The electric flag-bearer digs into his archives to dust off some glittering nuggets - with heavy guests' reflections.
Having backed Dylan when Bob went electric and having formed THE ELECTRIC FLAG with Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg was guaranteed a place in the rock annals even without coming up with, in his own words, Jews blues with a string of his own bands. With a huge gap in the keyboard master's activity between mid-'70s and early '90s, the veteran's output under his own name is smaller than his glorious biography dictates, that's why there's a reason to toast Goldberg's opening of his vaults that must be bursting with gems.
Or jams for that matter, especially when it comes to the country jive of "Goodbye So Long", a blissfully crazy sparring of Barry with the Heartbreaker Howie Epstein, or a live take of "You Gotta Move" with the great Terry Reid on vocals and Mick Taylor on slide. No date of the event (a good bet it's early '00s when Barry delivered "Stoned Again") but the ex-Stone is featured on several cuts here, including opener "After You've Gone", where Carla Olson also shines, yet never overshadows the main man's sensual playing and talent as a composer. That's what drives the brooding flight of "Blue Dreams", the sparkling ivory boogie of "Never Too Late", which can be a nice comment on this collection's release, and Stax-like brass-oiled coupling of Hammond and piano on "Holy High", both bubbled up with Jack Sherman's guitar. And then there's Melanie Herrold in Goldberg's band, one of the greatest blues warblers, singing her heart out in "Crazy 'Bout You Baby" while Barry has a ball with this staple of a song.
It's a great, yet criminally short, peek into the veteran's secret public life. Here's hoping a "Vol. 1" tag has dropped of the disc's title and more is to come.