Try It Before You Buy It is one of Michael Bloomfield's neglected albums, and there's a reason why -- although there's some very fine playing scattered throughout the album, the performances are uneven and unfocused. Furthermore, the album leans too close to a straight rock & roll direction for blues purists. If you dig hard, there are some rewards on Try It Before You Buy It, but on the whole, it's one that should be left on the shelf.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Owens