Super Session (Bonus Tracks) CD (2003)

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Product Overview


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 60595356
UPC 074646340622
UPC 14 00074646340622
Format CD
Release Date 4/1/2003
Author Al Kooper; Bloomfield
Associated Artist/Work Ford, Robben
Associated Artist/Work Gravenites, Nick
Associated Artist/Work Hard Riot (Hard Rock)
Associated Artist/Work John, Dr.
Associated Artist/Work Kooper, Al
Associated Artist/Work Mike Bloomfield (Guitar)
Associated Artist/Work Turner, Big Joe (Modern Blues)
Artist Influence Bessie Smith
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Howlin' Wolf
Artist Influence The Drifters (US)
Artist Influence The Sir Douglas Quintet
Artist Contemporary Blind Faith
Artist Contemporary Blood, Sweat & Tears
Artist Contemporary Delaney & Bonnie
Artist Contemporary Gregg Allman
Artist Contemporary Michael Bloomfield
Artist Contemporary Phillip Goodhand-Tait
Artist Contemporary Ron Wood
Artist Contemporary Stephen Stills
Artist Contemporary Steve Winwood
Technical Info
Engineer Roy Halee; Fred Catero
Producer Al Kooper
CatalogID 63406
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 04/08/2003
Original Release 1968
Number of Discs 1
Length 50m : 35s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00074646340622
Album Notes and Credits
Full performer name: Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Steve Stills.
Personnel: Mike Bloomfield (electric guitar); Al Kooper (vocals, 12-string & electric guitars, piano, organ, ondioline); Steve Stills (electric guitar); Barry Goldberg (electric piano); Harvey Brooks (bass); Eddie Hoh (drums).
Includes liner notes by Al Kooper, Michael Thomas.
Full performer name: Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Steve Stills.
Personnel: Mike Bloomfield (electric guitar); Al Kooper (piano, organ, ondioline, vocals, 12-string & electric guitars); Steve Stills (electric guitar); Barry Goldberg (electric piano); Harvey Brooks (bass); Eddie Hoh (drums).
Reissue producer: Bob Irwin.
Includes liner notes by Michael Thomas.
A surprise best-seller when it was first released, this mostly improvised pairing of singer/keyboardist/producer Al Kooper with two major guitar heroes of the day sounds fascinating all these years later precisely because of the distance of time--nobody makes records like this any more. The material runs the gamut from folk pop (covers of Donovan and Dylan), to blues ("Albert's Shuffle," "You Don't Love Me"), to heady jams ("His Holy Modal Majesty"), to big-band jazz ("Harvey's Tune").
All the tunes make effective templates for the kind off-the-cuff music-making that in less capable hands might have resulted in simple noodling. In fact, although Bloomfield and Stills don't play together on any of the cuts (Bloomfield played on one side of the original LP, Stills on the other), all three principals get off lots of good licks and producer Kooper has some interesting tricks up his sleeve, as in the over-the-top phasing he lavishes on "You Don't Love Me." The only real disappointment here is that Stills, a far better singer than Kooper, never opens his mouth.
Artist Overview
Had Al Kooper only ever played the universally recognizable organ part in Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," his place in rock history would be assured. But Kooper's credits as a session player (on guitar and organ), producer, and songwriter are much more extensive. In addition to touring with Dylan in 1965, he also played with Mike Bloomfield, the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Cream, and the Who, and formed the bands The Blues Project and Blood, Sweat, & Tears. As a producer for Columbia Records Kooper signed the Zombies, and later Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose first three records he also produced. Kooper has appeared on hundreds of albums, and his original music, such as Blood, Sweat, & Tears' debut, THE CHILD IS FATHER TO THE MAN, and SUPER SESSION (featuring Stephen Stills) are considered classics by rock intelligentsia.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/12/68, p.28) - "...The Bloomfield side is particularly excellent....There is a firmness, a real steady handedness, a determinedly sure feeling to what he puts out here..."
Uncut (6/03, p.133) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...These Dylan sidekicks cut the mustard..."
Disc 1
1 Albert's Shuffle
2 Stop,Stop,Stop
3 Man's Temptation
4 His Holy Modal Majesty,His Holy Modal Majesty
5 Really
6 It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry
7 Season Of The Witch
8 You Don't Love Me
9 Harvey's Tune
10 Albert's Shuffle - (mix without horns, previously unreleased),Albert's Shuffle - (mix without horns, previously unreleased)
11 Season Of The Witch - (mix without horns, previously unreleased),Season Of The Witch - (mix without horns, previously unreleased)
12 Blues For Nothing - (studio outtake)
13 Fat Grey Cloud - (previously unreleased, live)
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