The Record Collection

Michael Bloomfield: Analine

Takoma B-1059 (1977)

Track list:

01 – Peepin’ An A Moanin’ Blues
02 – Mr Johnson And Mr Dunn
03 – Frankie And Johnny
04 – At The Cross
05 – Big C Blues
06 – Hilo Waltz
07 – Effinonna Rag
08 – Mood Indigo
09 – Analine

Personnel:

Michael Bloomfield – Guitar, Keyboards, Primary Artist, Vocals
Nick Gravenites – Vocals
Roger Troy – Bass
Bob Jones – Drums, Vocals
Anna Rizzo – Vocals
Marcia Ann Taylor – Vocals

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“On this album, Michael Bloomfield continued the country blues and folk explorations of his Grammy-nominated instructional outing, If You Love These Blues Play ‘Em As You Please (1976).

For Analine, he worked in an acoustic, often single-handed mode, being the only musician on seven of its nine tracks (and writing just over half the material, too).

Such one-man efforts often carry an air of sterility about them, but not here; Bloomfield’s version of Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” retains the jaunty swing feel associated with its composer.

The solo guitar pieces are equally well executed, particularly “Effinonna Rag” and the tribute to “Mr. Johnson and Mr. Dunn,” where Bloomfield plays dueling guitar parts in the blues pioneers’ style.

Along the way, Bloomfield taps into folk (“Frankie and Johnny”), gospel (“At the Cross”), and even Hawaiian idioms (“Hilo Waltz”).

He also sings two stirring originals about cancer (“Big ‘C’ Blues”) and a hapless voyeur (the hilarious “Peepin’ an’ a Moanin’ Blues”).

Former Electric Flag singer and cohort Nick Gravenites contributes and sings the title track, whose mandolin and accordion runs close the album on an epic note.

This is a well-executed labor of love that shows Bloomfield in a different context than many listeners will associate with him.”
—allmusic (Ralph Heibutzki)

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