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John Mayall — California
Album: Turning Point
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7.3

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Total ratings: 2550









Released: 1969
Length: 9:17
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Going back to California
So many good thing around
Don't want to leave California
The sun seems to never go down
Some people may treat you ugly
Some people beautiful too
That's the way life is all over
Look for the good things for you

California
There's a good place to be
California
That's where I'm feeling so free
California
I'll be back there before long
I'll be back there before long
I'll be back there before long
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This album was introduction to the blues. I know not the traditional blues.  Maybe 1973? saw hims couple years ago in Grass Valley CA. great show. He signed CD for my Dad who turned on the Mr. Mayall.   
Unverkennbar mit Mark und Almond - haben selbst klasse Platten veröffentlicht.
RP spielt von denen leider nur immer "The city"
 Nippur wrote:
I thought this was Morphine.
 
Close but no fix.  ;)
 Egctheow wrote:
Trance, trance! Sounds like an incantation with instruments. YES!
 
Precisely, where do you think it all began?  
Killer flute reminds me of the jazz band playing in Bullitt
Wow!
 Canadese wrote:

Never!

Ditto!
 
Once every two months is just not enough!
the vocal sounds like Joao Gilberto. It's bossa nova...
I thought this was Morphine.
9 for the flute
Play more of that!
I grew into mymanhood listening to this album.  Seems like a dream now. (Go ahead, say it.).

10.  What do think that number is made for, if not for this?  My manhood, ferchristsskes.
Jazz Blues fusion
Trance, trance! Sounds like an incantation with instruments. YES!
Makes me very nostalgic for those long-ago days when  we would get stoned and listen to records.  Yes, records.  LPs.  Getting lost in the music.  Sigh. 
I saw him play in Bath, England-so many years ago I can't remember when, a great night tho'.
 Schmoogsley wrote:
Jesus, please, make it stop. {#Frustrated}
 
Never!

Ditto!
Hell yes!
This song is absolutley amazing! Jazz?Blues?Rock? No Drummer? What? a solid 10 for me
Had the album as a young man.  Loved it then.  Love it now.

Right now, my fish may be burning on the stove, but can't stop the groove.

More!!!!
perfect for a sunny Sunday, cookin in my kitchen in Cali. Fires, earthquakes, high prices... nothing can ever drive me away. Heaven!{#Daisy}
Another killer record from 1969!
Normally don't mind looped or repeated musical segments...but this really feels like a chore. 
Great segue - even the album covers are similar!
<3
 Schmoogsley wrote:
Jesus, please, make it stop. {#Frustrated}

 
Never!


Read an article on Mayall a few years ago that mentioned he has amassed a collection of pornography over the past 50+ years that is apparently unrivaled by any in the world.
Irrelevant to this song, yeah, but anytime since then that I see or hear anything by him, that is what comes to mind. 
Which is more than used to, I guess. Good for him.

{#Crown} 
Groovy dude
Please let this end.
The cut that turned me on to John Mayall.  Brilliant.  I remember moving to Washington state and leaving a love behind.  I promised here that I would come back to California and sent her a mix tape with this as one of the tracks on it.
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Smoke weed
 
wisest post 
 xkolibuul wrote:
So just how much wildfire smoke did BC send south of the border last summer, westslope?  Damn near choked us out for weeks here in the 4th Corner.  Be careful whose forest policy you criticize...   
 
Hard to argue with that.
Last year was our worst forest fire season ever.  : (
Smoke weed
 westslope wrote:

Yup.  When did you ever hear the Brits complain about wildfires?

To be fair, Californians do love their low-density suburbs stretching back into semi-arid forests.   A cruel, mean-spirited person might conclude that Californians were asking for it.

 
So just how much wildfire smoke did BC send south of the border last summer, westslope?  Damn near choked us out for weeks here in the 4th Corner.  Be careful whose forest policy you criticize...    
A medley of John Mayall's hit.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Growing up in perennially cold, wet, rainy England, California must have seemed like an Eden to John.
Of course nowadays the entire state is on fire, so maybe cold and rainy ain't looking so bad.

 
Yup.  When did you ever hear the Brits complain about wildfires?

To be fair, Californians do love their low-density suburbs stretching back into semi-arid forests.   A cruel, mean-spirited person might conclude that Californians were asking for it.
Gwad what a tune - never gets old.
Blimey.  10.
Outstanding!!
Love {#Sunny}
I so love this whole LP. It's so timeless in mu book. And it turned me on to the subsequent and sublime Mark-Almond Band; John Mark and Johnny Almond, the sax/flute player and the guitarist on this track. This experiment was the genesis of their band. This was the first, and perhaps only, band John Mayall formed without a drummer.
 Antigone wrote:
Had to look to see who it was. Thought it might have been Morphine.

 
Radio Paradise just played Cure for pain (by Morphine) before this song by John Mayall which reminds me as well of them! :—)
Just came in while this was well underway and never heard it before.  Now I'm wishing for a SFB (Start from Beginning) button.
What a piece of blues!!!  {#Music}
 westslope wrote:
Ambient blues.  Simply ahead of his time. 
 
"Ambient Blues" . . . nice one, westslope!
 westslope wrote:
Ambient blues.  Simply ahead of his time.  
 
{#Yes}
So good.....{#Roflol}
Timeless man           so Godlike imo, the louder the better
 rxcapasso wrote:
I saw John Mayall at the Electric Factory, 19th and Arch in Philadelphia, 1970-71 approx..  45 Years ago!  Outstanding!

 
Holy shit !  I was there, too.  It was for the USA Union album.  Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor (both ex of Canned Heat) the Mole was on bass and he made that thing speak.  And Sugarcane Harris.  A great evening at a wonderful venue.  I'm saying 1970 cuz I was in my senior year of HS.
Jesus, please, make it stop. {#Frustrated}
Had to look to see who it was. Thought it might have been Morphine.
Makes me think of this song by the Laughing Clowns.
Eternally Yours
 ListenzTwice wrote:
Beyond genre. Thank you for playing this, took me back 40 years to listening to music at house parties in the Old West End of Toledo. If you had this record the party was cool.

 
They have brought back house concerts! I've been to one so far it was amazing!
Far Out Man!
Beyond genre. Thank you for playing this, took me back 40 years to listening to music at house parties in the Old West End of Toledo. If you had this record the party was cool.
Ambient blues.  Simply ahead of his time.  
{#Cool}
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
This always makes me want to hear Room To Move, the next song on the album. 

 
"Chica Chica Waaa

There's a bit of Chica Chica in this one actually.....this ones' called Room to Move

1-2  1-2-3-4 "


A classic among classics!

{#Sunny} 
 Stefen wrote:
Is a flute the source of the high notes?

 

Sounds like a saxophone to me.


Is there someone I can pay to make this stop?
Another late 60s album that changed what we expected from music.
 Skydog wrote:
i PSD'd this from Tears For Fears
good click 

 
left the Beach Boys for this
good click indeed!   
{#Music}
{#Hearteyes}
One chord jazz? Who needs drums? Timeless.
A flute and then some other instruments: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turning_Point_%28John_Mayall_album%29

Mayall is now 82. Wow. Saw him perform decades ago. What struck me most was the way he had taken a saw to his Stratocaster.
Is a flute the source of the high notes?
That sounds like he’s playing a Cuatro.
47 years later and this is still a fantastic song.  Just amazing!
 rxcapasso wrote:
I saw John Mayall at the Electric Factory, 19th and Arch in Philadelphia, 1970-71 approx..  45 Years ago!  Outstanding!

 
I saw him at the Sportsplatz in (West) Berlin in 1970! I was 13.
 25demayo wrote:
Why did I think this was Traffic?{#Stupid}

 
The flute sounds like Chris Woods' (Traffic) style.  {#Guitarist}
Why did I think this was Traffic?{#Stupid}
i PSD'd this from Tears For Fears
good click 
Soooo nice to hear this Mayall piece again.  Brings back great memories...  Just the thing for a rare California might-rain-yet-like-forcast afternoon.
I saw John Mayall at the Electric Factory, 19th and Arch in Philadelphia, 1970-71 approx..  45 Years ago!  Outstanding!
Wow, didn't know Mayall anything this jazzy, great sax. 
Growing up in perennially cold, wet, rainy England, California must have seemed like an Eden to John.
Of course nowadays the entire state is on fire, so maybe cold and rainy ain't looking so bad.
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
This always makes me want to hear Room To Move, the next song on the album. 

 
"chickee chickee what?.....there's a bit of chickee chikee in this one actually....this one's called Room to Move!

1-2....1-2-3


More Mayall maestro, please.
wow, amazing
And likewise the three preceding it: King Crimson's One Time, Seinabo Sey's Hard Time and Ben l'Oncle Soul Seven Nation Army. Another exceptional mix on RP.
wow, an amazing 3 song set starting with this one, moving into RL Burnside then the James Gang.  Not the kind of music you usually hear on a drive home from work on a Wednesday night.  Cheers, Bill! 
{#Cheers}
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
This always makes me want to hear Room To Move, the next song on the album. 
 
fu**in' A that would be fantastic!  
This always makes me want to hear Room To Move, the next song on the album. 
omg...{#Kiss}
I remember Mayall but not this. Keep digging up the gold!
wow this song is awesome, can't play it high enough  ; )
great, just great
Totally.
 

TerryS wrote:
Johnny Almond makes that impossible note on this track and I just have to shut down whatever I'm dong and wait for it.

 


INCREDIBLE!!! And I thought it was...what's their name? The band without guitarist?
 
"MORPHINE"...?
Just won't end, will it.
Johnny Almond makes that impossible note on this track and I just have to shut down whatever I'm dong and wait for it.
This song is beautiful... it's jazz...
Like a John Mayal Ian Anderson duet would groove..
Fantastic!  Wish most of his stuff was like this.
This is very different John Mayall from anything I've heard before. I like it. Thanks RP.
Magical! {#Guitarist}
 catnip wrote:
Listened to this today, driving the slow national road down the east coast of Spain with the sunset to the right, sometimes full in the face. Glorious; the kilometres went by easily, the cardboard-cutout mountains turning different shades of grey and purple as the music played out. No overtaking, just a jamming band, a good stereo, and the feeling that someone got it right.

Not California, but this will do nicely.

 
Love that image!
{#Cheers}  "O U T S T A N D I N G"...... that base line  {#Yes}
 oldsaxon wrote:
Well, last time I heard this it just annoyed me. Today it's magically wonderful. Not sure what that means but today I like it.

 
My take - the music is really great, but truly dreadful lyrics shoe-horned into totally the wrong melody will always set my teeth on edge.

     "C-AA-a-ahuhAA-lifornia  "

jeez!  Get yourself a competent proper lyricist, pleeeez !
 catnip wrote:
Listened to this today, driving the slow national road down the east coast of Spain with the sunset to the right, sometimes full in the face. Glorious; the kilometres went by easily, the cardboard-cutout mountains turning different shades of grey and purple as the music played out. No overtaking, just a jamming band, a good stereo, and the feeling that someone got it right.

Not California, but this will do nicely.

 
Greetings from Barcelona.
Listened to this today, driving the slow national road down the east coast of Spain with the sunset to the right, sometimes full in the face. Glorious; the kilometres went by easily, the cardboard-cutout mountains turning different shades of grey and purple as the music played out. No overtaking, just a jamming band, a good stereo, and the feeling that someone got it right.

Not California, but this will do nicely.
it haunts me, this song....for so many reasons...
 phildann wrote:
doodly doodly do
 

 
no, it's " do wa ditti diddi dum ditti do "

Magnificent


Well, last time I heard this it just annoyed me. Today it's magically wonderful. Not sure what that means but today I like it.
Most best album ever
yeh...left my heart in San Francisco...
This is excellent - never heard it before now.  Once again RP rocks!
 phildann wrote:
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !!!

 
Yeah, you're bored. Not splashy enough. You might need to slow down and listen? Not enough time I suppose.
 tkelley wrote:

Well....is it NOT a pop song.  Live performances of gifted artists run over 3 minutes....and this is in fact a classic from my youth when people played together and listened to each other and let the music evolve...live.  The Smiths will be back soon....be patient.

 
RP was must of read this comment today {#Eek}

Blues for the suburbs!

 

<g>

 

Hey I love it!


Amazing!
 AndyJ wrote:

Let it ride...  Nice to see long piece not get filled with self-indulgent solos...
The 1970's music had lots and lots of the lead guitar and then drum solos...

This would be a nice piece of music between Mark Almond's "New York State of Mind" and John Martyn's music...

But a bit of Burnside is also a good move... Thanks...Nice to see human hands and minds picking the music.           

 
Agree with your potential seques.. I've always loved the two Thompsens on upright bass (Danny w/ Martyn, Steve w/ Mayall) and of course the two johnnies (Mark/Almond) on the mayall album make that seque work... 

Let it ride...  Nice to see long piece not get filled with self-indulgent solos...
The 1970's music had lots and lots of the lead guitar and then drum solos...

This would be a nice piece of music between Mark Almond's "New York State of Mind" and John Martyn's music...

But a bit of Burnside is also a good move... Thanks...Nice to see human hands and minds picking the music.           
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !!!
Acoustic chamber blues/jazz, without drums, unlike any others.  great bass line and playing, and great relatively short/concise solos (especially that first (Almond/sax?) one) - a great song that puts me in a relaxed intuitive state.  Overall album is enjoyable, interesting, unusual (jazz, blues, folk, chamber music?) - might i go as far as to say innovative? john mayall... ok not miles, but a band leader who recognized, mentored, and helped along many great musicians who went out on their own as leaders afterwards... 
doodly doodly do
 
This song is an 8 for the first minute

The second 5 minutes are more of a 6

The last three days rate a 2 
Wow. Making my spring cleaning actually fun.