been enjoying all kinds of super sounds here!

Anonymous said...


thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Wow, thought I'd finally found this album. Unfortunatly the links are dead. Would it be possible to get this somehow?

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