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Posted by kevin r schmidt on 01/03/02 - 00:15:29
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John Mayall is one of the most amazing artist of our time and is extremely underrated.  The people who began their career and played in his band reads like a who's who of twentieth century hall of fame of musicians.  My first exposure to Mayall was when he released the Turning Point 32 years ago and I've been a fan ever since.

A lot of people have a hard time getting into The Blues Alone because its raw hardcore Mayall.  For someone not familiar with early Mayall I would not recommend that album until they understand his style better.  The Turning Point, John Mayall & The Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, and Live at Kooks Kleek would be a good starting point for someone just getting into his music.    

The Turning Point and Hot Tuna's first album were recorded and released within two months of each other.  The distinction between the Turning Point and Hot Tuna at the time was Mayall's jazz twist on the blues.  Both albums eschewed a drummer for the back to the basics acoustic guitar and bass only format.  

Since the release of those two albums I wanted Tuna and Mayall to play together.  I believe the resulting music would be incredible.  Eleven years ago Hot Tuna played at the Warfield with John Mayall as the opening act.  It was my hope and wish they would have played together.  I still hope they do play together one day.

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