Empty Rooms

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Empty Rooms
Empty Rooms.jpg
Studio album by John Mayall
Released 1969
Genre Blues
Length 46:29
Label Polydor
Producer John Mayall
John Mayall chronology
The Turning Point
Empty Rooms
USA Union
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Empty Rooms is a studio album by English blues musician John Mayall, released in late 1969 on Polydor. It is a follow-up to the live album The Turning Point, released earlier in the year with the same musicians: Jon Mark on acoustic guitar, Johnny Almond on saxophones and flute, and Stephen Thompson on bass. John Mayall sings, plays harmonica, guitars and keyboards (including a moog synthesizer). Former Canned Heat bassist Larry Taylor guests as second bass player on one track, "To a Princess," improvising with Thompson on an unusual bass duet. The absence of a drummer leaves the rhythm rather fluid and the resulting sound is unusual, even for a John Mayall album. The songs, all written by Mayall, mostly addressed his romance with photographer Nancy Throckmorton, a theme he would pursue further on USA Union.

Empty Rooms was the only known set of studio recordings by the Turning Point lineup, which broke up shortly after the album was recorded. Larry Taylor, however, would join Mayall as one of three American musicians (electric guitarist Harvey Mandel, also a former member of Canned Heat; and, electric violinist Sugarcane Harris would complete the new lineup) to join him for USA Union.

Track listing

All songs written by John Mayall, except where indicated.

  1. "Don't Waste My Time" (Thompson/Mayall) - 3:10
  2. "Plan Your Revolution" - 2:38
  3. "Don't Pick a Flower" (Mark/Mayall) - 3:53
  4. "Something New" (Mark/Mayall) - 4:40
  5. "People Cling Together" - 2:53
  6. "Waiting for the Right Time" (Mark/Mayall) - 5:36
  7. "Thinking of My Woman" - 2:29
  8. "Counting the Days" - 5:33
  9. "When I Go" - 4:46
  10. "Many Miles Apart" - 2:56
  11. "To a Princess" - 3:34
  12. "Lying in My Bed" - 4:21



Jon Mark and Johnny Almond would leave the group just after the recording of this album, to form the duo Mark-Almond.


  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Empty Rooms > Overview )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-06-16.

External links

  • "John Mayall - Empty Rooms (LP) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
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