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Paul Butterfield: Complete Albums 1965-1980

Album Review

Often overlooked US blues iconoclast’s roaring best harnessed in a monolithic box set.

In many ways, Paul Butterfield’s early career resembles that of late London blues titan Cyril Davies. Both were tough characters who led incendiary bands with their supernatural harmonica chops, nurturing future musical giants as they brought their blues to white audiences. Both are also often overlooked after they left the world too early.

Hailing from Chicago and encouraged by Muddy Waters, Butterfield’s first mighty line-up included guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, organist Mark Naftalin, bassist Jerome Arnold and drummer Sam Lay from Howlin’ Wolf’s band.

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