John Mayall

Live at the Marquee 1969

by Ron Hart

18 November 2008

 

For a true fan of UK blues legend John Mayall, this 1969 show at London’s famed Marquee Club will prove to be a most interesting relic from his post-Bluesbreakers era in the late ‘60s. Though billed as a “special edition”, this otherwise straight reissue from Spitfire Records’ initial 2000 release of this show, originally recorded for posterity for a documentary on Mayall featured in theaters in the early ‘70s, harbors pretty much the same set as The Turning Point, a phenomenal live album from Bill Graham’s Fillmore East that sonically dwarfs this otherwise tinny and bootleg-ish document. However, while you can certainly argue the case against picking up this album, especially if you already have a copy of The Turning Point, this Marquee show offers up its own salvageable surprises for hardcore Mayall heads, including the snippet of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” his band breaks into during “So Hard to Share” and two tasty renditions of the song “California”, which offers up a quintessential taste of the Laurel Canyon folk-blues sound Mayall honed after he left London for the Golden State.

Live at the Marquee 1969

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