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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Got a Mind to Give Up Living—Live 1966 (Limited “Butter” Yellow & “Bloom” Blue Vinyl Edition) (2-LP Set)

  • Featuring Rock’s First Great Guitar Tandem in Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Were Quite Possibly the Best Live Band Around in 1966

  • Before The Beatles ’Revolver, Before The Byrds’ Fifth Dimension, Their Album East-West Brought Eastern Modalities and Lengthy Improvisations into Blues-Based Rock, Setting the Stage for the Psychedelic Revolution to Come

  • This Legendary Bootleg Captures the Band Right Around the Release of East-West and Includes Material from That Album

  • “Work Song” and “I Got a Mind to Give Up Living” Feature Jaw-Dropping Solos from Mike Bloomfield That Point the Way Towards a Whole New Way of Electric Guitar Playing

  • This Double-LP Release for Black Friday/ Record Store Day Includes Four Unreleased Tracks, Featuring Bloomfield’s Vocal Turn on “If You See My Baby,” Bishop’s Take on Percy Mayfield’s “Danger Zone,” and Bassist Jerome Arnold’s Rollicking Vocals on “In the Midnight Hour” (with Another Fantastic Bloomfield Solo) and “You’re So Fine.”

  • Notes by Chris Morris Include Quotes from the Band’s Elvin Bishop and Mark Naftalin

  • Includes Rare Photos and Memorabilia

  • Mastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Limited Edition of 2000 Copies Pressed in “Butter” Yellow and “Bloom”
    Blue Vinyl Inside a Gorgeous Gatefold Package

  • Amazing Ensemble Playing from One of Rock’s Greatest Groups 


    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Got a Mind to Give Up Living—Live 1966 (Limited “Butter” Yellow & “Bloom” Blue Vinyl Edition) (2-LP Set)

    If the Summer of 1967 was the Summer of Love, the Summer of 1966 set the stage for the musical revolution that was to come. Albums released during the season, like The Beatles’ Revolver and The Byrds’ Fifth Dimension, brilliantly blended the burgeoning influence of Eastern exoticism into the rock music format, and the term “psychedelia” entered the common lexicon to stay. But beating them all to the punch was a multi-racial blues band that cut its teeth in Chicago, far from the hippie havens of London, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Issued in July 1966, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s East-West took blues-rock to places only free jazz had dared to tread, offering lengthy, modal improvisational passages that sparked the West Coast rock revolution, and, in Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, fully unleashing the first great guitar tandem in rock history. Now, Real Gone Music is very proud to release for the very first time on vinyl, in a double-LP version exclusive for Black Friday, a legendary bootleg that captures this singular sextet on the brink of the stylistic breakthrough that would shake the rock ‘n’ roll world to its core. Recorded live at Boston’s Unicorn Coffee House 50 years ago in 1966, right before the release of East-West, Got a Mind to Give Up Living—Live 1966 reaffirms that The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was simply untouchable live, capable of turning on a dime from slow-burning blues tunes to up-tempo
rave-ups. And, particularly on a pair of tunes that were soon to be released on East-West, “Work Song” and “I Got a Mind to Give Up Living,” the raga influence (check Bloomfield’s solos!) comes through loud and clear, combining with the band’s blues tropes to create a truly new style of rock and rock guitar playing. This special double-LP release adds four unreleased tracks that did not appear on the CD release, including Bloomfield’s vocal turn on “If You See My Baby,” Bishop’s take on Percy Mayfield’s “Danger Zone,” and bassist Jerome Arnold’s rollicking vocals on “In the Midnight Hour” (with another fantastic Bloomfield solo) and “You’re So Fine.” Notes by Chris Morris featuring fresh quotes from Elvin Bishop and Mark Naftalin, rare pictures and memorabilia, editorial input from Bloomfield aficionado and co-producer Toby Byron, and some audio spit ‘n’ polish from Mike Milchner at SonicVision make this a package indispensable for any ‘60s rock (or jazz or R&B!) fan. Our Black Friday exclusive comes in “Butter” yellow and “Bloom” blue vinyl housed inside a gorgeous gatefold to 2000 copies! 


    Record One /Side A

    1. Instrumental Intro

    2. Look Over Yonders Wall

    3. Born in Chicago

    4. Love Her with a Feeling

    5. Get Out of My Life, Woman

    Record One /Side B

    1. Never Say No

    2. One More Heartache

    3. Work Song

    Record Two/Side A

    1. Comin’ Home Baby

    2. Memory Pain

    3. I Got a Mind to Give Up Living

    4. Walking by Myself

    Record Two/Side B

    1. IfYouSeeMyBaby*

     2. DangerZone*

    3. In the Midnight Hour*

    4. You’reSoFine*

    5. Got My Mojo Working

     *--Unreleased Tracks 


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