Artist: Stephen Stills

Season of the Witch – Al Kooper’s Super Session

By Request of Jay

Super Session is an album that grew out of a single nine hour jam in 1968 by guitarists Stephen Stills and Mike Bloomfield and multi-instrumentalist Al Kooper. Kooper and Bloomfield had both previously worked in support of Bob Dylan in concert and appearing on his ground-breaking classic Highway 61 Revisited.

Kooper, fresh from having assembled and recorded the inaugural incarnation of Blood, Sweat & Tears, booked two days of studio time with Bloomfield in May 1968 in Los Angeles. They recruited keyboardist Barry Goldberg and bassist Harvey Brooks, both members of the band that Bloomfield was in the process of leaving, Electric Flag, and well-known session drummer “Fast” Eddie Hoh. On the first day the quintet recorded the first side of the album, tracks one through five of the CD version; the next day, Bloomfield, who was a heroin addict, abruptly disappeared after suffering an attack of what was euphemistically referred to as “chronic insomnia.” Kooper hastily called on Stephen Stills to sit in for Bloomfield on what would become the second side of the album, tracks six through nine, including a lengthy cover version of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch.”

Some overdubbed horns were later added while the album was being mixed, which were eventually subtracted from the bonus tracks on the CD version. The album, which cost just $13,000 to make, was a top-20 hit which garnered a Gold Record award. Kooper forgave Bloomfield, and the two of them made several concert appearances after the album was released. One of these concerts was made into the live album “The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper”

Season of the Witch

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When I look out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
And it’s strange, so strange

You’ve got to pick up every stitch
You’ve got to pick up every stitch
You’ve got to pick up every stitch

Oh, no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

When I look over my shoulder
What do you think I see?
Some other cat looking over
His shoulder at me
And he’s strange, sure he’s strange

You’ve got to pick up every stitch
You’ve got to pick up every stitch
Punkers are out to make it rich

Oh, no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

You’ve got to pick up every stitch
The rabbit’s running in the ditch
Punkers are out to make it rich

Oh, no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch

When I go

When I look out my window
What do you think I see?
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
And it’s strange, sure it’s strange

You’ve got to pick up every stitch
You’ve got to pick up every stitch
The rabbit’s running in the ditch

Oh, no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

When I go
When I go
When I go

  • Audio from the 1968 album, Al Kooper’s Super Session with Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills:


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