What's not to like? This guy displays his virtuosity on the guitar by playing every known blues style under the sun (acoustic and electric). And he plays it clean! There is very little in the way of electronic effects. It's pure, unadulterated Michael Bloomfield doing what he loved to do. You don't even have to be a fan to enjoy this.
When I first listened to this CD, I said to myself "This is so much better than Super Session. I can't believe that critics point people towards Super Session when something this good is available.". Super Session was good too, but it was rather hodge-podge (some of it sounds like cheesy, porno music), and only half of it is Bloomfield on guitar, the other half is Steven Stills. If you want to know what Bloomfield was all about, this is the CD to own. It is raw, personal, and 100% authentic.
After listening to this, I am proud to say that I'm from Chicago, and I think that it is truly a tragedy that this artist died so young. He clearly had more to give. And there is no question in my mind that he was in the same league with Eric Clapton, maybe even better in some ways.
This is not only Michael Bloomfield's best two albums conveniently bound together on one disc, this is practically the whole history of American Blues on display, courtesy of a master. Bloomfield was an amazing guitarist, to be sure, and was adept in a wide array of styles of playing the blues, whether he drew from the electric guitar-playing of B.B. King and T-Bone Walker, or the acoustic rural blues of countless Delta-bluesmen from the last century. But he was no mere copycat; you felt the passion Bloomfield invested in anything he played, regardless of the type of music. Also included are several guitar duets with Woody Harris on old gospel hymns, including a stirring rendition of "I Will Overcome," the hymn from which the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" is derived.
Michael Bloomfield's life was ended far too soon by drugs, and this great collection stands as a fitting example of what a talented musician he was. (Amazon review)