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East-West (CD)

By: The Butterfield Blues Band

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Paul Butterfield Artist Snapshot:

Singer/harmonica player Paul Butterfield and his band were from Chicago and well-schooled in that city's urban blues scene. Their first two albums of modernized Chicago blues not only created a critical stir, but led to large-scale interest in electric blues amongst the then-embryonic hippie generation. Members of the Butterfield band (most notably guitar whiz Mike Bloomfield) also played a key role in rock history by helping Bob Dylan along in his transition to electric music. Butterfield's 1966 album EAST-WEST was strikingly prescient in its incorporation of Eastern modalities. By the mid-'70s he was getting into the post-Woodstock rural vibe with his BETTER DAYS band. Though Butterfield's salad days were far behind him when he passed away in the late-'80s, he had changed both the blues and rock worlds irrevocably.

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1   Walkin' Blues (LP Version) Buy
2   Get Out Of My Life, Woman (LP Version) Buy
3   I Got A Mind To Give Up Living (LP Version) Buy
4   All These Blues (LP Version) Buy
5   Work Song (LP Version) Buy
6   Mary, Mary (LP Version) Buy
7   Two Trains Running (LP Version) Buy
8   Never Say No (LP Version) Buy

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Album Description

1966's East-West, the second album from the Butterfield Blues Band -- and their last with lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield -- found the group branching out from the electric blues and adding elements of modern jazz and the music of India, most notably on the landmark title track, which paved the way for much of the musical experimentation of the late '60s.

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If the Butterfield Blues Band's groundbreaking debut earned the respect of the group's elder influences, this one won over (and guided) the blues boys' psychedelic peers. Highlighted by the 13-minute-plus title track (an Eastern-influenced jam cowritten by guitarist Mike Bloomfield), East-West stretches the boundaries of the blues. It would prod many lesser groups to explore, with generally dreary results, interminable free-flight explorations. But while East-West and a cover of jazzman Cannonball Adderly's "Work Song" ventured in new directions, Paul Butterfield and company remained rooted in solid Chicago blues. East West presents the best of both worlds. --Steve Stolder

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