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Electric Flag - A Long Time Coming, Feat Michael Bloomfield


Music Genre:  American 60s Psych/Acid
Album  Production information: Produced by John Court a Goscourt Production
Sound engineer Roy Segal
Liner notes by Murray S. Krugman
Album cover design: Roslav Szaybo, Michael Farrell
Record Label:  Embassy S EMB 31061 / CS 9597
Record Format 12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 
Year & Country  1968 Made in USA

Transcript of the original liner notes

It goes without saying that The Electric Flag was an extremely Important group when looking at rock through historical or musical portholes. First of all the Flag paved the way for quite a bit of what is currently going down on the pop scene. Those of today's fave-raves who bridge the gap between soul music and rock are directly derivative in approach to the Flag. People like Joe Cocker. Leon Russell, Delaney & Bonnie. Rhino and others in this genre are all derivative of The Electric Flag in approach (not to mention deriving style from the likes of Otis. Aretha, Ray, Sam Cooke et al).

In addition, The Electric Flag was probably the first group the underground could proudly point to as a bona fide 'Super-Group."Super-Group,' not In the sense of blowing everyone's socks off, like The Beatles, Stones or Presley (they might have been, but the Flag broke up long before their potential was reached) but 'Super-Group' in the sense of 'name' rock musicians joining to form an all-star, or as the Flag put it. 'An American Music Band.' At the time of the Flag's inception, founder and guitarist Mike Bloomfield was just about the hottest guitar player around.

He had recorded with Dylan, John Hammond and Peter, Paul & Mary. It was during Bloomfield's historical stint with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band that several prominent critics called him 'the most influential guitarist in pop music.' In fact some of his solos on 'East/West' are still well before their time. Organist Barry Goldberg was also quite a journeyman by the time he joined the Flag. He had played with Dylan. Mitch Ryder ('Sock It To Me Baby') and had recently left the Goldberg/Miller Blues Band (the Miller was Steve Miller) when he hooked up with the Flag. Nick Gravenites was The Electric Flag's lead singer. At the time Nick joined the group,

He was primarily known for penning 'Born In Chicago' for Paul Butterfield (as well as making guest appearances with the group). Since then he has recorded his own album and has written for Janis Joplin, Bloomfield, Otis Rush, Quicksilver and many others. The Flag definitely had one of the all-time heavy rhythm sections in Buddy Miles and Harvey Brooks. Buddy was the Flag's focal point, perched on his drums, sweating Into his American flag shirt with the now-famous 'Electric Flag' poised above his head. Bloomfield had discovered Buddy between gigs the latter had held withWilson Pickett and Otis Redding. Whereas Buddy was always on the road,

Harvey had long been at home in the studio. Brooks has recorded with Dylan, Kooper, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins, Eric Andersen, John Simon and The Doors, just to name a few. One of the all-time lay-back cats. Harvey's mellow jazz-oriented bass lines made for a very interesting contrast with Buddy's very upfront drumming. Peter Strazza was playing tenor sax with Barry Goldberg before he joined the brass section of the Flag. Trumpeter Marcus Doubleday paid his dues with the unlikely combination of (respectively) Bobby Vinton, Jan & Dean and The Drifters before he joined Bloomfield & Co. As you can see, this was a very heavy, very revolutionary, very intense and very volatile group.A group that split apart long before anything close to potential was reached. Nevertheless, it was a group that really left Its mark.

Anyway, this Is The Electric Flag and I hope you dig It, 'cause I sure do! — Murray S. Krugman


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Band Members and Musicians on: Electric Flag - A Long Time Coming, Feat Michael Bloomfield

    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Guitar - Michael Bloomfield, Harvey Brooks, Sivuca
  • Keyboards - Berry Goldberg, Herbie Rich, Mike Fonfara
  • Bass - Harvey Brooks
  • Drums - Buddy Miles
  • Tenor Saxes - Peter Strazza, Herbie Rich
  • Baritone Sax - Herbie Rich
  • Trumpet - Marcus Doubleday
  • Percussion - Buddy Miles, John Court, Michael Bloomfield, Harvey Brooks, Marcus Doubleday, Sivuca, Richie Havens, Joe Church,
  • Sitar - Richie Havens
  • Moog - Paul Beaver

Track Listing of: Electric Flag - A Long Time Coming, Feat Michael Bloomfield

The Song/tracks on "Electric Flag - A Long Time Coming, Feat Michael Bloomfield" are:

    Side One:
  • Killing Floor
  • Groovin' is Easy
  • Over - Lovin' You
  • She Should Have Just
  • Wine
 
    Side Two:
  • Texas
  • Sittin' in Circles
  • You Don't Realize (Dedicated with great respect to Steve Cropper and Otis Redding)
  • Another Country
  • Easy Rider

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