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THE QUINTESSENTIAL JOHN MAYALL

With 56 official album releases as of 2007, it was hard to sort through such a huge catalogue to come up with a cross-section of material that best represented a career that has spanned over four decades. After much struggle, however, and thanks to John Mayall's help, here is what we came up with.   All Sound Bytes in 56K Streaming Audio

Our old LISTEN TO THIS! page had asked John to pick 10 tracks that he would want you to have if you were interested in learning about the blues. These are tracks taken from John Mayall"s personal collection. He says: "Go to the source!" You may access them HERE

Historic Live Shows – Vol 3
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HOW CAN YOU LIVE LIKE THAT
From ‘Historic Live Shows – Vol 3” (Private Stash 2012) w/ Buddy Whittington, John Paulus, Joe Yuele "This song has always been very special for me in that it is a song by the great jazz saxophonist Eddie Harris and I’ve always thought he was very underrated by critics. He was actually going to be my guest on the original album but he died a week before we cut it. A great track that features some great guitar and I’m particularly proud of my piano work on this one." (John Mayall)
Tough
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NOTHING TO DO WITH LOVE
From ‘Tough’ (Eagle 2009) - w/ Rocky Athas, Greg Rzab, Jay Davenport, Tom Canning "When I first heard this song written and played by Jerry Lee Williams I was bowled over by its power. I took my cue from the original rough demo and made it as meaningful and sinister as I could. A simple analysis of how love can get out of control sometimes. We’ve all been there." (John Mayall)
In the Palace of the King
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TIME TO GO
From ‘In the Palace of the King’ (Eagle 2007) - w/ Buddy Whittington, Joe Yeule, Hank Van Sickle "Having recorded a full album dedicated to the memory of one of the greatest blues singers and guitarists of all time – Freddy King, I just had to write new lyrics to fit one of his classic songs (Welfare Blues) He was a friend of mine and I am happy that I got to sit in with him a few times." (John Mayall)
Road Dogs
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BURNED BRIDGES
From "Road Dogs" (Eagle 2005) - w/ Buddy Whittington, Tom Canning, Hank Van Sickle, Joe Yuele "Second only to "Room to Move", this fast harmonica blues has recently become one of my most popular features every night on our live shows. It is always open to any number of interpretations and is great fun to embark on a journey of improvisation. The Bluesbreakers keep up a solid tempo that constantly pushes me into new territory." (John Mayall)
70th Birthday Concert
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TALK TO YOUR DAUGHTER
From "70th Birthday Concert" (Eagle 2003) - w/ Buddy Whittington, Tom Canning, Hank Van Sickle, Joe Yuele, Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Chris Barber "I can't tell you what a great thrill it was to celebrate my 70th birthday with this great concert which fortunately was recorded and filmed for posterity. On this classic J.B. Lenoir song, it was guitar heaven that night to have a finale that featured such a rare gathering of friends. To see and hear Buddy Whittington trading licks with Mick Taylor and Eric Clapton was a true taste of Bluesbreakers history revisited!" (John Mayall)
Blues for the Lost Days
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DEAD CITY
From "Blues for the Lost Days" (Silvertone 1997) - w/ Buddy Whittington, John Paulus, Joe Yuele "This track really rocks thanks to the great guitar of Buddy Whittington who has been with me for fifteen years and counting." (John Mayall)
Wake Up Call
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MAIL ORDER MYSTICS
From "Wake Up Call" (Silvertone 1993) - w/ Coco Montoya, David Grissom, Rick Cortes, Joe Yuele "Jumping ahead to the eighties, I re-instated the name of the Bluesbreakers and hired guitarist Coco Montoya for a ten year period. Just before he launched his own solo career, we recorded this album in Los Angeles with producer R.S. Field. I love the dramatic structure of this piece which builds to a terrific climax propelled by the intense drumming of Joe Yuele." (John Mayall)
Jazz Blues Fusion
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GOOD TIME BOOGIE
From "Jazz Blues Fusion" (Polydor 1972) - w/ Freddy Robinson, Blue Mitchell, Clifford Solomon, Larry Taylor, Ron Selico "As I now had access to the cream of the jazz elite, I tried to combine jazz and blues with this exciting blend. For our live shows this turned out to be a dynamite combination as we featured the great Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Freddy Robinson on guitar. Soon after this live recording was made, my old pal Keef Hartley took over the drums and Red Holloway replaced Clifford on saxophone." (John Mayall)
USA Union
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NATURE"S DISAPPEARING
From "USA Union" (Polydor 1970) - w/ Sugarcane Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor "After the breakup of the drummer-less Turning Point band, I moved to Los Angeles and put together my first band of American musicians. I was very aware of the comparatively new concept of ecology and wrote this song to encourage people to recycle. The searing and moving violin of Sugarcane Harris still gives me shivers." (John Mayall)
Listen To This! - A revisited version of NATURE'S DISAPPEARING from 1993's Wake Up Call album. (Listen2)
Looking Back
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SO MANY ROADS
From "Looking Back" (Decca 1969) - w/ Peter Green, John McVie, Aynsley Dunbar "This single was recorded just one week after Peter Green took over from Eric. His guitar playing shows a ferocity that reflects his passion for the blues and for the great Otis Rush. Funnily enough, at that time, we had not as yet even seen a photograph of him. To us he was an almost mythical blues legend whose spirit we tried to capture." (John Mayall)
Listen To This! - A revisited version of SO MANY ROADS from Along for the Ride (Eagle 2001) - Produced by David Z, w/ Buddy Whittington, Otis Rush, Greg Rzab, Joe Yuele, Reese Wynans. (Listen2)
The Turning Point
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ROOM TO MOVE and CALIFORNIA
From "The Turning Point" (Polydor 1969) - w/ Jon Mark, Johnny Almond, Steve Thompson. We had to include John Mayall's ground-breaking hit album featuring his drummer-less and lead-guitar-less band. It's hypnotic hit, Room To Move, has become a staple in John Mayall's live shows for four decades.

CALIFORNIA expresses his love for his soon-to-be adopted home. (Editor) (Listen2)
Blues from Laurel Canyon
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2401
From "Blues from Laurel Canyon" (Decca 1968) w/ Mick Taylor, Steve Thompson, Colin Allen "During my 1968 summer vacation in Los Angeles, I spent part of my time living in Frank Zappa's famous Laurel Canyon house (2401 Laurel Canyon Blvd.). The daily life style there and the parade of eccentric hangers-on became more than enough inspiration for this song which happened to be the street address." (John Mayall)
A Hard Road
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A HARD ROAD
From "A Hard Road" (Decca 1967) w/ Peter Green, John McVie, Aynsley Dunbar. "Producer Mike Vernon was reportedly apoplectic when Mayall and band - which also featured the dynamic rhythm section of bassist John McVie and drummer Aynsley Dunbar - first showed up at the studio without Clapton, but ... Green makes his presence felt within the first few seconds of A Hard Road's eponymous opening track, complementing Mayall's pleading vocal with a tightly-coiled restraint that exemplifies the tension and subtlety that he consistently brought to his work with Mayall" (Scott Schinder, 2003 reissue liner notes)
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
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STEPPIN' OUT
From "Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton" (Decca 1966) (Affectionately called "The Beano Album") w/ Eric Clapton, John McVie, Hughie Flint. "When Eric joined the Bluesbreakers, he brought this instrumental to our repertoire. From the first day we began performing it live, it changed the way audiences perceived the role of the electric guitar in rock and roll. It also launched the tradition that continues to this day whereby my guitarists choose a showcase for their versatility." (John Mayall)


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