Sunday, 22 April 2018

Nick Gravenites & Mike Bloomfield (Feat Paul Butterfield & Maria Muldaur) ‎ “Steel Yard Blues” 1972 Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture US Blues Rock


Nick Gravenites & Mike Bloomfield (Feat Paul Butterfield & Maria Muldaur) ‎ “Steel Yard Blues” 1972  Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture US Blues Rock
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“Steelyard Blues” is a 1973 anarchic comedy crime film starring Donald Sutherland, Jane Fonda and Peter Boyle. It concerns the lives of a group of misfits trying to find a happier life against the norms of society. Sutherland plays an ex-con with a passion for demolition derbies. He has wrecked almost every possible car, but violates his parole when confronted by a 1950 Studebaker. This embarrasses his brother, Howard Hesseman, in an unlikely respectable role. Fonda plays a prostitute with an off-on relationship with Sutherland’s character. The film is notable for reprising the Fonda-Sutherland pairing of Klute. The gang tries to get an old PBY flying, and much humor ensues. 
The film´s psychedelic utopianism failed to find an audience, however, and it died on release. 
The tremendous soundtrack album to director Alan Myerson’s film “Steelyard Blues” 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….~


With a killer leading couple of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland—fresh from their box office triumph co-starring in Klute—and a soundtrack by the Electric Flag’s Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites—with performances by Paul Butterfield and Maria Muldaur—you would think that the 1972 film Steelyard Blues would be better known than it is. Alas, the film was one of those only-in-the-early-‘70s countercultural romps that died at the box office; Fonda plays a call girl (again) who hooks up with Sutherland’s bumbling ex-con to restore a seaplane and attempt an escape from The Man breathing down their collective necks. Poorly reviewed and largely forgotten by film audiences, it has remained a cult classic because of its soundtrack, which marked Mike Bloomfield’s first release of any kind in three years, and reunited him with Gravenites, with whom he’d composed music in the Electric Flag for the soundtrack to Roger Corman’s B-movie classic The Trip. 

Here, the emphasis was less on psychedelia than on a jaunty mix of blues, rock and country to match the shambolic goings-on on screen; there’s no mistaking Bloomfield’s stinging blues-rock licks for those of any other guitarist, and a pre-“Midnight at the Oasis” Muldaur serves notice of her impending superstardom. Completing the musical cast was Paul Butterfield, in whose band Bloomfield first broke into prominence, keyboardist Merl Saunders, later of course to collaborate with the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, and Annie Sampson of the Bay Area group Stoneground. 
by Richie Unterberger….~






A treasure trove of bluesy rock material – and a set that almost works as well as a straight album project from Nick Gravenites and Mike Bloomfield – as it does as the soundtrack for this offbeat film that starred Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland! The vibe here is a bit like other rock/blues indie soundtracks of the time – such as Heavy Traffic or Fritz The Cat but Gravenites and Bloomfield are also nicely focused, too – and most numbers stand very strongly on their own, not just as scene-setters for the movie. The set also features a bit of vocals from Maria Muldaur, keyboards from Merl Saunders, and some harmonica from Paul Butterfield ….~





Personnel 
*Mike Bloomfield - Vocals, Guitar 
*Nick Gravenites - Vocals, Guitar 
*Maria Muldaur - Vocals, Guitar, Handclaps 
*Paul Butterfield - Vocals, Harmonica 
*Annie Sampson - Vocals 
*Merle Saunders - Organ, Piano 
*Christopher Parker - Drums 
*John Kahn - Bass
















Tracklist 
A1 Swing With It 2:50 
A2 Brand New Family 3:25 
A3 Woman’s Love 2:25 
A4 Make The Headlines 1:52 
A5 Georgia Blues 2:08 
A6 My Bag (The Oysters) 3:15 
A7 Common Ground 2:20 
B1 Being Different 2:44 
B2 I’ve Been Searching 1:55 
B3 Do I Care 3:07 
B4 Lonesome Star Blues 4:17 
B5 Here I Come (There She Goes) 2:17 
B6 If You Cared 2:24 
B7 Theme From Steelyard Blues (Drive Again) 2:34 

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