The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – In My Own Dream (1968/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:27 minutes | 1,50 GB | Genre: Blues, Blues Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino – Elektra
In My Own Dream is a 1968 album by The Butterfield Blues Band. It continued the trend of its predecessor The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw in moving towards a more soul-oriented sound, supported by a first rate horn section, (featuring a young David Sanborn), but was not so well-received either by critics or the public as its predecessor. The title cut features a long solo by Sanborn. The drums were handled by Philip Wilson, who went on to jazz renown in the Art Ensemble of Chicago. This album is also notable as the last Butterfield record with original members Mark Naftalin and Elvin Bishop who both moved on to solo ventures of varying success.
Sometimes, one has to wonder whether the youth of the 1960s were really as open to new ideas and new sounds as their press would make you believe. Take the album at hand, In My Own Dream by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band — their fourth official release (though two others have since gone into their discography at earlier points), it marked the point where the band really began to lose its audience, and all for reasons having nothing to do with the quality of their music. They’d gotten past the loss of Michael Bloomfield in early 1967, over which they’d surrendered some of their audience of guitar idolaters, with the engagingly titled (and guitar-focused) Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw. In My Own Dream had its great guitar moments, especially on “Just to Be With You,” but throughout the album, Elvin Bishop’s electric guitar shared the spotlight with the horn section of Gene Dinwiddle, David Sanborn, and Keith Johnson, who had signed on with the prior album and who were more out in front than ever. More to the point, this album represented a new version of the band being born, with shared lead vocals, with the leader himself only taking three of the seven songs, and bassist Bugsy Maugh singing lead on two songs, Bishop on one, and drummer Phillip Wilson taking one song. What’s more, there was a widely shared spotlight for the players, and more of a jazz influence on this record than had ever been heard before from the group. This was a band that could jam quietly for five minutes on “Drunk Again,” building ever-so-slowly to a bluesy crescendo where Bishop’s guitar and Mark Naftalin’s organ surged; and follow it with the title track, a totally surprising acoustic guitar-driven piece featuring Sanborn, Dinwiddle, and Johnson. The playing was impressive, especially for a record aimed at a collegiate audience, but the record had the bad fortune to appear at a point when jazz was culturally suspect among the young, an elitist and not easily accessible brand of music that seemed almost as remote as classical music (i.e. “old people’s” music). “Get Yourself Together” was almost too good a piece of Chicago-style blues, a faux Chess Records-style track that might even have been too “black” for the remnants of Butterfield’s old audience.
01. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Last Hope’s Gone (04:51)
02. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Mine To Love (04:21)
03. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Get Yourself Together (04:10)
04. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Just To Be With You (06:11)
05. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Mornin’ Blues (04:58)
06. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Drunk Again (06:07)
07. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – In My Own Dream (05:46)