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The Blues Alone

John Mayall, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B000001F6U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With a release coming only two months after Crusade, The Blues Alone, the first Mayall "solo" album (i.e. without The Bluesbreakers), was John Mayall's third album of 1967, or fourth, if you count the various artists compilation Raw Blues. Like Raw Blues, it was released initially on Decca's discount Ace of Clubs label to distinguish it from a regular Mayall album, although the distinction has been lost over time. It was actually recorded prior to Crusade on May 1, 1967. Mayall played and overdubbed all instruments except drums, which were handled by Bluesbreaker Keef Hartley, which was one way of dealing with his ongoing personnel difficulties (by this time, his bassist, John McVie, had left to join Fleetwood Mac). It also served notice that, despite his band being a spawning ground for several British stars by now, the real star of the group was its leader. But it didn't quite prove that, since Mayall, while certainly competent on harmonica, keyboards, and guitars, doesn't display the flair of an Eric Clapton or Peter Green, and the overdubbing, as is so often the case, robs the recording of any real sense of interplay. --William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

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4.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Solo Album from British Blues Legend 12 Aug 2002
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In the light of John Mayall's justly celebrated work with ever-changing band lineups (including the odd future superstar), it would be easy to overlook this solo effort which appeared shortly after Hard Road with Peter Green. "The Blues Alone" is pretty much what it claims to be, just Mayall on vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica (and surprisingly, celeste!) with unobtrusive support from drummer Keef Hartley on a couple of tracks (oh, and a steam train on "Catch that Train"). Fittingly, it is a very personal album, deeply moving in places ("Down the Line" and "Broken Wings" are both eerily beautiful), assertive in others ("No More Tears" and "Don't Kick Me" both feature driving guitar from the man himself) and just plain rockin' in others ("Sonny Boy Blow" is a joyous boogie-woogie blast with jangly piano an some pretty wild harmonica). Mayall's vocals are superb throughout. Along with "Turning Point" and "Laurel Canyon", this remains one of my personal favourites by this truly great performer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cruel cut of fate 5 Mar 2003
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Imagine that you were a teenager when he recorded this ; had heard 'Bluesbreakers'and come of age , and had lived ever since with 'Marsha's Mood' and 'Broken Wings' as lifetime music - and your original vinyl has just had an encounter with your dearly loved nephew's toddler.......
Absolutely unreplaceable , this is one of the few records I can't live without. Just John Mayall demonstrating why an old man made an impression back then which has lasted my lifetime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Blues Alone 24 Jan 2013
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One of my many favorite Mayall albums.Buy it just for the piano piece,Blues For Marsha
I highly recommend this.There's no Clapton,No Peter Green and no Mick Taylor but Mayall's guitar and piano
playing are superb throughout.It's an unsual record-Mayall is so famous for his ever-changing groups but
it tells much about Mayall as a musician and not just a one of the very great band leaders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intimate English blues 3 Mar 2002
By N. D. A. Grie - Published on
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The Blues Alone is an intimate album, with John Mayall playing all instruments except (sometimes) drums, and writing all the material. This music here apparently could not fit into the mold of the Bluesbreakers. The arrangements are spare, and John's guitar and keyboard work is nimble without calling attention to itself. John draws on a variety of blues sounds and traditions that I am unqualified to name, but can recognize. There are no bad songs on the album, and five that I particularly enjoy: "No More Tears", a rollicking happy song with an impressive upper-register guitar solo, "Canceling Out" an angry denunciation by a man on the make of women he picks up who aren't what they seem to be, "Brown Sugar" a smoldering song of praise about the pleasures of a brown-skinned lover (please not to be confused with the tongue-in-cheek but still offensive Rolling Stones song), "Broken Wing", a beautiful song of redemption featuring a gorgeous organ solo; and "Don't Kick Me", a rocker with a thundering bass line. This is my favorite Mayall album of the six or so I have heard, more satisfying than the very popular The Turning Point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You get Mayall 25 Mar 2002
By Bob Davis - Published on
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Mayall is revered as a blues legend for the band members he had and has. This old album (which I have played for 30+ plus years) highlights how good Mayall is himself where he plays every sound on the album apart from some drums from Hughie Flint. The result is a classic blues album. The album features his song writing and playing ability whether on harmonic, guitar or keyboards. As the liner notes say, his guitar is unlikely to cause others to jump off bridges (or words to that effect), but listening to his historic 9 string guitar or harmonica or his keyboards envokes strong emotions. There are many highlights, but the best are 'Sonny boy blow' and 'Broken wings'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its all about Marsha's Mood 10 Sep 2003
By Katy - Published on
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I am no expert! Yet in my humble opinion the track "Marsha's Mood" is the quintessensial blues number. It conveys strong and disturbed emotion with beautiful simplicity. Mayall's music may be described as unpolished but for me this only creates depth and raw sentiment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly five stars 18 Oct 2003
By Scott E. Porter - Published on
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This album could easily be five stars, but it depends upon your musical desire. I think that the best way to sum up this album is simple blues. Clearly Mayall is better known for the guitarist he helped to introduce but this album is not about the legendary guitarists or the bandmembers with whom he has played. This album is about simple blues and is certainly a great introduction vs. addition to any blues collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Oh My God, Yes 26 Oct 2006
By Georgert - Published on
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I probably listened to this album hundreds if not thousands of times when I was in college back in the early 70s. I recently reaquired it and am on pace to beat the previous score. For fans of hippie blues power, this is one of, if not the best albums of all times.
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