Wednesday, February 23, 2011


The Blues Project weren't just the most eclectic blues band of the '60s; they were also major hometown (New York City) favorites. This reunion concert, the first featuring all five members since early 1967, was a major event at the time.
Considering that the original lineup had broken up six years earlier, this ranks as one of the most artistically successful reunions in blues or rock. If there were any ego problems, they don't show; typically Kalb and Kooper shine, but all five are playing as a team. Most important, the members seem to respect their own past -- and re-create it with spontaneity and energy.

Heard today, the Project's unique blend of blues, pop, and folk rock is as potent as ever, and the performances here simply crackle with energy. It's easy to understand why fans called them the Jewish Beatles. Actually, on balance, this is probably the group's all-around best album, if for no other reason than the excellent sound quality; the Project's two "official" albums famously suffered from some of the tinniest sonics of the period.

Recorded live at The Schaffer Festival, Central Park, New York, New York on June 24, 1973.

The Blues Project: Roy Blumenfeld, Andy Kulberg, Danny Kalb, Al Kooper, Steve Katz.

1. Introduction: Ron Delsener :37
2. Louisiana Blues 3:51
3. Steve's Song 3:52
4. Introduction: Al And Andy :46
5. I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes 5:39
6. You Can't Catch Me 4:26
7. Introduction: Al :38
8. Fly Away 3:51
9. Caress Me Baby 7:59
10. Introduction: Andy :31
11. Catch The Wind 3:54
12. (I Heard Her Say) Wake Me, Shake Me 9:37
13. Introduction: Danny Kalb :44
14. Two Trains Running (Closing: Audience) 12:08


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this one. I used to own it on vinyl and have been looking to replace it for at least 20 years!

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