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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

  • Keep On Moving [Elektra, 1969] A
  • Golden Butter: The Best of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band [Elektra, 1972] A-

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Keep On Moving [Elektra, 1969]
People who liked Butter long ago usually don't like what he's become. I've only dug him over the past two years and I think he just gets better and better. This record, vocally oriented and produced by Jerry Ragavoy, is his best yet, hard-driving and very tight. Listen to "Love Disease," "Walking By Myself," "Buddy's Advice." A

Golden Butter: The Best of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band [Elektra, 1972]
Butterfield's music has held up more convincingly than it's evolved, which is why forty-five out of eighty minutes were recorded between October '65 and August '66 and why the side featuring a cut each off his last three albums is the one you can skip. What sounded like "white blues" back then sounds like "rock" now--Butterfield is so modest any label fits. Prophetic guitarists, powerful drummers, better-than-average horn men, and one heck of a great harmonica player. A-