The Turning Point
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||The Laws Must Change||John Mayall||7:21||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Saw Mill Gulch Road||John Mayall||4:39||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'm Gonna Fight For You J.B.||John Mayall||5:27||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||So Hard To Share||John Mayall||7:04||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||California||John Mayall||9:22||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Thoughts About Roxanne||John Mayall||8:20||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Room To Move||John Mayall||5:03||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sleeping By Her Side||John Mayall||5:10||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Waste My Time||John Mayall||4:54||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Can't Sleep This Night||John Mayall||6:19||£0.99||View in iTunes|
Recorded just after Mick Taylor departed for the Rolling Stones, Mayall eliminated drums entirely on this live recording. With mostly acoustic guitars and John Almond on flutes and sax, Mayall and his band, as his typically overblown liner notes state, "explore seldom-used areas within the framework of low-volume music." But it does work. The all-original material is flowing and melodic, with long, jazzy grooves that don't lose sight of their bluesy underpinnings. Lyrically, Mayall stretches out a bit into social comment on "The Laws Must Change" on this fine, meditative mood album. The 2001 CD reissue is a definite upgrade, though perhaps not enough to make you rush out and buy a new copy, in its addition of three previously unreleased bonus tracks from the same performance. Those are all respectable songs that fit in well with the rest of the set, particularly "Sleeping by Her Side" with its catchy and dreamy flute line, and the brisk "Don't Waste My Time," which has a nearly country & western feel. The newly added historical liner notes are another plus.
Born: 29 November 1933 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s