Label: Decca - 115.050 B • Series: Super Excellence • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo Gatefold • Country: France • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Electric Blues, Blues Rock
It 雨あがり - Savage Genius - 風の結晶 his first album after the breakup of his band the Bluesbreakers in May though others claim it was on 14 July It was also his last album with Decca before moving to Polydor. John Mayall sings and plays harmonica, organ and guitar on the album. The engineer was Derek Varnals. All the songs on the album were written by Mayall. It forms a record of his visit there before moving to the US on a more permanent basis.
The area was favoured by many musicians at the time. The album was innovative for its time, especially by the standards of blues recordings. The first track opens with a recording of a jet airliner landing, dissolving into the driving rhythm of the song.
There were no visible track divisions on the vinyl album. Some songs Chuva - Exp3ri3ncia 1 - Album Début or segue into the next track, others stop on a chord which is Long Gone Midnight - John Mayall - Blues From Laurel Canyon followed by the introduction of the next track. Tabla drums are used, as is the technique of hitting guitar strings with a drumstick.
The final track is a long song which moves into an extended lead guitar solo underscored by Mayall's Hammond organfading into a simple unaccompanied guitar figure which repeats until it too fades.
From a technical point of view, the album demonstrates the limitations of the recording technology of the time. A substantial number of vinyl albums were issued in monophonic format, since many home record players, at least in the United Kingdom, could not reproduce stereophonic sound. On the stereophonic releases, including the CD re-releases, the stereo imaging separates the instruments quite strongly. For instance, in the song Walking on Sunsetthe drumkit, situated on the left, is inaudible in the right hand channel.
The overall impression is that of being in a hallway with several rooms off it, each one containing a particular instrument. There is no sense of being in a room with several instruments playing and generating an ambient sound-field, as might be expected from a live recording, or one mixed with more available Long Gone Midnight - John Mayall - Blues From Laurel Canyon inputs.
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