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Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Steve Stills - Super Session [Full Album]

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Uploaded on Jan 29, 2012

The classic 1968 Columbia jam album in it's entirety. One of my all-time favorite LP's. Mike Bloomfield just tearing it up on that '59 'burst (Gibson Les Paul Standard).

Track listing:
SIDE ONE (feat. Michael Bloomfield)
1. Albert's Shuffle - 0:00
2. Stop - 6:52
3. Man's Temptation - 11:09
4. His Holy Modal Majesty - 14:34
5. Really - 23:48

SIDE TWO (feat. Stephen Stills)
1. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A train To Cry - 29:16
2. Season of the Witch - 32:45
3. You Don't Love Me - 43:53
4. Harvey's Tune - 48:03

Super Session is an album envisioned by Al Kooper and featuring the work of guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills, released on Columbia Records in 1968, CS 9701. Bloomfield and Stills do not play together on the album, with tracks including Bloomfield on side one (tracks 1-5), and those including Stills on side two (tracks 6-9). It peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 eventually awarded Gold status.

Kooper and Bloomfield had previously worked together on the sessions for the ground-breaking classic Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan, as well as playing in support of his controversial appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in July 1965. Kooper had recently left Blood, Sweat & Tears after recording their debut album with them, and was now working as an A&R man for Columbia. Bloomfield was about to leave Electric Flag, and at relative loose ends. Kooper telephoned Bloomfield to see if he was free to come down to the studio and jam; Bloomfield agreed, leaving Kooper to handle the arrangements.

Kooper booked two days of studio time in May 1968, and recruited keyboardist Barry Goldberg and bassist Harvey Brooks, both members of the Electric Flag, along with well-known session drummer "Fast" Eddie Hoh. On the first day, the quintet recorded a group of mostly blues-based instrumental tracks, including a modal excursion "His Holy Modal Majesty" reminiscent of "East-West" from the second Butterfield Blues Band album. On the second day, with the tapes ready to roll, Bloomfield did not show up.

Needing to have something to show for the second day of sessions, to sit in for Bloomfield Kooper hastily called upon Stephen Stills, also in the process of leaving his band Buffalo Springfield. Regrouping behind Stills, Kooper's session men cut mostly vocal tracks, including "It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry" from Highway 61 and a lengthy and atmospheric take of "Season of the Witch" by Donovan.

Some overdubbed horns were later added while the album was being mixed, and sales worth a gold record award were garnered from an album which cost just $13,000 to make. The success of this record opened the door for the "supergroup" concept of the late 1960s and 1970s — Blind Faith, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the like. Kooper forgave Bloomfield, and the two of them made several concert appearances after the album was released. The results of one of those became the album The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper.

Album personnel:
Al Kooper — vocals, piano, organ, ondioline, backing guitar
Mike Bloomfield — lead guitar on side one
Stephen Stills — lead guitar on side two
Barry Goldberg — electric piano on "Albert's Shuffle" and "Stop"
Harvey Brooks — bass
Eddie Hoh — drums, percussion

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The True Story In Regards To WHY I Went To The Trouble To Upload This Particular Release...

My first exposure of this LP was back around 1987 when I was 13 years old. It was broadcasted over L.A. radio station 95.5 KLOS as part of their Sunday evening program "On the Seventh Day' where they (actually DJ Uncle Joe Benson) played several different full albums uncut every Sunday. Without ever hearing one note of the album, I had an open reel-to-reel deck ready to go once they started broadcasting the entire LP uninterrupted (save for a small commercial break in between sides A and B). If I didn't like what I heard I could always re-record over the tape..not the case here.

(reprinted with written permission from ACME Industries, Inc...beep beep)

DISClaimer:
My intent is to let younger listeners (such as myself) experience complete albums they've mighta missed out on before instead of just by song to song. I feel it's just a better experience that way. But I will say this though, if you find an album you truly fall in love with by all means buy an actual PHYSICAL copy of it (preferably on vinyl) and let it become a part of your life. Thanks...now enjoy!!!

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