It's Not Killing Me

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It's Not Killing Me
Studio album by Mike Bloomfield
Released 1969
Recorded Golden State Recording, San Francisco
Wally Heider Recording, San Francisco
Columbus Studios, San Francisco
Columbia Records, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, Blues
Length 36:43
Label Columbia
Producer Nick Gravenites, Michael Melford
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link

It's Not Killing Me is the debut solo album by American blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield and was released in 1969. Following his success with 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. It was not well-received, AllMusic criticising its "lack of a powerful vocalist", and the under-use of Bloomfield's guitar, going so far as to say "It makes about as much sense as Led Zeppelin having Jimmy Page sing lead while Robert Plant played tambourine!"[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks have words and music credited to Mike Bloomfield, except as indicated.

Side One[edit]

  1. "If You See My Baby" - 3:07
  2. "For Anyone You Meet" – 4:07
  3. "Good Old Guy" – 3:21
  4. "Far Too Many Nights" – 5:07
  5. "It's Not Killing Me" - 3:14

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Next Time You See Me" (Ben Tucker) – 2:57
  2. "Michael's Lament" - 4:22
  3. "Why Must My Baby" – 2:38
  4. "The Ones I Loved Are Gone" – 3:07
  5. "Don't Think About It Baby" – 3:33
  6. "Goofers" – 1:50

Personnel[edit]

  • Mike Bloomfield – Lead Guitar. Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar
  • Bob Jones – Drums, Vocals
  • 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
  • Orville "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

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