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Road Dogs [CD]

John Mayall Audio CD
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As the elder statesman of British blues, it is John Mayall's lot to be more renowned as a bandleader and mentor than as a performer in his own right. Throughout the '60s, his band, the Bluesbreakers, acted as a finishing school for the leading British blues-rock musicians of the era. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor joined his band in a remarkable succession in the ... Read more in Amazon's John Mayall Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Eagle Rock
  • ASIN: B0009JMES8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Short Wave Radio 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. So Glad 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Forty Days 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. To Heal The Pain 5:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Burned Bridges 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Snake Eye 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kona Village 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beyond Control 6:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Chaos In the Neighbourhood 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You'll Survive 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Awestruck & Spellbound 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. With You 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Brumwell's Beat 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
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For the legendary John Mayall, the blues is a medicine, a soulmate and life's definitive reality check. Now a weathered Septuagenarian, the venerable British blues campaigner - who spent his teenage years residing in a Macclesfield treehouse - is still keeping things authentically spartan with new studio album "Road Dogs", the truckin' title track itself finding the Bluesbreakers' gnarly streetwise mutts cocking a snoop - or a leg, dare it be said - at the pampered private-jet pooches of rock star celebrity. The band - the very same line-up responsible for 2002's well-regarded "Stories" - has teeth (and licks) and Mayall is at his most effective when engrossed in his own autobiography, the sincerest instances being found in the name-checking retrospection of "Short Wave Radio" ( "the healing inspiration" of Blind Lemon Jefferson) or in the chastening ire of "Snake Eye", a rant against an unspecified and -one would assume- unsuccessful litigant. However, when Mayall gets earnest about tsunamis, "crazies" and druggies ruining the neighbourhood he has a tendency to sound like the archetypal concerned resident writing into the letters page of the local newspaper. In the 1960s, Mayall was in the fast lane of British blues with Clapton and Peter Green thumbing for a ride. In the early Seventies he hit the hard shoulder. And in 2005 with "Road Dogs" he's cruising along in a vehicle which comfortably passes its MOT. --Kevin Maidment

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5.0 out of 5 stars JOHN MAYALL-ROAD DOGS 8 July 2005
By Paul S. Blakey VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The latest Mayall album! Very nice to; 15 songs for value 70 minutes and more playing time, makes a change. Uncluttered, simple, entertaining musically & lyrically. What else do you expect from a blues album. Buddy Whittington(Guitar)just gets better. Guest artists & Violin introduce a varied feel. Very well produced album, good sound. Go for it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Crankin' 15 Aug 2005
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
John Mayall has issued yet another new album? It amazes me that he has so much music in him that he continues to put out one quality album after another. Out of all he's done, there are very few Mayall albums I consider unworthy of his talent.

Road Dogs continues the long string of worthwhile albums that began when Mayall brought Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington into the band nearly two decades ago after he suffered a patch of mid-career burnout by issuing a couple of uninspired records. Chicago Line revitalized his muse and he's been going strong ever since. Montoya has since gone out on his own, but Whittington more than makes up for his absence.

Mayall has a tendency to revisit favorite themes such as how the blues have affected his life, personal issues, and social ills yet he continues to exhibit a bouyant optimism in most of his lyrics.

On Road Dogs, he manages to cover all his favorite bases once again. My favorites here are the title cut, So Glad, Snake Eye, Beyond Control, Chaos In The Neighborhood, You'll Survive, With You, the instrumental Brumwell's Beat, and Scrambling. Mayall's voice, an acquired taste for some, is the same as ever, and the band's line-up gives musical force to Mayall's continued strong songwriting skills.

Throughout his career, Mayall's bands have showcased and nurtured up and coming young musicians, a huge number of whom have gone onto substantial popularity after graduating from Mayall's "school". The latest talent featured by Mayall is the very young Eric Steckel who plays a mean and fiery lead on the hard-hitting Chaos In the Neighborhood. He sounds great and I hope Mayall uses him again.

Long-time Mayall fans will be pleased to find the grand old man of British blues still crankin'. Though Road Dogs is not his best album, it is of a quality that will give it heavy rotation in my CD player both at home and on the road. Add it to your CD collection today.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Whittington 17 Jun 2005
By Mr. Joe Budde - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I would have bought this anyway, I have everything John Mayall released. I became a fan of Buddy Whittington after seeing and hearing the 70th birthday DVD and CD. I am not at all dissapointed with this. I have been playing guitar for 40 years and Buddy is just what I always wanted to do with the guitar. Nothing too flashy, just brilliant craftsmanship; I'm not sure weather to be encouraged or disscouraged by him. The rest of the CD is great too, I guess a harp or keyboard player would feel the same.(I am over 13).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 18 Jun 2005
By Blue Lou - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are several very nice tunes on Road Dogs- 40 Days, Kona Village and You'll Survive among them. The instrumental Brumwell's Beat is as good as anything the Bluesbreakers have ever done. The CD may be a little message heavy at the expense of allowing the band to jam a little more. Make your own decision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Mayall in Years 25 July 2005
By Gregory Alonzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the best that I've heard "The Father of British Bues" sound in years. It seems that he is at his best when he has something to say, and say it he does. I've been a Mayall fan since 1967 so we mustn't forget that he was part of the social protests of that era. The Bluesbreakers are fabulous as always and fill out the tunes quite nicely. I had a chance to attend a club show just prior to the release of the CD. The show was fantastic! Afterwards I was fortunate to chat with John. Filled with vim, vigor and vip, Mayall's energy seemed endless. It's this energy on "Road Dogs" that makes it a must for the Mayall fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many lyrics. Not enough music. 17 Jun 2005
By Somebody - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love John Mayall. I bought his Turning Point cassette in 1970 and still listen to it. I've seen him perform two different years at the Grand Emporium blues club in Kansas City. I have many of his CDs.

This is not one of his better CDs. He spends too much time on his lyrics and not enough on the melodies. He sings on and on about his life and the sorry state of the world but where's the band? Longtime fans may enjoy "Road Dogs" because it his latest release but if you are new to John Mayall first watch his 70th birthday concert DVD with good home theater speakers.
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