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A classic - with one little quibble,
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This review is from: A Hard Road (Audio CD)
This is a real classic among British blues albums, and it's nice to have it remastered on CD.
Those whose acquaintance with or interest in John Mayall is limited to the "Beano" album would do well to give this a listen. Okay, it doesn't have God's blistering guitar work, but Mayall's songwriting is stronger, the ensemble playing is punchier and tighter, and the arrangements have more variety than on the Clapton album. And of course you get the rapidly burgeoning talents of Peter Green.
There are some real gems among the bonus tracks too, such as Peter Green's brilliant solo rendition, soaked with blues feeling, of J B Lenoir's bitter and outspoken "Alabama Blues," and the four tracks with the virtuoso harmonica playing of Paul Butterfield. But why, oh why, couldn't they have included the wonderful single "Double Trouble" / "It Hurts Me Too," the best single Mayall made with Peter Green and possibly ever? I'm afraid the omission has cost this otherwise excellent album its fifth star.
Highly recommended all the same, if you like British blues.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2009 01:26:35 GMT
Patrick Hurley says:
The reviewer asks...
But why, oh why, couldn't they have included the wonderful single "Double Trouble" / "It Hurts Me Too," the best single Mayall made with Peter Green and possibly ever?
These two tracks are included on the reissued Crusade album, reissued 3 months later, in Sept 2007.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2009 19:56:43 BDT
Keith Randall says:
I'd add another 'why, oh why? It is: why, oh why couldn't they have issued A Hard Road in mono and stereo, as they did with its predecessor? Just like its predecessor, the legendary, so-called 'Beano' album, it is far superior in mono.
Posted on 19 Mar 2011 01:07:34 GMT
I'll add a third "why-oh-why": Why oh why doesn't Mayall let someone else do the vocals. His singing voice is terrible. I respect his knowledge and love of "Da Blooz".. and his keyboards and harp are more than adequate but the best moments on this cd are Peter Green's instrumentals. Mayall always sounds constipated when he sings.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2011 12:50:40 BDT
Tricky Tree says:
I like him. If your not that fond of him then listen to something else.
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