Blues veteran John Mayall can now claim that his dream project has been captured on CD for the ages.
Blues veteran John Mayall can now claim that his dream project has been captured on CD for the ages. He has gathered a stellar group of guest art-ists and scattered them throughout 13 tracks—and the result is a muscle car of a blues album. Mayall has always been a player who fancied a propulsive, weighty blues/rock sound, and song after song on Along for the Ride hits that fat groove and shows no mercy. Highlights have to begin with Billy Gibbons' lead guitar (buzzing like a hornet) on "Put It Right Back." Gary Moore adds another emphatic lead guitar statement on the slow blues of "If I Don't Get Home," and the Eric Bibb song "World War Blues," featuring Billy Preston, is simply a great version of a great tune. Other major contributors include Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Steve Miller, Reese Wynans, Otis Rush, Buddy Whittington, Red Holloway, Shannon Curfman, Jeff Healey, Mick Taylor, and Jonny Lang.—PVV