Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Original Lost Elektra Sessions (1995)

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By Scott Goldfine

More than 30 years after the fact, the first studio recordings by Chicago’s Paul Butterfield Blues Band have finally seen the light of day on “The Original Lost Elektra Sessions.” The late Butterfield’s smooth voice and full-bodied harmonica playing highlight 16 standards and three originals that convey the often overlooked breadth of the blues.

The set’s lively execution makes up for a lack of grit.

GRADE: B+

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