Barry Goldberg's rock jamming, recorded back when Phish and other participants in the jam band scene weren't even twinkles in anyone's eye. There are not that many songs, but the individual tracks are quite long… and that's a good sign! There are just five songs in the program, two of them not much over four minutes and the rest at some kind of jam length, especially the 12-and-a-half-minute "I Got to Love My Woman." The jamming is where things really take off. Goldberg has a sound of his own on the organ and is always going somewhere interesting in his solos, provided he can keep the eager guitarists out of his way. As in his work with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bloomfield uses the jams as a chance to stretch away from his B.B. King style, which is also on display, complete with bent-string elaborations that are practically byzantine. Mandel has much more personality in his playing, and is something of a master in terms of unusual tone colorings. Nonetheless, drummer "Fast" Eddie Hoh completely steals the long jam with a solo that hints at the mystery of why there are so many people in the music business with the nickname of "Fast Eddie," sounding like at least three of them are on-stage playing the drums. "Mess 'a da' Blues" is another long jam, a stock slow blues feature in which the guitarists get to chop at each other.
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