Monday, September 18, 2006

MITCH RYDER "What Now My Love" (1967)

Recorded At Mira Sound Studio, Sound Center & Bell Sound
Producer Bob Crewe

Mitch Ryder : Vocals
Mike Bloomfield : Guitar
Hugh McCracken : Guitar
Barry Goldberg : Organ
Carmine Riale : Bass
John Siomos : Drums

01. "Let It Be Me" (3.19)
02. "I Make A Fool Of Myself" (4.00)
03. "Born To Loose" (3.24)
04. "If You Go Away" (4.51)
05. "What Now My Love" (4.22)
06. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (3.11)
07. "Sally Go Round The Roses" (3.29)
08. "Brown Eye Handsome Man" (3.06)
09. "I Need Lovin' You" (2.46)
10. "That's It, I Quit" (3.18)
11. "Devil With A Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly" (3.02) from 1966

(01-10)LP "What Now My Love" (1967-Dynovoice/Stateside)
(01-11)CD "An Ultimate Anthology - Detroit Breakout" (1997-West Side Rec.)

This was the first solo effort from Mitch Ryder after producer Bob Crewe had fired Ryder’s group The Detroit Wheels, trying to make a big star out of Mitch Ryder.

There are no credits at all, but MB is audible on tracks (06-10). In an interview from 1971 (the Dan McClosky interview), MB tells the story about how he met Buddy Miles. It was during this session where he and Barry Goldberg were playing, and Wilson Pickett was in town (at Murray the K’s concert series) and his drummer, who turned out to be Buddy Miles, fascinated them.

Barry Goldberg also played on Mitch Ryder’s big hit from the previous year, “Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly”. It has some full-throttle guitar that absolutely screams MB, but no mention has been made anywhere of Bloomfield playing on Mitch Ryder material before the 1967 session.


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