The Record Collection

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills: Super Session

Legacy CK 63406

Track list:

01 – Albert’s Shuffle
02 – Stop
03 – Man’s Temptation
04 – His Holy Modal Majesty
05 – Really
06 – It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
07 – Season of the Witch
08 – You Don’t Love Me
09 – Harvey’s Tune

Bonus Tracks
10 – Albert’s Shuffle (hornless re-mix)
11 – Season of the Witch (hornless re-mix)
12 – Blues for Nothing (out-take)
13 – Fat Grey Cloud (in concert at the Fillmore West)

Personnel:

Al Kooper — vocals, piano, organ, ondioline, electric guitar, twelve-string guitar
Mike Bloomfield — guitars on side one (#01-05,10,12,13),
Stephen Stills — guitars on side two (#06-09,11),
Barry Goldberg — electric piano on “Albert’s Shuffle” and “Stop”
Harvey Brooks — bass
Eddie Hoh — drums, percussion
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Horn section – unknown session players; arranged by Al Kooper and Joe Scott

Engineers – Roy Halee, Fred Catero
Cover photos: Jim Marshall, E. Landy
Back Cover photos: Jim Marshall

“The Music on this recording was performed spontaneously by the personnel as listed. The horns were added later as an afterthought.” – Al Kooper

The original album (Columbia CS 9701) has since been re-mastered (Legacy CK 63406), with new editions featuring several Bloomfield performances not included on the original album, including “Blues for Nothing” and “Fat Grey Cloud.”

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Mike Bloomfield disappeared during the making of Super Session…

Some publications phrase the issue with more tact:

“Super Session, a jam album, spotlighted Bloomfield’s guitar skills on one side; Bloomfield’s chronic insomnia caused him to repair to his San Francisco home, prompting Kooper to invite Stephen Stills to complete the album.
It received excellent reviews and became the best-selling album of Bloomfield’s career; its success led to a live sequel, The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, recorded over three nights at Fillmore West in September 1968.”
— wikipedia

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“Michael Bernard Bloomfield was born July 28, 1943, into a well-off Jewish family on Chicago’s North Side.
A shy, awkward loner as a child, he became interested in music through the Southern radio stations he was able to pick up at night, which gave him a regular source for rockabilly, R&B, and blues.
[…]
Unfortunately, Bloomfield was also plagued by alcoholism and heroin addiction for much of the ’70s, which made him an unreliable concert presence and slowly cost him some of his longtime musical associations (as well as his marriage).
By 1980, he had seemingly recovered enough to tour in Europe; that November, he also appeared on-stage in San Francisco with Bob Dylan for a rendition of “Like a Rolling Stone.”
However, on February 15, 1981, Bloomfield was found dead in his car of a drug overdose; he was only 37.”
—allmusic (Steve Huey)

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Michael Bernard Bloomfield
Born: July 28, 1943 – Chicago, Illinois, US
Died: February 15, 1981 (aged 37) – San Francisco, California, US

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