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Projections

The Blues Project

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Shortly after releasing its live debut album in 1966, Greenwich Village hopeful The Blues Project delivered its first studio release, Projections. Although the preceding Live at the Cafe Au-Go-Go had shown that the group could hold its own in a live setting, it was Projections that revealed The Blues Project shone brightest when the doors were closed and the tape was rolling. This stellar mono reissue lets the listener really home in on the band’s interaction and chemistry, starting with the sultry “I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes,” a blues-based jam trimmed in psychedelic trappings like fuzz guitar, grinding Hammond B3 organ, and mind-melting solo jams that predated those of The Grateful Dead. Another song ahead of its time was the Steve Katz–penned folk rocker “Steve’s Song,” which borrowed from medieval instrumentation. The Blues Project also blew through covers, leaving its own footprint behind. Check out its muscled rendition of Chuck Berry’s “You Can’t Catch Me” (which plays like a tougher Yardbirds) or the smoldering take on Jimmy Reed’s “Caress Me Baby.”

Customer Reviews

The best ever

I have been listening to this album since the 60's. I was lucky enough to catch them in Greenwich Village. It is still one of my favorites. 45 years later and I still have the 33 1/3.

excellent historical document !

I agree with the prior reviewer on this. Great album from the NY band jokingly referred to as "The Jewish Beatles." I, too, saw them live and own the scratched-up vinyl. I'm glad, though, that it's finally available in this format.

This is a classic!

After 40 plus years it's still one of my favorites! I've worn out 3 vinyl copies...I'm glad to have it digitally at last

Biography

Formed: 1965 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the first album-oriented, "underground" groups in the United States, the Blues Project offered an electric brew of rock, blues, folk, pop, and even some jazz, classical, and psychedelia during their brief heyday in the mid-'60s. It's not quite accurate to categorize them as a blues-rock group, although they did plenty of that kind of material; they were more like a Jewish-American equivalent to British bands like the Yardbirds, who used a blues and R&B base to explore any music that interested...
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