John Mayall - Talk About That

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Talk About That is a studio album by blues musician John Mayall, released in January 2017 via Forty Below Records.

In the era of star-making TV programs and here-today-gone-tomorrow musicians, just how wonderful is it to have a new album from a man who marked his 80th birthday three years ago by signing a new contract with Forty Below Records?

John Mayall, Manchester-born “godfather of the British blues”, is a true legend, an elder statesman to whom so many of rock’s key players owe a huge debt.

Talk About That  features Rocky Athas on lead and rhythm guitar, Greg Rzab on bass and percussion, and Jay Davenport on drums and percussion. Special guest Joe Walsh lends his distinctive guitar style on two tracks – playing with Mayall has been on his bucket list for 40 years. Ron Dziubla, Mark Pender and Nick Lane between them add evocative reeds and brass which works a treat, particularly on “Gimme Some Of That Gumbo”. New Orleans is conjured up instantly in the mind’s ear – we are transported to Bourbon Street.

Recorded at the House of Blues Studio in Encino, California, Talk About That  features eight Mayall originals plus covers of Bettye Crutcher’s “It’s Hard Going Up”, Jimmy Rogers’ “Goin’ Away Baby” and Jerry Lyn Williams’ “Don’t Deny Me”.

“You never know, how your life is going to be… What’s to become of me?” Mayall sings in “You Never Know”, the album’s closing track, and indeed it must be amazing for him to look back on a career that now spans more than three-score albums.

On a compelling album, “The Devil Must Be Laughing” is the stand-out track, Walsh’s searing guitar solo underpinned by Mayall’s Hammond and a powerful vocal with lyrics that rail against war and injustice: “I had a nightmare dream…The whole damn world went wrong/Then I woke up and read the papers/And the devil sang his song.” “Goin’ Away Baby” is down-home Chicago blues propelled along by bass and percussion, Mayall’s evocative harmonica alternating with his vocals. “Blue Midnight” is pure funk.

Talk About That is proof positive that Mayall maintains his standing in the pantheon of great bluesmen whose sense of soul and purpose is indefatigable. Long may he run.

Check out the tracks: “The Devil Must Be Laughing”; “Goin’ Away Baby” and “Talk About That”.

This Limited Edition LP record is on black vinyl with a printed inner sleeve, pressed in the US.

(020286223238)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Mother In Law Blues

3:11

A2

The River’s Invitation

3:47

A3

Ain’t No Guarantees

3:24

A4

I Feel So Bad

4:18

A5

Find A Way To Care

3:41

B1

Long Distance Call

4:29

B2

I Want All My Money Back

3:18

B3

Ropes And Chains

4:17

B4

Long Summer Days

3:50

B5

Drifting Blues

4:20

SKU 020286223238
Record Label Forty Below Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number FBR 015LP
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 27 January 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 27 January 2017
Barcode # 020286223238
Shipping Weight 0.2550kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Inner Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Blues
Format VINYL LP

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