The Blues Project Anthology (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: January 28, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Polydor / Umgd
Entertainment Weekly - 3/7/97, p.67"...This two-disc overview, featuring outtakes from their jumpy LIVE AT THE CAFE AU GO GO debut, captures their ragged-but-right sonic grab bag. The digital mix also fleshes out the notoriously paper-thin sound of their original LPs..." - Rating: A-
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.I'm Troubled
- 2.Back Door Man
- 3.Violets of Dawn
- 4.Goin' Down Louisiana
- 5.(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - (previously unreleased)
- 6.Parchman Farm - (previously unreleased)
- 7.You Go and I'll Go With You
- 8.Catch the Wind
- 9.I Want to Be Your Driver
- 10.Alberta - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
- 11.Have You Ever Had the Blues - (previously unreleased)
- 12.The Way My Baby Walks
- 13.Bright Lights, Big City - (previously unreleased)
- 14.Jelly, Jelly
- 16.Who Do You Love? - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
- 17.Love Will Endure
- 18.I Can't Keep from Crying, Sometimes
- 19.Friday Night City
- 20.Where There's Smoke There's Fire
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.I Can't Keep from Crying, Sometimes
- 2.Steve's Song
- 3.You Can't Catch Me
- 4.Two Trains Running
- 5.Wake Me, Shake Me
- 6.Cheryl's Goin' Home
- 7.Flute Thing
- 8.Caress Me Baby
- 9.Fly Away
- 10.No Time Like the Right Time
- 11.Mean Old Southern
- 12.Gentle Dreams
- 13.Lost in the Shuffle
- 14.Black Night
- 15.Visions of Flowers
- 16.Little Rain
The Blues Project includes: Steve Katz (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Al Kooper (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Danny Kalb (vocals, guitar); John McDuffy (vocals, keyboards); Tommy Flanders (vocals); Bill Lussenden (guitar); John Sebastian (harmonica); Andy Kulberg (flute, bass); Don Kretmar (saxophone, bass); David Cohen (piano); Fritz Richmond (washtub bass); Roy Blumenfeld (drums).
Producers include: Jerry Schoenbaum, Tom Wilson, Paul Rothchild, Marc Abramson, Wally Gold.
Compilation producer: John Platt.
Recorded between 1964 and 1972. Includes liner notes by John Platt.
Personnel: Steve Katz (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Danny Kalb, Al Kooper (vocals, guitar); John McDuffy (vocals, keyboards); Tommy Flanders (vocals); Bill Lussenden (guitar); Andy Kulberg (flute); John Sebastian (harmonica); Don Kretmar (saxophone); Roy Blumenfeld (drums).
Liner Note Author: John Platt.
Recording information: 1964-1972.
Photographers: Jim Marshall ; George Shuba; Gerald Jacobson; David Gahr.
A long overdue and thoroughly comprehensive best-of by one of the most eclectic American bands of the '60s. ANTHOLOGY includes the whole of PROJECTIONS, their only studio album, as well as most of the best cuts from their live debut, here fleshed out with alternate takes and tracks that didn't make the official release.
Also included is the better material from the Project's Capitol albums (post-Al Kooper), the great should-have-been-a-hit single "No Time Like the Right Time," and early studio tracks including a scorching version of "I'm Can't Keep From Crying" with Kooper on acoustic piano. Best of all, the remastered sound is spectacular; the Project's vinyl albums had famously tinny sonics, and the aural depth and warmth here is a revelation. John Platt's liner notes, with interview excerpts from all the band members, are similarly first-rate.
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