Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 22, 2012 - Eli Polonsky & Al Kooper!

My guest today was legendary musician, producer and songwriter Al Kooper! It was his second visit to my edition of "Lost & Found" (his first was in 2003), and at least his third visit to WMBR.

Al Kooper began his career as a sideman, producer and songwriter in the late 1950s. In the '60s he played on Bob Dylan's albums "Blonde On Blonde" and "Highway 61 Revisited", was the principal member of the influential group The Blues Project, and formed the group Blood, Sweat, and Tears, performing and writing for its debut album "Child Is Father To The Man". Kooper also produced and performed on the album "Super Session" with Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills, and went on to perform on albums by George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Cream, The Who, and many more.

Al will be performing a special tribute concert to his late musical colleague Mike Bloomfield with guitarist Jimmy Vivino at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Thursday, May 31.

Rather than spend a lot of the show dwelling on his own past, Al chose to share some of the music that has been catching his ears these days, both old and new, as well as a few of his own fairly recent performances, with the listening audience.

12:02. Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield w/Johnny Winter - It's My Own Fault - LIVE

Set of selections chosen by Al Kooper:
12:22. Super Session (Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield) - Stop
12:30. Field Music - If Only The Moon Were Up
12:34. We Are Augustines - Ohio
12:45. Little Buster - Looking For A Home
12:47. Little Beaver - Joey
12:56. Al Kooper - This Diamond Ring
01:03. Al Kooper - Green Onions - LIVE
01:08. Al Kooper - Stax-a-bility
01:19. Mother Earth - Down So Low
01:24. The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You

01:28. Mike Bloomfield, John Hammond, Dr. John - It Hurts Me Too

More selections chosen by Al Kooper:
01:33. Heritage Blues Orchestra - Get Right Church
01:41. Unbunny - Pink Lemonade
01:44. Paul Thorn - Love On Me
01:53. James Maddock - Chance

Eli Polonsky and Al Kooper, WMBR, 2003.

Thanks for listening,
Eli Polonsky


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