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John Mayall

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John Mayall: The Turning Point

Review by Loyd Grossman, Fusion, 17 October 1969

A TURNING POINT in British blues music may have been reached last May when Mick Taylor and Colin Allen left John Mayall's band. Following their ...


John Mayall (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1990

British Blues legend John Mayall looks back to the start of the Blues Boom; on his guitar players Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor; revisits the Flamingo in Wardour Street; harp lessons from Sonny Boy Williamson and through to living in the USA and that house fire.

File format: mp3; file size: 107.3mb, interview length: 1h 51' 45" sound quality: ***


Eric Clapton: The Yardbird Who Got Left Behind

Interview by Dawn James, Rave, June 1965

His name is Eric Clapton. His nickname in the Yardbirds was "Slow-Hand" because he clapped his hands. He played on the Yardbirds' No. 1 hit ...

Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 6 August 1966

IT WAS AN historic evening at London's Marquee on Monday night when Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated made their first appearance there for nearly four years. ...

John Mayall, Love, Petula Clark et al Albums

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 6 August 1966

Single minded blues men ...

Pop Singles inc. the Beatles, Small Faces, John Mayall with Eric Clapton

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 6 August 1966


New Singles from the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding et al

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 14 January 1967

Stones old firm back in strength ...

Platter Chatter: New Albums from Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, The Doors et al

Review by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, July 1967

SURREALISTIC PILLOW will make anyone with good musical taste a Jefferson Airplane admirer. A beautiful blend of vocal and instrumental harmonies flows through everything this ...

Fleetwood Mac: Peter Green – The Guitarist Who Won't Forsake The Blues

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 19 August 1967

ANYONE WHO in a year has built up the reputation of being Britain's best blues guitarist, must have some interesting things to say, and therefore ...

Loraine Alterman on Pop Records: A Powerful New Kind of 'Suite'

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 8 October 1967

TWO EXCELLENT new albums show how far the best contemporary song-writing and record making has come from the June-moon-spoon days. One is Of Cabbages and ...

John Mayall: O, Come And Join All Ye The Blues Faithful Crusade

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 28 October 1967

ROLL UP! Get your Bluesbreakers masks here. Peter Green 2s 6d, Eric Clapton five bob... ...

The Interesting Story of John Mayall

Profile and Interview by Wesley Laine, Record Mirror, 28 October 1967

MOST BLUES stars have interesting stories to tell about their life and career — and most of them have the ability to tell it in ...

Beyond the Blues Horizon

Profile and Interview by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 13 January 1968

THE EVER-growing acceptance of blues during the Sixties has decisively affected the direction in which the popular music business has travelled in country. On the ...

New Albums by John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 2 March 1968

Staunch British blues fans will dig Mayall's Diary LP set ...

John Mayall: Bare Wires

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 13 July 1968

JOHN MAYALL HAS taken a great leap forward with his Bare Wires suite which takes up one side of his latest Decca album. ...

John Mayall: Mayall's Bare Wires = a progression in attitude

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 13 July 1968

JOHN MAYALL has taken a great leap forward with his Bare Wires suite which takes up one side of his latest Decca album. ...

Rock and Roll Dope #6

Comment by John Sinclair, Fifth Estate, 15 August 1968

NOW THAT things have cooled down a little for the MC5 and myself after all the excitement of recent weeks maybe I can get into ...

NME Reporters Cover the Weekend's Major Event — the Eighth National Jazz and Blues Festival

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, New Musical Express, 17 August 1968


8th National Jazz & Blues Festival: Lazy Sunbury Afternoon...

Live Review by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, 17 August 1968


John Mayall: Blues
 From Laurel Canyon (Decca)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 30 November 1968

THIS IS John's least interesting album for a long time, and the reason is quite simple, and explained best in his own words on the ...

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers: A Hard Road (London)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, 7 December 1968

This record has some great blues for blues freaks, whether you happen to prefer blues played by whites, blacks, or homosexual Chinese emigrants to the ...

Ten Years After, John Mayall: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, 5 March 1969

10 Years After and John Mayall Present Blues at Fillmore East ...

Deep Purple, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Sanpaku: Rose Palace, Pasadena CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 24 April 1969

Rock Shows Held at Pasadena Rose Palace ...

Led Zeppelin, John Mayall, The Nice et al: Bath Festival, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 5 July 1969

A ZEPPELIN attacked the City of Bath on Saturday, and gassed 120,000. Airship Com­mander Jimmy Page kept the most fearsome dirigible in pro­gressive blues aloft ...

Newport Jazz Festival 1969: New Records & Not All That Jazz

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, 19 July 1969

NEWPORT, R.I. — On paper at least the experiment of adding rock music to the Newport Jazz Festival 1969 came from the purest of motives. ...

Chuck Berry, Elvin Bishop, John Mayall: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, 18 October 1969

Berry, Bishop — Musical Brothers ...

Union Jack Blues

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 21 October 1969

MEETING JANIS Joplin a few months ago, before her Albert Hall concert, I was staggered to feel how nervous she was. Then she explained. She ...

John Mayall, Keef Hartley: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, 29 November 1969

JOHN MAYALL must have fell like the father figure of British blues at the Albert Hall on Thursday as he surveyed Henry Lowther and Keef ...

John Mayall

Profile by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 2 April 1970

NO ONE IN the entire world of rock has created a body of music to compare with the work of John Mayall. If the process ...

Can John Mayall Maintain The Legend?

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, May 1970

THE ADVERTISEMENTS for John Mayall's pre-Christmas tour with his new drumless, acoustic guitar group described him as "the legendary John Mayall". While promoters and Promo ...

Harvey Mandel

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, July 1971

RECOGNITION AS an outstanding musician hasn't come overnight for Harvey Mandel, but he prefers it that way. He's been moving up slowly and steadily and ...

John Mayall: Empty Rooms/The Turning Point

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

WHAT WE HAVE here is a shrewd exercise in marketing. Two deleted albums reissued as one double package for the apparently reasonable price of £2.99. ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army: Baker Gurvitz Army and John Mayall: The Latest Edition

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

I CANNOT THINK of any legal way in which the Baker-Gurvitz Army can be prevented from Becoming Huge, so maybe there's something to Adrian Ben ...

John Mayall's After-Hours Madness

Interview by Steven Rosen, Rolling Stone, 22 May 1975

CINCINNATI – With the release of his latest album, New Year, New Band, New Company, 41-year-old John Mayall has logged 23 albums in just over ...

John Mayall: Falkshaus, Zurich

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 21 May 1977

AS A TALENT scout John Mayall is a shrewd, calculating operator with few equals. Now with 26 albums to his credit and almost as many ...

John Mayall: This Is Where I Came In

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, August 1990

The Flamingo in Soho, 1964: bearded disciples and pilled-up mods are packed into an airless basement. Brooms are being dusted, mojos worked, as the Hohner-huffing ...

Peter Green's Blues

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, Record Collector, July 1993

THERE ARE many guitarists who produce a sharp intake of breath from their peers and fans, in admiration of their complex technique, speed or innovation. ...

John Mayall: Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, and; The Best Of (As It All Began)

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 1998

WANT TO know what the fuss was all about? Drop the old laser-beam on track 21, the stereo version of 'Have You Heard?', John Mayall's ...

An Interview with John Mayall

Interview by Andy Farquarson, Get Rhythm, May 2001

When John Mayall bounds on stage and launches into a set with physical gusto, it's hard to believe he is 67 years old. The impression ...


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