A Long Time Comin'

A Long Time Comin' is the first album by American rock band the Electric Flag, released in 1968. The album has a mix of musical styles, including soul along with blues and rock, with a horn section.

A Long Time Comin'
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1968 (1968-03)
RecordedJuly 1967 – January 1968
GenreSoul, blues, rock
Length41:05 (55:18 w/1988 CD bonus tracks)
ProducerJohn Court, Joe Church
The Electric Flag chronology
A Long Time Comin'
An American Music Band

It opens with an updated take on the Howlin' Wolf blues classic "Killing Floor" and includes an adaptation of Sticks McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee" titled "Wine". The album also contains "Groovin’ Is Easy" and "Over-Lovin’ You", which had been released as a single in 1967.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic      [1]
Rolling StonePositive [2]

It is widely seen by music critics as an ambitious debut album. The album was somewhat of a failure in the charts, much to the disappointment of Bloomfield, who had worked hard on it.[citation needed] His disappointment was worsened by the success of the Al Kooper directed Super Session, which, featuring Bloomfield, charted much higher than A Long Time Comin' despite having been recorded over a period of only two days.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

The original LP record has 10 tracks, and a 1988 Columbia Records reissue on CD has four bonus tracks.

Side one

  1. "Killing Floor" (Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf) – 4:11
  2. "Groovin' Is Easy" (Ron Polte) – 3:06
  3. "Over-Lovin' You" (Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg) – 2:12
  4. "She Should Have Just" (Ron Polte) – 5:03
  5. "Wine" (Traditional arr. Bloomfield) – 3:15

Side two

  1. "Texas" (Bloomfield, Buddy Miles) – 4:49
  2. "Sittin' in Circles" (Goldberg) – 3:54
  3. "You Don't Realize" (Bloomfield) – 4:56
  4. "Another Country" (Polte) – 8:47
  5. "Easy Rider" (Bloomfield) – 0:53

CD bonus tracks

  1. "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb) – 4:02
  2. "Mystery" (Miles) – 2:56
  3. "Look into My Eyes" (Harvey Brooks, Miles) – 3:07
  4. "Going Down Slow" (James Oden a.k.a. St. Louis Jimmy) – 4:43


Additional personnel


Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard Top LPs 31


  1. ^ Viglione, Joe. A Long Time Comin' at AllMusic
  2. ^ Gifford, Barry (11 May 1968). "Review: A Long Time Comin' ". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 October 2012.(subscription required)