Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68

Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68

by Michael BloomfieldAl Kooper
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At first glance, you might mistake this for unused material from the same late-1968 concerts that supplied the material for The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper. But no, this was recorded about two and a half months later at a different venue, and with a different backup band (Paul Harris on piano, Jerry Jemmott on bass, and John Cresci on drums). There's still some similarity to the repertoire, though, and a good deal of similarity to the music, which is blues-rock with a late-'60s improvisational bent. Little original material was offered, the only song falling into that category being Bloomfield's "(Please) Tell Me Partner," a routine ten-minute blues. The soul-pop cover "Together Till the End of Time" comes off the best, in part because of its relative economy at four and a half minutes in length, and the cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "One Way Out" isn't bad. But the interpretations (including a nine-minute "Season of the Witch," which Kooper and Stephen Stills had done on the popular Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills Super Session album) run long and sometimes lack imagination. This preserves a historic moment of sorts, when Bloomfield introduces then-unknown guest guitarist Johnny Winter, who takes some of the guitar duties on "It's My Own Fault." This was the appearance that, according to Kooper's liner notes, alerted Columbia to Winter, after which the label quickly offered him a contract.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972379326
catalogNumber: 723793
Rank: 22821


  1. Introductions
  2. One Way Out
  3. Mike Bloomfield's Introduction of Johnny Winter
  4. It's My Own Fault
  5. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  6. (Please) Tell Me Partner
  7. That's All Right Mama
  8. Together Till the End of Time
  9. Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong
  10. Season of the Witch

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Kooper   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Johnny Winter   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Harris   Piano
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Johnny Cresci   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Kooper   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Paul Simon   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Albert King   Composer
Don Pulse   Engineer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Bill Szymczyk   Remixing
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Drew Friedman   Cover Illustration
Donovan Leitch   Composer

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