Review: John Mayall – Find A Way To Care

Posted on: Sunday, Oct 11, 2015

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John Mayall – Find A Way To Care

(Forty Below)

The Godfather of the British blues is on a bit of a roll at the moment, following on from the very well-received “A Special Life”. John has retained the production support of Eric Corne for this follow-up, backed by Rocky Athas on guitar (a lot more subtle than on his own releases), Greg Rzab on bass, and Jay Davenport on drums.

He may be 81, but that is no barrier for a bluesman, and certainly not for Mr. Mayall. This is a fine and accomplished set, with John’s piano and organ playing well to the fore – try Percy Mayfield’s standard ‘The River’s Inivitation’ and ‘Charles Brown’s ‘Drifting Blues’ for good examples.

His vocals are high and sound slightly strained or nasal – so pretty much as usual, and his lyrics contain plenty of autobiographical material. Cover songs include material from Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bobby Bland, Muddy Waters and Lonnie Brooks, and in a nod to the rather closer to home younger generation perhaps inspired by John’s own career, Matt Schofield’s ‘War We Wage’.

The album closes with the solo ‘Crazy Lady’, personal lyrics over a fine boogie-blues piano accompaniment. Chalk up another winner!

NORMAN DARWEN

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