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Though largely forgotten by the public at large today, this was a very influential and highly accomplished band back in the mid-'60s. For one thing, they were one of the first racially integrated bands, and they were a blues band who played with a force and amplification that greatly appealed to rock audiences, making them one of the first American blues bands to “cross over.” Anyone who’s ever said that “white guys can’t play the blues” obviously never heard Paul Butterfield, the autocratic leader of the band whose passionate but unremarkable vocal talents paled in comparison to his virtuoso harmonica skills. The other “star” in the band was lead guitarist Michael Bloomfield, who rivaled Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck as the guitarist of the mid-'60s.

In 1967, inspired by his idol Junior Parker, Butterfield formed a "big band" that featured a Gene Dinwiddie-arranged horn section and by the late '60s included Ralph Walsh (guitar), Rod Hicks (bass), Ted Harris (piano), and George Davidson (drums). Seasoned in blues, jazz, and R&B, the group assembled at L.A.'s Troubadour club in March of 1970 to play the gigs recorded for this release.

In addition to the material from the original 1971 Todd Rundgren-produced double LP, this expanded release contains a second disc of previously unreleased performances from the same series of shows at The Troubadour.

The Butterfield Blues Band Live is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 2,500 copies. 1, 2, 3.

01. Everything Going To Be Alright 02. Love Disease 03. The Boxer 04. No Amount of Loving 05. Driftin' And Driftin' 06. Intro To Musicians 07. Number Nine 08. I Want To Be With You 09. Born Under A Bad Sign 10. Get Together Again 11. So Far, So Good

DISC 2: 01. Gene's Tune 02. Nobody's Fault But Mine 03. Losing Hand 04. All In A Day 05. Feel So Bad 06. Except You 07. You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling 08. Love March

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