Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band teamed him up with guitarists Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield, with Jerome Arnold on bass, Sam Lay on drums, and Mark Naftalin playing organ. The result was a wonderfully messy and boisterous display of American-styled blues, with intensity and pure passion derived from every bent note. In front of all these instruments is Butterfield's harmonica, beautifully dictating a mood and a genuine feel that is no longer existent, even in today's blues music.
The music that pours from this album is unfiltered...blared, clamored, and let loose, like blues music is supposed to be released. It also paved the way for experimentation that is still being explored today. This came, in the title track, in the form of an extended blues-rock solo (some 13 minutes) -- a real fusion of jazz and blues inspired by the Indian raga. This groundbreaking instrumental was the first of its kind and marks the root from which the acid rock tradition emerged.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: East - West