Digging through my personal memories I remember John Mayall (and
Duster Bennett) giving a concert at Royal Albert
Hall on May 10 1970.
Mayall had his drummerless outfit with John Almond on sax. Not one of his more exciting periods. But with such a long career, what can you expect? Almond had strapped on a holster with a gun and finally decided to shoot Duster. Despite this thrilling extravaganza we decided that they were all rather boring, especially in contrast to the opening act: James Litherland's Brotherhood.
Later I've caught Mr. Mayall on stage a couple of times: sounding like a soul band at the (sadly missed) Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas ('77?) and much later playing de Brit blooze on the good ole' parking lot 'Heden' in central Gothenburg - with Carlos Montoya or Walter Trout on lead guitar. Solid workmanship of course but a bit low on the excitement scale.
The turn of the century finds him gigging and recording with young Buddy Whittington from Texas on lead guitar.
B-side: Also well crafted and solid. Peter Green plays detailed non-slide guitar. Mike Vernon did a great job on this one.
"The Bear" (Mayall)/"2401" (Mayall) DECCA F 12846 (1968).
Both cuts from album "Blues From Laurel Canyon". Mick Taylor (guitar), Steve Thompson (bass) and Colin Allen (drums).
A-Side: Messy instrumental intro evolving into routine guitar/piano blues, telling about John's L.A. life, mentioning Canned Heat and their singer: Bob Hite a.k.a. the Bear.
B-Side: More routine blues with nice slide solo.