Mick Taylor – A Stone´s Throw (1999)

FrontCover1Michael Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949) is an English musician, best known as a former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (1966–69) and the Rolling Stones (1969–74). He has appeared on some of the Stones’ classic albums including Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St..

Since leaving the Rolling Stones in December 1974, Taylor has worked with numerous other artists and released several solo albums. From November 2012 onwards he participated in the Stones’ 50th-Anniversary shows in London and Newark, and in the band’s 50 & Counting World Tour, which included North America, Glastonbury Festival and Hyde Park in 2013. The band decided to continue in 2014 with concerts in the UAE, Far East & Australia and Europe for the 14 On Fire tour. He was ranked 37th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash states that Taylor had the biggest influence on him.

After spending two years as a resident of Miami, during which time he played with a band called ‘Tumbling Dice’ featuring Bobby Keys, Nicky Hopkins and others, Taylor moved back to England in the mid-1990s. He released a new album in 1998 entitled “A Stone’s Throw.” Playing at clubs and theaters as well as appearing at festivals has kept Taylor connected with an appreciative audience and fan base (by wikipedia)

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Former Stone and John Mayall alumnus cuts loose on this 1999 session in the company of English stalwarts Max Middleton and Rabbit Bundrick. Taylor is a more than capable vocalist, and his playing as always walks the fine line between blues and rock bombast. Most revealing is the laid-back “Never Fall in Love Again,” a wistful change of pace from the stronger electric side of this very rock-oriented blues album. Other highlights include “Lost in the Desert,” “Late at Night,” and “Blind Willie McTell.” (by Cub Koda)

Mick Taylor gave so much to the Rolling Stones when he was with them. Some of their most beautiful, layered music happened when he was in the band, including perhaps their greatest guitar solo track, “Time Waits for No One” on ‘It’s Only Rock and Roll’. Though I love all the Stones’ stuff, there is something extra in the Mick Taylor years. Whereas after he left, the Stones developed a lean sound, with Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood practicing the ancient art of weaving, Mick Taylor did his own bluesy riffs on top of Richards. At times, it borders on symphonic.

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On this solo album, Taylor has put together a solid cadre of rock and blues musicians and produced a beautiful work that can be listened to over and over. I have only had it a few days and have already listened to it three times. There really is not a weak track on the album, which leans towards a rock/blues sound that highlights Mick’s blues guitar skills. It proves to anyone who has listend to the Stones from the Taylor years that Taylor wrote a few songs that ended up being credited to the Glimmer Twins instead. Eight of the ten songs are written by Taylor himself, demonstrating his wide-ranging abilities in the songwriter department. Too bad he never got the credit (or royalties) he deserved from his contributions in the Stones.

It’s the kind of album you can listen to any time. And I disagree with some reviewers about Taylor’s voice. It’s not great, but it’s got that smoky, rough sound that works with the blues, comparable to Clapton’s. It works with the material. (by R. Morris)

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Personnel:
Robert Ahwai (guitar)
Jeff Allen (drums)
Michael Bailey (bass)
Richard Bailey (drums)
Hillary Briggs (organ, synthesizer)
John “Rabbit” Bundrick (organ)
Lisa Daniel (background vocals)
Martin Ditcham (percussion)
Kuma Harada (bass)
Andy Macintosh (saxophone)
Max Middleton (clavinet, piano)
Mick Taylor (guitar, slide-guitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Secret Affair (Taylor) 5.18
02. Twisted Sister (Allen/Briggs/Taylor) 6.20
03. Never Fall in Love Again (Taylor) 4.20
04. Losing My Faith (Briggs/Taylor) 4.28
05. Morning Comes (Taylor) 3.40
06. Lost In The Desert (Taylor) 5.55
07. Blues In The Morning (Taylor) 6.33
08. Late At Night (Taylor) 6.45
09. Here Comes The Rain (Williams) 5:50
10. Blind Willie McTell (Dylan) 8.38

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