John Mayall - Blues From Laurel Canyon
This is my current album that I can't stop playing. I have never owned it before, although I was familiar with the it from around 1971 or 2. I bought it last week from Play.com.
John Mayall visited the USA on holiday and stayed in Los Angeles in 1968 after The Bluesbreakers split up following the Bare Wires album.
The album features the talents of the young Mick Taylor on lead guitar, Colin Allen on drums and Stephen Thompson on bass, with Mayall himself on guitar, harmonica, keyboards and vocals.
The album is one where all the tracks flow into one another, creating a feel that is almost like a concept album. John Mayall wrote each song about people he met and things that happened while he was staying in Laurel Canyon.
The album was recorded in London when he returned home. The entire thing was recorded in three days in August 1968.
Although the line-up was much smaller than the last version of The Bluesbreakers, the music is pretty complex and features interesting rhythms and tabla drums.
Like so much of Mayall's post Beano work, this album uses the blues as a start point and heads off for other places.
The original vinyl release was;
1. Vacation (2:47)
2. Walking On Sunset (2:50)
3. Laurel Canyon Home (4:33)
4. 2401 (3:42)
5. Ready To Ride (3:32)
6. Medicine Man (2:43)
7. Somebody's Acting Like A Child (3:27)
8. The Bear (4:40)
9. Miss James (2:30)
10. First Time Alone (4:49)
11. Long Gone Midnight (3:27)
12. Fly Tomorrow (8:59)
Inevitably, the CD release has two bonus tracks;
13. 2401 (3:56) [Single version]
14. Wish You Were Mine (8:36) [Live '68, previously on Primal Solos]
It's in the Dropbox