The Electric Flag Featuring Mike Bloomfield

Oh, my. I found this great little clip of the Electric Flag — Mike Bloomfield is in fine form. I was too young to see the original Flag, but caught them on a reunion tour with Moby Grape in about 1974. Fantastic! We were in the orchestra pit and Mike Bloomfield was right in front of us. His guitars were totally memorable. He played a Les Paul that was beat with the standard white knobs from a Stratocaster replacing the originals which he must have lost somewhere. He also played a blue Telecaster that looked like he had painted it himself — there were drips and runs across it. The chrome cover over the bridge pickup was long gone and the pickup switch was all beat up. But, he screamed. Later, Denise and I would see Mike Bloomfield a lot at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach — always playing a nice looking Strat. I don’t know what changed his guitar hygiene.

In the clip, you will see a young Nick Gravenites on vocals with Buddy Miles on drums, Harvey Brooks on bass, and Barry Goldberg on organ. I don’t know who the horn players were… didn’t recognize them.

5 Comments

  1. pietyhill said:

    Nikki… I was 12 years old when that was filmed. I don’t think I’m that old.

    April 14, 2007
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  2. Nikki said:

    You are respectively old my friend. And I agree with your daughter. I hope she is right.

    April 16, 2007
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  3. Nikki said:

    I’m sorry Bo, I hope I didn’t offend you off of blogging. You are a young and vibrant man.

    April 17, 2007
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  4. Bo – Don’t mean to change the subject, but remember when we were talking about anti-spam tools in WordPress? Well, I found something great. It’s called Bannage. It can block by IP address, and generally if you get a spammer that keeps nailing you from the same IP address, well, it will work. Here’s the link if you’re interested.

    http://www.justinshattuck.com/bannage/

    I’m currently running it without problems.

    April 22, 2007
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  5. pietyhill said:

    Thanks, bro. I haven’t posted in a week and still getting deluged. I’ll go install it right now.

    April 25, 2007
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