MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD It’s Not Killing Me (1969)

It’s Not Killing Me (1969)
For His Solo Debut, Mike Nearly Forgot His Guitar.

Michael Bloomfield’s debut solo album rarely plays to the legendary guitarist’s most obvious strengths. Stylistically, save for a couple of numbers, it’s all far removed from Bloomfield’s work in The Electric Flag or Super Session. Instead, It’s Not Killing Me is a collection of blues & country tunes, having more in common with weedy stoners than the Chicago blues Bloomfield built his rep on. Of course, one of Bloomfield’s resume bullets is aiding and abetting Dylan’s move to electricity, and the lead off tune, “If You See My Baby,” is a reminder of that alliance. But, the LP’s countrified material has a ramshackle, one-take appeal, and Bloomfield’s really not much of a singer, so the vocal takes on It’s Not Killing Me are confounding at best. More than once you’ll ask yourself, “Didn’t Mike have a second take in him… maybe one in tune?” That said, I’m a sucker for challenged singers (e.g. Garcia, Mayall), so I listened to this enough back in the day to fully appreciate its merits, as well as its issues and peculiarities. It’s at Amazon, HERE.


If You See My Baby (3:11)
For Anyone You Meet (4:11)
Good Old Guy (3:26)
Far Too Many Nights (5:12)
It’s Not Killing Me (3:19)
Next Time You See Me (3:02)
Michael’s Lament (4:26)
Why Must My Baby (2:43)
The Ones I Loved Are Gone (3:10)
Don’t Think About It, Baby (3:36)
Goofers (1:50)

8 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    May 31, 2011 - 06:35 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Bombshelter Slim
    May 31, 2011 - 10:43 | Permalink

    When I first heard this, it defied all my expectations. However, the more I listened the more it made perfect sense. And yes, there is some guitar…wait for it…

    • 3
      Willard
      May 31, 2011 - 11:10 | Permalink

      It really does grow on you. But, I still would love to have been in the meeting when they first played it for the execs.

  • 4
    J.D. Hughes
    May 31, 2011 - 13:56 | Permalink

    Willard, glad to see you landed on your feet yet again. This is a great record, i have never even seen it before. I would have loved to see the execs faces. Good luck and more power to you.

  • 5
    zico
    June 1, 2011 - 07:35 | Permalink

    He was a great guitar player. One of the finest ever. Lyrical I should say. And this one of his finest ever. Great to have you back dear old Willard. We surely miss you quite a lot. And thanks again for all this great music you keep on sharing with us.

  • 6
    June 2, 2011 - 12:03 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard – I’ve now got digital copies of all my old Bloomfield vinyl – this was the missing piece.

    Those who love his work here are advised to check out the soundtrack to Roger Corman’s movie The Trip, played by Electric Flag as The American Music Band

  • 7
    September 16, 2012 - 14:25 | Permalink

    Michael Bloomfield is the hidden link from late 50′s to mid sixties guitar gods to the present day…my only gripe about the modern day boys is they don’t let it all hang out like these guys used to do…sweat on the fretboard, oh yeah…

  • 8
    tom
    September 10, 2014 - 20:03 | Permalink

    loved this album when it first came out love it more now

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