Troy & Bloomfield’s Gospel Blues

One other Roger Troy highlight, confirms Dave Widow, is “Sweet Soul Music,” the lead-off track for The Electric Flag’s 1974 reunion album The Band Kept Playing.  Fortunately, this song is available for preview on YouTube:

“Sweet Soul Music”     The Electric Flag     1974

“Sweet Soul Music” is not a cover of the big Arthur Conley hit but rather an original song by Roger Troy & Mike Bloomfield, with Troy and Buddy Miles on co-lead vocals.  Troy, in fact,  would have a hand in writing the first three tracks on The Band Kept Playing.

Musical personnel on this album:

Roger Troy:  Bass
Buddy Miles:  Drums
Barry Goldberg:  Keyboards
Nick Gravenites:  Rhythm guitar
Michael Bloomfield:  Lead guitar
Roger Troy, Buddy Miles & Nick Gravenites:  Lead vocals

The Bonnaroo Horns under the direction of Peter Graves.
Horns arranged by Peter Graves & The Electric Flag
The Muscle Shoals Horns under the direction of Barry Beckett.
Horns arranged by Barry Beckett, Roger (Jellyroll) Troy & Jerry Wexler
Guests artists would also include Richard Tee (keyboards), RichardKing Biscuit Boy” Newell (harp), Nick Marerro (percussion) & Barry Beckett (mellotron & moog)

Recorded at Criteria Studios – Miami
Mastered By: George Piros
Producer: Jerry Wexler
Production assistance:  Roger (Jellyroll) Troy

(L to R:  Buddy Miles, Roger Troy, Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg & Mike Bloomfield)

Electric Flag - back cover photoThe Band Kept Playing – which enjoyed release in US, UK, Canada, Germany & Japan – would be reissued on compact disc in 2002 by Wounded Bird.

Japanese Pressing – 1974

Electric Flag - Japanese Pressing

Roger Troy & Mike Bloomfield

How delightfully odd to discover that someone went to the trouble of putting together a web page tribute to Mike Bloomfield‘s 1973 CBS LP Try It Before You Buy It that (get this) only lists the songs on which Roger Troy takes the lead vocal!  What’s funny is that this web page functions more like a tribute to Roger “Jellyroll” Troy rather than Bloomfield – but doesn’t come right out and say so.

According to blues rockin’ guitarist, Dave Widow, who worked closely with Roger Troy during the latter part of his career, “One of his and my own faves was ‘Your Friends,’ which was someone else’s tune that he sang and played bass on.”   Unfortunately, no one has uploaded that song onto YouTube yet, nor am I able to post a 6-minute recording on this blog due to file size limitations.

However, someone has uploaded a Roger Troy original, “Shine On Love,”  from that same album that has a nice groove, sweet lyric, and a tasty guitar solo that kicks off with a surprise special effect.

“Shine On Love”     Mike Bloomfield & Roger Troy     1973

Main recording personnel:
Michael Bloomfield: guitar, vocals & organ
Roger Troy:  bass & vocals
Make Naftalin:  piano, organ, vibes, marimba, acc. & tambourine
Barry Goldberg:  organ
George Rains:  drums
Nick Gravenites:  vocals

Additional personnel include:
Jimmy Vincent:  rhythm guitar
Howard Wales:  keyboards
John Wilmeth:  trumpet & arranger
Mel Graves, Ron Stallings (?):  tenor sax
Harry Mann:   alto sax
Hart McNee:  baritone sax
Chuck Bennett:  trombone
Joe Bullock, Ollie Griffin, Tommy Tony:  backing vocals

Recording info:
Columbia Studios – San Francisco, CA – 1973

Mike Bloomfield & Roger Troy (photo courtesy of UltimateRockPix)

Bloomfield & Troy