The Turning Point [Bonus Tracks 2001]

The Turning Point [Bonus Tracks 2001]

by John MayallJohn Mayall

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Recorded just after Mick Taylor departed for the Rolling Stones, Mayall eliminated drums entirely on this live recording. With mostly acoustic guitars and John Almond on flutes and sax, Mayall and his band, as his typically overblown liner notes state, "explore seldom-used areas within the framework of low-volume music." But it does work. The all-original material is flowing and melodic, with long, jazzy grooves that don't lose sight of their bluesy underpinnings. Lyrically, Mayall stretches out a bit into social comment on "The Laws Must Change" on this fine, meditative mood album. The 2001 CD reissue is a definite upgrade, though perhaps not enough to make you rush out and buy a new copy, in its addition of three previously unreleased bonus tracks from the same performance. Those are all respectable songs that fit in well with the rest of the set, particularly "Sleeping by Her Side" with its catchy and dreamy flute line, and the brisk "Don't Waste My Time," which has a nearly country & western feel. The newly added historical liner notes are another plus.

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Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0731454942324
catalogNumber: 549423
Rank: 67654


  1. The Laws Must Change
  2. Saw Mill Gulch Road
  3. I'm Gonna Fight for You J.B.
  4. So Hard to Share
  5. California
  6. Thoughts About Roxanne
  7. Room to Move
  8. Sleeping by Her Side
  9. Don't Waste My Time
  10. Can't Sleep This Night

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