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From the vaults of the award-winning PBS Austin City Limits TV show, this is the latest release in the acclaimed Live From Austin, TX series.

You don t exactly have to be a rock & roll historian to know that the 60 s rock sound that revolutionized popular music got much of its raunch, rawness and soulful edge from the neglected masters of American blues. What many of today s rockers may have forgotten, however, is that Manchester-born singer-guitarist John Mayall was one of the leaders of that revolution. After four decades, he s still called the Father of British Blues for good reason. His band The Bluesbreakers provided fertile ground for the likes of Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, John McVie, and Jack Bruce, among other alumni. Over an incredibly short four years, these Brits and their American counterparts took the essence of traditional blues and transformed it into the foundation of much of modern rock (think Cream, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, etc., etc.).

This Austin City Limits session was recorded September 13, 1993, showcasing Wake Up Call, the latest release from the 90 s edition of the Bluesbreakers, which besides Mayall included Coco Montoya, Rick Cortes and Joe Yuele. Montoya in particular shines as he tears off one seamless guitar solo after another. Always musical movers and shakers, they mix it up this time in a melting pot of blues spiced with a little jazz, gospel and rock, but it doesn t get any better than Jimmy Reed s Ain t That Lovin You or Junior Wells heartbreaker I Could Cry.

Blues is one of the most honest forms of music because it tells real stories about real people with real emotion. Who can t relate to that? Just as the blues has a timeless, universal appeal, the music of John Mayall today is as true to his purist vision, yet modern expression, as it was back in 1963.
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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000V6BE1C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Mike VINE VOICE on February 7, 2009
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All of the post-Mick Taylor albums...all of John Mayall's experiments, his jazz-blues fusion stuff, all of it...was blown away and out the window when he returned to the classic guitar-based blues of Chicago Line in 1988. That's not to say that he didn't produce any worthwhile music in those interim years. It simply confirms what history has proven to be true. When John veered away from his strong suit, his audience went on hiatus. When he enlisted Coco Montoya and Walter Trout, the man who built his reputation on bands fronted by lead guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor became exciting again.

By the time of this concert, Trout had left to pursue his own career. Coco Montoya lights things up on tracks like the 7 minute "I Could Cry." This is the tour that followed Montoya's last album with Mayall, Wake Up Call (which also featured guest performances by Mick Taylor).

The hype, the legend, the buzz...THAT Mayall can be found on THIS CD. It's vital, it's filled with energy and raw blues power.
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Recorded in 1993, John Mayall, at 60 was still cranking out incredible music, soul searching blues. He hadn't lost a thing, if anything, he's getting better, as his 70th birthday album proved. If you're a Mayall fan, your collection's not complete without this album. Excellent from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
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Great CD, the music is great, and great deliver too, the deal is great and the service is great, I just love it. It is fantastic
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It's not often that I'm in overwhelming agreement with the positive reviews about "Live In Austin Texas." Unpredictable, in my opinion best describes the superb guitar riffs!! I really enjoy this John Mayall Blues Breakers concert!!!
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