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John Mayall

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John Mayall - vocal, harmonica, organ, piano, guitar, John Mayall was born 29th of November 1933 in Macclesfield, a small English village near the industrial hub of Manchester—a far cry at that time from the black American blues culture we are familiar with today. The eldest of three from humble working class origins, and in the shadow of WWII, this skinny English lad grew up listening to his guitarist father's extensive jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. Strongly influenced by such greats as Leadbelly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, and Eddie Lang, from the age of 13 he taught himself to play and develop his own style with the aid of a neighbor's piano, borrowed guitars, and secondhand harmonicas. John Mayall's first brush with fame, however, was not for his music

Album

The Sun Is Shining Down

Label: Forty Below Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Hungry and Ready; Can't Take No More; I'm As Good As Gone; Got to Find A Better Way; Chills and Thrills; One Special Lady; A Quitter Never Wins; Deep Blue Sea; Driving Wheel; the Sun Is Shining Down.

Article: Album Review

John Mayall: The First Generation 1965-1974

Read "The First Generation 1965-1974" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Se gli inglesi hanno soprannominato “The Godfather of the British Blues" l'imperturbabile John Mayall una ragione ci sarà... La malavita non c'entra nulla, per fortuna, ma c'entra tantissimo la buona musica e la capacità di organizzarla partendo da zero, o quasi. John Mayall è nato a Macclesfield, il 29 novembre del 1933. ...

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Article: Interview

Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz

Read "Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz" reviewed by Jim Santella


This interview first appeared at All About Jazz in November 2000. Born and raised in jny: London, Brian Auger came up through those crazy years in music. The 1960s were all about change. Things were being done in jazz that hadn't been considered earlier. Lifestyles and values were changing too, and that was affecting ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Many Shades of Blues

Read "Many Shades of Blues" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This special episode deals with all manners of blues: piano blues, jump blues, harmonica blues, British blues, blues singers and more. Artists heard on the show go all the way from Memphis Slim and Big Mama Thornton to Cecile McLorin Salvant and The Microscopic Septet. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I ...

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Article: Interview

Michael Bisio: In His Own Words

Read "Michael Bisio: In His Own Words" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you happen to be a liner note geek you probably have noticed the name Michael Bisio mentioned frequently on album sleeves. Whether the author is the session leader or analyst, the general consensus is the bassist is the cornerstone upon which great music is built. His playing allows a fellow musician to access not only ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

The Sun Is Shining Down

Read "The Sun Is Shining Down" reviewed by Doug Collette


Having announced he will be limiting his touring in the future, John Mayall doesn't seem to have lessened his engagement with recording. On the contrary, for The Sun Is Shining Down, 'The Godfather of British Blues' surrounds himself with a roster of high-profile contributors, all of whom play to their respective strengths and sound inspired collaborating ...

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The First Generation 1965-1974

Label: Madfish Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD 1 (John Mayall Plays John Mayall, 1965)

Crawling Up a Hill; I Wanna Teach You Everything; When I'm Gone; I Need Your Love; The Hoot Owl; R&B Time: Night Train/Lucille; Crocodile Walk; What's the Matter with You; Doreen; Runaway; Heartache: Chicago Line; Crocodile Walk (Bonus, Single Version).

CD 2 (I'm Your Witchdoctor/Telephone Blues single, 1965)

I'm Your Witchdoctor; Telephone Blues.

CD 3 (Lonely Years/"Bernard Jenkins" single, 1966)

Lonely Years; "Bernard Jenkins".

CD 4 (Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton Disc 1 (mono), 1966)

All Your Love; Hideaway; Little Girl; Another Man; Double Crossing Time; What'd I Say; Key to Love; Parchman Farm; Have You Heard; Ramblin' on My Mind; Steppin' Out; It Ain't Right.

CD 5 (Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton Disc 2 (stereo + bonus), 1966)

All Your Love; Hideaway; Little Girl; Another Man; Double Crossing Time; What'd I Say; Key to Love; Parchman Farm; Have You Heard; Ramblin' on My Mind; Steppin' Out; It Ain't Right; Intro into Maudie (Bonus, Live at the Flamingo Club, 1965/11); It Hurts to Be in Love (Bonus, Live at the Flamingo Club, 1965/11); Have You Ever Loved a Woman (Bonus, Live at the Flamingo Club, 1965/11); Bye Bye Bird (Bonus, Live at the Flamingo Club, 1965/11); I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Bonus, Live at the Flamingo Club, 1965/11).

CD 6 (All My Life EP, 1967)

All My Life; Ridin' on the L and N; Little by Little; Eagle Eye.

CD 7 (A Hard Road, 1967)

A Hard Road; It's Over; You Don't Love Me; The Stumble; Another Kinda Love; Hit the Highway; Leaping Christine; Dust My Blues; There's Always Work; The Same Way; The Supernatural; Top of the Hill; Someday After Awhile (You'll Be Sorry); Living Alone.

CD 8 (Crusade, 1967)

Oh, Pretty Woman; Stand Back Baby; My Time After Awhile; Snowy Wood; Man of Stone; Tears in My Eyes; Driving Sideways; The Death of J.B. Lenoir; I Can't Quit You Baby; Streamline; Me and My Woman; Checkin' Up on My Baby; Rubber Duck (Bonus).

CD 9 (The Blues Alone, 1967)

Brand New Start; Please Don't Tell; Down the Line; Sonny Boy Blow; Marsha's Mood; No More Tears; Catch That Train; Cancelling Out; Harp Man; Brown Sugar; Broken Wings; Don't Kick Me; Brand New Start (Bonus, First Version); Marsha's Mood (Bonus, First Version).

CD 10 (The Diary of a Band Volume One, 1967)

Blood on the Night; Edmonton - Cooks Ferry Inn (Impromptu); I Can't Quit You Baby; Medley (Keef Hartley Speech (Impromptu), Anzio Annie, Keef Hartley Interview into John Mayall Interview, Snowy Wood, John Mayall Interview, The Lesson); My Own Fault; God Save the Queen.

CD 11 (The Diary of a Band Volume Two, 1967)

Gimme Some Lovin' / The Train; Crying Shame; Local Boys Makes Good (Impromptu Speech Only); Help Me; Blues in B Flat; Soul of a Short Fat Man.

CD 12 (Bare Wires, 1968)

Bare Wires Suite; I'm a Stranger; No Reply; Hartley Quits; Killing Time; She's Too Young; Sandy; Intro - Look at the Girl (Bonus, Live at Falmer College, Brighton); Start Walkin' (Bonus, Live at Falmer College, Brighton).

CD 13 (Blues from Laurel Canyon, 1968)

Vacation; Walking on Sunset; Laurel Canyon Home; 2401; Ready to Ride; Medicine Man; Somebody's Acting Like a Child; The Bear; Miss James; First Time Alone; 1 Long Gone Midnight; Fly Tomorrow; 3 2401 (Bonus, Single Version); Wish You Were Mine (Bonus, Live in Sweden)

CD 14 (Looking Back, 1969)

Mr James; Blues City Shake Down; They Call It Stormy Monday; So Many Roads; Looking Back; Sitting in the Rain; It Hurts Me Too; Double Trouble; Suspicions; Jenny; Picture on the Wall.

CD 15 (The Turning Point, 1969)

The Laws Must Change; Saw Mill Gulch Road; I'm Gonna Fight for You J.B.; So Hard to Share; California; Thoughts About Roxanne; Room to Move; Sleeping by Her Side (Bonus); Don't Waste My Time (Bonus); Can't Sleep This Night (Bonus).

CD 16 (Empty Rooms, 1969)

Don't Waste My Time; Plan Your Revolution; Don't Pick a Flower; Something New; People Cling Together; Waiting for the Right Time; Thinking of My Woman; Counting the Days; When I Go; Many Miles Apart; to a Princess; Lying in My Bed.

CD 17 (USA Union, 1970)

Nature's Disappearing; You Must Be Crazy; Night Flyer; Off the Road; Possessive Emotions; Where Did My Legs Go; Took The Car; Crying; My Pretty Girl; Deep Blue Sea.

CD 18 (Back to the Roots Disc 1, 1970)

Prisons on the Road; My Children; Accidental Suicide; Groupie Girl; Blue Fox; Home Again; Television Eye; Marriage Madness; Looking at Tomorrow; Dream with Me; Full Speed Ahead; Mr Censor Man; Force of Nature; Boogie Albert.

CD 19 (Back to the Roots Disc 2, 1970)

Goodbye December; Unanswered Questions; Devil's Tricks; Travelling; Accidental Suicide (Bonus, Remix); Force of Nature (Bonus, Remix); Boogie Albert (Bonus, Remix); Television Eye (Bonus, Remix); Prisons on the Road (Bonus, Remix): Home Again (Bonus, Remix); Mr Censor Man (Bonus, Remix); Looking at Tomorrow (Bonus, Remix).

CD 20 (Thru the Years, 1971)

Crocodile Walk; My Baby Is Sweeter; Crawling Up a Hill; Mama, Talk to Your Daughter; Alabama Blues; Out of Reach; Greeny; Curly; Missing You; Please Don't Tell; Your Funeral and My Trial; Suspicions - Part 1; Knockers Step Forward; Hide and Seek.

CD 21 (Memories, 1971)

Memories; Wish I Knew a Woman; The City; Home in a Tree; Separate Ways; The Fighting Line; Grandad; Back from Korea; Nobody Cares; Play The Harp.

CD 22 (Jazz Blues Fusion, 1972)

Country Road; Mess Around; Good Times Boogie; Change Your Ways; Dry Throat; Exercise in C; Got to Be This Way.

CD 23 (Moving On, 1972)

Worried Mind; Keep Our Country Green; Christmas ’71; Things Go Wrong; Do It; Moving On; Red Sky; Reasons; High Pressure Living.

CD 24 (Ten Years Are Gone Disc 1, 1973)

Ten Years Are Gone; Driving Till the Break of Day; Drifting; Better Pass You By; California Campground; Undecided; Good Looking Stranger; I Sell Care; Don't Hang Me Up.

CD 25 (Ten Years Are Gone Disc 2, 1973)

Introduction; Sitting Here Thinking; Harmonica Free Form; Burning Sun; Dark of The Night.

CD 26 (The Latest Edition, 1974)

Gasoline Blues; Perfect Peace; Going to Take My Time; Deep Down Feelings; Troubled Times; The Pusher Man; One of the Few; Love Song; Little Kitten; a Crazy Game.

CD 27 (BBC Recordings 1964-1968 Disc 1)

Crawling Up a Hill (Saturday Club, 1965/04/26); Heartache (Saturday Club, 1965/04/26); Crocodile Walk (Saturday Club, 1965/04/26); Bye Bye Bird (Saturday Club, 1965/04/26); I'm Your Witchdoctor (Saturday Club, 1965/10/25); Cheatin' Woman (Saturday Club, 1965/10/25); Big Town Playboy (Saturday Club, 1965/10/25); Parchman Farm (Saturday Club, 1965/10/25); Nowhere to Turn (Saturday Club, 1965/10/25); Little Girl (Jazz Beat, 1966/02/09); Hideaway (Jazz Beat, 1966/02/09); Tears in My Eyes (Jazz Beat, 1966/02/09); Parchman Farm (Jazz Beat, 1966/02/09); Burning My Fingers (Saturday Club, 1966/03/14); All Your Love (Saturday Club, 1966/03/14); Stepping Out (Saturday Club, 1966/03/14); on Top of The World (Saturday Club, 1966/03/14); Key to Love (Saturday Club, 1966/03/14); Leaping Christine (Saturday Club, 1967/01/23); Sitting in the Rain (Saturday Club, 1967/01/23); Curly (Saturday Club, 1967/01/23); Ridin' on the L and N (Saturday Club, 1967/01/23); Dust My Blues (Saturday Club, 1967/01/23).

CD 28 (BBC Recordings 1964-1968 Disc 2)

No More Tears (Rhythm & Blues, 1967/02/03); Curly (Rhythm & Blues, 1967/02/03); The Last Time (Top Gear, 1967/10/30); Suspicions (Top Gear, 1967/10/30); Worried Love (Top Gear, 1967/10/30); Supermarket Day (Top Gear, 1967/10/30); Snowy Wood (Top Gear, 1967/10/30); Jenny (Top Gear, 1967/10/30); Sweet Sixteen (Blues in Britain, 1968/02/04); Interview with Alexis Korner (Blues in Britain, 1968/02/04); Another Man's Land (Blues in Britain, 1968/02/04); Picture on The Wall (Top Gear, 1968/03/26); Knockers Step Forward (Top Gear, 1968/03/26); The Last Time (Top Gear, 1968/03/26); Rock Me Baby (Top Gear, 1968/03/26); Oh, Pretty Woman (Top Gear, 1968/03/26); Long Gone Midnight (Radio One Club, 1968/11/12); It Hurts Me to Leave (Radio One Club, 1968/11/12).

CD 29 (Bromley Technical College, 1967)

New Start; Tears in My Eyes; Bye Bye Bird; Mama, Talk to Your Daughter; Double Trouble; Your Funeral and My Trial; Stand Back Baby; Some Day After Awhile (You'll Be Sorry); Looking Back.

CD 30 (Live, 1967)

Chicago Line (unedited); Your Funeral and My Trial; Four Million Knobs; Mama, Talk to Your Daughter; Intro/Chicago Line; Hi Heel Sneakers; San-Ho-Zay; Curly; Mama, Talk to Your Daughter; Telephone Blues; Brand New Start; Your Funeral and My Trial; Bad Boy; The Stumble.

CD 31 (37th National Jazz & Blues Festival, 1967)

Driving Sideways; I Can't Quit You Baby; Sonny Boy Blow; Stand Back Baby; Oh, Pretty Woman; It's My Own Fault; Ridin' on the L and N).

CD 32 (Gothenburg, 1968)

Oh Baby; Baby You're Wrong; Worried About You; Somebody's Acting Like a Child; Ooh Wee Baby (Don't Know What to Do); It Hurts Me to Leave; Hey Little Girl (Walking Down The Street).

CD 33 (Berlin, 1969)

Intro; Variation on Somebody's Acting Like a Child; Baby Child; Checkin' Up on My Baby; When I Lost My Baby Child; 2401; Treat Me This Way; Goin' Down The Road; Ready to Ride; Help Me Baby; When I See My Baby.

CD 34 (Bremen, 1969)

Got a Pretty Baby; Checkin' Up on My Baby; Parchman Farm; The Time Has Come; 2401.

CD 35 (Fillmore West, 1970)

Everybody Wants to Know; Band Intros; What’s The Matter with You; Travelling Man; I’ve Got to Be with You Tonight; Honey Hush.

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Article: Extended Analysis

Who Do You Think We Are?

Read "Who Do You Think We Are?" reviewed by John Kelman


Trying to find a distinct definition of what has come to be known as “The Canterbury Sound" is as elusive as attempting to describe what, in the jazz world, has become an overused epithet for the German ECM Records label and “The ECM Sound." Attempts to do so usually fail short because, rather than being actual ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac: A Green Sun Sets On The Blue Horizon

Read "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac: A Green Sun Sets On The Blue Horizon" reviewed by Scott Gudell


There are times when the stars align in a dramatic and symbiotic way. Although Mick Fleetwood had talked about a tribute concert to honor friend and British blues slide guitar giant Peter Green for years, Fleetwood was tenacious and succeeded in bringing together an all-star roster of close to 20 musicians on February 25, 2020, days ...


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