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nimrod:
One day at age 14 I visited the home of my 16 year old friend who was lead guitarist in a local band (I saw him as some sort of god as he was doing what I wanted to do) I remember he put this album on for me to hear, Id never heard of John Mayall.......anyway I sat and listened to the whole thing and I can honestly say it had a huge effect on me, Ive never gotten over that magical feeling it gave me, Im 14 again whenever I listen to it....

Im not gonna cover the whole album as I know most on here will never have heard it so this is just a taster for one of my top 5 of all time albums..

Mayall had expanded his line up for this phase, gone was Clapton, Green (to Fleetwood Mac), in came the very young Mick Taylor.

it was released in 1968;

John Mayall – vocals, harmonica, piano, harpsichord, organ, harmonium, guitar
Mick Taylor – lead guitar, Hawaiian guitar
Chris Mercer – tenor, baritone saxophone
Dick Heckstall-Smith – tenor, soprano saxophone
Jon Hiseman – drums, percussion
Henry Lowther – cornet, violin
Tony Reeves – string bass, bass guitar

These guys were some of the finest young musicians in England, some were (like Jack Bruce) from a more Jazz background, Mick Taylor who ended up in the Stones is  of course primarily a blues guitarist (par excellence)......Jon Hiseman IMO is one of the finest drummers (along with Bill Brufford) around and his work on this whole album is stunning, Im not a drummer but I love listening to the intricate things he puts into each track.

The album is an introspective, kinda like Plastic Ono Band and the first 22 minutes is a medley of songs (The Bare Wires Suite) that segue kinda like Abbey Rd.

Heres the opening track, Where Did I Belong

JOHN MAYALL - Bare wires - Where did I belong

this track 'I Started walking' gives an idea of the superb Rhythm section and a sublime guitar solo from Mick Taylor (one I have tried to play ever since but still cant)

I STARTED WALKING (1968) by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Mick Taylor on guitar

tkitna:
I'll need to give this a good listening to. Sounds interesting.

BeatlesForever:

--- Quote from: nimrod on November 14, 2011, 12:01:01 AM ---One day at age 14 I visited the home of my 16 year old friend who was lead guitarist in a local band (I saw him as some sort of god as he was doing what I wanted to do) I remember he put this album on for me to hear, Id never heard of John Mayall.......anyway I sat and listened to the whole thing and I can honestly say it had a huge effect on me, Ive never gotten over that magical feeling it gave me, Im 14 again whenever I listen to it....

Im not gonna cover the whole album as I know most on here will never have heard it so this is just a taster for one of my top 5 of all time albums..

Mayall had expanded his line up for this phase, gone was Clapton, Green (to Fleetwood Mac), in came the very young Mick Taylor.

it was released in 1968;

John Mayall – vocals, harmonica, piano, harpsichord, organ, harmonium, guitar
Mick Taylor – lead guitar, Hawaiian guitar
Chris Mercer – tenor, baritone saxophone
Dick Heckstall-Smith – tenor, soprano saxophone
Jon Hiseman – drums, percussion
Henry Lowther – cornet, violin
Tony Reeves – string bass, bass guitar

These guys were some of the finest young musicians in England, some were (like Jack Bruce) from a more Jazz background, Mick Taylor who ended up in the Stones is  of course primarily a blues guitarist (par excellence)......Jon Hiseman IMO is one of the finest drummers (along with Bill Brufford) around and his work on this whole album is stunning, Im not a drummer but I love listening to the intricate things he puts into each track.

The album is an introspective, kinda like Plastic Ono Band and the first 22 minutes is a medley of songs (The Bare Wires Suite) that segue kinda like Abbey Rd.

Heres the opening track, Where Did I Belong

JOHN MAYALL - Bare wires - Where did I belong

this track 'I Started walking' gives an idea of the superb Rhythm section and a sublime guitar solo from Mick Taylor (one I have tried to play ever since but still cant)

I STARTED WALKING (1968) by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Mick Taylor on guitar

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How's it going mate? I hope all is well with you. I am a HUGE JOHN MAYALL fan that owns pretty much all of his albums. I LOVE the BARE WIRES and A HARD ROAD albums, these albums both kick a*s! Then again, pretty much all of JOHN MAYALL'S albums kick a*s!  ha2ha You can really feel the Peter Green influence in Mick Taylor's guitar playing, Mick emulates Peter Green in the BARE WIRES album, Mick plays a mean guitar! What's really something is that when Mick Taylor joined THE STONES in 1969, he brought the Hard Rock Blues sound with him and gave THE STONES a whole new sound. In my opinion, and I mean no disrespect to the late great Brian Jones, but the Mick Taylor years were the best live years for THE STONES. What do you think mate? Here's the live version of "I Started Walking," take care and enjoy.

MICK TAYLOR - Start Walking - live - John Mayall + Bluesbreakers - (great guitarsolo)   

nimrod:
yes BF, agree with all you say, when Mick was in the Stones they made their best albums IMO...

He introduced a new dimension into them as a band and Keith Richards must sometimes regret being not very nice to him.

Eric Clapton gets tons of plaudits but imo Mick was an equal to him.

The thing is though, with Bare Wires its the album that I most enjoy the drumming on, Jon Hiseman is wonderful & Kevin reeves plays bass so well (with that jazzy inflection)

BeatlesForever:

--- Quote from: nimrod on November 14, 2011, 11:39:17 PM ---yes BF, agree with all you say, when Mick was in the Stones they made their best albums IMO...

He introduced a new dimension into them as a band and Keith Richards must sometimes regret being not very nice to him.

Eric Clapton gets tons of plaudits but imo Mick was an equal to him.

The thing is though, with Bare Wires its the album that I most enjoy the drumming on, Jon Hiseman is wonderful & Kevin reeves plays bass so well (with that jazzy inflection)

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Hi mate! I'm sure that Keith Richards regrets treating Mick badly, he has too. Mick Taylor saved Keith's a*s on several occasions when Keith was too strung out on heroin to play guitar in the recording studio as well as perform live. In my opinion, I believe that Keith resented Mick Taylor for out playing him on stage. And because of this, Mick Taylor was really an outsider when it came to THE STONES. How sad. What do you think mate? Take care.   

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