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    One of my faves from college. Wore out my copy of Turning Point.
    For more than 50 years he's been the reigning king of British blues. He's got a new album, a new live show and no intention of slowing down.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    Thanks for posting this Myles! I'm a big fan and have about a dozen of his albums. Had a bit of a binge session about a year ago, so I'm due once more. For those into Blu-ray concerts, the 70th Birthday Concert is worth having. Saw him in Montreal in a converted movie theatre, so a fairly small venue, during his Jazz/Blues Fusion concert tour. Was freaking awesome.
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    • #3
      Good interview. Mayall was there at the beginning of the blues revival and at least so far as electric blues is concerned, I think we have the Brits to thank for reviving it. Mayall was (and probably remains) an incubator for other talent- apart from the usual litany of famous names, there are so many greats that played with him. Kal David is one of them. Look for his rendition of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' recorded in his own club a decade ago or more--David is wielding an old Firebird, a heavy, big toned axe.
      We last heard Mayall a few years ago at the Tarrytown Music Hall. I don't remember much about the show, but he was setting up his own merch table beforehand. He's one of the original re-discoverers, if that makes any sense. Blues comes and goes in cycles- Mayall has ridden, if not reinvented more than a few of them.

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      • MylesBAstor
        MylesBAstor commented
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        Eric Johnson also tends to get forgotten too. 😎

    • #4
      This one Bill?

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      • #5
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        • #6
          Nice interview, He's one off my favorites. Lucky to have seen him live a few times over the last 40 or so years, including last May at a Blues festival outside of Baltimore. He hasn't skipped a beat!
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          • #7
            Mayall has a new album out entitled, "Talk About That". I'm a big fan of Mayall's - I saw him live a two years ago and got his new CD, "A Special Life", autographed by him. Joe Walsh is one of my favorite guitarists so when I saw he was on Mayall's new album I had to have it.

            What a disappointment. The album is well recorded and well played but unfortunately his voice ruins about every song. He is out of tune and can't really sing any longer. It would have been a better album as all instrumentals. And while Walsh plays on a couple of the songs his playing sounds pretty generic. If you don't have his previous album, "A Special Life", I would recommend it over this one or really, any one of his older ones.
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            • Johnny Vinyl
              Johnny Vinyl commented
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              That's disappointing to hear, but thanks for letting us know!

            • tom_hankins
              tom_hankins commented
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              Sorry to hear this, but surprised his voice was so bad on the new LP. First thing that impressed my wife and I when we saw him last year was how strong his voice still was.
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