Library Rock's Backpages

The Butterfield Blues Band: The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw/In My Own Dream

Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

THE 1967 departure of BB Band axedude Mike Bloomfield provided fellow Windy City man Elvin Bishop with the chance to come in and revamp Paul Butterfield’s seminal blues entity. Where Bloomfield had been rooted in South Side/Muddy Waters grit, Bishop leaned more to the R&B/blues ballad/rock’n’soul feel of Albert King and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland. Hence the covers on The Resurrection of King’s "Born Under a Bad Sign", Bland’s "I Pity the Fool" and Junior Parker’s "Drivin’ Wheel". Augmenting the Memphis feel of both albums is a tight, spurting horn section led by future sax deity David Sanborn. Guesting on organ on In My Own Dream is the one and only Al Kooper.

Total word count of piece: 113


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.