11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a man who worked with so many first-rate British blues guitarists, John Mayall is an international treasure. His solo career has stuck to his love for the blues with rarely a variation. His album count since 1965 is somewhere above 60, with the decades piling them up with live albums and reissues. However, 2014’s A Special Life is a genuine new studio album, recorded in November 2013 at Entourage Studios in North Hollywood with Mayall’s current band: guitarist Rocky Athas, bassist Greg Rzab, and drummer Jay Davenport. C.J. Chenier brings his accordion to several tracks (including the cover of his dad Clifton Chenier’s “Why Did You Go Last Night,” one of several album highlights). The remaining tunes are a mix of classic blues and new Mayall compositions that sound like Chicago blues songs from previous decades. “World Gone Crazy” lets Mayall vent about wars caused by self-righteous religious fanatics, while covers of Albert King’s “Floodin’ in California,” Sonny Landreth’s “Speak of the Devil,” and Eddie Taylor’s “Big Town Playboy” let Mayall sit back and enjoy the repartee among his bandmates.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a man who worked with so many first-rate British blues guitarists, John Mayall is an international treasure. His solo career has stuck to his love for the blues with rarely a variation. His album count since 1965 is somewhere above 60, with the decades piling them up with live albums and reissues. However, 2014’s A Special Life is a genuine new studio album, recorded in November 2013 at Entourage Studios in North Hollywood with Mayall’s current band: guitarist Rocky Athas, bassist Greg Rzab, and drummer Jay Davenport. C.J. Chenier brings his accordion to several tracks (including the cover of his dad Clifton Chenier’s “Why Did You Go Last Night,” one of several album highlights). The remaining tunes are a mix of classic blues and new Mayall compositions that sound like Chicago blues songs from previous decades. “World Gone Crazy” lets Mayall vent about wars caused by self-righteous religious fanatics, while covers of Albert King’s “Floodin’ in California,” Sonny Landreth’s “Speak of the Devil,” and Eddie Taylor’s “Big Town Playboy” let Mayall sit back and enjoy the repartee among his bandmates.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Tony London ,

A Special Life

I first saw John Mayall live in the UK in the 60’s and was amazed then by his music and his band. Some of the first albums I bought were by him and I still have them. He was such an influence on the British scene then, and many great bands arose because of him.

Its hard to believe how time flies and also just as amazing that he’s still producing music and touring, if you are new to John Mayall check out some of the early albums as well.

His music is honest and soul full, blues, enjoy !

Tony London (Originally Twickenham UK)

Mrsiveyblue ,

A Must Have for Mayall devotees

John and The Bluesbreakers do it again. More outtasite music from Mr. Mayall and company. His drummer - Jay Davenport is an inspiration to me!

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