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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

During the early 1960s, young blues aficionados in their teens like Charlie Musselwhite, Michael Bloomfield, and Paul Butterfield ventured into the blues clubs on Chicago’s South Side to attend performances by the originators of post-war electric Chicago style blues like Otis Rush, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, a.m.o. Eventually, they found their way on stage jamming with the black bluesmen they so much apprenticed.

Before forming the Butterfield Blues Band in 1963, Paul Butterfield  (harmonica, vocals) played with University of Chicago classmate Elvin Bishop in bar bands named the Salt and Pepper Shakers, or the South Side Olympic Blues Team. The original line-up of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band included two former members of Howlin' Wolf's band, Jerome Arnold (bass) and Sam Lay (drums), later adding Bishop (guitar), Mark Naftalin (piano, organ), and lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield. The group built a strong local following, and its debut album was released in 1965. At that year's Newport Folk Festival, after playing its own set, the Butterfield band backed Bob Dylan for his controversial premiere electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival.

Whereas the 1965 self-titled debut contained hard-core Chicago style blues including several originals, the 1967 follow-up album, ’East-West’ spun off into an entirely different direction.  Its long improvisational jams, notably the raga-tinged title song, showed more Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane than Muddy Waters.

Not long after the release of ’East-West’, the original Butterfield Blues Band broke up. Bloomfield went on to found The Electric Flag with soul-mate Nick Gravenites, and to record ’Super Session’ in collaboration with Al Kooper.

The now-called Paul Butterfield Blues Band continued to record for Elektra Records until 1971. Butterfield added a brass section (including David Sanborn on alto saxophone) and changed his basic musical direction from blues to horn-driven R&B and soul music with a bluesy touch. As a sideman, he played on Muddy Waters' 1969 album, ’Fathers and Sons’, and after disbanding his Blues Band in 1972, moved to Woodstock, New York. There he formed Butterfield's Better Days with Amos Garrett, Geoff Muldaur, and Ronnie Barron.

 In 1976, Butterfield appeared at The Band’s ’Last Waltz’ concert. He continued to tour with Levon Helm's RCO All Stars and with ex-Band bassist Rick Danko in the Danko-Butterfield Band. In early 1980, while recording ’North-South’ in Memphis, Butterfield was hospitalized. He recorded one more solo album, ’The Legendary Paul Butterfield Rides Again’, which came out in 1986, one year before the 44-year-old musician was found dead in his apartment.

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Got A Mind To Give Up Living - Live 1966 (2-LP, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPRGM0492

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(2016/Real Gone) 17 tracks. Limited Edition of 2000 copies pressed in 'Butter' Yellow and 'Bloom' Blue Vinyl Inside a Gorgeous Gatefold Package. This Legendary Bootleg Captures the Band Right Around the Release of East-West and Includes Material from That...

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: East-West (180g Edition)
Art-Nr.: SLP5096

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(1966 'Elektra') Sundazed Hochwertige 180-Gramm-Ausgabe der wegweisenden zweiten Butterfield-LP. Klasse 1966's East-West, the second album from the Butterfield Blues Band'and their last with lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield'found the group branching out from the...

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Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield Blues Band (180g Edition)
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(1965 'Elektra') Sundazed As young blues enthusiasts soaking up the Chicago scene in the early '60s, Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield frequently encountered one another in the South Side clubs. Butterfield and Bishop soon took their fandom one...

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Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Best Of (2-LP)
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(2013) Friday Music, 2-LP, 18 tracks, 180 gram, Gatefold Cover

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw - 180g
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(1968 'Elektra') Sundazed When guitar virtuoso Mike Bloomfield left the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to form Electric Flag, many cynical scene watchers thought PBBB was down for the count. However, with Elvin Bishop's magnificent metamorphosis to lead guitar player...

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: East-West
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(1966 'Elektra') (44:57/09)

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Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Live New York 1970 (2-LP)
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(2017/Rockbeat) 9 tracks - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, recorded live at the A&R Studios on WLPJ in New York City, December 1970

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: An Anthology: The Elektra Years (2-CD)
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(1964-71 'Elektra') (153:40/33) Beautiful 2-CD set, accompanied by a 24-page booklet with rare photos and extensive liner notes, an insight story by harmonica expert Tom Ellis. This set is paying tribute to a musician and a band that was influential not only...

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BEAR Family Records: Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Art-Nr.: CDAFZ187

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(2014/Audio Fidelity) 11 tracks. Hybrid SACD. Ltd. Edition. Originally released in 1965.

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: In My Own Dream (180g Edition)
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LP auf SUNDAZED RECORDS von The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - In My Own Dream (180g Edition) Fresh from their triumphant appearance at the Monterrey International Pop Festival in June 1967, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band entered the studio to record their fourth...

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Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield Blues Band
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(2013) Warner 11 tracks, ​180 gram audiophile vinyl

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Is It Love or Is It Lust
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(2014/Audio Fidelity) Super Audio Hybrid, 9 tracks. Limited numbered edition.

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Live Vol.1
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​2013 'Warner Japan', 77:50/11. 1970 Elektra

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Original Lost Elektra Sessions
Art-Nr.: CDWOU3505

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1964 'Elektra') (58:57/19) PAUL BUTTERFIELD - hca/voc, MIKE BLOOMFIELD -gtr/Hammond B-3/pno, ELVIN BISHOP - gtr, JEROME ARNOLD - bass, SAM LAY - drums.

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BEAR Family Records: Original Album Series (5-CD)
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The band's five original Elektra studio albums. Comes with the original LP art work. Five Cardboard sleeves in a slip case. Re-issued by Rhino Records: 'The Paul Butterfield Blues Band', 'East West', 'The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw', 'In My Own Dream', 'Keep On...

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