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Tough

John MayallAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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As the elder statesman of British blues, it is John Mayall's lot to be more renowned as a bandleader and mentor than as a performer in his own right. Throughout the '60s, his band, the Bluesbreakers, acted as a finishing school for the leading British blues-rock musicians of the era. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor joined his band in a remarkable succession in the ... Read more in Amazon's John Mayall Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B002KCZOP2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what you're looking for... September 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Apparently this is John's 57th studio album and while there is nothing here that compares to his best 60s releases this is a great-sounding, consistent set of material produced by Mayall himself. The band consists of guitarist Rocky Athas, bassist Greg Rzab, drummer Jay Davenport and Tom Canning on keyboards - with Mayall playing harmonica, organ and guitar.

John also writes three new songs "Slow Train To Nowhere" an organ-based slow burner, "That Good Old Rockin' Blues" and "Tough Times Ahead" a commentary on the current world economy. For someone in his mid-70s Mayall still has the puff to play harp on many numbers and the band support him well, with Canning's keyboards being excellent throughout and Rocky Athas contributing good guitar, without being outstanding. Mayall's voice isn't as strong as it was but in some ways that adds to its charm on some numbers. My favourite track is the acoustic(ish) "How far down" (by Nashville's Brian Langlinais), with "Number's down" and the jazzy, organ-led "An eye for an eye" not far behind.

On first listen I was going to give this 3 stars but it has grown on me and I think it definitely deserves four - a good set of songs, with Mayall and the band all on good form. John manages to break some new ground here but there are also nods to the past and it definitely has that distinctive John Mayall sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doing what he knows best November 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a Mayall fan since the late 60s. Yeah, I'm old. Age notwithstanding, this album is very little changed in concept from many others he's done going back to Turning Point. Mayall writes songs about what he knows: his life. He wrote about his previous loves including the mysterious Nancy T, his visits to California an relocation there, his involvement with Canned Heat and Frank Zappa in the Canyons of the LA basin.

Sometimes it's almost painful to hear such openness about a person's life, but that's his style. And it hasn't changed a bit in "Tough." Several of the songs relate to his recovery from alcoholism (and I can relate to that), others about the current state of affairs in the world...the same basic stuff he wrote about relating to his service in Korea. And while it's sometimes brutally honest, there isn't a bad song on the album, I'd be hard pressed to say which is the best or rank them; they're all good. I can't say that about too many albums by any performer.

I think Mayall deserves 4 stars for putting an album that has brand new music (or brand new covers), not just a "greatest hits." Yeah, some songs are recycled, but they're done well. And I give him the 5th star for being able to put forth a high-energy release like this at the age of 75.

The only thing I could wish for would be Larry Taylor on bass. But Greg Rzab does a good job, if not quite as technical as Taylor. (I'm a bassist and find Taylor to be a demigod with 4 strings.)

To be honest, I wasn't overjoyed with it when I first heard it, but as another reviewer said, it grows on you. But it's much better than fungus which will do the same thing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ..as usual November 21, 2009
By Regnal
Format:Audio CD
One cannot go wrong with this CD's music. I like the booklet as well, describing what each song is all about. Mayall shares his opinions and feelings about tough (good title) issues of life, he even cares about the recent state of terrible economy. Great new release from the ageless artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Winner March 1, 2010
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How long will John Mayall keep cranking out great albums? Here he is, in his mid-70s, with an excellent new group of musicians, pumping out the music as though he were fifty years younger. Tough is Mayall's first one in a couple of years and the first with an entirely new band in a long time.
Whether you prefer rock, a blues shuffle, or slow-smoking blues, there is something for you here. To me, the best cuts on the album are the jaunty An Eye For An Eye and its shuffling equal The Sum of Something, but I also thrill to the crisp, driving rock of Nothing To Do With Love and Train to My Heart as well as to the smoky blues of Slow Train to Nowhere and Tough Times Ahead.
Since I bought Tough, I've played it for a lot of friends and everyone of them found themselves fired up by its energy.
If you are one of those who thinks John Mayall is a relic of the sixties, think again. After a mid-career rough patch he has released nothing but quality albums followed by more quality albums. Listen to Tough and hear what I mean!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blues Done Right September 24, 2012
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I really like this album. I have been a John Mayall fan for decades but this is the first new album in a while that I listen to a lot. I heard the band live at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland Maine and was very impressed with the great instrumental virtuosity of all the players. The bassest is totally solid, able to play great grooves and can even do some cool solo work. The guitar player rocks and really knows his stuff. I heard that he studied with Stevie Ray Vaughn and I think he plays as well as SRV. The keyboardist (not John) is hot and adds a lot to the sound without making it muddy. John is still the master of the Blues harp as far as I am concerned and also doubles well on the keyboards. John's voice is sounding well worn but he still has the rythem and can belt them out. Throw in a very good drummer and you have an exceptionally tight band. I love the songs too with more modern selections that have great beats and poignant lyrice. I also like that the songs are not downers and leave me feeling good. Way to go John!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will not find a better catalogue of music than John Mayall's
Fortunate enough to see him when hew was still in his 60's. Hahaha! I don't know how he still does it, but he can take the blues from here to there and back again!
Published 3 months ago by Carl Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Iconic bluesman still has the rock chops
By Jim Clark, publisher Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

You've got to be a hard knot to survive 50 years of the ups and downs of the music world. Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by Jim Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Great, Nothing Bad
Released in 2009 this is something like John Mayall's 21st studio release and 58th album overall (not including reissues). Read more
Published on May 30, 2011 by kireviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mayall Keeps Putting Out Great Music
John Mayall has changed the line up in his band since his last release but the quality of his material is still as high as it has been for decades. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in a decade
I own all Mayall's records and DVDs. Tough is the best in a decade if not more and can easily compete with his best albums from late 60's early 70s'. Read more
Published on March 9, 2010 by Paul A. Penczek
4.0 out of 5 stars It does grow on you!
Okay...the dude is now 75. It is not his best for sure if you are old school Mayall, BUT....new band and all it has it's moments and overall I give it 4 stars.
Published on October 22, 2009 by Laura E. Arnold
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