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As 2013 came to a close, and with his 80th birthday mere weeks away, the godfather of British blues quietly entered a North Hollywood Studio with his band, special guest C.J. Chenier and co-producer/engineer Eric Corne. He walked out with one of the finest and most personal records of his career, A Special Life.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000FOPQOG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Armstrong on 29 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album is noteworthy in JM's huge catalogue because of the brilliant fiddle playing by Don "Sugarcane" Harris, the solid bass of Larry Taylor and the inspired guitar work of Harvey Mandel (the latter two stalwarts of Canned Heat at its height). It is also notable for not having a drummer - a great relief given that recordings today tend to put the drums so far up in the mix that they become the dominant instrument.

Most of the songs on the album are love songs and range from the bass driven upbeat "You must be crazy" to the slow whining "Crying" - an outstanding blues track with Sugarcane squeezing every drop of emotion out of his electric fiddle. But, for me, the stand out track was (and still is) the opening number "Nature's Disappearing". When I heard that track it was the first time in my life I had heard of the dangers of pollution and the other environmental issues raised and it influenced my thinking on the issues ever after. Of course the ideas expressed in the song are no longer fresh, but what is so depressing is that 40 years on the appeal to do something about the state we are getting the planet into is more needed than ever. Amongst blues and rock fans, "Nature's Disappearing" may have recruited more people to Greenpeace than the voyages of Rainbow Warrior.

Without a single dud track, USA Union is one of the best albums in JM's long and celebrated career.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Colin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a must-have album - no drums, but you do not even notice. Great songs, great musicians and just a fantastic laid back feel. Possibly one of Harvey Mandels greatest albums also.
I first heard it on vinyl when i was 14 or so, and now at 50 years old, I still love it and have it on my mp3 player.
Oh, and love the violin also. The late Sugar Cane Harris - sadly missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mj Elton on 30 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
John Mayall's work continually evolved in the 1960's and this 1970 album followed on from the great The Turning Point,assembling a band including the great electric violinist Sugarcane Harris and Harvey Mandell on guitar;there are some really great tracks here.
I especially like Nature's Disappearing,Took The Car and My Pretty Girl.What's good is that the violin isn't over-used (as I think it was on Dylan's Desire) and Harvey Mandell's guitar playing is always subtle and fitting.
Not as special as The Turning Point or as cutting edge as Barewires or Blues From Laurel Canyon but a very good album nevertheless and shows Mayall still making good music into the '70s-and till today !
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "radient_baby" on 29 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
when I first heard it on vinyl I loved the fact mayall hadnt used any drums, which gave the sound such a soft edge, the lyrics are so intelligent and JM has a beautuful canned heatish type of voice which I think is bute!!
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