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Turning Point [Live, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

John MayallAudio CD
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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 (October 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00005R8FI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1969 live recording at the Fillmore East was not just a turning point in Mayall's music but also in his career, becoming his first gold album and his most successful release. A heavy lead-guitar sound was abandoned for an intimate setup of acoustic and slide guitars, bass, sax, flute and percussion. Includes three unissued bonus performances from that night.

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic... November 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Mick Taylor's decision to quit the Bluesbreakers for the Rolling Stones in May 1969 consolidated John Mayall's reputation as a mentor for new talent, but left him without a band. His response was to recruit two experienced session musicians - Jon Mark and Johnny Almond - and to use them, and remaining bassist Steve Thompson, to push his music into new areas of jazz-blues fusion. Dispensing with a drummer, he immediately put this "revolutionary", and in the end short lived line-up on the road, recording "The Turning Point" at the Fillmore East only two months later.

Viewed initially as a gimmick, the lack of drums was in fact key to the clear, intimate sound Mayall was seeking. Structured to allow virtuoso playing, his highly atmospheric songs are driven along by the bass and acoustic guitars, with instrumental solos emerging from and gliding above their intricate backing rhythms. Mayall's vocals, guitar & harmonica underpin some excellent blues and R&B, while Almond's inspired sax & flute breaks lift several numbers into the realms of pure jazz. As the Melody Maker commented at the time, "the range of sounds and moods they obtain is staggering", but the group's most remarkable feature is their seemingly effortless interaction and the drifting, almost distant, feel this stimulates.

The ecstatic response of the New York crowd mirrors my own reaction on seeing the band a few weeks earlier in the slightly less exalted surroundings of the Slough Adelphi. Standing in a circle, with simple lighting, low amplification, no drummer and one member (Mark) seated on a canteen chair they seemed small and insignificant. But when they played, they just soared, taking the audience with them.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Room To Move" July 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
For purely sentimental and nostalgic reasons, THE TURNING POINT is my favorite John Mayall album. When I was three, I begged my parents to repeatedly play the exciting harmonica rave-up "Room to Move". It is virtually impossible still for me not to find my aging bones bouncing and hopping still as Mayall rips into that incredibly invigorating piece.
A word of warning: do not listen to "Room to Move" while driving. My insurance just went up due to a recent speeding ticket.
Also many folks may recognize this signature cut as it has become, like the annoyingly infectious "Who Let the Dogs Out" ubiquitous in sports arenas as a crowd instigator. Of course I obviously prefer the later to the former.
The rest of the album is filled with wonderful and intricate musicianship. The guitar, flute and sax interplay is sheer calming brilliance. It provides a great counterpoint to the release of the aforementioned cut. Mayall and his group think loose and play tight like the best of jazz musicians. They fuse elements of jazz, folk, blues and rock.
Mayall's often screeching voice is an acquired taste to be sure, but his absolute reverence for the music overcomes any technical shortcomings.
A fine album worth discovering.
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4 of 0 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one left behind.... March 13, 2007
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Over the years i have left some great and classic LPS at 'close friends' homes. My friend Gloria was the earth mother for our 'band of gypsys'. Her apartment was the place to party and crash, and above all listen to those forbidden albums you could never hear at home. This and Aqualung, plus all the Moody Blues, released at that time, were played alot. Gloria was a Janis Joplin Fanatic. There was some great times and smoke had by all when the stereo was cranked up. From start to finish this was a great album, and from this we moved on to Mark-Almond's first LP. John Mayall talking about

chiky-chiky what had us laughing and the mouth percussion put us over the

top. But as much as i loved this Album back then, hearing it alone is not the same. Invite some friends over each of you play what you like and include this one, too. Fans of the newest tween-age hotty will not be impressed-the more fool them. Fans of the Blues, and those who did not know they were, caught on to John Mayall and never left him behind. Catch

him here and all that he has done. This would be a good start. I left this behind and it was my loss and her gain. The CD is in the mail for me as we speak.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic December 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Mick Taylor's decision to quit the Bluesbreakers for the Rolling Stones in May 1969 consolidated John Mayall's reputation as a mentor for new talent, but left him without a band. His response was to recruit two experienced session musicians - Jon Mark and Johnny Almond - and to use them, and remaining bassist Steve Thompson, to push his music into new areas of jazz-blues fusion. Dispensing with a drummer, he immediately put this "revolutionary", and in the end short lived line-up on the road, recording the Turning Point at the Fillmore East only two months later.
Viewed initially as a gimmick, the lack of drums was in fact key to the clear, intimate sound Mayall was seeking. Structured to allow virtuoso playing, his highly atmospheric songs are driven along by the bass and acoustic guitars, with instrumental solos emerging from and gliding above the intricate backing rhythms. Mayall's vocals, guitar & harmonica underpin some excellent blues and R&B, while Almond's inspired sax & flute breaks lift several numbers into the realms of pure jazz. As the Melody Maker commented at the time, "the range of sounds and moods they obtain is staggering", but the group's most remarkable feature is their seemingly effortless interaction and the drifting, almost distant, feel that this stimulates.
The ecstatic response of the New York crowd mirrors my own reaction on seeing the band a few weeks earlier in the slightly less exalted surroundings of the Slough Adelphi. Standing in a circle, with simple lighting, low amplification, no drummer and one member (Mark) seated on a chair they seemed small and insignificant. But when they played, they just soared, taking the audience with them.
To capture their unique style required a live recording - the Turning Point showcases them in superb form creating beautiful, introspective music that stands out across time.
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Published 10 days ago by KENNETH A DEUEL
5.0 out of 5 stars I listened to this when it was new.. ...
I listened to this when it was new... Finally got around to adding it to my iPod. "California" and "Room to move" were monsters to my adolescent mind and as an... Read more
Published 13 days ago by J.W.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
reworking my past with a record (vinyl) that we loved
Published 1 month ago by Mair Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A hard to find CD and it's good to hear him sing.
Published 2 months ago by JUDEE OBRIEN
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
John Mayall is touring again. In his mid eighties, he's come out with another new CD and it's really good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert A. Grossman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
I've had this on vinyl for years. Good music, great band. If you like heard this album...why are you waiting. Put a smile on my face.
Published 5 months ago by John Burris
5.0 out of 5 stars an unexpected treat
Without Eric Clapton, Peter Green, or Mick Taylor on blazing blues guitar you might think that this Mayall isn't worth picking up. You would be wrong. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Randy A. Hummel
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous
A great disc. A master peace of Jazz fusión. One of my best ever discs i've ever eard. Like so much
Published 9 months ago by Fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars Early blues rock
albums like this give you an idea of the forming time for some of the greatest artists of rock fame.
Published 11 months ago by Curtis Oakes
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