John Mayall from the album Nobody Told Me on Forty Below Records (by Bryant Liggett)
A guitar great making a guitar album that features half a dozen of other guitar greats comes complete with six-string theatrics. It’s fun to ponder who legendary blues players thinks are great guitar players Bluesman John Mayall has compiled some of his favorites players on Nobody Told Me,a ten-song album that features six certified guitar-rippers from the Blues and Rock world. John Mayall has never needed the recruitment of additional musicians to achieve recording greatness but having Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray, Alex Lifeson, Todd Rundgren, Carolyn Wonderland and Steven Van Zandt pick up the guitar while he handles key duties is like having a nitro booster on a hot-rod. It may not be needed but it sure adds some awesome.
“What Have I Done Wrong” features Joe Bonamassa playing a repeated fills over the horn section adding a driving guitar solo that shows up again on “Delta Hurricane.”
“The Moon is Full” kicks off with a smoking lead from Larry McCray, Larry returning later in Nobody Told Me for “The Hurt Inside.” “Evil and Here to Stay” is driven by piano and harmonica with Rush’s Alex Lifeson playing It tastefully straight. “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” features Todd Rundgren opening with a big guitar lead over the horn section and “It’s So Tough” showcases Steven Van Zandt in a track that makes a political statement about ‘the crazy guy in charge’. Carolyn Wonderland shines on three cuts including a slow burner of a final cut in the title track for Nobody Told Me.
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