Monday, October 11, 2010

MICK TAYLOR-The Best Guitarist Ever

Yeah, I said it. Move over Clapton, Greenie and Page. Make room for the man who filled Brian Jones' shoes and shined 'em up pretty good too. Is it a coincidence that all of the best Stones albums have Mick Taylor on them (well, for the most part)? Anyway, I just felt like celebrating the GREAT Mick Taylor because his guitar work is undeniably STELLAR and so influential to any blues rock lover.

JOHN MAYALL "Crusade" London 1967
Check out "Crusade" by John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers which was released in September 1967 and features an 18 year old Mick Taylor. The guitar work on this album is astonishing and Mick's licks are a preview of what's to truly flourish with the Stones. As a matter of fact, it was Mayall who suggested Taylor to Mick Jagger, who was looking for a Brian Jones replacement. Mayall loved Mick Taylor but wanted his next project to be less electric with more stripped down instrumentation.

MICK TAYLOR Columbia Records 1979
This was Mick's first solo album on the Columbia label released almost five years after he left the Rolling Stones. It didn't make a whole lot of noise when it appeared on the racks next to The Clash, Pretenders and The Cars and it's a bit polished and mellow. But WHO KNEW that the guy wasn't the worst singer ever? Rumor has it that "Leather Jacket" is about Mick Jagger and there definitely is some classic Mick Taylor blues guitar moments on the album too.

ROCK ON MICK TAYLOR! WE LOVE YOU! We do..............


  1. Let it Bleed is my fave Stones album, cuz it's got Brian AND Mick... plus you get Ian Stewart...Al Fucking Kooper, Jack Nitzsche, and Ry Cooder...a Whole lot of Oh Yeah

  2. God Bless Mick Taylor, he single handedly elevated The Stones to become "The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band" It's no coincidence that after his departure, the Stones touring bands got bigger and bigger in an attempt to fill the giant, gaping fucking hole left in his wake. "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones" DVD is exhibit #1, Standing stock still, just fucking peeling off tasty lick after tasty lick. Case Closed.

  3. Love the Mick Taylor era Stones. the best!!!

  4. Absolutely, Mick Taylor is a guitar god. The Stones have never been the same without him. Hopefully he makes a few appearances on their tour celebrating 50 years!