California (9:30)

Cover of The Turning Point

From The Turning Point and 12 other releases

This is a standout track from the album Turning Point. It is a live album which was experimental in the concept of having no drums. The haunting sax is provided by Jon Mark of the Mark-Almond band, which was a jazz-folk band, if you will. Also check out the song Room to Move from this album, a boisterous harmonica tour-de-force. The absence of drums lends a unique texture, and this is written by a drummer!


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Goin' back to California
So many good things around
Don't wanna leave California
The sun seems to never go down

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  • Fun-n-Flirty

    Everybody wants to come to California.

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • lullexall

    I love this song since 40 years!

    6 Apr 2014 Reply
  • stevemainwaring

    Some nice Johnny Almond sax on this

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ideur1

    G e w a l t i g ! ! !

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Losttauer


    4 Feb 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF


    1 May 2013 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    In mid-debauch,wowza,great I was still able to put up a niche for ol DB RIP

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • as4beatles

    Last FM gets a lot of information wrong and this is one of them. This song originally was on Turning Point but this version is not that one.

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    78 and still jammin" !

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • lastmusic57

    John M.Thanks for all the great COOL music. This stuff will always be in my music library.

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • granpubah

    The extended nature of this track is straight out of Traffic's Low Spark. Nice jazz feel.

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • granpubah

    Absolutely has the feel of Traffic's John Barleycorn Album. Even John's vocal are mildly reminisent of Steve Winwood. Great ear Rich!

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • jlafitte

    Good, good tune.

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Dave-Jools

    Unglaublich intensives Stück, super Fassung!

    11 Apr 2012 Reply

    This is a totally new 'first listen' track by John, for me. I think it is much more mellow as a blues number; it reminds me of both earlier John Mayall efforts and Traffic. Love the fact that it a loonnng track!!

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • bluesfiete

    auch ohne Drums......einfach gut.

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    bass kicks ass!

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • loneDillo

    kinda Brubeckish,like it lost in the keys

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • pjolliffe

    Saw him perform 40 yrs ago. He is still the stuff!! One great performer and band leader..

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • DvorakTyper

    Definitely NOT the version from The Turning Point! But always good hearing his bands. Pretty sure iti's from the 70th birthday concert...

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
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