- Album name: The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw
- Group name: the Butterfield Blues Band
- Year: 1967
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Elektra Records
- Collection: Friedman
- Buy it on Amazon: $29.00
Level of familiarity before listening
Admittedly, when I first picked this record out of the box, it did not look like “the Butterfield Blues Band” to me: I thought that it might have said “Buzzerfield,” or possibly “Buggerfield.” So let that be a warning to the people who design albums that they should use a legible font.
At any rate, I do think I’ve heard of the Butterfield Blues Band, though I’m not familiar with their work. I am familiar with one member of the group, Elvin Bishop, who first came to my attention when I reviewed Let It Flow (1974) last summer, and also played on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper (1969), which I reviewed two months ago. Both of those were 5/5 records.
What I expected
Blues, electric blues.
What it was actually like
I thought this record was consistently pretty good, with excellent arrangements of some classic songs, but I mostly did not like the excessive use of horns.
Tollin’ Bells was too slow, as was Driftin’ and Driftin’.
One More Heartache, however, was a quite lively cover of a Marvin Gaye song with a great harmonica solo and excellent bass guitar, and Run Out of Time was similarly energetic with strong bass guitar.
Born Under a Bad Sign was a strong version of a blues classic, though Cream did it better: Clapton’s wailing electric guitar stood in for the horns on this version.
Double Trouble was one case where the saxophone solo was not bad per se, and I even thought that it would have been good in a totally different song.
Though this record came from my cousin, I Pity the Fool really made me think of my other cousin, his older brother, as I will always associate that phrase with him. It had great rhythm and I liked it, and thought the horns were fine in it.
4/5: would listen again