It's Not Killing Me

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It's Not Killing Me
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Studio album by
Released1969
RecordedGolden State Recording, San Francisco
Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Columbus Studios, San Francisco
Columbia Records, Los Angeles
GenreBlues rock, country rock
Length36:43
LabelColumbia
ProducerNick Gravenites, Michael Melford

It's Not Killing Me is the debut solo album by American blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield. It was released in 1969. 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars link
Rolling Stone(negative) [1]

AllMusic criticized 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!"[2]

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]

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
  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gancher, David (15 November 1969). "It's Not Killing Me". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (46): 36.
  2. ^ Allmusic.com Review