Rolling Stone - 2/4/93, p.664 Stars
- Excellent - "...a compelling summation of the work of an under-appreciated blues songwriter...Mayfield weaves a spell that will live in people's minds for years to come..."
Down Beat - 11/92, p.504 Stars
- Very Good - "...showcases the West Coast legend in the twilight of his career....he creates a riveting sense of intimacy, and his lyrics are sublime.."
Option - 7-8/92, p.114
"...The groove is informal and friendly, resulting in some of the mellowest blues around....enjoyable.."
Personnel: Percy Mayfield (vocals, piano), Pee Wee Crayton, Bobby Murray, Ron Thompson (guitar), Dr. Wild Willie Moore, Julien Vaught, Bobbie Webb (saxophone), Mark Naftalin (piano, organ), Leonard Gill, Henry Oden, Francis Rocco Prestia, Ted Wysinger (bass), Fred Casey, Francis Clay, Kelvin Dixon, Gary Silva (drums).
Recorded live at Sleeping Lady Cafe, Fairfax, California and Uncle Charlie's, Corte Maderna, California between July 1981 and August 1983.
All songs written by Percy Mayfield except "The Highway Is Like A Woman" (Mayfield/James).
LIVE was originally recorded for the KTIM-FM (San Francisco, CA) Blue Monday Party radio broadcasts.
Personnel: Percy Mayfield (vocals, piano); Pee Wee Crayton, Ron Thompson, Bobby Murray (guitar); Julien Vaught, Bobbie Webb, Wild Bill Moore (saxophone); Mark Naftalin (piano, organ, keyboards); Gary Silva, Francis Clay, Kelvin Dixon, Fred Casey (drums).
Audio Mixers: Nancy King; Phil Edwards .
Although the first-ever release of live Mayfield material is culled from performances between 1981 and 1983, the twilight of the singer's blues career, he remains in fine, laid-back voice throughout. The selections draw on all periods of his three decades as a songwriter, and include "Please Send Me Someone to Love," "The River's Invitation," and "Don't Start Lying to Me." Founding Paul Butterfield Blues Band pianist Mark Naftalin backs Mayfield throughout the collection; he also served as the set's producer. ~ Jason Ankeny