The Butterfield Blues Band ‎– The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw (1967)

“There are some minor problems with the release preparation of Butterfield’s third album, but this news only serves to heighten the anticipation for his fans. Finally, on November 22nd 1967, The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw is distributed to retail outlets, and for the most part, it is greeted with a warm reception. In the coming weeks, it will peak at # 52 on the album charts, encouraging Elektra to support their artist with even more international promotion of the band. Even the Rock critics seem content with the new set of tunes from ‘the Butter Band’. As one reviewer notes, ‘P.B. has successfully worked the brass into his band in a way that is fairly original, and not imitative.’  So, with all this positive press, what is Butterfield’s reaction to the release of his most successful album? During a post release interview, he speaks about The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw , ‘We went in, and played the session without having the time to experiment with what we could really do with the horns.  It was too new.” ….. “ Some people put me down when I got horns, they’d say “ man, why’d you do that,” but there’s so many things you can do with the horns….. I really dig working with horns.  I don’t dig having them just stand there, and play along with us – that’s why I don’t like the Pigboy Crabshaw album too much.’  At first, a fan might think he is just under selling his album as a marketing ploy, or maybe it’s just his ego’s attempt at collecting more accolades, but Butterfield is serious. His new horn band really is a product of a series of surprise changes in personnel, and almost opportunistic format alterations. So, he probably does feel that his band is capable of doing better. … The album changes the direction of music when it inspires other Rock bands to add a horn section, and pursue Rhythm and Blues material. It also encourages other Rock artists to use Jazz elements in their music, similar to the way The Beatles introduce the use folk chord progressions into Rock. Another significant gift the album makes to popular culture is the introduction of several talented artists to the growing community of Rock fans. It provides Elvin Bishop with the opportunity to establish himself as a viable replacement for Bloomfield. He is the one member of the Butterfield band who consistently works the hardest to maintain a position in the group, and all his hard work is now paying off. …”
The Complete Paul Butterfield – # 28 Elvin Bishop and the Butterfield Blues Band Pt. 2
W – The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw
Discogs (Video)
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