|JOHN MAYALL-Jenny/Pictures On The Wall U.S. London 45-20037 1968|
Prior to his legendary LP "Blues Breakers featuring Eric Clapton" John Mayall was not a name anyone in the American record buying public was familiar with. Today's topic was his 10th U.K. single (his 11th if you count the two different issues of "I'm Your Witch Doctor", more on a U.S. pressing of that next), being released in the U.K. as Decca F 12732 in February 1968. If my estimates are correct "Jenny" was his third U.S. 45. It was not an LP track but harks from the period of his "Bare Wires" LP, his last to bear the "Bluesbreakers" moniker and also the last to feature Peter Green.
The first time I heard "Jenny" it blew me away. It was almost eerie. Very bare bones, just guitar with some blues licks overdubbed (by Peter Green). The eerie part is the echo on it all and Mayall's odd murmurings. I think it's one of his finest vocal tracks, totally soulful.
May 5, 1968 Zurich, SwitzerlandEric Burdon, Stu Leathwood (Koobas) , Keith Ellis (Koobas), Roy Wood (Move), Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Carl Wayne (Move), John Mayall, Steve Winwood, Trevor Burton (Move) and Roy Morris (Koobas).
"Pictures On The Wall" is too countrified for me. Maybe it's the dobro, maybe it's the "down on the farm" feel/beat, but it just leaves me cold.
Both tracks are available as bonus cuts on the Cd reissue of Mayall's 1968 LP "Bare Wires".