The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw

The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw
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Studio album by
Released December 1967
Genre Blues
Length 44:29
Label Elektra
Producer John Court
The Butterfield Blues Band chronology
The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw
In My Own Dream

The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw is a 1967 album by the Butterfield Blues Band, their third release. Its name refers to Elvin Bishop, whose role shifted to lead guitarist after Mike Bloomfield departed to form the Electric Flag.[a] The album marked a slight shift in the band's sound towards R&B and was the first Butterfield record to feature a horn section, which included alto saxophone player David Sanborn.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[5]
New Rolling Stone Record Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Record Mirror 3/5 stars [7]
Uncut 1.5/5 stars [3]

Michael G. Nastos wrote in a review of The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw at AllMusic that Paul Butterfield "really com[es] into his own" here with his vocals and harmonica, and the band are "as cohesive a unit as you'd find in this time period".[4] He described the closing track, "Tollin' Bells" as "somewhat psychedelic", adding that the guitar and the "slow, ringing, resonant keyboard evokes a haunting feeling." Overall Nastos called the album "likely the single best Butterfield album of this time period and you'd be well served to pick this one up."[4]

A 1968 review in Record Mirror stated that on this album the band's blues sound has "hardened" with "stronger" and "more confiden[t]" vocals.[7] The reviewer said the tracks' accompaniments are "clear and well recorded" with "clever" arrangements, although he preferred their own material to some of the covers they did, like "One More Heartache" and "Drivin' Wheel".[7]

Track listing



Year Chart Position
1968 US Billboard 200 52[8]