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Herald de Paris Interview with Al Kooper

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Rock Icon Al Kooper, Super Sessions 5.1

By Al Carlos Hernandez on July 30, 2014

HOLLYWOOD (Herald de Paris) – In a career that spans fifty years, Al Kooper has managed to turn up at key points in the last five decades. He is often referred to as the “Zelig” or “Forrest Gump” of rock.

Herald De Paris had the opportunity to speak the man, the myth, the legend, Al Kooper.

He said, “I guess they called me Forrest Gump, I think because I was involved in so many situations in a small time period.”

As far as his influences are concerned, Al says, “I don’t think anyone was influenced by me in the beginning, I started in 1958. I didn’t have that much to offer until 1965.”

Kooper started out as a guitar player but quickly became known as a keyboard player, as Al explains, “Because I played the organ on ‘Like a Rolling Stone’”. He is well known for his organ playing on Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone.” He played off and on with Dylan for many years, both live and in the studio.

In 1958 Kooper began his professional career as guitarist in The Royal Teens (“Short Shorts”). He reinvented himself into a Tin Pan Alley songwriter with cuts such as “This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. He also went on to write for artists such as Gene Pitney, Keely Smith, Carmen MacRae, Pat Boone, Freddie Cannon, Lulu, Lorraine Ellison, Donnie Hathaway and was later sampled by The Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, The Pharcyde, and Alchemist to name but a few.

In the mid-sixties Al was a member of The Blues Project and then founded Blood Sweat & Tears, remaining only for their debut album Child Is Father to the Man.

Regarding Blood Sweat & Tears he said,” I just had become a pretty good arranger by then and wanted to add a horn section to new songs that I had written that called out for them.”

For the rest of the interview, please visit the Herald de Paris website!

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Audio Fidelity To Release 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD of Mike Bloomfield – Al Kooper – Steve Stills ‘Super Session’ Album Mixed By Legendary Al Kooper!

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For Immediate Release

Audio Fidelity To Release 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD of Mike Bloomfield – Al Kooper – Steve Stills ‘Super Session’ Album Mixed By Legendary Al Kooper!

“…one of those albums that seems to get better with age…a super session indeed!”

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity will be releasing a limited numbered edition 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD of the legendary Mike Bloomfield – Al Kooper – Steve Stills ‘Super Session’ album! Al Kooper was an A&R executive with Columbia Records in the early 1960’s after leaving the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. The Super Session album was conceived as a jam session with Kooper on keyboards and former Paul Butterfield Blues Band member Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar along with veteran studio musician and Wrecking Crew member “Fast” Eddie Hoh on drums and Barry Goldberg, also on keyboards. Bloomfield was available during the first day of recording for Side 1 of the LP (tracks 1-5). For the second day of recording, Kooper brought in former Buffalo Springfield guitarist Steven Stills to perform on the music that became Side 2 of the LP (tracks 6-9). Recorded on a shoestring budget over a 2-day period in Los Angeles, Super Session went on to become a rock classic and earned the trio a gold record for sales of over one million copies.

“I always wanted to mix this in 5.1. I finished it in 2006, and it’s been sitting there until Audio Fidelity released it from captivity. It’s the first album I ever mixed in 5.1 I hope everyone enjoys it. Surround Sound allows the listener to get up close to each musician and hear details you can’t hear in stereo. Hope ya like details – I DO!” – Al Kooper

The package includes new liner notes written by Al Kooper that tells the story of the Super Session album and the new 5.1 Multichannel mix. The 5.1 mix by Al Kooper with mastering by Bob Ludwig was never released and yet it has acquired some fame from industry insiders familiar with the Multichannel mix with comments like “excellent” and “it deserves to be heard.” The new mastering of the Stereo layer of tracks for new SACD Stereo and CD Stereo audio are by mastering engineer Steve Hoffman.

“…some truly spectacular, not to mention, historical rock’n’roll moments.”

Tracks:
1. Albert’s Shuffle
2. Stop
3. Man’s Temptation
4. His Holy Modal Majesty
5. Really
6. It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry
7. Season of the Witch
8. You Don’t Love Me
9. Harvey’s Tune

Produced by Al Kooper
Stereo CD and SACD mastering: Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering
Multichannel SACD 5.1 mix: Al Kooper
Multichannel SACD 5.1 mastering: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/bloomfield-kooper-stillssuper-session
Al Kooper official website: http://alkooper.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

The 2-Channel CD Stereo can be played on all standard CD players. The SACD Stereo requires a SACD player. SACD Surround Sound requires a Multichannel SACD player and system.