expand The Electric Flag

After stopping in just long enough for a cup of tea with the Butterfield Blues Band, Mike Bloomfield started the Electric Flag with Buddy Miles on cans, Barry Goldberg on keys, Harvey Brooks holding down bass, and Nick Gravenites on vocals.  The band's intial recording was for the soundtrack to Roger Corman's movie 'The Trip' as a replacement for Gram Parson's International Submarine Band.  

Under the management of Albert Grossman, one of two people described as a**holes at Monterey Pop (the other was Pete Townshend), the band found their footing in San Francisco but did most of their rehearsing in Gram Parson's Laurel Canyon home. The Monterey Pop Festival was the band's public debut.  The fans dug it but Bloomfield himself thought it blew chunks.  The group lasted less than a year and preceded the earliest version of Blood, Sweat & Tears.

The NEW LA Free Press POST-MONTEREY SERIES (thru '67) with LA Free Press Era Rock Historian, Bruno Ceriotti, now featuring... THE ELECTRIC FLAG
(Part 1)
>>In the last week of June, just a couple of weeks after their amazing debut at Monterey, The Electric Flag (now augmented with talented reed and keyboard player, Herbie Rich) were at the Columbia Studios in LA to record their debut album, A Long Time Comin’.  (Actually, this would be the 2nd if you count also ‘The Trip’ movie soundtrack that they recorded before Monterey.)  
>> The recording sessions went on until the end of July when the band hit the road to play throughout summer and the fall all over the United States. In September, between scheduled gigs, the band was back in LA to record more songs for the album. Later, in November, again between scheduled gigs, the band went to New York City with their leader, Michael Bloomfield, to 'mix' the album.
>> In the meantime, that same month, Barry Goldberg quit the band and was replaced by a Canadian, Mike Fonfara. The mixing went on until early December when the band hit the road again, at least until the end of the month when they went to Columbia Studios in San Francisco, to complete it.
>> In January, 1968, the album was finally done! Released at the end of the first week of April, 1968 'A Long Time Comin’ (and it certainly was) went up to #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 album chart. Here, below, one of the best songs taken from the album, Killing Floor.  Enjoy!

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LA Free Press POST-MONTEREY SERIES (thru '67).

>> As Bruno mentioned, The Electric Flag, in September, was back in LA, and between gigs, was recording more songs for their debut album.  Here is one of those playdates in that busy month.


The NEW LA Free Press POST-MONTEREY SERIES (thru '67) with LA Free Press Era Rock Historian, Bruno Ceriotti, now featuring... THE ELECTRIC FLAG
(Part 2)
>> In January, 1968, when their debut album, "A Long Time Comin’ " was finally completed, it was right after that, that new member, Mike Fonfara, was fired because he was a drug addict.  >> At this point, saxophonist Herbie Rich had taken over organ duties and, by mid-February, alto player Stemziel Hunter had joined the band as Herbie’s replacement in the horn section.