Saturday, April 21, 2012
Lost Track # 4 - Fire - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Who? John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Where? Bare Wires (Decca)
Why? There can't be said much enough about John Mayall's importance as an expander of the definition of blues. What he did in the late 60's and early 70's is nothing but avant garde, progressive, psychedelic and sometimes even touching free form elements as in this particular track, Fire. It's situated as the fourth part of the Bare Wires Suite on the album of the same title. It's non-rhythmic freely floating, Mayall's wailing voice over the instruments, creating moments that makes me wonder: Could possibly Mats Gustafsson's band Fire! have taken their name from this track? I don't think so, but they should have. It would have been fair. And great. Anyway, it's a marvellous tune, a hidden gem.