Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers|
Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Digitally remastered reissue of this album from the British Blues icon. The title makes a virtue of necessity, as John Mayall introduces another new line-up Two guitarists, High Tide Harris and Randy Resnick, lead the band... more »
Digitally remastered reissue of this album from the British Blues icon. The title makes a virtue of necessity, as John Mayall introduces another new line-up Two guitarists, High Tide Harris and Randy Resnick, lead the band in more of an up-tempo R&B style than has been used in much of Mayall's music during the past several years, starting with the timely 'Gasoline Blues' (1974 was the year of the gas lines, remember?) and going on to 'Troubled Times' (which advises impeaching President Nixon). For the first time on CD this sought after John Mayall album is available, endorsed a by John himself, and he has contributed a new interview for the notes. Lemon. 2009.
One of Mayall's Weakest
Kurt Harding | Boerne TX | 07/01/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The Latest Edition is one of the many mid-70s John Mayall releases that fizzled out and disappeared unlamented soon after their initial appearances. I never saw or heard this before even though in 1974 I was already a fairly avid consumer of music. But as soon as I heard this reissue, I understood why.
This CD is one of the worst and weakest Mayall albums I have ever had the displeasure of hearing. There are a couple worse but their names escape my memory. Unmemorable is a good way to characterize both the music, which injects unsavory elements of funk and disco into the blues style Mayall is famous for, and the line-up, most of whose names would likely leave the most rabid Mayall completeists scratching their heads.
There are a lot of lame tunes here. It doesn't help that the worst one, Gasoline Blues, opens the album. Musically, it is so bad that it helps to sour the listener on almost everything that follows. The best song is The Pusher Man, a preachy anti-drug song as only Mayall could write one. That is followed in quality by the only real wailing blues cut, A Crazy Game. Perfect Peace and Troubled Times are just OK, but beyond those four is a musical void.
The CD comes with an insert that features a picture of the band and some rather poorly edited commentary. If you are determined to try to become a Mayall completeist, then you are going to want to get Latest Edition no matter what I say. But my advice to those not so driven is to steer far away from this one."