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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - ‘Super Session’ (Columbia/Legacy)
Artist - Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Steve Stills
This CD shows two things. One the brilliance of Bloomfield's playing and two, just how far he had fallen as a result of his heroin addiction. After nine hours of recording, Bloomfield and Kooper completed Bloomfield's "Albert's Shuffle", "His Holy Modal Majesty" and "Really", Howard Tate's "Stop", and Curtis Mayfield's "Man's Temptation". At the completion of these first five tunes, Bloomfield packed up his things and abruptly left the studio. Kooper wanted to complete the recording so he picked up the phone and called Stephen Stills. Still's agreed to finish the sessions. As such you get two very different sounding recordings here. The first half--Kooper and Bloomfield which contains some very nice blues and classic Bloomfield guitar. The last half features Kooper and Stills complete with jangly guitar and Buffalo Springfield like vocals. The disc is rounded out with some added bonus material featuring remix versions of "Albert's Shuffle" and "Season of the Witch" without the horns and two others. An added bonus is "Fat Grey Cloud" which is a masterpiece in itself. On the other hand, while this disc has some good tunes on it the addition of Stills and absence of Bloomfield leaves the recording with a hodgepodge quality. As an alternative or in addition to this disc, check out the Lost Concert Tapes.
Reviewed By K. Jackson Jr.
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