John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers Live in 1967—Volume 2
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
You don’t buy a CD like this for its recording quality, but rather to hear a 20-something year-old Peter Green soloing his ass off with badass tone, while laying the groundwork for so many profile blues-rockers that would learn his licks and follow in his footsteps. As the follow-up to last year’s volume 1 release of live Mayall performances recorded at various London clubs in 1967, there’s so much to dig in the magic created by the Fleetwood/Green/McVie trinity that would become Fleetwood Mac.
Complete Blues Guitar
David Hamburger, Matt Smith, Wayne Riker
This is a very thorough, well thought-out tome that delivers on its title, with three sections—Beginning, Intermediate, and Mastering Blues Guitar—taught by three great teachers. Everything you need is here, from the barebones basics all the way up to complex vamps, progressions, and turnarounds. The accompanying DVD provides audio and video lessons, and there is online support as well.
There is absolutely zero hot guitar playing on this album, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a joyous, rockin’, and nostalgic set that’s perfect listening for a summer drive. Oh, did I say “nostalgic?” Soon after its release, Good Times hit #1 on the Amazon music chart. It seems that yesterday is now.
I Still Do
Hey, Slowhand is 71 years old, and he can certainly do whatever he pleases, but what he pleases is recording well-crafted, polite ditties with precious little sweat and edge. Good guitar tones. Dig his voice. Glyn Johns back producing. Gets down on Robert Johnson’s “Stones In My Passway.” The rest is pretty much sleepy time time.