This was the last of the six albums John Mayall originally made for Blue Thumb/ABC Records between 1975 and 1978, about which he has said, "ABC released six of my albums as a tax write-off. A week after they were released you couldn't find them in any store." It's a live album on which Mayall fronts a quartet consisting of guitarist James Quill Smith (who sings lead on several songs), bassist Steve Thompson, and drummer Soko Richardson. The approach is rock-oriented, and the set list includes such Bluesbreakers favorites as Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm," and Freddie King's "Hideaway" (taken at a frantic tempo), along with the usual complement of generic Mayall originals, among them, a remake of "The Bear," from Blues From Laurel Canyon.
The Godfater of British Blues" features contributions from Mayall, his family, fellow musicians, colleagues, and friends in interviews and performances. Rare archive film from all periods of his life marks his achievements and some of the events that formed them. "The Turning Point" is the earliest rockumentary of Mayall and his musicians filmed in their homes, dressing rooms, motorways, airports, clubs, concert halls, and at festivals. In 1969, Mayall was changing the emphasis of his band away from the "electric circus" of lead guitar and drums to a more gentler approach without drums and acoustic guitar, flutes, and saxophones.
In August 2004 the NBF welcomed some British blues legends: that lineup of BBA was Long John Baldry on vocals; guitarists Kim Simmonds, Tom McGuinness and Peter Green (also on harmonica); Bob Hall on piano; bassist Gary Fletcher; saxophonist Steve Beighton, and Colin Allen on drums.
Rarely has the primal excitement of the electric blues guitar been so voraciously and expertly illustrated on one compilation than on Screaming And Crying, renowned British blues buff Neil Slaven s monumental homage to the music which shaped both his life and a whole generation. Over three discs and 75 tracks, the set straddles the spectrum of the electrified blues which fuelled the British R&B boom of the 1960s and beyond, mixing much-feted names such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley with more deliciously obscure outings by the likes of Doctor Ross and Guitar Shorty. Slaven s liner notes outline the story behind the roughshod classics which bust out of the set, whether screaming with the joy of musical release, or crying in a pool of despair, both amplified through jacked-up guitar strings.