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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Blues Project - Live At The Cafe Au Go Go (1966 us, classy electric psychedelic blues rock, japan SHM double disc set)

Verve/Folkways and Howard Solomon, entrepreneur of the Cafe Au Go Go in New York's Greenwich Village, presented a four-day concert series called the "Blues Bag." The evenings of November 24 through the 27 at the Cafe Au Go Go proved to be one of the most exciting events during a busy weekend of folk and jazz concerts.

The Blues Project group topped a long show that was filled with talented and exciting performers. They not only held their audience, but they drew cries of "more, more, more" after each encore. Fortunately, Verve/Folkways decided to record all four nights. While electronic instruments are extremely difficult to record live, we have managed to capture all of the excitement these young men generated. The Blues Project's musical range is broad, due both to their versatility as musicians and the scope of their musical interests.

Their songs cover a wide spectrum: folk, folk-rock, hard rock 'n' roll, rhythm & blues and gentle ballads. Tom Flanders, the lead vocalist, has since left the band. He will be recorded by Verve/Folkways as a single in the very near future. The band has excellent vocalists in Steve, Danny and Al. This, plus their abilities to double on such instruments as the piano, organ, harmonica, vibes, flute and sitar, gives the Blues Project enormous potential.

The best way to end these liner notes is to quote Robert Shelton, The New York Times critic: "Nearly a score in number paraded to the Cafe Au Go Go for four nights in what was the most unusual and perhaps most rewarding program of the weekend. Thjs live recording session for Verve/Folkways Records was a study in the varied effects of the blues. "Of the electric bands at The Blues Bag', none impressed more than the Blues Project, possibly the most incandescent group in folk-rock today. [They are.] Sparked by the imaginative electric guitar of Danny Kalb; the volatile electric piano of Alan Kooper and the vocal sky-rocketing of Tommy Flanders."
by Jerry Schoenbaum

Disc 1
1. Goin' Down Louisiana (Muddy Waters) - 4:04
2. You Go, I'll Go With You (Willie Dixon) - 3:46
3. Catch The Wind (Donovan) - 3:04
4. I Want To Be Your Driver (Chuck Berry) - 2:26
5. Alberta (Traditional) - 4:11
6. The Way My Baby Walks (Andy Kulberg) - 3:11
7. Violets Of Dawn (Eric Andersen) - 2:52
8. Back Door Man (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett) - 3:16
9. Jelly Jelly Blues (Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines) - 4:44
10.Spoonful (Willie Dixon) - 4:56
11.Who Do You Love (Ellis McDaniel) - 5:25
12.Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon) - 2:33
13.Parchman Farm (Mose Allison, Randy Cierley) - 3:32
14.Have You Ever Had The Blues? (Bill, Jennings, Juanita Lenoir) - 2:44
15.Alberta (Alternative Version) (Traditional) - 4:53

Disc 2 Mono Album
1. Goin' Down Louisiana (Muddy Waters) - 4:07
2. You Go, I'll Go With You (Willie Dixon) - 3:49
3. Catch The Wind (Donovan) - 3:07
4. I Want To Be Your Driver (Chuck Berry) - 2:30
5. Alberta (Traditional) - 4:17
6. The Way My Baby Walks (Andy Kulberg) - 3:15
7. Violets Of Dawn (Eric Andersen) - 2:58
8. Back Door Man (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett) - 3:22
9. Jelly Jelly Blues (Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines) - 4:51
10.Spoonful (Willie Dixon) - 5:04
11.Who Do You Love (Ellis McDaniel) - 5:35
12.Bright Light Big City (Jimmy Reed) - 4:54
13.Who Do You Love (Alternative Version) (Ellis McDaniel) - 6:16
14.Violets Of Dawn (Studio Version) (Eric Andersen) - 2:56
15.Back Door Man (Studio Version) (Willie Dixon) - 3:18

The Blues Project
*Danny Kalb - Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Al Kooper - Organ
*Steve Katz - Rhythm Guitar
*Roy Blumenfeld - Drums
*Andy Kulberg - Bass
*Tommy Flanders - Vocals

1973  The Original Blues Project - Reunion in Central Park

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  1. Out-freakin'-standin'!! Ya da man! Thanks for all you do. Gettin' kinda narrow aroun' des parts, if ya know what I mean, but seriously folks, THANK YOU.

  2. Thank you very much Marios for both posts,

  3. oldfuzzface says : thanks for sharing Marios !

  4. Thanks you so much!

  5. gracias.
    Un saludo desde Chile, país de las grandes diferencias sociales.

  6. Thank you for this album, I simply had to have it after I heard them at Monterey Pop! God Bless You!

  7. Thanks so much, just a very nice music...