A Long Time Comin'

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A Long Time Comin'
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1968 (1968-03)
RecordedJuly 1967 – January 1968
GenreSoul, blues, rock
Length41:05 (55:18 w/1988 CD bonus tracks)
LabelColumbia
ProducerJohn Court, Joe Church
The Electric Flag chronology
A Long Time Comin'
(1968)
An American Music Band
(1968)

A Long Time Comin' is the first album by American rock band the Electric Flag, released in 1968. The album has a mix of musical styles, including soul along with blues and rock, with a horn section.

It opens with an updated take on the Howlin' Wolf blues classic "Killing Floor" and includes an adaptation of Sticks McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee" titled "Wine". The album also contains "Groovin’ Is Easy" and "Over-Lovin’ You", which had been released as a single in 1967.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling StonePositive [2]

It is widely seen as an ambitious debut album by music critics. The album was somewhat of a failure in the charts, much to the disappointment of Bloomfield, who had worked hard on the album.[citation needed] His disappointment was worsened by the success of the Al Kooper directed Super Session, which, featuring Bloomfield, charted much higher than A Long Time Comin' despite only being recorded over a period of two days.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

The original LP record has 10 tracks, and a 1988 Columbia Records reissue on CD has four bonus tracks.

Side one

  1. "Killing Floor" (Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf) – 4:11
  2. "Groovin' Is Easy" (Nick Gravenites) – 3:06
  3. "Over-Lovin' You" (Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg) – 2:12
  4. "She Should Have Just" (Ron Polte) – 5:03
  5. "Wine" (Traditional arr. Bloomfield) – 3:15

Side two

  1. "Texas" (Bloomfield, Buddy Miles) – 4:49
  2. "Sittin' in Circles" (Goldberg) – 3:54
  3. "You Don't Realize" (Bloomfield) – 4:56
  4. "Another Country" (Polte) – 8:47
  5. "Easy Rider" (Bloomfield) – 0:53

CD bonus tracks

  1. "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb) – 4:02
  2. "Mystery" (Miles) – 2:56
  3. "Look into My Eyes" (Harvey Brooks, Miles) – 3:07
  4. "Going Down Slow" (James Oden a.k.a. St. Louis Jimmy) – 4:43

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard Top LPs 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viglione, Joe. A Long Time Comin' at AllMusic
  2. ^ Gifford, Barry (11 May 1968). "Review: A Long Time Comin' ". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 October 2012.(subscription required)