John Mayall: Along For The Ride (180g) (limited Nu
Label: EAR MUSIC
In his latest project, Mayall reunites many legends as well as some other musical greats, including Billy Gibbons, Jonny Lang, Steve Miller, Jeff Healey, Otis Rush, Billy Preston, Gary Moore, Reese Wynans, Steve Cropper and Shannon Curfman "Put It Right Back" features Billy Gibbons putting in a touch of his Texas buzz saw. Billy Preston adds a little more soul to the title track. The classic "Early in the Morning" has been covered by everyone from Junior Wells to Van Morrison, but Green, Miller and Fleetwood add that special something to Mayall's voice to make the song new once again. And what's wrong with kids these days? The licks of Shannon Curfman and Jonny Lang are pure vintage Mayall. I'm always pleasantly surprised by good sounds on a blues recording. I was downright ecstatic here. Recordings, soundstaging, and warmth were all present. The drums were powerful and tight, the guitars focused and growling, and the vocals exactly where they should be. I could almost measure how far back on stage Mayall was on "If I Don't Get Home." Some of these tracks could be used as demo material.