Kooper had just split after masterminding the groundbreaking Child Is Father to the Man (1968) version of Blood, Sweat & Tears. Bloomfield was fresh from a stint with the likewise brass-driven Electric Flag, while Stills was late of Buffalo Springfield and still a few weeks away from a full-time commitment to David Crosby and Graham Nash. Although the trio never actually performed together, the long-player was notable for idiosyncratically featuring one side led by the team of Kooper/Bloomfield and the other by Kooper/Stills.
The album is the follow-up to the studio album Super Session which included both Bloomfield and Kooper in addition to Stephen Stills, and had achieved commercial and critical success earlier in 1968. In regards to the performances, recordings and production, in the sleeve notes Kooper describes the difficulties of finding rehearsal space, Bloomfield's insomnia, and the failure of a vocal microphone during "Dear Mr Fantasy"
Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist - Artist (Sample). This is a fantastic blues/jazz/soul album, with the incredibly talented Al Kooper (of Blood, Sweat and Tears), Michael Bloomfield (of Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Electric Flag), and Stephen Stills (of Buffalo Springfield). The guitar work on Really is nothing short of heavenly. I got this yesterday and have been playing it over and over all day. This is the real thing! What an album! If you like the Blues, don't miss out on this extraordinary jam session. Compulsively listenable
When these studio sessions took place, Al Kooper had just served up the Child Is Father to the Man–era Blood Sweat & Tears, Mike Bloomfield had been working with Electric Flag, and Stephen Stills was done with Buffalo Springfield and nearly signed up for Crosby, Stills & Nash. This set features expressive jamming on originals and covers.
Written By Michael Bloomfield, Al Kooper. Super Session Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield & Stephen Stills. 4. His Holy Modal Majesty. 6. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry.
Tracklist Hide Credits
Electric Piano – Barry GoldbergWritten-By – Kooper*, Bloomfield*
Electric Piano – Barry GoldbergWritten-By – Ragavoy*, Shuman*
Written-By – Mayfield*
|4||His Holy Modal Majesty
Written-By – Kooper*, Bloomfield*
Written-By – Kooper*, Bloomfield*
|6||It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Written-By – Dylan*
|7||Season Of The Witch
Written-By – Donovan
|8||You Don't Love Me
Written-By – Willie Cobb*
Written-By – Harvey Brooks
- Copyright (c) – Audio Fidelity
- Manufactured By – Sony Music Entertainment
- Mastered At – Stephen Marsh Mastering
- Mastered At – Gateway Mastering
- Arranged By [Horns] – Joey Scott
- Bass – Harvey Brooks
- Coordinator [SACD Production Coordinator] – Roberta Ballard
- Drums – Eddie Hoh
- Electric Guitar – Mike Bloomfield (tracks: A1 to A5)
- Engineer – Fred Catero, Roy Halee
- Guitar – Stephen Stills (tracks: B1 to B4)
- Liner Notes – Michael Thomas
- Liner Notes, Electric Guitar, Arranged By [Horns], Producer, Piano, Organ, Organ [Ondioline], Vocals, Guitar [12-string & Electric], Mixed By [5.1 Surround Sound] – Al Kooper
- Mastered By [5.1 Surround Sound] – Bob Ludwig
- Mastered By [SACD & CD] – Steve Hoffman
- Photography By [Cover & Back Cover] – Jim Marshall
- Photography By [Cover] – E. Landy*
NotesThe music on this record was performed spontaneously by the personnel as listed above. The horns were added later as an afterthought. Al Kooper.
Originally released 1968.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 7 80014 21862 1
|CS 9701||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Steve Stills*||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Steve Stills* - Super Session (LP, Album)||Columbia||CS 9701||US||1968|
|25AP 1205||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Stephen Stills||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Stephen Stills - Super Session (LP, Album, RE)||CBS/Sony||25AP 1205||Japan||1978|
|CS 9701||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Steve Stills*||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Steve Stills* - Super Session (LP, Album, RP)||Columbia||CS 9701||US||Unknown|
|EMB 31029||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Stephen Stills||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Stephen Stills - Super Session (LP, Album, RE)||Embassy||EMB 31029||Netherlands||Unknown|
|MOVLP 1530, Stereo CS 9701||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Steve Stills*||Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Steve Stills* - Super Session (LP, Album, RE)||Music On Vinyl, Columbia||MOVLP 1530, Stereo CS 9701||Europe||2016|