Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
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Great Musicians, Great Album
One of the best albums of all time. I'd recommend Steppin' out, Hideaway and Key to Love. This is THE classic British blues album.
Essential Clapton Classic
Following "Five Live Yardbirds" the developing Eric was rarely heard on disc, but there were rumours. "Bluesbreakers" finally introduced him to the British public and enabled us all to understand what industry insiders were raving about. And what the blues-purist Clapton was about: electric blues, as close to Chicago-style as he and Mayall could manage. It was the start of the British Blues era. The raw enthusiasm and drive of "Bluesbreakers" is as infectious now as it was then, and Clapton's enormous influence on future lead guitarists via this album alone is very evident.
The Gold Standard
Traditional it may be but the blues done like this never dates. Many contempories (notably Chicken Shack and Canned Heat) sound weedy now but this was and is the real deal. Les Paul through a Marshall for Clapton and Hammond Organ for Mayall and it still sounds matchless all those years later. Mayall and of course Clapton have used the blues as mainstay to their careers but "Have you heard" and "Hideaway" still make the hairs on the back of my neck stick up like very little else can, before or since. Wonderful
Born: 29 November 1933 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s