John Mayall

Happy birthday John Mayall (1933), Chuck Mangione (1940), Denny Doherty (The Mamas & The Papas) (1941) and Felix Cavlieri (The Rascals) (1944).

I’ve got some John Mayall (I started with “The Turning Point”) and some Mamas & Papas and Rascals.

I don’t think I’ve ever written about John Mayall before, so here goes…most all of his LP’s got issued in the US, and they were in every record store.  I do not now remember how I heard “Turning Point”, but I understood that it was to be his LP to the backlash of LOUD and HEAVY  groups…it is fully acoustic!

CD                BACK TO THE ROOTS                                                                               POLYDOR US      549424.2            1970

2001 26 TRKS stereo 2CD

LP                 BACK TO THE ROOTS (US)                                                                       POLYDOR US      25-3002              1970

1970 18 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album

 

CD                BARE WIRES                                                                                              DERAM EU          820538.2            1968

1988 7 TRKS stereo CD with Dick Heckstall-Smith

LP                 BARE WIRES                                                                                              DECCA UK           SKL 4945             1968

1968 13 TRKS stereo LP

LP                 BARE WIRES (US)                                                                                     LONDON US       PS 537                 1968

1968 13 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD                BEST OF, THE – BLUESBREAKERS                                                             DERAM UK          844785.2            1997

1997 20 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

LP                 BLUES FROM LAUREL CANYON                                                               DECCA UK           SKL 4972             1968

1968 12 TRKS stereo LP

 

LP                 DIARY OF A BAND Vol. 2                                                                         DECCA UK           SKL 4919             1968

1968 7 TRKS stereo LP Live album

 

CD                HARD ROAD, A                                                                                          DECCA UK           9842225             1967

2006 28 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 JENNY / PICTURE ON THE WALL promo                                                LONDON US       45-20037           1968

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD                JOHN MAYALL PLAYS JOHN MAYALL – LIVE AT KLOOKS KLEEK            DECCA UK           9841779             1965

2006 17 TRKS stereo CD 5 x bonus tracks

LP                 JOHN MAYALL PLAYS JOHN MAYALL mono                                           DECCA UK           LK 4680               1965

1965 12 TRKS mono LP

 

7″                 JOHN MAYALL’S BLUESBREAKERS WITH PAUL BUTTERFIELD (PS)      DECCA UK           DFE-R 8673        1967

1967 4 TRK EP with pic sleeve

 

7″                 OH, PRETTY WOMAN / SUSPICIONS (US)                                             LONDON US       45-20035           1968

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 ROOM TO MOVE / SAW MILL GULCH ROAD (DE) (PS)                       POLYDOR DE      59382                 1969

1969 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

LP                 SOMETHING NEW (DE)                                                                           KARUSSELL DE    2499 011            1970

1970? 10 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

7″                 SONNY BOY BLOW / BROKEN WINGS (US)                                          LONDON US       45-LON-20039   1968

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                 TURNING POINT, THE                                                                              POLYDOR UK      583 571              1969

1969 7 TRKS stereo LP insert

CD                TURNING POINT, THE (US)                                                                      POLYDOR US      549423.2            1970

2001 10 TRKS stereo CD Live, 3 x bonus tracks

 

7″                 WALKING ON SUNSET / LIVING ALONE (US)                                         LONDON US       45-LON-20042   1968

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

SA-CD          WITH ERIC CLAPTON (SA-CD)                                                                 UNIVERSAL JPN  UIGY-9043          1966

2012 12 TRKS SA-CD Non-hybrid stereo

CD                WITH ERIC CLAPTON (US)                                                                       LONDON US       800086.2            1966

1990? 12 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 WITH ERIC CLAPTON (US) re-issue                                                       LONDON US       LC 50009            1966

1977 12 TRKS stereo LP, re-issue

 

LP                 WORLD OF JOHN MAYALL, THE                                                              DECCA UK           SPA 47                 1969

1969 14 TRKS stereo LP collection

John Mayall

Happy Birthday to Rick Derringer (1947), Timi Yuro (1941) and Louis Armstrong (1901).

JOHN MAYALL

British blues – a nasty word to some, John Mayall to others.

CD                BACK TO THE ROOTS                                                                               POLYDOR US      549424.2

2001 26 TRKS stereo 2CD

LP                 BACK TO THE ROOTS (US)                                                                       POLYDOR US      25-3002

1970 18 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album

 

CD                BARE WIRES                                                                                              DERAM EU          820538.2

1988 7 TRKS stereo CD with Dick Heckstall-Smith

LP                 BARE WIRES                                                                                              DECCA UK           SKL 4945

1968 13 TRKS stereo LP with Dick Heckstall-Smith

LP                 BARE WIRES (US)                                                                                     LONDON US       PS 537

1968 13 TRKS stereo LP with Dick Heckstall-Smith

 

CD                BEST OF, THE – BLUESBREAKERS                                                             DERAM UK          844785.2

1997 20 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

LP                 BLUES FROM LAUREL CANYON                                                               DECCA UK           SKL 4972

1968 12 TRKS stereo LP

 

LP                 DIARY OF A BAND Vol. 2                                                                         DECCA UK           SKL 4919

1968 7 TRKS stereo LP Live album

 

CD                HARD ROAD, A                                                                                          DECCA UK           9842225

2006 28 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 JENNY / PICTURE ON THE WALL promo                                                LONDON US       45-20037

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD                JOHN MAYALL PLAYS JOHN MAYALL – LIVE AT KLOOKS KLEEK            DECCA UK           9841779

2006 17 TRKS stereo / mono CD 5 x bonus tracks

LP                 JOHN MAYALL PLAYS JOHN MAYALL mono                                           DECCA UK           LK 4680

1965 12 TRKS mono LP

 

7″                 JOHN MAYALL’S BLUESBREAKERS WITH PAUL BUTTERFIELD (PS)      DECCA UK           DFE-R 8673

1967 4 TRK EP with pic sleeve

 

7″                 OH, PRETTY WOMAN / SUSPICIONS (US)                                             LONDON US       45-20035

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 ROOM TO MOVE / SAW MILL GULCH ROAD (DE) (PS)                       POLYDOR DE      59382

1969 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

LP                 SOMETHING NEW (DE)                                                                           KARUSSELL DE    2499 011

1970? 10 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

7″                 SONNY BOY BLOW / BROKEN WINGS (US)                                          LONDON US       45-LON-20039

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                 TURNING POINT, THE                                                                              POLYDOR UK      583 571

1969 7 TRKS stereo LP insert

CD                TURNING POINT, THE (US) (10)                                                             POLYDOR US      549423.2

2001 10 TRKS stereo CD Live, 3 x bonus tracks

 

7″                 WALKING ON SUNSET / LIVING ALONE (US)                                         LONDON US       45-LON-20042

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

SA-CD          WITH ERIC CLAPTON (SA-CD)                                                                 UNIVERSAL JPN  UIGY-9043

2012 12 TRKS SA-CD Non-hybrid stereo

CD                WITH ERIC CLAPTON (US)                                                                       LONDON US       800086.2

1990? 12 TRKS stereo CD a very low # for a Polygram CD!

LP                 WITH ERIC CLAPTON (US) re-issue                                                       LONDON US       LC 50009

1977 12 TRKS stereo LP, re-issue

 

LP                 WORLD OF JOHN MAYALL, THE                                                              DECCA UK           SPA 47

1969 14 TRKS stereo LP collection

SHM-SA-CD’s

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SHM-SA-CD’s

Most anybody who knows me well knows that I am an advocate of SA-CD (Super Audio CD).  My preference is to recommend domestic SA-CD that are hybrid discs to people – discs that can be played on ordinary CD players.

Last year, Universal Japan started issuing expensive (base cost US$54. ea. – before shipping) limited editions of SHM-SA-CD’s – see ‘em all here:  http://www.universal-music.co.jp/u-pop/special/sacd/rock_pops.html They are doing jazz and classical titles as well – check ‘em out!

I ordered from Japan several of the ones that had never previously been made available as SA-CD’s:

UIGY-9022     THE WHO – Who’s Next

UIGY-9031     BLIND FAITH – Blind Faith

UIGY-9033     10cc – The Original Soundtrack

UIGY-9034     BLACK SABBATH – Paranoid

UIGY-9043     JOHN MAYALL with ERIC CLAPTON – Blues Breakers

UIGY-9047     CARAVAN – In The Land of Grey and Pink

UIGY-9049     TRAFFIC – John Barleycorn Must Die

UIGY-9057     GENTLE GIANT – Octopus

Caravan and John Mayall / Eric Clapton were mastered by Kevin Vanbergen at FX Copyroom in England – read about them here:  http://www.fxgroup.net/Copyroom

Definitely read the Sound on Sound article at the bottom of their page.  Interesting stuff!

It begs me to ask the question:  Was there any problems with the master tapes for Caravan or John Mayall / Eric Clapton?  Why weren’t they mastered in Tokyo like everything else (but The Who)?

How do these sound?  If there’s hiss on the master tape, it’s on this disc – along with the true sound of the master tape.  Probably the best sounding disc here is the10cc, as it was recorded very, very well.  The biggest improvement between a regular issue and an SHM-SA-CD would be either Blind Faith or Black Sabbath (Traffic comes a close second, to these two).  Really only The Who is disappointing; I previously obtained the SA-CD of “Tommy” and it sounds amazing, so I expected more from “Who’s Next”?  The SHM-SA-CD is mastered by Mr. Astley, and sounds like it may have been Pro-tool’d to death (to my ears).

And Universal Japan continues to issue SHM-SA-CD’s!  Coming up at the end of May, 2011 – Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers”!  I think I have an MFSL half-speed mastered LP of that one around here somewhere!  But, let’s hope it’s a mighty sounding SA-CD, like Black Sabbath “Paranoid”!