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John MayallTen Years Are Gone ... LP
Polydor, 1973. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Very groovy work from John Mayall – a double-length set from the early 70s, featuring some great help from American soul jazz musicians! The group here is small, and the lineup features Red Holloway on saxes, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Freddy Robinson on guitar, and Sugarcane Harris on violin – all in a mode that has plenty of Mayall's familiar blues, but which also takes on some jazzier inflections too! The vibe's a bit like some of Sugarcane's albums of the time – rootsy in the rhythms, but tighter on instrumentation, with an occasional dose of funk – thanks to heavy drums from Keef Hartley, the only UK player who seems to be working on the date besides Mayall. Titles include "California Campground", "Drifting", "Driving Till The Break Of Day", "Don't Hang Me Up", "I Still Care", "Burning Sun", "Sitting Here Thinking", and "Dark Of The Night". (Rock, Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)
Also available Ten Years Are Gone ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ John MayallTurning Point ... CD
Polydor/BGO (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An album that definitely lives up to its title – as the set is definitely a turning point in the career of John Mayall, and the debut of brand new lineup that helped move his music past a the straighter sound of American blues! There's still plenty of blues at the core – and great vocals and harmonica from the leader – but the lineup also features no drums at all, which gives very open space to freeplay between the acoustic guitar of Jon Mark, the bass of Steve Thompson, and the wicked work of Johnny Almond on tenor, alto, and flute! The jazzy elements that Almond brings to the music are wonderful – and really open up the sound, and showcase a whole new side of Mayall's talents too – as the group here play live at the Fillmore East, on titles that include "The Laws Must Change", "California", "I'm Gonna Fight For You JB", "Room To Move", and "Saw Mill Gulch Road". (Rock, Blues) CD

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T Bone WalkerFly Walker Airlines ... LP
Polydor, 1972. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Messed up electric blues from T Bone's later years – recorded in Montreux around the same time as Walker's participation on the Super Black Blues sessions! Like those records, this one's got an open feel that lets in soul and funk, and which features some nice 70s touches on instrumentation. Walker actually plays Fender Rhodes – if you can believe it – and tracks include "Shake It Baby", "When I Grow Up", "Why Am I Treated So Bad", and "Chutes De Pierres". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ T Bone WalkerGood Feelin' ... LP
Polydor, 1968. Very Good ... $24.99
A rare gem from T Bone Walker – one of the few hip sides he cut in Europe at the end of the 60s – and very different than his more traditional work! The set was put together by Robin Hemmingway – who also handled the hip Hal Singer record from the same time – and the players here include Bernard Estardy on organ, Michel Sardaby on piano, and Manu Dibango on saxophone – all of whom make for a groove that's far more than traditional blues. Sure, the record's plenty bluesy – but it's also got a funky groove on many numbers – really cooking along in a way that's even cooler than most funky American blues. And given that Walker's guitar style was a key influence on most funky guitar players in jazz, his own work here is a really great fit for the setting! Titles include "Vacation", "Long Lost Lover", "Woman You Must Be Crazy", "I Wonder Why", "Poontang", "Reconsider", "Sail On Little Girl", and "When I Grow Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian stereo pressing with a green boarder.)

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