John Mayall (born 29 November 1933), OBE, is the godfather of the British blues. A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has been a bandleader and recording artist since 1965. A generation older than most of his sidemen, Mayall was a mentor; his bands were both a lab and finishing school for iconic musicians — particularly guitarists. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor served, as did bassists Jack Bruce and John McVie and drummers Mick Fleetwood and Aynsley Dunbar, among dozens of others. Five of Mayall’s first seven albums, including 1966’s Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, 1967’s A Hard Road, and 1969’s The Turning Point, all placed inside the British Top Ten. After emigrating to the U.S., Mayall cut several albums during the ’70s including Ten Years Are Gone and Jazz Blues Fusion, that showcased veteran blues and jazz players including Harvey Mandel, Jesse Ed Davis, Larry Taylor, and Blue Mitchell.
During the ’80s, Mayall sold out houses across the globe, recorded for several labels, and employed top-shelf guitar slingers including Walter Trout, Sonny Landreth, and Coco Montoya. Mayall issued a series of memorable recordings for Silvertone in the ’90s including Wake Up Call, Spinning Coin, and Blues for the Lost Days. He was appointed OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. In 2016, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2019, age 85, Mayall issued Nobody Told Me, a diverse set that garnered massive acclaim for his choice of guests, including Joe Bonamassa. In 2021 Mayall announced his retirement from touring. In 2022, two months after his 88th birthday, he released the star-studded The Sun Is Shining Down. (by Thom Jurek)
And here´s a rare and pretty good sampler from Italy …
… his album is identical with the compilation “The World Of John Mayall Vol.2” (Decca) released in 1970.
But this version has a wonderful booklet (includin many informations about John Mayall, unfortunately only written in italian) with many great and rare pictures of John Mayall live – some of them from an Italy tour with John Mayall and Mick Taylor in 1982)
It´s time to discover one of the most important British Blues musician of all time !
Enjoy the Blues power of John Mayall !
John Mayall (vocals,guitar, harmonica, keyboards)
many, many studio musicians (I guess you know them all …)
01. Checkin’ Up On My Baby (Williamson) 4.00
02. Broken Wings (Mayall) 4.19
03. My Time After Awhile (Geddins/Badger) 5.13
04. Ready To Ride (Mayall) 3.34
05. Double Crossin’ Time (Mayall/Clapton) 3.05
06. Leaping Christine (Mayall) 2.26
07. Killing Time (Mayall) 4.48
08. Brand New Start (Mayall) 3.27
09. 2401 (Mayall) 3.47
10. Someday After A While (King/Thompson) 3.04
11. She Is Too Young (Mayall) 2.19
12. I Can Quit You Baby (Dixon) 4.34
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