September 18, 2011 – 1:49 pm

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Boston 1966 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Unicorn Coffee House, Cambridge, MA; Spring 1966. Very good audience recording.

This has circulated as a single disc (incomplete show) but this is the complete show featuring both sets. Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2004.

Notes to the show:
Wrongly identified as soundboard. (It’s an audience recording.) This was done with two mics and a reel to reel. Most people list it as a soundboard. I knew the taper and this is what he used.

And for Charles Sawyer of, watching this show was almost like seeing the light.

Driving to a party in southern New Hampshire during spring vacation I heard an announcement on the radio that Butterfield was appearing at the Unicorn Coffee House on Boylston Street in Boston. I turned the car around and headed south. Within an hour I was sitting in the Unicorn hearing that sound live.

The effect on me is hard to express, but one detail may give the flavor. So strong was the sound that I could feel the vibrations coming up through the table into my elbows. I pressed my elbows down tight and turned my palms up, roughly in the Islamic attitude of prayer, not an incongruous gesture, considering my state of mind. My God, I thought, I can feel the music in the bones of my hands.

During the break I went to the edge of the stage and looked at the harmonicas sitting on an amplifier. They were the ordinary, dime-store variety. Ten little holes, no buttons, no wires. Whatever it takes, I thought to myself, I’ve got to learn to make that sound myself.

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Disc 1 (First Set)
Track 101. Tuning up (2.0MB)
Track 102. Opening Number (2.1MB)
Track 103. Look Over Yonders Walls (3.4MB)
Track 104. Born In Chicago (7.0MB)
Track 105. Love Her With A Feeling (9.4MB)
Track 106. Get Out My Life Woman (6.5MB)
Track 107. Never Say No (6.3MB)
Track 108. One More Heartache (7.7MB)
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Track 109. Worksong (20.8MB)

Disc 2 (Second Set)
Track 201. Comin’ Home Baby (12.8MB)
Track 202. Treat Her Right (4.3MB)
Track 203. Got A Mind To Give Up Livin’ (11.3MB)
Track 204. Walkin’ By Myself (7.3MB)
Track 205. Baby Please Come Home (7.3MB)
Track 206. World Is In An Uproar (8.5MB)
Track 207. Midnight Hour (5.9MB)
Track 208. So Fine (5.2MB)
Track 209. Got My Mojo Workin’ (8.3MB)
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Paul Butterfield - harp, vocals
Mike Bloomfield - lead guitar
Elvin Bishop - rhythm guitar
Jerome Arnold - bass
Mark Naftalin - organ
Bill Davenport - drums

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  1. 15 Responses to “PAUL BUTTERFIELD - BOSTON 1966”

  2. Thanks! Amazing band for its time. I met Butterfield late in his career and he still tore it up.

    By BillfromPgh on Sep 18, 2011

  3. Thanks - I’ve had the incomplete version for a while. This is much better. This band was one of the reasons I started playing music. Butterfield & Bloomfield are under - recognized geniuses.

    By Joepo on Sep 18, 2011

  4. this is an incredible find. absolutely wonderful. cant have enough butterfield and with bloomfield and bishop and naftalin and davenport to boot? this is mind numbing. there arent that many of these recordings out there. when there are they are not very long. only bits and pieces.
    there are some jam sessions out there from 67 and 68 that id like to hear again that i havent heard in 20-30 years. if u have any of those it would be wonderful to hear some of these. many of them included harvey mandel and garcia and bishop and butterfield and airplane members etc. just an idea / suggestion / request. this show here reminds me of some of those jam session tapes that i used to own.
    thanks again for this type of stuff. anything from 66 thru 72 of this type of music will always please us fans of real music. (wink)
    are those days really gone?

    By darth on Sep 19, 2011

  5. oddly enough i have had this on tape for years..good to see folks enjoying it again..
    Funny how they do “One More Heartache” in the set here and yet it didn`t show up until the third lp,the Ressurection of Pigboy Crabshaw.

    By sluggo on Sep 19, 2011

  6. Years ago, my band used to play Walkin’ By Myself with an arrangement for horns. We assumed everyone knew it was by the Butterfield Blues Band. When people started giving us credit for writing such a great R&B song, I started introducing it as “a song made famous by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band”. A few years ago, I played an acoustic version at an open mic at a Long Island club. Nearly 40 years later, people were still asking me if I wrote the song.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Sep 19, 2011

  7. What a harp player!

    By George Martini on Sep 23, 2011

  8. The original Walkin’ By Myself was written by Jimmy Rogers. The definitive harp solo in the song was played by the great Big Walter Horton.

    By Dave Hoerl on Oct 10, 2011

  9. Whatcha smokin’ Kitty?

    By Peter Griffin on Apr 7, 2013

  10. Heya, BigO! Just discovered I don’t have disc two of this set…any chance you’d wanna re-open? I’d appreciate it. Thanks for all the tunes!

    By sdw0418 on May 4, 2013

  11. HI Big o
    106 and 207 have broken links
    tracks 109 201 and 203 are missing. Do you mind doing a rep

    By Michael on May 6, 2016

  12. Hello Michael

    Kindly refresh the page and try again.

    By bigozine2 on May 6, 2016

  13. Thank You, much appreciated. This is a fabulous set!

    By Michael on May 6, 2016

  14. Happy New Year Big O!!
    Loving this show! I get a “The download cannot be saved because an unknown error occurred.” on track 202 .Any way of a re up? Thanks for all you do.

    By Pig Street! on Jan 1, 2017

  15. A handful of the songs come up as “links” rather than files.

    Great stuff…thanks for posting!

    By John Ellis on Feb 5, 2017

    Boston 1966 [no label, 2CD]
    Live at the Unicorn Coffee House, Cambridge, MA

    is not correct. Later in the description, you say it correctly as Boylston St Boston, which was NEXT to Paul’s Mall, but not the same as Paul’s mall.

    By Barnaby on Mar 24, 2019

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