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Mike Bloomfield - It's Not Killing Me (1969)

Mike Bloomfield - It's Not Killing Me (1969)

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Side one

"If You See My Baby" - 3:07

"For Anyone You Meet" – 4:07

"Good Old Guy" – 3:21

"Far Too Many Nights" – 5:07

"It's Not Killing Me" - 3:14

Side two

"Next Time You See Me" (Ben Tucker) – 2:57

"Michael's Lament" - 4:22

"Why Must My Baby" – 2:38

"The Ones I Loved Are Gone" – 3:07

"Don't Think About It Baby" – 3:33

"Goofers" – 1:50

Mike Bloomfield Band Members / Musicians

Michael Bloomfield – Lead Guitar. Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar

Bob Jones – Drums, Vocals

Ronny Schreff - Drums, Mallets, Percussion

John Kahn – Bass

Fred Olsen – Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar

Ira Kamin – Organ, Piano, Banjo

Mark Naftalin – Organ, Piano

Roy Ruby – Organ

Michael Melford – Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals

Nick Gravenites – Vocals

Red Rhodes – Steel Guitar

Ron Stallings – Tenor Saxophone

Mark Teel – Baritone Saxophone

Gerald Oshita – Baritone and Tenor Saxophone

Noel Jewkis – Soprano and Tenor Saxophone

John Wilmeth – Trumpet

Marcus Doubleday – Trumpet

Richard Santi – Accordion

The Ace of Cups – Vocals

Diane Tribuno - Vocals

Cover design : Daily Planet

Cover illustration : Don Wilson

Cover photo : Peter Amft (son of Robert Amft)

Back Cover photo : Jim Marshall

It's Not Killing Me is the debut solo album by American blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield. It was released in 1969 through Columbia Records. Following his success with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Electric Flag, and in the Super Session recordings with Al Kooper, Bloomfield teamed up with former colleagues to record this largely self-written album.

The album peaked at No. 127 on the Billboard 200.

Michael Bernard Bloomfield (July 28, 1943 – February 15, 1981) was an American guitarist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation almost entirely on his instrumental prowess, as he rarely sang before 1969.[1] Respected for his guitar playing, Bloomfield knew and played with many of Chicago's blues musicians before achieving his own fame and was instrumental in popularizing blues music in the mid-1960s. In 1965, he played on Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, including the single "Like a Rolling Stone", and performed with Dylan at that year's Newport Folk Festival.

Bloomfield was ranked No. 22 on Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2003 and No. 42 by the same magazine in 2011. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012 and, as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)

East-West (1966)

The Original Lost Elektra Sessions (unreleased recordings from 1965)

East-West Live (three live versions of the track 'East-West', recorded 1966–1967)

The Electric Flag

The Trip (1967)

A Long Time Comin' (1968)

The Band Kept Playing (1974)

Groovin' Is Easy (Released 2002)


It's Not Killing Me (1969)

Try It Before You Buy It (1973) (Unreleased until 1990. Additional recordings from these sessions were released on "Bloomfield: A Retrospective" in 1983)

If You Love These Blues, Play 'Em as You Please (1976; reissued on CD with Bloomfield-Harris)

Andy's Bad (1977; unreleased title soundtrack to Andy Warhol's Bad)

Analine (1977)

Michael Bloomfield (1978)

Count Talent and the Originals (1978)

Between a Hard Place and the Ground (1979)

Bloomfield-Harris (1979)

Cruisin' for a Bruisin' (1981)

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