October 10, 2012 – 2:50 pm

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Vienna 1969 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria; June 6, 1969. From 1st gen. reel to reel, SBD?, FM?

The Bluesbreaks broke up in May 1969. On June 13, 1969, after nearly two years with John Mayall, guitarist Mick Taylor left and officially joined the Rolling Stones. Even then, Taylor was no longer in the lineup for this gig. But that did not appear a big problem for the group which still put up a tremendous show. [And on July 12, 1969, Mayall recorded his Fillmore East set and later put out the live Turning Point album.]

Thanks to 38f who shared these tracks on Dime in 2006. 38f noted:

This show, if I remember well, was uploaded on The Traders’ Den by lilpanda some months ago. Well, his source was different from this and it had a lot of hiss on it. This is my reel to reel tape, it is a little bit longer (2 minutes more on So Hard To Share), and definitely has only a really light hiss compared to lilpanda version, probably because it comes from a lower generation. Great show, good recording, I had soundboard on my reel box but I think it is an FM.

1st generation reel to reel (revox) > behringer ultra curve pro deq 2496 audio equalizer > amplifiers > tascam audio cdrw750 > cd > computer > plex tool professional XL > wav > flac.
Recorded, transfered, remastered by 38f.

Artwork (modified here) from rockrarecollectionfetish.blogspot - Thanks!

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Disc 1
Track 101. The Laws Must Change (12.6MB)
Track 102. Don’t Waste My Time (9.1MB)
Track 103. Sleeping By Her Side (14.5MB)
Track 104. California (18.8MB)
Track 105. Band intro/Announcer (2.8MB)
Track 106. Tuning/So Hard To Share Pt 1 (one drop/glitch between the two parts) (11.3MB)
Track 107. So Hard To Share Pt 2 (cut) (8.2MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. I’m Gonna Fight For You J.B. (8.9MB)
Track 202. Thoughts About Roxanne (14.8MB)
Track 203. Room To Move/Band intro (16.3MB)
Track 204. Crowd/Can’t Sleep This Night (14.4MB)

John Mayall - vocals, keyboards, harmonica, guitar
Jon Mark - guitar
Johnny Almond - sax
Steve Thompson - bass

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  1. 17 Responses to “JOHN MAYALL - VIENNA 1969”

  2. Hello,
    Happy to be the first to comment.
    As usual beautiful things on your site. Many thanks for sharing. I saw John Back in 2010 and was very happy to be able to chat a little bit with him. Very nice man close to his fan.
    Congratulations for the job keeping this blog alive.
    Best regards from France.

    By Robert on Oct 11, 2012

  3. Comparing “The law must change” with the version included in “The turning point”…underspeed ?

    By enrico on Oct 11, 2012

  4. Mick Taylor once said he left the band because John Mayall was going with a new band that added a saxaphone but no drummer. This is the band that Taylor did not want to play in. Mick Taylor went on to say that when he joined the Rolling Stones he did not look on it as something he wanted to do for a long period of time but he knew he would always be making his living playing guitar.

    By Mackster on Oct 11, 2012

  5. nice cover photos of sasquatch

    By barth on Oct 11, 2012

  6. Hey Big O:

    Thank you for this Mayall show. I went to see John Mayall back in 1969, expecting a Blues Breakers band. When these guys started playing, without a drummer, I was like “holy crap”. It was truly an amazing rhythmic sound - great band, great show.


    By dorgunr on Oct 11, 2012

  7. BigO, thanks for the John Mayall, really a great one.

    By strupletto on Oct 11, 2012

  8. I agree with Robert. Thanks for sharing and thanks for all your work.
    Best regards from Thompson,

    By James on Oct 12, 2012

    john mayall is a howl!

    By wolfman on Oct 12, 2012

  10. crusade and looking back are my two favorite Mayall discs.

    By harry pooter on Oct 12, 2012

  11. This was a rather underrated Mayall line-up. That’s a shame because Jon Mark and Johnny Almond were great musicians. No more fluid and breathtaking electric lead guitar attacks here. Just the sheer beauty of acoustic blues/folk and a live favourite called Room To Move. Personally I would prefer Mayall’s next (USA Union) band with Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor and Don Sugarcane Harris.

    By Tony Lauber on Oct 15, 2012

  12. harvey mandel is amazing. would love to see more of him on here. when i dl’d from dime i found dozens and dozens of his recordings there. one time i went to sf and while i was there.. there was a strange appearance by gregg allman and harvey at a pool hall that nearly no one showed up for. i dont know why it took place or why no one came but they both played for the few ppl in attendance. guess this would have been back in 88 or 89. i think i was the only one who recorded this event but those tapes are long gone now sadly.

    By darth on Oct 15, 2012

  13. i think i was the only one who recorded this event but those tapes are long gone now sadly.

    is there no end to the bs?

    By uncle remus on Oct 15, 2012

  14. only when hes dead. since it was san francisco, he probably saw a show by drag kings.

    By barth on Oct 15, 2012

  15. i am looking forward to listening to this!


    By I-) on Oct 16, 2012

  16. Thanks for the post. Had a similar experience to Robert last year when John appeared at Talking Stick Resort in AZ. He was kind enough to spend a few minutes after I ran into him at the end of an interview with a local PHX reporter. He told me, as we parted, that it was nice to meet someone who wanted to talk about his music instead of past musicians who played with him. PS: He closed the show with Room To Move!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Oct 23, 2012

  17. I had the great pleasure to see John Mayall (plus P. Travers, E. Bishop, S. Copeland, M. Thomas and several others) about a year ago at a one-off festival called The Bluesmasters held at a fairgrounds in Kissimmee, Florida. Heard about it in a small article in the back of Living Blues magazine. Sadly, nobody bothered to publicize it locally and less than 500 people total showed up for an all day blues festival. All the artists couldn’t have been nicer, though. They came out after their sets to sign autographs and take photos.

    Most of the 500 people had left the sweltering field by the time Mayall headlined. So my girlfiend and I pulled our lawn chars to the very front row to take pictures and see him put out like the show was SRO. Great set, but sorry no meet and greet…Who could blame a guy who just headlined for 50 people in a huge empty field. We went across the street to our motel room after the show feeling sorry for the Godfather of British Blues.

    As we fumbled for our keys we saw the man himself, with a small bucket of motel ice in his hand coming straight toward us. Turns out he is in the room right next to ours. We told John how much we enjoyed the show, and got his autograph. Then we talked about some of the old-time bluesmen as John Mayall walked with me to the ice machine so I could load up my ice bucket too. He said he was glad we stayed for the show, and that he was tired from the South Floida heat(I agreed on both counts) and we said goodnight.

    Sweet dreams, John…you’re the man!

    By RollingStoner on May 12, 2013

  18. hey rollingstoner, john signed my mayall and the bluesbreakers beano album at a concert last year said he was so glad to actually see a vinyl copy instead of a cd for a change!

    By sluggo on May 12, 2013

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