Nick Gravenites / Mike Bloomfield - Steelyard Blues [Original Soundtrack]

Nick Gravenites / Mike Bloomfield - Steelyard Blues [Original Soundtrack]
Album:
Steelyard Blues [Original Soundtrack]
Release Date:
1972
Duration:
36:50
Styles:
Chicago Blues, Regional Blues, Soundtracks

A tremendous soundtrack album to director Alan Myerson's film Steelyard Blues, which starred Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, and Peter Boyle, this collection feels like a side project collaboration between the Electric Flag and Paul Butterfield Blues Band with added performances by Maria Muldaur and Merl Saunders. The majority of the material is written and performed by the great Nick Gravenites and Mike Bloomfield, the 14 songs really standing up on their own as a work not dependent on the film and not feeling like they are mere chess pieces to supplement a Hollywood flick. Gravenites does a masterful job of producing, with "Common Ground" resembling a great lost Electric Flag song -- Annie Sampson trading off on the vocals with Gravenites as Janis Joplin did with him on In Concert. Muldaur co-wrote "Georgia Blues" with Bloomfield and Gravenites, while they gave Muldaur and Saunders the opportunity to contribute a tune by including their "Do I Care." "My Bag (The Oysters)" adds some pop/doo wop to the affair, a nice twist, and it borders on parody. Gravenites is always able to juggle his serious side with a tongue-in-cheek wink, and this interesting and enjoyable effort deserved much wider play.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Swing with It / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites2:51
Brand New Family / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites2:29
Woman's Love / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites2:28
Make the Headlines / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites1:52
Georgia Blues / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites feat: Maria Muldaur2:10
My Bag (The Oysters) / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites3:16
Common Ground / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites2:27
Being Different / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites2:46
I've Been Searching / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites2:13
Do I Care / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites feat: Maria Muldaur / Merl Saunders3:08
Lonesome Star Blues / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites feat: Maria Muldaur4:19
Here I Come (There She Goes) / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites2:11
If You Cared / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites2:24
Theme from Steelyard Blues (Drive Again) / Mike Bloomfield / Nick GravenitesMike Bloomfield / Nick Gravenites2:16

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