As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

 

 

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together.  The love of the Blues unites music lovers around the world. The Blues has an unchanging heart and Walter Trout is a giant in the world of electric guitar fuelled blues.  Walter’s latest album is brimming with blues guitars they shimmer and shine like a brilliant sapphire as his Telecaster is joined by a phalanx of blues guitar maestro.

Fourteen tracks give Walter plenty of scope to play with the blues and sing some powerful lyrics. As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together. The album is a celebration of blues, a journey through Walter’s life with friends. Coming together with friends and laying down the music is the essence that makes Blues hum with power and emotion. All of life’s experiences are laid out before you captured in a few moments with lyrics and the emotive six-strings, love, hate, betrayal, loyalty and addiction all are explored. The friends that join Walter bring their own styles and interpretation of the blues. Listen to explore the intricacies they bring to Trout’s sound. You will hear a different musician on every track.

The embodiment of the blues is the shuffle and it is the perfect combo to extol its movement and rolling power as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter join forces on the opening number, Gonna Hurt Like Hell, written with Kenny’s guitar style in mind up-tempo and gets the party off to a flying start. The narrative is central pleasure and can be short-lived coming down is Gonna Hurt Like Hell! The guitars meld and play off each other blues energy is up and running.

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together; as we step aboard the blues bus. Exploring the myriad of tonal shapes and styles. The songs matching the attributes of Sonny Landreth whose slide playing is legendary the master of zydeco,   as we hear Ain’t Going Back. Then the harp of Charlie Musselwhite pouring out emotional wizardry on The Other Side of The Pillow; co-written with Musslewhite combine with Robert T. Bear’s lyrics. As the album takes shape one of my favourite tracks She Listens To The Blackbird Sings, with Mike Zito. It has a rawness with a driving riff of electric over acoustic and lyrics that just connect.   What an opening quartet of tracks phew! There are still ten to go will the album have staying power? Yes, of course, it has with Walter Trout at the helm.

No blues corroboration would be complete without a jam. The Sky Is Crying, the only cover, is a revisiting of a number he played with Warren Haynes many years ago at New Orleans Jazz Festival. The two guitars bring a fluidity as the number builds and builds leaving you breathless with delight. This is Trout and Haynes playing music that moves them and audiences.  The mood changes heavier, harder hitting as Eric Gales joins the party with Somebody Goin’ Down the energy is burning up the track.

A celebration of family style and talent as the question is asked, Do You Still See Me At All. The tempo as Walter is joined by his son Jon in the studio. The dueling between them is immense and this number definitely benefits from having both guitarists in the studio at the same time. Written together, played together this is a track that oozes an understanding of the electric guitar.

The closing two tracks leave you on a musical high. John Mayall joins Walter on Blues for Jimmy T, with searing harmonica mirroring guitar and vocals in a duet as they recall the day Jimmy died. The two bluesmen from different sides of the Atlantic. Acoustic works, stripping away layers and exploring the kernel lamenting the loss of friend and bass player Jimmy Trapp.  Closing out with the second track where both guitarist were in the same studio as Joe Bonamassa adds his guitar and vocals to the title track We’re All In This Together.  What a way to finish the latest Trout studio album. Just under eight minutes played live with the band, no overdubbing as they take us on a memorable road trip around the electric guitar. They had three hours to get the track completed sitting three feet apart they nailed it. Yes, We’re All In this Together.

The album is a shimmering exploration of the blues. The listener to Walter Trout’s latest studio album will discover some of the many tributaries that run from and into the great running river as wide and deep as the Mississippi that is twenty-first-century blues.  It is certain that this is an album about fun, enjoying the blues, celebrating the interaction of styles. The passion is played out in every night a perfect follow-up to the personal pain and intensity of Battle Scars.

Reviewers often say this is an album that will listen to often. In the case of We’re All In It Together that is a certainty. Celebrating the insight of Walter Trout a blues supremo bringing fourteen friends together with their own track shining a light on facets of the blues,

Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together – Mascot Label Group

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Track Listing

  1. Gonna Hurt Like Hell – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  2. Ain’t Goin’ Back – Sonny Landreth
  3. The Other Side Of The Pillow – Charlie Musselwhite
  4. She Listens To The Blackbird Sing – Mike Zito
  5. Mr Davis – Robben Ford
  6. The Sky Is Crying – Warren Haynes
  7. Somebody Goin’ Down – Eric Gales
  8. She Steals My Heart Away – Edgar Winter
  9. Crash and Burn – Joe Louis Walker
  10. Too Much to Carry – John Nemeth
  11. Do You Still See Me At All – Jon Trout
  12. Got Nothin’ Left – Randy Bachman
  13. Blues For Jimmy T. – John Mayall
  14. We’re All In This Together – Joe Bonamassa

 

 

As Walter Trout says, We Are All In This Together

British Blues Talk About That With John Mayall

British Blues Talk About That With John Mayall

British Blues Talk About That
With John Mayall

 

 

The latest release from the Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall who isn’t returning to the Blues like others, he hasn’t ever left. Building his career with critically acclaimed albums among them the 1966 album known as The Beano (Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton). Talk About That a new studio album is a wonderful way to kick start the blues in 2017.

The album follows the tried and tested format of recent Forty Below Records projects, co-produced by Mayall with engineer Eric Corne, with a mix of eight originals and three covers.

Opening the album with the title track assailed by the glories of the deep blues bass of Greg Rzab and then the distinctive vocals of John Mayall and his keys. Mayall, on Talk About That, captures the spirit, tone and musical atmosphere of a time that will never be re-visited. Two tracks in, and we have Joe Walsh’s guitar joining John in The Devil Must Be laughing and Cards On The Table. The Devil Must Be Laughing with contemporary lyrics fitting neatly into the Mayall blues melody and Walsh’s slide adding a pithy tonal layer to Cards On The Table.

We take a trip to New Orleans with Gimme Some Gumbo, an upbeat horn-drenched number. The three-piece section certainly adds a hot energy to the track combined with percussive stinging piano as we join John on a stroll down Bourbon Street, Memphis. Earlier on we have the first cover introducing us to Memphis soul with Bettye Crutcher’s It’s Hard Going Up where the horns add a piercing infectious tone.

John Athas on guitar adds that extra power and he will be missed as he leaves to follow a solo career. Once again John Mayall’s band is being re-shaped. Now he will perform as a trio with drummer Jay Davenport and bassist Greg Rzab. The sixties flow is captured in Blue Midnight, with its jazz-infused blues with a deftness of touch as a happy home is broken up. Closing with You Never Know, the keys take the lead with the drums gently brushed and like the song says we Never Know what our life will be. One thing you do know John Mayall’s music still captivates.

Younger people try to recapture the essence of the sixties, but you have had to have been there, played and experienced the times to produce the heady and beguiling mix of timing, orchestration a production style that was distilled into the sound of the swinging sixties.
John Mayall, on Talk About That is the real deal; British Blues with its own warmth tempo and approach.

John Mayall – Talk About That – Forty Below Records

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Track Listing

  1. Talk About That
  2. It’s Hard Going Up
  3. The Devil Must Be Laughing
  4. Gimme Some Of The Gumbo
  5. Goin’ Away Baby
  6. Cards On The Table
  7. I didn’t Mean To Hurt You
  8. Don’t Deny Me
  9. Blue Midnight
  10. Across The County Line
  11. You Never Know

John Mayall  playing it Live performing Six shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
Two shows each night Tuesday 4th; Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th April 2017.

Live In 1967 – Vol 2 John Mayall Bluesbreakers

Live In 1967 – Volume Two John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Live In 1967 – Vol 2 John Mayall Bluesbreakers

Second volume of thirteen tracks that captures a moment in time 1967 and the British Blues revolution. May have just been re-visited by Joe Bonamassa but this is the real deal John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers performing live at various locations. This short-lived and exciting ground breaking line-up of the Bluesbreakers joining John’s vocals, keys and harmonica are Peter Green (lead Guitar); John McVie (Bass) and Mick Fleetwood on drums. This second volume delivers another aural insight into this inventive period. Three tracks are ‘repeats’, but do not expect the same played on different nights the improvisations makes them feel different in tone and energy every time they are played live. Recorded by Tom Huissen, a staunch fan from Holland, during the three months they were together on a one channel reel-to-reel tape recorded at clubs including Bromley, Marquee, The Ram Jam Club and Klook’s Kleek this is a glimpse into musical history.

Opening with Tears In My Eyes, the recording may be imperfect, but the feeling, tone and the sheer musicality of the quartet spins out of the dusty past and showers down from your speakers. The sound is complex with layers of tones and delicate intricacies, but above all there is a simplicity of men playing music that moves their very being. Joining the band on Stormy Monday, is guest vocalist Ronnie Jones. Ronnie was a lead singer with a British Soul band and original member of Blues Incorporated a contemporary band to the bluesbreakers. Ronnie an American serviceman though would often sit in at a Bluesbreakers gig and remembers John Mayall. As we go into So Many Roads , the audiences delight can be heard then into the music this is history captured, the feel of the fluid freedom of 1960’s music cannot be emulated only copied. The third of the repeats is the Otis Rush track Double Trouble, once again the improvisations makes this a recollection too special to miss out, this isn’t regurgitating what you played last night it is feeling the music, atmosphere and creating the sound for the moment.

Every track is a highlight, Greeny is very special. A great instrumental that flows, the notes ebb and flow and like a river of sound the beat takes you on a journey that you share with Peter Green for five glorious minutes. Peter Green’s guitar work and John on keys meld into a hot pot of musical fire that lights the way as this historical album gives a glimpse into these special three months when John Mayall had these musicians before Fleetwod Mac. These are tracks that continue to inspire and are the cornerstone of rock/blues history we will hear many versions but the raw, live power of London 1967 is definitely extraordinary.

A big debt of gratitude is owed to the technical brilliance of Eric Corne at Forty Below Records. With his tender care and expertise, he has restored the tapes with empathy without losing the live feel and the sounds of the sixties.

John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers – Live In 1967 – Volume Two – Forty Below Records.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Tears In My Eyes
  2. Your Funeral And My Trial
  3. So Many Roads
  4. Bye Bye Bird
  5. Please Don’t Tell
  6. Sweet Little Angel
  7. Talk To Your Daughter
  8. Bad Boy
  9. Stormy Monday
  10. Greeny
  11. Ridin’ On The L&n
  12. Chicago Line
  13. Double Trouble

Bluesdoodles – Pick Of The Bunch 2015

Pick Of The Bunch 2015 ~
The order is random all are brilliant and in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2015..

These are from the albums I have listened to and reviewed throughout 2015 – this is my subjective collection happy for others to disagree. Bluesdoodles wants to thank every artist who has submitted music to be reviewed I listen and will always be honest and fair

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Fish – A Feast Of Consequences
Joel Fisk & The Breakdown – The Well
Dan Patlansky – Dear Silence Thieves
John Mayall – A Special Life
Giles Hedley – Rain Is Such A Lonesome Sound
Lisa Mills – I’m Changing re-mix
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – Tomorrow Will Follow Today
Ian Siegal – One Night In Amsterdam
Dani Wilde – Songs About
Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova
Guy Tortora – Bluesman In A Boneyard
Danny & The Champions of the World – What Kind Of Love
Gill Landry – Gill Landry
LaVendore Rogue – Light Up With
Mark Pontin – Textures
Aynsley Lister – Home
Samantha Fish – Wild Heart
Little Devils – The Storm Inside
Erja Lyytinen – Live In London
Beth Hart – Better Than Home
David Phillips – If I Had Wings
Karen Lovely – Ten Miles of Bad Road
Micke Bjorklof & Blues Strip – Ain’t Bad Yet
King King – Reaching For The Light
Devon Allman – Ragged and Dirty
Joe Louis Walker – Everybody Wants A Piece
Danni Nicholls – Mockingbird Lane
Layla Zoe – Live at The Spirit of 66
Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live
Chantel McGregor – Lose Control
Babajack – Babajack Live
Jar Family – Family First
Craig Finn – Faith In The Future
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Delta Deep – Delta Deep
Kaz Hawkins – Get Ready
Groanbox – Groanbox
Jimbo Mathus – Blue Healer
Eddie Martin Big Red Radio- Live in Tuscany
Mike Zito & The Wheel – Keep Coming Back
Connie Lush – Renaissance
AndersonPonty Band – Better Late Than Never
Walter Trout – Battle Scars

CD Review: John Mayall ~ Find A Way To Care

Find A Way To Care CoverJohn Mayall
Find A Way To Care
Forty Below Records

 

This is the second album on Forty Below Records and Eric Corne producing a studio album that sparkles with polished keyboard chords that hum along with the harp and the octogenarian’s vocals that deliver blues that curls around and embraces the lyrics. The album is a celebration John Mayall’s talent no wonder known as the Godfather of British Blues. The reality is he is still creating music and the album is not looking backwards it is curving a pathway that is relevant and cascades like liquid musical sparkles from the speakers.  Every track has its own niche within the play list, Find a Way to Care is the perfect platform to achieve Eric Corne’s aim of John’s prowess on the keyboard to be recognized as we hear his fingers caress the black  & whites on B-3 Wurlitzer, piano and clavinet then on top harmonica that sings and guitar strings that sting. His longstanding band provides a glorious platform as they lay down the musical foundation, guitarist Rocky Athas, Greg Rzab on bass and drummer Jay Davenport. The opening track, a relaxed shuffle on the ear, Mother In Law blues gets you in the mood.  As the album progresses the music mixes up tempo and I Fell So Bad has the delicious addition of horns, the trumpet is crisp and saxophone glorious as a punctuation to the vocals and the tone is perfect letting the piano march through the melody line there is a real insistence and drive to this number.  The Boogie Woogie is muted and the delivery foot tapping good on Muddy Water’s Long Distance Call with a feel of a jam as the improvisation grows and flows around the arrangement. If you want to find a deep groove to rock and roll to then this rendition of Lee Baker Jr’s I Want All My Money back is where the band hits the mark as the guitar just soars. Following this cover is Ropes and Chains co-written with  Greg Rzab, we hear the bass played like a lead guitar and Clavinet as the focus of the melody this is Chicago funked-up. The final track like an encore at a stage show we have Drifting Blues, John Mayall’s vocals’ and piano creating a lyrical journey that creates the blues in a bar.  With the emphasis on keyboards it is not surprising to see nestled in the bonus tracks Matt Schofield’s War We Wage from his acclaimed Heads Tails & Aces album; Mayall’s interpretation includes a glorious solo from Rocky’s guitar. The closing with Crazy Lady  piano combined with vocals  stirring up the temperature and evocative of Professor Longhair and the New Orleans sound.

Yes, John Mayall’s voice is showing signs of wear and tear especially on the slower numbers but still full of vocal bite and he can shout and sing with confidence and this is an album that mixes covers and originals and may not break new ground but is one for fans and lovers of keyboard driven blues and John Mayall gaining recognition for his skills on the keys; is this another change of direction that has been the constant in his long career exploring the power of the blues?

 

 

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Mother In Law Blues
  2. The River’s Invitation
  3. Ain’t No Guarantees
  4. I Feel So Bad
  5. Find A Way To Care
  6. Long Distance Call
  7. I want All My Money Back
  8. Ropes and Chains
  9. Long Summer Days
  10. Drifting Blues

Bonus Tracks

  1. War We Wage
  2. Crazy Lady

 

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – ‘Live in 1967’ – Vinyl

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – ‘Live in 1967’, is now available on VINYL via Forty Below Records.

The vinyl version of the album comes six months after the successful release of the CD and is presented as a special double LP, pressed on 140-gram vinyl.

It is released in gatefold form and the inside contains large pictures of John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers at the time – the ultra rare, and short-lived, line-up of Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

Bluesdoodles loved listening and reviewing in digital now authentic 1967’s sound on vinyl – check out the original review HERE

Track Listing:

1. All Your Love
2. Brand New Start
3. Double Trouble
4. Streamline
5. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
6. Looking Back
7. So Many Roads
8. Hi Heel Sneakers
9. I Can’t Quit You Baby
10. The Stumble
11. Someday After Awhile
12. San-Ho-Zay
13. Stormy Monday

Tracks 1, 3, 7, 12 & 13 – Recorded at Manor House on 5th May 1967
Tracks 2, 6 & 11 – Recorded at Bromley on 29th April 1967
Tracks 4 & 10 – Recorded at The Marquee Club on 27th April 1967
Tracks 5 & 8 – Recorded at The Ram Jam Club on 1st Feb 1967
Track 9 – Recorded at Klook’s Kleek on 28th April 1967

CD Review: John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers ~ Live In ‘67

John-Mayall-LIVE

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Live In 1967
Forty Below Records
Release 20th April 2015

This is an album that celebrates the late sixties and what was so great about the music being created and played in clubs across the land, here we have a bought to life rare, live recordings, never heard before of John Mayal, Peter Green. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. This quartet were only together for three months how was it these were recorded live, well a dedicated fan from Holland was able to sneak a one channel reel-to-reel tape recorder in and capture and preserve this moment of music history for us to hear on a compact disc early in the 21st Century.

When you put the sparkling CD into your player do not expect HD sound, but you do get a moment to share these precious and fleeting moments and can appreciate how impressive the performances were. This is a collection of songs, of which many are still popular today and covered by many bands from a collection of songwriters including Willie Dixon and John Mayall himself.

Opening with the MC of the evening introducing the band and straight into; All Our Love and the unmistakable voice of John Mayall is instantly recognized with some stylish keys and guitar work from Peter Green with a rhythm section that holds it all together, the timing and structure is effortless; doing justice to this great Otis Rush number as they do on Double Trouble.

The music is infectious despite the dodgy recording and muffled sound as to be expected on a smuggled in recorder but the atmosphere and the joy of playing blues that they loved so much and were giving the beat a British Vibe that has sustained the power of blues for the next fifty years and beyond.
The music slows and stretches out in a stylized Have You Ever Loved a Woman that is one hundred percent recognizable as the Bluesbreakers sound searing through the music and the rumble of talking gives this atmosphere and a live feel; like today there is never silence when the music is playing however good.

There is an up tempo dance feel you know the Mary Quant bobbed hair would have been shinning and swing to the keys and vocals on Hi Heel Sneakers, this track is redolent of the period of the swinging sixties.

One of the last two tracks on the album is San-Ho-Zay, which as an instrumental allows the listener to appreciate the collective of talent as every instrument blends and shapes the music so that sound comes through in layers of listening complexity; then ending the album against a noisy crowd is a slowed down version of Stormy Monday giving this oft cover track the place in history it deserves with the cascade of notes for the organ before the youthful John Mayall delivers the words we know so well.

This is an album that may lack production and recording finesse but is a little piece of British Blues posterity from the 1960’s we can all have on our shelves to enjoy the vibe of youthful enthusiasm and joy of playing music live.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch

Tracks
1. All Your Love (Rush)
2. Brand New Start (Mayall)
3. Double Trouble (Rush)
4. Streamline (Mayall)
5. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Myles)
6. Looking Back (Watson)
7. So Many Roads (Marshall)
8. Hi Heel Sneakers (Higginbotham)
9. I Can’t Quit You Baby (Dixon)
10. The Stumble (King-Thompson)
11. Someday After Awhile (King-Thompson)
12. San-Ho-Zay (King-Thompson)
13. Stormy Monday (Walker)