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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B000RHKAS8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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This is the Mayall band of the Mick Taylor era, with one or two personnel changes between the tracks (mainly of bassplayer!). Mayall used to record all his gigs on a 2 track reel to reel tape recorder, so don't expect 2008 sound quality! However, the music more than makes up for the poor sound, with some long tracks which allow them to stretch out on fine solos, particularly from Mick Taylor and Dick Heckstall-Smith. Taylor really impresses here, showing a maturity far beyond his tender years (he was 18 when most of it was recorded!). Much of what is on here was never recorded in a studio, and Mayall had a habit of almost pulling songs out of a hat at gigs, so the chances are that 1 or 2 of these were only ever played once! Those of you who have the 2 Diary of a Band albums will find nothing new here, and in truth it is really for Mayall collectors. However, with that in mind, you won't be disappointed. By the way, if the sound had been better, it would have warranted a 5!
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I bought this as vinyl replacement having purchased the originals when I was at University in the sixties.

There are some good performances on this double album (which If I recollect correctly was always sold as 2 separate albums), but the sound is poor. To some extent there is a reason for this - these are raw live recordings, which according to the sleeve notes were recorded at a low quality tape speed. But these CD's are meant to be "remastered", so with some digital processing it should have been possible to eliminate some of the hum and other extraneous recording noise. It can be done, as evidence the difference between original vinyl Who Live at Leeds compared with the DeLuxe CD version. I guess by "remastered" they man "not copied from a vinyl".

Unless you like live recordings to have a raw atmosphere, I would not have recommended this album set in any case. For a Live recording the Mayall 70th Birthday album is much better. Otherwise I would suggest to buy the Bluesbreakers studio albums of the period (featuring variously Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor), rather than this item.

There was and is too much chat, banter and other junk on this album - once you have heard that once you don't really want to hear it again. Of course, on CD or ripped for your iPod you easily can skip the irrelevant tracks - you don't have to lift and reposition the needle. In fact, I did more than that: As well as skipping the two "speech-only" tracks, I edited out some of the introductions (including Gimme Some Lovin') and applause at the end of the tracks. I edited the 'Medley' to get rid of the interview parts, and also for the last medley item increased the volume (which the remastering engineers should have done).
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I had both these albums on vinyl and listened to them countless times in the late 60s. Now I have them on CD I can play them all around the house and in my car. They have not dated at all and the interplay between Mick Taylor and the brass section is superb. I have seen John Mayall twice and both times were in 1970. If by chance I ever bumped into him which I nearly did in Austin, Texas five years ago I would ask him: are there any more tapes from the Diary of a Band period that you could release?
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The previous reviewers are quite right. The music is fine - sometimes terrific - the recording quality is a bit iffy and there is way too much chat to bear hearing again and again. It really is one for collectors, fans and completists. That said I still play it fairly regularly.
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I own Vol 2 on vinyl which is much better than Vol 1 and having seen JMB perform in the late 60s I love this music. However the raucous chat and mucking about are irritating. Dick Heckstall-Smith on the sax is inspired in places.
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As an fan who didn't quite get it when I was young, but now I have had my eyes opened to this great artist.
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The only importance about this album is "history".Sound quality is just horrible.I bought this album in Belgium, I think it was 1968.I sold it very quickly although I had all his privious albums.Nowadays I bought all of the remastered CD's of th sixties, except this one.Sorry for my English, I am dutch speaking.
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I knew what to expect as I still have the 12" vinyl versions but nothing to play them on. (I feature on tambourine at the Beachcomber Club Nottm)

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