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Stories (2002)

Artist: John Mayall
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Format: CD
Sku: 60567581
UPC: 766925966929
UPC 14: 00766925966929
Release Date: 8/27/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Southside Story ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
2. Dirty Water ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
3. Feels Just Like Home ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
4. Kids Got The Blues ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
5. Witching Hour, The ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
6. Oh, Leadbelly ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
7. Demons In The Night ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
8. Pride And Faith ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
9. Kokomo ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
10. Romance Classified ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
11. I Wish I Had ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
12. Pieces And Parts ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
13. I Thought I Heard The Devil ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
14. Mists Of Time, The ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: John Mayall (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer); Buddy Whittington (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Tom Canning (electric piano, Hammond B-3 organ, background vocals); Hank Van Sickle (bass); Joe Yuele (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Maggie Mayall (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recorded at American Recorders, Calabasas, California between February & March 2002.
Muze PNote Personnel: John Mayall (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, harmonica, piano, synthesizer, programming); Buddy Whittington (guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar, background vocals); Tom Canning (electric piano, organ, background vocals); Hank Van Sickle (bass guitar); Joe Yuele (drums, percussion); Lenny Castro (percussion); Maggie Mayall (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: David Z. .
Muze PNote Recording information: American Recorders.
Muze PNote Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
Muze PNote 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. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: David Z; John Mayall

Engineer: David Z

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Crossroads
Muze Music Compilations Best Blues Album In The World.
Muze Music Compilations Got Blues (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Godfather Of British Blues: turnining
Muze Music Compilations Full Circle
Muze Music Compilations World's Greatest Blues:live
Muze Music Compilations Transatlantic Blues
Muze Music Compilations BLACKTOP BLUES A RAMA:LIVE AT TIPITIN(Live)

Associated Artists and Works

Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton [Remastered] [Rema ~ Bluesbreakers
Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (Deluxe Edition) ~ Bluesbreakers
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton [Deluxe Edition] ~ Bluesbreakers
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton [Remastered] [Rema ~ Clapton, Eric
Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (Deluxe Edition) ~ Clapton, Eric
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton [Deluxe Edition] ~ Clapton, Eric
Friends
Mitchell, Blue
Original Soundtrack
The Masters [Special Edition] ~ Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/27/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 59669
Music Label Name Label : Eagle Rock (Us)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00766925966929

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