Along for the Ride

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
When a father calls a family meeting, those summoned tend to show up. And John Mayall, the patriarch of British blues, drew quite an impressive crowd to the recording session for Along for the Ride, his 44th release in four decades. Two former members of Mayall’s Bluesbreakers -- John McVie and Mick Fleetwood who started Fleetwood Mac -- play bass and drums, respectively, on “Testify,” which also features the young American blues sensation Shannon Curfman sharing vocals and taking on lead guitar. The rhythm duo are joined by guitarists Peter Green and Steve Miller for a funky version of Tony Joe White’s “Yo Yo Man.” Chicago legend Otis Rush sings on one of his most ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
When a father calls a family meeting, those summoned tend to show up. And John Mayall, the patriarch of British blues, drew quite an impressive crowd to the recording session for Along for the Ride, his 44th release in four decades. Two former members of Mayall’s Bluesbreakers -- John McVie and Mick Fleetwood who started Fleetwood Mac -- play bass and drums, respectively, on “Testify,” which also features the young American blues sensation Shannon Curfman sharing vocals and taking on lead guitar. The rhythm duo are joined by guitarists Peter Green and Steve Miller for a funky version of Tony Joe White’s “Yo Yo Man.” Chicago legend Otis Rush sings on one of his most remembered tunes, “So Many Roads,” and current Bluesbreaker guitarist Buddy Whittington does a fine job of emulating Rush’s stunning six-string work on the tune. Jonny Lang is the featured guitarist on “That’s Why I Love You So,” while Brit Gary Moore is in top form for the Delgado Brothers’ beautiful “If I Don’t Get Home.” And jazz saxophonist Red Holloway is featured on the only Mayall original in the set, "California," which first appeared on his Turning Point album. With all these disparate contributions -- Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Jeaff Healey, David Z, Billy Preston, and Andy Fairweather Low also guest -- one might expect the set to sound like a stew with too many distinct ingredients. But Mayall is a strong bandleader, and Along for the Ride stays on his path for the full trip. It’s a solid but mellow tour through blues rock territory, which Mayall has been successfully leading since the ‘60s.
All Music Guide - Jason Elias
By the time this was released in 2001, John Mayall was more known for the people who played in his seminal British band, the Bluesbreakers rather than his own accomplishments. The success of 1999's Padlock on the Blues afforded Mayall the opportunity to fulfill his dreams and gather an all-star lineup of blues and rock luminaries. "A World of Hurt" and "That's Why I Love You So" both typify the good but not great groove that permeates Along for the Ride. Better tracks "Yo Yo Man" and "Early in the Morning" are easygoing blues that feature the great rhythm section of John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Fellow Fleetwood Mac and Bluesbreaker alum, the reclusive Peter Green plays acoustic slide guitar on "Yo-Yo Man." "So Many Roads" has Mayall dueting with Otis Rush, and it soon becomes a contest on who sounds more disgruntled. The playful "Testify" features vocals and subtle guitar lines from blues phenom Shannon Curfman. This ends on the strong note. The powerful and wry "She Don't Play By the Rules" has Mayall with arguably the strongest and most subtle band with Mick Taylor on lead guitar and Andy Fairweather Low on acoustic guitar. Along for the Ride is produced, engineered, and mixed by David Z. Despite the camaraderie, a lot of the hooks here don't stick, and fans of Mayall and superstar sessions will get the most from this effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 769921847421
  • Catalog Number: 18474
  • Sales rank: 87,476

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A World of Hurt - John Mayall & Friends (4:31)
  2. 2 Along for the Ride - John Mayall & Friends (4:50)
  3. 3 Put It Right Back - John Mayall & Friends (4:31)
  4. 4 That's Why I Love You So - John Mayall & Friends (4:15)
  5. 5 Yo Yo Man - John Mayall & Friends (2:59)
  6. 6 If I Don't Get Home - John Mayall & Friends (5:21)
  7. 7 Testify - John Mayall & Friends (4:26)
  8. 8 Early in the Morning - John Mayall & Friends (4:06)
  9. 9 Something About My Baby - John Mayall & Friends (4:17)
  10. 10 So Many Roads - John Mayall & Friends (6:11)
  11. 11 World War Blues - John Mayall & Friends (4:27)
  12. 12 California - John Mayall & Friends (5:56)
  13. 13 She Don't Play by the Rules - John Mayall & Friends (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayall Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Clavinet, Slide Guitar, Wurlitzer
Jack Bruce Bass
Steve Cropper Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Healey Track Performer
Billy Preston Vocals, Clavinet, Melodica, Wurlitzer
Chris Rea Vocals
Mick Taylor Guitar
Red Holloway Track Performer
Andy Fairweather Low Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Mick Fleetwood Drums
Davy Graham Track Performer
John McVie Bass Guitar
Tom Canning Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Lenny Castro Percussion
David Z. Rhythm Guitar
Bob Delgado Bass Guitar
Joe Delgado Guitar
Hughie Flint Drums
Dick Heckstall-Smith Alto Saxophone
Jeff Kribbit Guitar
Wendy Moten Vocals
Greg Rzab Bass Guitar
Crystal Taliefero Vocals
Reese Wynans Hammond Organ
Joe Yuele Drums
Jonny Lang Guitar
Buddy Whittington Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Shannon Curfman Guitar, Vocals
David Smith Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Mayall Composer, Liner Notes
Bill Cooper Engineer
David Z. Producer, Engineer
Steve Thompson Composer
Ron Lowe Engineer
Dan Vickers Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Along for the Ride is ''The album of the year''!!!

    John Mayall has done it in a big way. Along for the Ride is outstanding & the cast of musicians joining him on this CD are world class and nothing less. Everytime I listen to this CD, it makes me wonder when his next release will be. This should be album of the year, but without mainstream support, it will go quietly by the wayside. Along for the Ride is incredable and is a must addition for any blues collection.

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