A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
With only keyboards, guitars, saxes and flutes — the absence of a drummer is especially noteworthy — the group creates a mystical, low-key atmosphere in the studio within which JM tells his stories. In other words, it’s different. When it comes to John Mayall’s recorded works, that’s not a bad thing.
We’ve auditioned a good dozen or more of his albums over the years, most of which we found interesting but not especially compelling (not at our prices anyway). He averaged about two albums a year through the ’60s and ’70s and on most of the ones we’ve played it seems that he struggled to come up with material good enough to fill them all.
That said, we took a liking to this one and proudly offer it here for the first time.
Excellent energy and vocal presence. Clear and full, with good lots of studio space.
The second and third tracks tended to sound better to us than the first by the way.
Natural and balanced, with rich and tubey 1970 sound. The second track is especially Tubey Magical and smooth in the right way. (more…)