20 Best Reissues of 2014

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Mike Bloomfield, 'From His Head to His Heart to His Hands'
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3. Mike Bloomfield, 'From His Head to His Heart to His Hands'

The late guitar hero's friend Al Kooper curated this retrospective, drawing on a body of treble, grit and majesty much longer than many, even ardent fans know. The work that made Bloomfield's reputation in the mid-Sixties — with Bob Dylan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band; with the Electric Flag and then Kooper on the 1968 Super Session LP — is covered, with rarities. But the later recordings, often in ad hoc collaborations and small-label sessions after Bloomfield withdrew from celebrity, highlight an overlooked stage of his gifts, right up to a last, searing 1980 live appearance with Dylan.

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