John Mayall
The Godfather of the British Blues / The Turning Point
Eagle Rock Entertainment 83 minutes
The DVD, entitled John Mayall consists of two films: one, a documentary about John Mayall and the BluesBreakers made by Peter Gibson in 1969, and a 60 mimute documentary Gibson directed 34 years later entitled The Godfather of the British Blues. Together they provide an intriguing look into the life and times of one of the most influential figures in rock history.

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
The Turning Point Soundtrack
. Eagle Rock Entertainment 2 CDs17 tracks

The music on the two-CD collection reflects John Mayall's 1969 transition from his grand electric blues bands that featured superstar guitarists like Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor -- as well as bassist John McVie -- to a band of then-relative unknowns who played the blues (largely) acoustically, while exploring extended improvisation like a chamber jazz group. The band, with Jon Mark on acoustic guitars, Mayall on harmonica, vocals, and acoustic guitar, Johnny Almond on flute and saxophones, electric bassist Steve Thompson, and no drummer, turned the entire notion of blues-based rock on its head.
Stanley Fefferman for The Live Music Report

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