Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday noise

Eons ago, I used to write record reviews for FOCUS ROCK ENTERTAINMENT (screen capture of old publication here! Only image I could find online!). They paid me in t-shirts, movie and concert tickets, tote bags and other crap nobody else wanted, and records. RECORDS. Lots and lots of vinyl, some of which I still own because I can't bear to part with it.

One of the records I reviewed was VOLUNTEER JAM, which contained this major kick-ass song from the Charlie Daniels Band, jamming beautifully with members of the Allman Brothers Band and the Marshall Tucker Band. (The song ultimately emerges as more Allman than Daniels, but with Charlie's signature holler.) The rest of the album is also very good, but as I wrote then, this song shoots the record right into the stratosphere. (And I'm STILL right.) Yes, you heard that smoooooth Dickey Betts gee-tar before you even saw him.

Look how young everybody looks! Ain't it good to be alive and be in Tennessee?!?

Birmingham Blues - Charlie Daniels Band/Volunteer Jam (live)



If you have never heard of Mike Bloomfield, you should have. He passed away in 1981, and I sobbed my little heart out. A member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band as well as Electric Flag, he also provided great music for one of my favorite movies, Medium Cool.

I don't know who is singing, but it's that amazing, stinging guitar noise I want you to hear! This song is credited to Robert Johnson himself.

The video has some good visuals of Chicago (beloved home of Bloomfield and Butterfield), and contains shots of some of the more famous venues they played in.

Sweet Home Chicago - Mike Bloomfield (live)

9 comments:

JoJo said...

I remember the Volunteer Jam album. Man that takes me back!

Marshall Stacks said...

a true super-group.
love Mike Bloomfield, and Al Kooper too.
Sweet Home Chi-cago indeed.
Fat Willie Smokestacks

Ann O'Dyne said...

and this is another great one

MUSICDIRECT - MIKE BLOOMFIELD, AL KOOPER AND STEVEN STILLS
www.musicdirect.com/p-3811-mike-bloomfield-al-koop... 1968's Super Session is one of the original groovy jam-rock statements, a spontaneous session that paired singer, pianist, producer Al Kooper with ...

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West said...

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Blue Heron said...

I saw Jerry Garcia jam once with the Charlie Daniels Band. It was the worst experience ever! Charlie filled every space, leaving Jerry no room for anything. He pushed his palm down in a fuck it gesture and left the stage. Believe it was a dead show in San Jose if memory serves me right.

Now he is a serious right wing bible banger.