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Discography & Performance History

1975–1978


1975


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; probably Nick Gravenites, v, g; Barry Goldberg, org; Mark Naftalin, p; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.

Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA; January 7, 11(?), 1975

  

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

Toby Byron recalls that the Flag made only one trip to Hawaii in January and so the January 11 Winterland date for & Friends is questionable.

 

*THE ELECTRIC FLAG
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Roger Troy, b, v; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Adams, hca; George Rains, d; Tommy Bray, tp; Steve Lawrence, ts; Kenny Walther, tbn.
HIC Concert Hall, Honolulu, HA; January 10, 1975

Unknown titles                               Live performance

 

Personnel as January 10.

Lahaina, Maui, HA; January 12, 1975

Unknown titles                               Live performance

  

A newspaper report in January 1975 states that the Electric Flag “will still record but they won’t tour.” Buddy Miles is on the road with his band, Barry Goldberg won’t fly and Bloomfield is doing “soundtracks for pornographic movies,” the article says.

  

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Barry Goldberg, org; Mark Naftalin, p; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d; Jeremy Steig, fl.

Bottom Line, New York, NY; January 24, 1975

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

Personnel same as above, omit Steig, Goldberg.

Bottom Line, New York, NY; January 25, 1975

 

You’ve Been Wrong                     Bootleg CD
Introduction
Orphan’s Blues
Blue Highway

Buried Alive in the Blues             “Mike, Nick & Mark,” Bootleg CD

I’ll Never Get Over Losing You                             

Lights Out                                                     

Lonely Days, Lonely Nights                                             

My Labors                                                     

Wine

Sudden Change                                                 

 

Personnel same as above, possibly add Paul Butterfield, hca.

Bottom Line, New York, NY; January 26, 1975

 

How Long Can This Go On?             Live performance

Blue Highway
Buried Alive in the Blues
I’ll Never Get Over Losing You
Lights Out
You've Been Wrong for So Long
My Labors
Wine

  

BLOOMFIELD goes into the hospital sometime in 1975 to have an operation on his thumb. It may have been to remove a painful bone spur.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS
Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA; February 27-29, 1975

Unknown titles                        Live performances

 

*CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE

Musselwhite, v, hca; Michael Bloomfield, g; Barry Goldberg, p, org; Tim Kaihatsu, g; Karl Severeid, b; Larry Martin, d; Ray Advisee, rds.
Los Angeles, CA; 1975

 

Stranger                                   “Leave the Blues to Us,” Capitol 11450

Business Man                                                          

Skinny Woman                                                        

Key to the Highway                                    

Candy Kitchen                                                         

Long As I Have You                                    

Just Take Your Time                                               

Early in the Mornin’                             

 

Bloomfield may not play on all the above titles.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/NICK GRAVENITES
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, v, g; others unknown.
Gymnasium, College of Marin, Marin County, CA; April 5, 1975

Unknown titles                         
Live performance

The Sons of Champlin and Roger Troy‘s band, Roger Troy & Co., also performed on this gig.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Paul Butterfield, hca; others unknown.

Record Plant(?), Sausalito, CA; April 22, 1975

 

Unknown titles                           Live performance

 

*ELECTRIC FLAG
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Barry Goldberg, kybds; Roger Troy, b, v; Buddy Miles, d, v; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Tommy Bray, tp; Steve Lawrence, ts; Kenny Walther, tbn.
Los Angeles, CA; Aired April 26, 1975

Interview(?)                            
“Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert,” TV show
Unknown titles

This appearance was probably recorded in late 1974. It was also listed simply as "Rock Concert" and aired on various dates through May 1975.


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/MARK NAFTALIN
Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, kybds; others unknown.
Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA; May 10, 1975

Unknown titles                             Live performance

John Mayall was the headliner for this show.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Van Morrison(?), v; Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.
Los Angeles, CA; Summer(?) 1975

Film appearance                        
“Bootlegger Blues”

This film was made by Morrison’s girlfriend for her Master’s thesis while at UCLA. It also featured John Lee Hooker and Dan Hicks.


*KGB

Michael Bloomfield, g; Barry Goldberg, kybds; Rick Grech, b; Carmine Appice, d; Ray Kennedy, v.

Los Angeles, Sausalito, CA; June or July(?) 1975

 

Let Me Love You                        “KGB,” MCA 2166

Midnight Traveler  

I’ve Got a Feeling  

High Roller 

Sail on Sailor  

Workin’ for the Children

You’ve Got the Notion 

Baby, Should I Stay or Should I Go

It’s Gonna Be a Hard Night    

Magic in Your Touch


“KGB” was released in February 1976. By March, Bloomfield had criticized Appice and Grech in an L.A. Times article and had announced that he would not tour with the group. After sending a lengthy letter to MCA explaining his desire to resign from the group, KGB split for good.


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, comp, g(?); others unknown.

San Francisco, CA; Summer 1975

 

Unknown titles                           “Sodom and Gomorrah” soundtrack

 

Bloomfield composed incidental music around this time for several pornographic films by the Mitchell Brothers, including the one above which was released in September 1975 and the shorts “Hot Nazis” (fall 1974), “Rampaging Dental Assistants” and “Marzoff and Day” (1974). He also did music for the “Ultracore” series of shorts in December(?) 1974. Much of the music was created by working from scene descriptions; in many cases, Bloomfield never saw the actual films. Norman Dayron produced the recordings. Michael was reportedly paid $3,600 per hour of soundtrack music.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, v, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Roger Troy, b; unknown, d; Frank Biner, v*.
KSAN broadcast, Record Plant(?), San Francisco, CA; 1975(?)

Soul Serenade variation                     
Live performance
Unknown blues instrumental
Unknown instrumental
Declaration Day Blues
Heartbreaker
Women Lovin’ Each Other
Oh, Money*
I Got the Blues*

This broadcast, found by Peggy McVickar, has an uncertain date and location. Bloomfield performed the first three titles in duet with Mark Naftalin and then with a quartet and guest vocalist Frank Biner. The date for the broadcast has been listed as early as 1971, but it is more likely to be from the mid-'70s. 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, v, g; others if any unknown.
Family Light Music School, Sausalito, CA; September 18, 1975

Unknown titles                            
Seminar/workshop

Bloomfield gave a lecture demonstration entitled “On the Blues,” part of a week-long series of workshops and performances on blues at the Sausalito music school. Others in the program included Taj Mahal, Dave Alexander and Mark Naftalin.

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS
Michael Bloomfield, v, g; Mark Naftalin, p; others unknown.
Family Light Music School, Sausalito, CA; September 19, 1975

Unknown titles                           
 Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/NICK GRAVENITES/MARK NAFTALIN
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds.
Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; October 1975

Kansas City Blues
                         Live performance
Other unknown titles

Bloomfield performed “Kansas City Blues” as a solo. Thanks to Corry Arnold for this information.


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, g, v; Roger Troy, b; others unknown.

San Francisco(?), CA; November 6, 1975

 

Unknown titles                           Radio broadcast(?)


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/NICK GRAVENITES
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Nick Gravenites, g, v; others unknown.
Savoy, San Francisco, CA; December 26, 27, 1975

Unknown titles                         Live performances
 

1976


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v; others unknown.
Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; January 6, 7, 1976

Unknown titles                                Live performances

Personnel probably as above.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; February 17-21, 1976

Unknown titles                                
Live performances

 

Personnel probably as above.
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA; February 27-29, 1976

Unknown titles                                  Live performances


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/NICK GRAVENITES BAND
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kbds; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains(?), d.
Pipeline Tavern, Seattle, WA; March 10, 1976

Thinking ‘Bout My Family                   Bootleg CD
Buried Alive in the Blues
Don’t Come to My Party
Blue Highway
Small Walk-in Box
Women Lovin’ Each Other
One of These Days
Meet Me in the Bottom (partial)
My Labors
Six Weeks in Reno
It’s About Time
Your Friends
Do Your Work at Night (Kid Man Blues)
Gypsy Good Time
Goodnight Irene
                                                

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, comp, g(?); others unknown.

(?); Mid-1970s(?)

 

Unknown titles                           Film soundtrack

 

In a May 1976 interview, Bloomfield could not remember the name of this film for which he provided the soundtrack. He did say that it was a “ski movie.” Michael Melford reports that he did a soundtrack with Bloomfield for the National Film Board of Canada at the Chess studios, and perhaps this is that film.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, comp, g(?); Ira Kamin, kybds; Anna Rizzo, v; others unknown.

Blossom Studios, San Francisco, CA; 1976

 

Andy's Bad                           Soundtrack for “Andy Warhol’s Bad”

Other unknown titles

 

Rod McKuen volunteered to provide music for this production free of charge (supposedly because of his infatuation with Carroll Baker), but arrangements had already been made with Bloomfield for the score. Because Bloomfield and producer Norman Dayron had no way to view the rough cut of the film that Warhol sent them, they worked from written scene descriptions and timings. Rolling Stone reported that Michael was supposed to appear in the film. He did attend the party for the Los Angeles premiere of “Bad” at actress Susan Tyrrell’s home in that city on March 26, 1977.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, org, b, d, v; Nick Gravenites, g, v; Ira Kamin, org, p; Eric Kriss, p; Doug Kilmer, Roger Troy, b; Tom Donlinger, David Neditch, d; Ron Stallings, ts; Hart McNee, bs.

Blossom Studios, San Francisco, CA; 1976,

 

Blues/Gospel Introduction        “If You Love These Blues, Play ’Em as You Please,” Guitar Player 3002

Hey, Foreman

Narrative #1                                                            

WDIA                                                             

Narrative #2                                                            

Death Cell Rounder Blues                                             

Narrative #3                                                            

City Girl                                                         

Narrative #4                                                            

Kansas City Blues                                       

Narrative #5                                                  

Mama Lion                                                      

Narrative #6                                                            

Thrift Shop Rag                                                        

Narrative #7                                                  

Death In My Family                                                

East Colorado Blues                                               

Blue Ghost Blues                                           

Narrative #8                                                              

The Train Is Gone                                          

Narrative #9                                                

Altar Song                                             


This album was released in December 1977. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Recording category.


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, narration.
Unknown studio, San Francisco, CA; 1976

Story                                        
Recording session

This tale, concerning a trip to East St. Louis, IL, with Big Joe Williams in July 1964, was later published in High Times magazine with illustrations by Robert Crumb, and later appeared in book form with the title “Me and Big Joe.” It was originally recorded by Norman Dayron.


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.
College of Marin Fine Arts Theater, Marin County, CA; May 16, 1976

Unknown titles                             Live performance


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/SUNNYLAND SLIM
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Sunnlyland Slim, p; Nick Gravenites, v; others unknown.
Keystone Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; May 16, 1976

Unknown titles                             Live performance
 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Gary Vogensen, g, hca; Al Kooper, p; Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d.
Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA; May 21-23, 1976

Unknown titles                           
Live performance

Charlie Musselwhite’s band was also on the bill for this date; Kooper sat in on piano with & Friends. Thanks to Gary Vogensen for some of this information.


*BARRY GOLDBERG & FRIENDS

Goldberg, p ,org; Michael Bloomfield(?), g; others unknown.

Shrine Auditorium(?), Los Angeles, CA; 1976(?)

 

On the Road                              “... Live,” Buddah BDS-5684    

Chicago My Hometown                                          

I Got a Woman (Dedication)                     

That's Alright, Mama                                    

Milk Cow                                                         

Taste of Honey                                                        

Josephine                                                                 

Suzie Q                                                

Medley (California Earthquake)                                

Blue Suede Shoes                                

 

Details on this Goldberg release are again sketchy; Bloomfield is present on some of these titles, and sings on “That’s Alright, Mama.” These titles may come from the same date and location as Goldberg's 1969 "... and Friends" recording.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kbds; Nick Gravenites, v, g; others unknown.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; June 18, 1976

Unknown titles                       
 Live performance


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kbds; Nick Gravenites, v, g; others unknown.

Inn of the Beginning, Cotati, CA; June 18-20, 1976

 

Unknown titles                          Live Performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

Longbranch, Berkeley, CA; June 24, 1976

 

Unknown titles                          Live Performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mike Michaels, hca; Ira Kamin, p; Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d.

Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY; June 25, 1976

 

Introduction                          Live Performance

Kansas City Blues

Big City Woman

Death Cell Rounder Blues

Women Lovin' Each Other

Unknown title

Mary Ann

Shake, Rattle and Roll


This was a midnight blues concert on the opening night of the Newport Jazz Festival. Also featured were Muddy Waters, Bobby Bland and Fats Domino.


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Gary?*, hca; Dan?, p.
Unknown location, OR; 1976(?)

It's Only a Paper Moon*
Nine Pound Hammer*
Death Cell Rounder Blues*
Blues on Top of Me*
In My Time Dying*
Spike Driver Blues*
Jockey Blues*
Baby, Come On
Darktown Strutters Ball
I Am with You Always
Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do
Dark Road Blues
Great Dreams from Heaven
Knockin' Myself Out
Battle Cry of Freedom
Diddy-Wa-Diddy
(partial)
Kansas City Blues
Blue Ghost Blues
(partial)

Bloomfield plays piano on “Baby, Come On.” "Blues on Top of Me" is a variation of Muddy Waters' "Can't Be Satisfied" with various Robert Johnson lyrics.

*JEMIMA JAMES
James, v, g; Michael Bloomfield, g, dobro, p; Gary Vogensen, g; Barry Lowenthal, d.
San Francisco, CA; July 12, 1976

Book Me in Your Dreams             “Book Me in Your Dreams,” Labor 7062
Takes a Man Like You
Havana Cigar

 

James, the great granddaughter of philosopher William James, was a singer from Colorado who met Bloomfield when she was living in San Francisco in a building next to the Old Waldorf. Michael arranged to back her on this session, recorded at Blossom Studios.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mitchell Woods, p, org; Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d, g, v; Terry Baker, d; Marsha Ann Taylor, v, el p.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; July 18, 1976

Went Down to the Station             Bootleg CDs
Orphan’s Blues
Daddy Was a Jockey
Feel So Bad
Love Walk
Introduction
Try It Before You Buy It
When I Was a Cowboy
Diddy-Wa-Diddy
Mama’s Blues
Movin’ Down the Back Road, Baby*
Come and Sit Beside Me*
The Only Man*
Love Me or Take Me*
Wine

 

This concert was a benefit performance that appears to have had two sets. Jones is the vocalist on “Feel So Bad” and “Love Walk;” Taylor is the vocalist and electric pianist on “Mama’s Blues,” “Back Road” and “Sit Beside Me.” Omit Bloomfield, add Jones on guitar and Baker on drums on these titles (*).

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others probably similar to above.
Winemasters’ Guild Winery, Lodi, CA; July 24, 1976

Unknown titles                                 Live performance


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Percy Mayfield(?), g, v; Ira Kamin, p; Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d.

San Francisco Blues Festival, McLaren Park, San Francisco, CA; August 7 or 8, 1976

 

Women Loving Each Other                 “SF Blues Festival,” Jefferson BL 602

Big City Woman

KC Shuffle

Other unknown titles

 

Bloomfield may have performed with Mayfield and jammed with Luther Tucker & the Mess Around All Stars during this festival.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.
Antone’s, Austin, TX; September 29(?), 1976

Unknown titles                                 Live performances

 

*THE BAND
Robbie Robertson, Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Garth Hudson, kybds; Richard Manuel, kybds, v; Rick Danko, b, v; Levon Helm, d, v.
Winterland, San Francisco, CA; November 25, 1976

Unknown titles                              
  Live performance

Bloomfield reportedly made a guest appearance during the Band’s last public performance but did not make it into Martin Scorcese’s 1978 film of the gala concert, “The Last Waltz.”

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; December 19, 1976

 

Buried Alive in the Blues                      “At the Old Waldorf,” Columbia CK 65866

Your Friends                                                

Other unknown titles

 

Bloomfield & Friends were regulars at the Old Waldorf, performing there nearly every weekend in 1976 and 1977. Norman Dayron has said that he recorded & Friends there over a 6-month period, probably in 1976.

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.
WXRT, Chicago, IL; December 23, 1776

Unknown titles
                                Live performance(?)

Bloomfield was a featured artist along with Yes on this station. It is unclear whether this was just a radio broadcast or a live concert. Thanks to Peggy McVickar for this information.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.
Cole Cafe, San Francisco, CA; throughout late ‘70s

Unknown titles                                 Live performances

 

1977


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Beull Neidlinger, b; Buddy Helm, d.

McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA; January 1, 1977

 

Eyesight to the Blind                                   “I’m with You Always,” Demon Fiend-92

Men’s Room                                                                    

Frankie & Johnny*                                                  

I’m with You Always*                                                   

Jockey Blues/Old Folks Boogie                             

Some of These Days*                                                 

Don’t You Lie to Me                                                       

Hymn Tune*                                                                 

Stagger Lee*                                                                     

I’m Glad I’m Jewish*                                                       

A-Flat Boogaloo                                             

 

“Men’s Room” is an anecdote related by Bloomfield about a sign he noticed in McCabe’s rest room. It’s likely that several of the above titles were recorded on May 13 or December 2 or 3, 1977. Those sessions probably produced other titles which were released as “Between a Hard Place and the Ground” on Magnum Midline (different from the recording of the same name on Takoma). They are:  

 

Kansas City Blues*

Darktown Stutters Ball/Mop Mop/Call Me a Dog*

Greatest Gifts from Heaven* (Great Dreams of Heaven)

Lord, Though I Am with Thee*

Between a Hard Place and the Ground

Uncle Bob’s Barrelhouse Blues (When I was a Cowboy)

Wee Wee Hours

Vamp in C 

 

“Vamp in C” is a loose interpretation of King Curtis’ “Soul Serenade.” Some of the above tunes plus additional titles from these sessions were also released on a bootleg entitled “Initial Shock” and are described as having been “recorded live between 1977 and 1979.” The extra titles are:

 

Women Lovin' Each Other

Linda Lou

Blues in B-Flat

Cherry Red

Hully Gully

Wings of an Angel (Prisoner's Song)

Walking the Floor Over You

Junko Partner

Knockin' Myself Out

Prescription for the Blues

You Must Have Jesus

 

“Blues in B-Flat” is a duet between Bloomfield and Naftalin. These McCabe’s titles (*) are performed by Bloomfield on solo acoustic guitar.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Barry Goldberg, Mark Naftalin, p; Ira Kamin, org; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; Doug Kilmer, b; George Rains, Bob Jones, d; The Originals, ts, bar.
Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; 1977(?)

Lights Out                  
“Between the Hard Place and the Ground,” Takoma 7063
Between the Hard Place and the Ground
Big Chief from New Orleans
Kid Man Blues
Orphan’s Blues
Juke Joint
Your Friends


These titles, recorded by Norman Dayron and released in 1979, were done live at the original Old Waldorf or at the Record Plant and come from sessions recorded prior to those issued on “Live at the Old Waldorf.” 

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.
Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, CA; February 26, 1977

Unknown titles                                
Radio broadcast

This was part of a 24-hour fundraising marathon for the Leukemia Society that was aired over KNEW. Also on the bill were Johnny Paycheck, Barry Melton and the New Riders.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; February 27, 1977

 

Dancin’ Fool                                        “At the Old Waldorf,” Columbia CK 65866

Other unknown titles

 

*JOE TURNER

Turner, v; Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Pat Campbell, b; Bob Scott, d; unknown sax.

Palms Cafe, San Francisco, CA; March 5, 1977

 

Flip, Flop and Fly                                         Live Performance

Chains of Love

Corrine, Corrina

TV Mama

Honey Hush

Give Me an Hour in Your Garden

The Night Time is the Right Time

Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo

Every Day I Have the Blues
Shake, Rattle and Roll
Roll ‘Em Pete

Other titles unknown

 

This is Big Joe Turner the Kansas City singer rather than Joe Turner the pianist. Mark Naftalin was the music director for this performance and arranged to have it recorded. Norman Dayron was the engineer. These tunes may be included on the bootleg CDs “Blues Summit,” Pilz 449300-2; “Shake, Rattle And Roll,” Pilz 449319-2; or “Joe Turner Live,” P-Vine PCD-908.

 

Personnel as February 27.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; March 13, 14, 1977

 

Bye, Bye                                             “At the Old Waldorf,” Columbia CK 65866

Farther Up the Road                                               

Feel So Bad                                                  

Other unknown titles

 

These and later Waldorf titles were recorded by Norman Dayron at the new location for the Old Waldorf in San Francisco’s financial district.

 

Personnel probably as February 27.
Keystone Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA; March 23, 24, 1977

Unknown titles
                                       Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD ALL STARS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; John Cipollina, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Roger Troy, b, v; Bob Jones, d, v.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; April 20, 1977

 

I Don’t Want No Wife                            Bootleg CD

Move On Over 

It's Too Late                                                            

Feel So Bad                                                              

Mr. Pitiful                                                                  

Tell It Like It Is                                                        

When I Was a Cowboy                                           

Women Loving Each Other                                               

Try It Before You Buy It                                        

Too Much Monkey Business

 

This performance was part of a multi-group benefit for the San Francisco prisoners' fund.                                    

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p; others unknown.
Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA; April 24, 1977

Unknown titles                                  Live performance


Naftalin and Bloomfield were scheduled to play a half-hour set each, but presumably they performed together for at least part of the program.


Personnel probably as above.
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA; April 21-24(?), 1977

Unknown titles
                                 Live performances

This gig was advertised in the L.A. Times, but it is uncertain whether Bloomfield actually appeared due to his performance in New Orleans on April 21.

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND
Michael Bloomfield, g; probably Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.
Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; April 28-30, 1977

Unknown titles                                
Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g; others, if any, unknown.
McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA; May 13, 1977

Unknown titles                                 
Live performance

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, d.
 

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; May 16, 1977

 

The Sky Is Cryin’                                  “At the Old Waldorf,” Columbia CK 65866

Farther Up the Road                                               

Bad Luck Baby                                                         

Other unknown titles

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g; Mark Naftalin, p; Nick Gravenites, v; Roger Troy, b; Bob Jones, d.
Alpen Glow Tavern, Hayward, CA; May 20, 21, 1977

Unknown titles                                   
     Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.
Keystone Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA; May 23, 24, 1977

Unknown titles                                        
Live performance
s

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND
Michael Bloomfield, g; others unknown.
Rio Theater and Dance Company, Rodeo, CA; June 3, 4, 1977

Unknown titles                                       
 Live performances

This group was called the “Berkeley All-Stars” in advertisements.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, bjo, mand, ukulele, p, b, d, v; Mark Naftalin, p, acc; Nick Gravenites, v, g; Bob Jones, d; Anna Rizzo, Marsha Ann Taylor, bkgnd v.

Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, CA;  March(?) 1977

 

Peepin’ an’ a Moanin’ Blues                            “Analine,” Takoma B-1059

Mr. Johnson and Mr. Dunn                                     

Frankie & Johnny                                                

At the Cross                                                 

Big “C” Blues                                                                       

Hilo Waltz                                                                 

Effinonna Rag                                                          

Mood Indigo                                                             

Analine                                                                                  

 

"Analine" was released in late July 1977.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, kybds, b, perc, v; Mark Naftalin, p, synth; Clay Cotton, kybds; Barry Goldberg, org; Mark Adams, hca; Roger Troy, b, v; George Rains, Dwight Dailey, Bob Jones, d; Frank Biner, v; Sons of Kings, v; Anna Rizzo, Church of God in Christ Singers, bkgnd v; Duke Tito and the Marin County Playboys, Toots Suite, hns.

Blossom & Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, CA; 1976-77

 

Maudie                                      “Living in the Fast Lane,” Waterhouse 11

Shine on Love                                                          

Roots                                                             

Let Them Talk                                                          

Watkin’s Rag                                                

Andy’s Bad                                                   

When I Get Home                                       

Used to It                                                     

Big “C” Blues                                                           

The Dizz Rag                                      

 

“Andy’s Bad” is a selection from Bloomfield’s soundtrack for the 1977 film “Andy Warhol’s Bad.” René Aagaard says that it is different from the tune used in the film, perhaps an alternate take. Producer Norman Dayron candidly described this release, issued posthumously in 1981, as “a bunch of leftover shit I hadn’t used” from earlier recordings. Some of the tunes – “Shine On Love,” “When I Get Home” and “Let Them Talk” – come from Bloomfield’s Columbia sessions for “Try It Before You Buy It” and were not produced by Dayron. “Fast Lane” was originally going to be titled “Producer's Choice.”                 

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others unknown.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; August 12, 13, 1977

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

Personnel same or similar to above; possibly add Ray Kennedy, v.
Starwood, Santa Monica, CA; October 21, 22, 1977

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BLUES BAND & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others unknown.

Club Blue Note Concert Hall, Salt Lake City, UT; October 28, 29, 1977

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD/MARK NAFTALIN
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; others unknown.
Rathskeller, Humbolt State University, Arcata, CA; November 11, 1977

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

Personnel same or similar to above.
The Other Cafe, San Francisco, CA; November 27, 1977

Unknown titles                                      Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; others(?) unknown.

Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 1977

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performance

 

Personnel same or similar to above.
River City, Fairfax, CA; Mid- to late 1970s

Unknown titles                                     Live performances


Personnel same or similar to above.
My Father’s Place, Roslyn, NY; 1977

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

 

*COUNT TALENT & THE ORIGINALS(?)
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds(?); Roger Troy, b, v; others, including horns and two female backup singers, unknown.
Tulagis, Boulder, CO; 1977(?)

Unknown titles                                     Live performance

John Ivey recalled this performance as having been in 1977 or 1978, just prior to the release of Bloomfield’s “Count Talent” album. Michael was wearing a white suit similar to the one he is seen in on the album’s cover.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
Michael Bloomfield, g, p, v; Mark Naftalin, p; John Hiatt, b(?); others if any unknown.
McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA; December 2, 3, 1977

Unknown titles
                                     Live performances

 

1978


*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, v.

KSAN, San Francisco, CA; Aired January 31, 1978

 

Interview with Bob Simmons                Radio broadcast

 

*COUNT TALENT & THE ORIGINALS

Michael Bloomfield, g, p, bjo, b, perc, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Nick Gravenites, v; Roger Troy, b, v; Soma, b; Bob Jones, d; Clay Cotton, cl; Jerry Martini, as; Dennis Marcellino, ts; Max Haskett, tp; Anna Rizzo, Marsha Ann Taylor, bkgnd v.

Xanda Recorders, outside Marin, CA; 1978

 

Love Walk                                           “Count Talent ...,” Takoma/Clouds 8005

You Was Wrong                                                       

Peach Tree Man                                                       

When I Need You                                                    

Sammy Knows How to Party                                

I Need Your Loving                                     

Bad Man                                                        

Saturday Night                                                        

You’re Changin’                                                       

Let the People Dance                                        

 

Bloomfield and producer Norman Dayron were given $50,000 by Henry Stone of TK Records, this recording’s original release label, to create “Count Talent.”

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Jon Cramer, v, p.

The Other Cafe, San Francisco, CA; July 2, 1978

 

Kansas City                                         Live performance
Death Cell Rounder Blues
Guitar King
I’m with You Always
Instrumental

Katie Mae
Come On in My Kitchen
Rx for the Blues
Junko Partner

Good Night Irene
Shake, Rattle & Roll
Frankie & Johnny
Little Sheba
Women Lovin’ Each Other
Snowblind

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v.

Norman Dayron's home, Marin County, CA; Filmed in 1978, released in 1979

 

Film appearance          “The Wizard of Waukesha,” a film by Susan Brockman

 

This is a film about guitarist and inventor Les Paul. Bloomfield is briefly interviewed while playing a '60 Gibson Les Paul sunburst guitar borrowed from Robbie Dunbar. The producer for Michael’s segment was guitarist and sound engineer Robb Lawrence.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, kybds, bjo, acc, moog, v; Ira Kamin, p; David Shorey, Doug Kilmer, b; Bob Jones, d; Kraig Kilby, tbn.

Old Waldorf, San Francisco* or studio, Mill Valley, CA; 1978

 

Guitar King                                          “Michael Bloomfield,” Takoma 7063
Knockin’ Myself Out

My Children, My Children (Chil’en, Chil’en, Chil’en)

Women Loving Each Other*

Sloppy Drunk*

You Took My Money

See That My Grave Is Clean

The Gospel Truth

Crisco Kid                                "Mike Bloomfield," Fuel 2000 Records 302 061 256 2

According to Norman Dayron, “Crisco Kid,” a disco-style song about “gay cruising,” was deemed inappropriate by Takoma and was not included in the original release. On “Grave” and “Gospel,” Bloomfield may play all the instruments.
                                     

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD BAND
Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Ira Kamin(?), kybds; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d.
Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; August 31, 1978

Unknown titles                                       
 Live performance

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p; Dave Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d.

Antone’s, Austin, TX; September 7-9, 1978

 

Big Chief from New Orleans                   Live performances

They Took My Money

Women Lovin' Each Other

Knockin' Myself Out

Snowblind

Linda Lou

She's 19 Years Old

Movin' Down the Back Road, Baby

Everything's Gonna Be Alright

Feel So Bad

Goin' Down the Street

Tell It Like It Is

Louisiana Blues

Don't You Lie to Me

Stranger in My Own Home Town

Time's Tough

 

Personnel probably as above.
Sweetwater, Los Angeles, CA; September 26, 1978

Unknown titles                                          
Live performance

 

*PAUL BUTTERFIELD/MIKE BLOOMFIELD/ELVIN BISHOP

Butterfield, hca, v; Elvin Bishop, Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, kybds; Roger Troy, b; Sam Lay, d, v; Snooky Flowers, bar.;  Maria Muldaur, v.

Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA; October 1, 1978

 

Introduction                                                 Live performance
Born in Chicago
Our Love Is Driftin’
Everything’s Gonna Be All Right
Shake Your Money Maker
Get Out of My Life Woman
Paying the Price to Be Feeling Nice
Mystery Train
Little Brown Bird
Got My Mojo Working
Don’t You Lie to Me

 

This single-night performance was part of Chet Helm’s first “Tribal Stomp” concert and was billed as the Paul Butterfield Blues Band Reunion. The set was filmed for an intended movie, but the film was never released. Elvin Bishop is the vocalist on “Paying the Price” and the encore “Don’t You Lie to Me,” where he is joined by Maria Muldaur and Snooky Flowers; Sam Lay sings “Mojo.”

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD & FRIENDS

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; Mark Naftalin, p; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d, v.

My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY; October 20, 1978

 

Feel So Bad                                          Live performance

I'm Ready

Sweet Hurricane

Stand By Me

In the Same Old Boat

Guitar King

Time's Tough

Maria Elena

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; probably Mark Naftalin, p; David Shorey, b; Bob Jones, d, v.

Bottom Line, New York, NY; October 22-23, 1978

 

Frankie & Johnny                                 Live performances

Other unknown titles

 

This performance was reportedly filmed. Bloomfield may have opened the show with a solo acoustic set. Johnny Winter was in the audience and visited with the band one of the evenings.

 

*MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD

Michael Bloomfield, g, v; others unknown.

The Savoy, San Francisco, CA; throughout 1978

 

Unknown titles                                    Live performances

 

Personnel similar to above.
Cole Cafe, San Francisco, CA; throughout 1978(?)

Unknown titles                                     Live performances

 

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