Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride

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by John Mayall
     
 

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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Eagle Records
UPC:
0769921847421
catalogNumber:
18474
Rank:
70057

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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,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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Along for the Ride 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.