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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
John Mayall, 69 years of age at the time of this recording, is at the very least irrepressible. He and his many versions of the Bluesbreakers have hit the road every year for decades, and the five years leading up to the release of Stories offer a flurry of activity that hasn't been seen from him since the 1970s. The Bluesbreakers lineup here has been with him since Spinning Coin, and includes Joe Yuele on drums, guitarist Buddy Whittington, Hank Van Sickle on bass, and Tom Canning on keyboards. Like the young hip-hop kids who self reference ubiquitously, Mayall writes more songs about blues music or playing the blues than virtually any musician in history, and Stories seems...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
John Mayall, 69 years of age at the time of this recording, is at the very least irrepressible. He and his many versions of the Bluesbreakers have hit the road every year for decades, and the five years leading up to the release of Stories offer a flurry of activity that hasn't been seen from him since the 1970s. The Bluesbreakers lineup here has been with him since Spinning Coin, and includes Joe Yuele on drums, guitarist Buddy Whittington, Hank Van Sickle on bass, and Tom Canning on keyboards. Like the young hip-hop kids who self reference ubiquitously, Mayall writes more songs about blues music or playing the blues than virtually any musician in history, and Stories seems to be a series of narrative songs that are, for the most part, about various blues giants of the past, such as a reminiscence about seeing Little Walter in "Southside Story" or a paean to Leadbelly in "Oh, Leadbelly," various blues myths such as "I Thought I Heard the Devil" and "The Witching Hour," or exhortations for young people to take up the blues mantle "Kids Got the Blues". There are other tracks, however, like the excellent political minor-key shuffle "Dirty Water" -- no, not that one. The best track on the album is a country-style Bo Diddley shuffle called "Feels Just Like Home," the only love song on the record and it's a stunner. The production is crisp, perhaps a little too, and the playing is inspired. Mayall's harmonica playing is as fine as ever, and if there is one complaint about the last few records, it's the overplaying of Whittington, who is a stunning guitar player in the modern style. Mayall reins him in a bit here though not enough and as a result the songs -- because Mayall is a fine writer -- come shining through the instrumental prowess. This is a worthy inclusion in one of the most prolific and consistent catalogs in blues-rock history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 766925966929
  • Catalog Number: 59669
  • Sales rank: 139,861

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Primary Artist
John Mayall Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Tom Canning Organ, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Joe Yuele Percussion, Drums
Hank Van Sickle Bass Guitar
Buddy Whittington Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar
Maggie Mayall Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Mayall Programming, Producer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Bill Cooper Pro-Tools
David Z. Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MAYALL DOES IT AGAIN

    BEEN LISTENING TO JOHN FOR 32 YRS AND HE STILL MAKES ME TAP MY TOES AND PLAY MY AIR GUITAR.THE BLUES DO GET BETTER WITH AGE. HOPE HE PLAYS THIS STUFF NEXT TIME HE IS AT THE CANYON CLUB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mayall and his bluesbreakers shine on "stories"

    great musicianship/great choice of songs/ great cd - a must have

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