Friday, January 30, 2009

John Mayall - 4 albums (@flac)

John Mayall, OBE (born 29 November 1933) is a pioneering English blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His musical career spans over fifty years but the most notable episode in it occurred during the late '60s. He was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and has been influential in the careers of many instrumentalists, including Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Jon Mark, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, and Buddy Whittington.

Mayall's father was Murray Mayall, a guitarist and jazz music enthusiast. From an early age, he was drawn to the sounds of American blues players such as Leadbelly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, and Eddie Lang, and taught himself to play the piano, guitars, and harmonica. Mayall served three years of national service in Korea and, during a period of leave, he bought his first electric guitar. Back in Manchester he enrolled at Manchester College of Art, now part of Manchester Metropolitan University, and started playing with semi-professional bands. After graduation he obtained a job as an art designer but continued to play with local musicians. In 1963 he opted for a full time musical career and moved to London. His previous craft was put to good use in the designing of covers for many of his own albums. John Mayall married twice and has six grand-children. Mrs Maggie Mayall is an American blues performer and since the early 1980s takes an active part in the management of her husband's career. In 2005 Mayall was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Honours List.

Original John Mayall albums
1965: John Mayall Plays John Mayall (Decca) [live, Dec. '64]
1966: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (Decca) UK # 6
1967: A Hard Road (Decca) UK # 10
1967: Crusade (Decca) UK # 8
1967: The Blues Alone (Ace of Clubs) UK # 24
1968: The Diary of a Band Volume 1 (Decca) UK # 27
1968: The Diary of a Band Volume 2 (Decca) UK # 28
1968: Bare Wires (Decca) UK # 3
1968: Blues from Laurel Canyon (Decca) UK # 33
1969: The Turning Point (Polydor) UK # 11
1970: Empty Rooms (Polydor) UK # 9
1970: USA Union (Polydor) UK # 50
1971: Back to the Roots (Polydor, 2LP) UK # 31
1971: Memories (Polydor)
1971 (<-1968): John Mayall - Live In Europe (London PS 589) [a USA release of The Diary Of A Band Vol. 2]
1972: Jazz Blues Fusion (Polydor) [live, USA, Nov.-Dec. '71]
1973: Moving On (Polydor) [live, USA, July '72]
1973: Ten Years Are Gone (Polydor, 2LP/ no CD reissue) [studio + live NY'72]
1974: The Latest Edition (Polydor)
1975: New Year, New Band, New Company (ABC - One Way)
1975: Notice to Appear (ABC - One Way)
1976: Banquet in Blues (ABC - One Way)
1977: Lots of People (ABC - One Way) [live LA, Nov. '76]
1977: A Hard Core Package (ABC - One Way)
1977: Primal Solos (Decca) [live '66 and '68, UK]
1978: The Last of the British Blues (ABC - One Way) [live USA]
1979: Bottom Line (DJM)
1980: No More Interviews (DJM)
1982: Road Show Blues (DJM) (Reissue 1995 : Why Worry. 2000 : Lost and Gone. 2001 : Reaching for the blues. 2006 : Godfather of the Blues. 2007 : Big Man)
1985: Return Of The Bluesbreakers (AIM Australia) ['81 and '82]
1985: Behind the Iron Curtain (GNP Crescendo) [live Hungary](Reissue 2004:Steppin' out)
1987: Chicago Line (Entente - Island)
1988: The Power of the Blues (Entente) [live Germany '87] (Reissue 2003 : Blues Forever)
1988: (<-1971) Archives to Eighties (Polydor)
1990: A Sense of Place (Island)
1992: Cross Country Blues (One Way) ['81 and '84]
1993: Wake Up Call (Silvertone) UK # 61
1994: The 1982 Reunion Concert (One Way) [live, USA]
1995: Spinning Coin (Silvertone)
1997: Blues for the Lost Days (Silvertone)
1999: Padlock on the Blues (Eagle)
1999: Rock the Blues Tonight (Indigo) [live 2CD '70-'71, Canada]
1999: Live at the Marquee 1969 (Eagle) [live '69, London]
1999: The Masters (Eagle) [live 2CD, UK '69 +interv.]
2001: Along for The Ride (Eagle/Red Ink)
2002: Stories (Eagle/Red Ink)
2003: (<-1987-8): Blues Forever (Fuel) ['87 & '88]
2003: 70th Birthday Concert (Eagle) [live in Liverpool]
2005: Road Dogs (Eagle)
2005: Rolling with the Blues (Recall) [live '72-73 and '80+'82, various countries, 2CD +DVD interview] (Reissue 2006 The private Collection (Snapper 2CD)
2007: Live at the BBC (Decca) ['65-67 & '75]
2007: In the Palace of the King (Eagle)
2007: Live from Austin, Tx (NWRecords) [live'93]

John Mayall - Bare Wires (264.9 MB)
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John Mayall - Empty Rooms (246.89 MB)
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John Mayall - The Turning Point (253.28 MB)
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John Mayall - USA Union (260.11 MB)
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Jeff said...

Any chance that you have Diary of a band Volume 1?

. said...

Only MP3...

Download-Link (Part 1):

Download-Link (Part 2):


Jeff said...

Thank you so much. MP3 is fine. I had this on vinyl when it came out and loved "God Bless The Queen". Lost the LP and haven't seen the CD for sale here in Montreal.
Service like this is unbelievable.

Mr Fantasy said...

Do you have the Bottom Line album please? Not a popular JM album, but I'd love to get hold of the Jim Capaldi covers 'I'm Gonna Do It' and 'Game of Love'.

. said...

Only MP3 but will not UL any more of that music killing format. Sorry!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't begin to tell you how long I've looked for USA/Union, and to find it in FLAC is a real joy.

Your blog is a real comfort to those of us who remember those albums when they first came out, and to know that they are, in a sense, still coming out...

To paraphrase Cory Doctorow, if there is anything worse for an artist than worrying about being pirated, it's worrying about not being listened to at all.

And just as information wants to be free, so music wants to be free.

Again, thanks so much for all your hard work, and know that it is not in vain...