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The Rides: Pierced Arrow

Album Review

Supergroup concept revs again in Stephen Stills’s “blues band of my dreams”.

Although Cream were the first example of well-known musicians fleeing established bands to play together, the term ‘supergroup’ was minted in May 1968 when Al Kooper, fresh from Blood, Sweat & Tears, booked two days in the studio with Electric Flag guitarist Mike Bloomfield and organist Barry Goldberg, who he had played with in Dylan’s band at 1965’s Newport festival.

When Bloomfield failed to show on the second day, Kooper hastily brought in Stephen Stills, whose Buffalo Springfield were disintegrating along with the Flag. The success of the resulting Super Session ignited a biblical plague of usually short-lived supergroups but, 45 years later, Stills found himself playing with Goldberg again at a benefit, along with multi-platinum blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

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