SAM LAY IN BLUESLAND
Blue Thumb, USA, 1970
Great rare blues LP
I haven’t posted a real blues album for a long while. Blues music was my first musical love affair. And close to fifty years later, I’m still in love with the Blues. The blues paved the way for my discovery of rhythm & blues, soul, funk and jazz.
If it wasn't for the blues, I'd be nowhere, musically speaking. And all that because of a few British white boys called The Stones, The Animals, The Yardbirds ... They opened a door for me, they introduced me to Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore ...
Here is a long-forgotten, never re-issued album by great blues drummer SAM LAY (Howlin’ Wolf band, Muddy Waters, Butterfield Blues Band a.o.).
There is no mention of the musicians in the sleeve notes.
Based on aural and historical evidences, the following line-up is usually suggested :
Sam Lay : Vocals & Drums
Mike Bloomfield : Guitar (not credited)
Nick Gravenites : Vocals
Mark Naftalin : Piano, organ
Jerome Arnold ??? : Bass (not credited)
Paul Butterfield ??? : Harmonica (not credited)
01. Maggie's Farm (5.20)
02. Mean Mistreater (4.32)
03. Sam Lay & Mississipi John (5.05)
04. Crying For My Baby (3.25)
01. Sloopy Drunk (3.15)
02. My Fault (3.59)
03. Roll Over Beethoven (2.50)
04. Asked Her For Water (7.30) - Vocals by Nick Gravenites
05. I Got My Mojo Workin' (3.24)
Recorded in November 1969 in San Francisco. Produced by Nick Gravenites & Mike Bloomfield.