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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Paul Butterfield - Put It In Your Ear (1976 us, good blues rock, 2015 edition)

In 1975 Paul Butterfield backed Muddy Waters once again on The Woodstock Album, the last LP release ever on Chess. Butterfield subsequently pursued a solo career, with diminishing returns. His Henry Glover-produced solo debut, Put It in Your Ear, appeared in 1976.

The same year, he appeared in the Band's farewell concert film, The Last Waltz. Over the next few years, Butterfield mostly confined himself to session work; he attempted a comeback in 1981 with legendary Memphis soul producer Willie Mitchell, but the sessions — released as North-South — were burdened by synthesizers and weak material. By this time, Butterfield's health was in decline; years of heavy drinking were beginning to catch up to him, and he also contracted peritonitis, a painful intestinal condition.

At some point — none of his friends knew quite when — Butterfield also developed an addiction to heroin; he'd been stridently opposed to it as a bandleader, leading to speculation that he was trying to ease his peritonitis symptoms. He began to play more gigs in Los Angeles during the early '80s, and eventually relocated there permanently; he also toured on a limited basis during the mid-'80s, and in 1986 released his final album, The Legendary Paul Butterfield Rides Again.

However, his addiction was bankrupting him, and in the past half-decade he'd seen Mike Bloomfield, Muddy Waters, and manager Albert Grossman pass away, each loss leaving him shaken. On May 4, 1987, Butterfield himself died of a drug overdose; he was not quite 45 years old.

1. You Can Run But You Can't Hide (Butterfield, Glover) - 3:43
2. (If I Never Sing) My Song (Carter) - 2:55
3. The Animal (Martinez) - 3:46
4. The Breadline (Glover) - 3:06
5. Ain't That a Lot of Love (Banks, Parker, Parker) - 4:06
6. I Don't Wanna Go (Carter) - 4:31
7. Day to Day (Glover) - 3:17
8. Here I Go Again (Charles) - 3:51
9. The Flame (Butterfield) - 3:19
10. Watch 'Em Tell a Lie (Glover) - 2:59

*Meyer Bello - Strings
*Paul Butterfield - Arp, Harmonica, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals
*Evangeline Carmichael - Vocals
*Fred Carter - Guitar
*Fred Carter, Jr. - Guitar
*Gene Cipriano - Alto, Saxophone, Soprano
*Babe Clarke - Baritone, Saxophone
*Al DeRisi - Trumpet
*Erin Dickens - Vocals
*Tim Drummond - Bass
*Gordon Edwards - Bass
*Jesse Ehrlich - Strings
*Christine Ermacoff - Strings
*Norman Forrest - Strings
*Eric Gale - Guitar
*Henry Glover - Keyboards
*Levon Helm - Drums, Percussion
*John Holbrook - Guitar
*Garth Hudson - Keyboards, Reeds
*James Jamerson - Bass
*James Jameson - Bass
*Nick Jameson - Guitar
*Karen Jones - Strings
*Gail Kantor - Vocals
*Richard Kaufman - Strings
*Ben Keith - Guitar
*Raphael Kramer - Strings
*Steve Kroon - Drums
*Bernard Kundell - Strings
*Irwin "Marky" Markowitz - Trumpet
*Lloyd Michels - Trumpet
*Chris Parker - Drums, Percussion
*Jack Pepper - Strings
*Seldon Powell - Tenor Saxophone
*Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Drums, Percussion
*Chuck Rainey - Bass
*Jerome Richardson - Alto, Saxophone
*Sonny Russo - Trombone
*David Sanborn - Alto, Saxophone, Soprano
*Wilbur Schwartz - Alto, Soprano
*Willie Schwartz - Saxophone
*Clifford Shank - Alto, Saxophone
*Sidney Sharp - Strings
*Paul Shure - Strings
*Annie Sutton - Vocals
*Mel Tax - Baritone
*Melvin Tax - Saxophone
*Julia Tillman Waters - Vocals
*Julia Tilman - Vocals
*Frank West - Alto Saxophone
*Lorna Willard - Vocals
*Andrea Willis - Vocals

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