LABEL: FRIDAY MUSIC TWO / ELEKTRA
VINYL RELEASE DATE: 2/25/2022
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: MAY 1972
VARIANT: 180 GRAM VINYL 2LP
Along with fellow superstars Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller Band and The Grateful Dead, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the first powerhouse rock acts of the '60s. With their phenomenal brand of Chicago blues music unlike any band before or after them, they helped to usher in the progressive underground rock movement.
With its core line-up of Paul Butterfield (harmonica/lead vocalist), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), Elvin Bishop (guitar), Sam Lay (drums), Mark Nataflin (keyboards) and Jerome Arnold (bass), this amazing band truly delivered many legendary blues and rock recordings during their successful reign at Elektra Records.
It was not uncommon to hear radio stations play entire sides of their revolutionary albums during the dawn of FM and underground radio. Blues masterpieces of the era still resonate today as Paul Butterfield and Co. unleashed classic signature tunes like "Born In Chicago," "Look Over Yonders Wall," "Mellow Down Easy" and the mammoth blues prog-rocker "East West."
Later albums would reveal even further extensions of the blues rock genre with classic renditions of Marvin Gaye's "One More Heartache," Michael Nesmith's "Mary Mary," plus more of their own prolific standards like "Last Hope's Gone," "Morning Blues" and of course their Woodstock 1969 anthem "Love March."
In 1972, Elektra awarded The Paul Butterfield Blues Band the very extensive and amazing 'Greatest Hits' package Golden Butter which collected 18 of their most important songs from their legendary albums released from 1965-1972. Right from the start you get a healthy serving from their first monster release The Paul Butterfield Blues Band along with more solid tunes from other fine albums such as East West, The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw, In My Own Dream, Live and Keep On Moving.
From the early blues rock sounds of "Shake Your Money-Maker" and the lengthy live epic "Driftin' and Driftin'" to later day radio favorites such as "Blind Leading the Blind," "One More Mile" and the pivotal Willie Dixon favorite "Spoonful," this collection truly displays the creative importance of the iconic and influential Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Born In Chicago
Shake Your Money Maker
Mellow Down Easy
Our Love Is Drifting
Look Over Yonders Wall
Get Out Of My Life, Woman
One More Mile
One More Heartache
Last Hope's Gone
In My Own Dream
Driftin' And Driftin'
Blind Leading The Blind
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