Friday’s Forgotten Albums Emmylou, Hooker and Mayall

Tonight, I picked out one album that has had a lot of spins on the turntable through the years (Movin On-John Mayall) the other two not so many!  First up was Side 2 of  Emmylou Harris’ 1981 release Evangeline. The reason that I chose this side is that my favorite track on the album is “Oh Atlanta” and it is the third track on side 2. The lyrics of that song “Oh Atlanta, I gotta’ get back to you” resonated with me because at that time, I would have loved to have gone back to Athens and Atlanta! Other tracks on Side 2 include “Hot Burrito #2″ co-written by Gram Parsons and Chris Etherdge. “Millworker” by James Taylor, and “Ashes by Now” by Rodney Crowell. Also included on this Side is “Mr Sandman” with harmony vocals provided by Dolly Parton and  Linda Ronstadt. Other musicians appearing on the album include Ricky Skaggs on fiddle, Rodney Crowell and Albert Lee on guitars and Willie’s harmonica player Mickey Raphael!

Next was an album  I picked up somewhere in a used record bin I think, anyway it never got a lot of spins but listening to it tonight it sounded pretty good. The album is John Lee Hooker’s album Coast to Coast Blues Band-Any Place – Any Time released in 1972. The album was put together after Canned Heat had released an album called Hooker n’ Heat. The album is a collection of songs recorded by Hooker in Detroit between 1948 and 1950. Like I said, listening to the album tonight it sounded pretty good and I think I may record it and convert it to mp3′s for future listening!

The final album I listened to tonight was John Mayall’s 1972 release Movin’ On . This album was recorded after the positive response to Mayall’s first Jazz-Blues album Jazz Blues Fusion. For this album Mayall increased the horn section by adding Charles Owens on tenor and soprano flute, Ernie Watts on tenor sax, Fred Jackson on baritone and tenor sax, and Clifford Soloman on alto and tenor sax. These guys joined with Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Freddy Robinson on guitar. Keef Hartley joined on drums and Larry Taylor provided electric bass to compliment Victor Gaskin on string bass and together they created an album that I thoroughly enjoyed and listened to a lot! I was never really thrilled by Mayall’s vocals, but I put up with the vocals to get to the music and on this album and Jazz Blues Fusion the music is great! On both albums I love both Freddy Robinson’s guitar and Blue Mitchell’s trumpet and on Movin’ On I love Charles Owens flute  especially on the first track “Worried Mind” I love to  just sit back and drift with the music! So far I only listened to Side one, but I know I’m going to go and listen to Side 2 and then probably go dig out Jazz Blues Fusion and listen to that one, too!

Here’s a good track from Jazz Blues Fusion with good solos from Freddy Robinson and BLue Mitchell!