Bloomfield, Kooper & Stills

Bloomfield, Kooper & StillsFrom: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Much like The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band had done in 1967, Super Session, released in 1968, initially ushered in several new phases in rock and roll’s transformation. The album was put together by Al Kooper (piano, organ, ondioline, vocals, guitars), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), and Stephen Stills (guitar).

Bloomfield and Kooper met as session musicians in 1965 while working on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited album. The two also played together with Dylan during his infamous set at the Newport Folk Festival, known now as “Dylan goes electric.” Bloomfield was a member of the Butterfield Blues Band until mid 1967, while Kooper went on to co-form the Blues Project in 1965, remaining with the band until mid 1967. Bloomfield left to form the Butterfield Blues Band to form the short-lived Electric Flag, while Kooper formed Blood, Sweat & Tears with Steve Katz. Throughout all of this, Stephen Stills was based in Los Angeles playing with the Buffalo Springfield. Stills and Kooper met through Blood, Sweat & Tears’ bassist Jim Fielder, who had previously played bass for Buffalo Springfield during Bruce Palmer’s deportation back to Canada for drugs.

In mid 1968, Bloomfield, Kooper and Stills all found themselves on temporary hiatus due to breakups of their corresponding bands. In May of that year, Bloomfield and Kooper were in Los Angele and booked two days in a local studio along with Barry Goldberg (keyboards), Harvey Brooks (bass), and “Fast” Eddie Hoh (drums). The first day was very successful, as the band recorded what would become side one of Super Session. Bloomfield, a heroine addict, did not show on the second day due to an attack of “chronic insomnia.” Kooper called Stills who rushed over to fill in for Bloomfield, and the second side of the album was recorded. The result was a classic jam album, including some original material co-written by Bloomfield and Kooper. It is reported that the album only cost $13,000 to record and produce. It was extremely well received, breaking the top 20 and going gold. Bloomfield and Kooper made several concert appearances to support the album. Since he was really only a fill-in, Stills left to become a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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From the 1968 album Super Session
Super Session

  • Harvey’s Tune
  • His Holy Modal Majesty
  • It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
  • Season of The Witch
  • Stop

From the album The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper
The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper

  • The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)