John Mayall

Album of the Week 1-6-24

Afternoon folks!

This week, we've got some great Chicago blues from a compilation album that features mandolinist Johnny Young, guitarist Johnny Shines and harmonica player Big Walter Horton. Following that there's some late 60's blues from Aretha Franklin. Moving on to the blues-rock category, there's a John Mayall double album on which he's joined by Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Harvey Mandel. Then there's The Pretty Things self-titled first 1965 album and a Lee Michaels album. After that is a Japanese bootleg of a Bob Marley concert in London (originally broadcast on the BBC) and we finish up with a studio album from Dr. John.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Album of the Week 12-9-23

Afternoon folks!

This week we start out with some really fun New Orleans funk from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, followed by an album by Howlin' Wolf's horn player for many years, Eddie Shaw. After that we've got some r&b from The Persuaders, some folks will recognize the title cut because of The Pretenders cover of it. After that there's blues rock from Elvin Bishop with a double live album, followed by an album of jazz-blues-rock fusion from Harvey Mandel and another fusion album from John Mayall. After that, in the diversity department we've got a Los Lobos album and a 60's pop-psychedelic album from The Lemon Pipers.

Have a great weekend and enjoy!

Album of the Week 10-28-23

Afternoon folks!

This week there's some great Chicago blues to take your mind off of the news, starting off with an album by Fenton Robinson and followed by a double album compilation of Lowell Fulson's Chess recordings. After that we're on to some blues rock with probably my favorite John Mayall album with some excellent guitar work by Mick Taylor, then there's an album from Chicken Shack, a brit blues band that featured a massively underrated guitarist Stan Webb and Christine Perfect (later McVie from Fleetwood Mac).

In the diversity department, there's some country punk from Jason and the Scorchers and a great album of old-timey music from The Red Clay Ramblers - it's a good one, check it out!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Album of the Week 9-30-23

Afternoon folks!

This week I have a little less stuff than previous weeks because Youtube's algorithm has decided that it doesn't want me to upload very much - about a third of an album a day now, where previously I could upload a whole album every day pretty much. I had a couple of amusing chats with Youtube's "support" chatbot the second of which I'll embed at the bottom of the post, sadly I discarded the first without saving it.

Anyway, this week we've got Chicago blues piano player Eddie Boyd backed up by Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac to start us off. After that, there's The Paul Butterfield Band's Pigboy Crabshaw album followed by albums by John Mayall, The Elvin Bishop Band and Rita Coolidge for blues-rock content. Then we finish off in the rock vein with albums from Heart and Funkadelic.

Enjoy!

Album of the Week 8-5-23

Afternoon folks!

I've got a bunch of blues and blues-rock for you this week. Pinetop Perkins leads off, followed by Jimmy Dawkins and some mid-70's B.B. King. After that we've got John Mayall, a solo album from Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat) and a live album from Washington D.C.'s Nighthawks. We finish off with David Bromberg and some British folk-rock from Steeleye Span.

Well, there ya go - have a great weekend and enjoy!

Album of the Week - 5-13-23

Afternoon folks!

This week there's a compilation album of Chuck Willis' r&b hits and a live recording of John Mayall in the blues category. There's some rockabilly with the Stray Cats, some blues rock with Steppenwolf and Little Feat. There's also a countryish, bluesy Rita Coolidge album. We finish up with Don "Sugar Cane" Harris (formerly of Don & Dewey) playing some proggy bluesy music wherein you might hear an echo or two of his friendship with Frank Zappa. I'm not sure if that last one will play well, because youtube has decided to censor it as adult material because (gasp) the cover art of the album has a naked nipple displayed on it. I guess youtube is taking no chances in this world where Michaelangelo's David is labelled pornography. Yeesh!

Enjoy!

Album of the Week - 12-24-22

Afternoon folks! I hope that you're all having a great xmas eve!

Well, I've got another pile of great stuff for you this week. There's a live recording of a bunch of great blues guys, Joe Turner, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Leon Thomas and T-Bone Walker to start off with. Otis Redding and Carla Thomas did an album together and most of it is next. After that we've got some great Chicago blues from Son Seals. After that there's an early John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (Mick Taylor period) album, a Michael Bloomfield album and a Doctor Feelgood album. In the diversity department, we've got Renaissance - after the Yardbirds broke up Keith Relf and Jim McCarty formed Renaissance, which is a completely different animal from the Yardbirds. There's a Richard and Linda Thompson album and finishing up there's an assortment of r&b vocal groups singles.

Enjoy!

Album of the Week - 9-3-22

Afternoon folks!

There's a bunch of good stuff for you today including a really great blues album by a mostly unknown and underrated singer, Howard Tate. The album includes the first recording of "Get It While You Can," which was later recorded by Janis Joplin. There are also albums by John Mayall, Dr. Feelgood, Goose Creek Symphony and the Specials.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Album of the Week - 6-11-22

Afternoon folks!

More great stuff! Muddy Waters. Sonny Boy Williamson with Jimmy Page - recorded in 1965 when Page was mostly working as a studio sideman, there are only hints of his later style, but Sonny Boy is great of course. Jimmy Reed and Charlie Musselwhite for a little more harmonica goodness. There's John Mayall's transition album to a more jazz-infused style, a mid-70's Savoy Brown album and some bluegrass with the Doug Dillard Band and fiddler Byron Berline.

Enjoy!

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