A Hard Road (Remastered)
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
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After Eric Clapton’s hasty departure in the summer of 1966, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers responded by landing themselves yet another young guitar god in Peter Green. The reverb-soaked A Hard Road totally reflects the newbie’s legendarily moody disposition and existential approach to the blues. Where his predecessor’s playing was muscular and forceful, Green’s is spare and deeply forlorn. On the eccentrically hypnotic cuts “There’s Always Work” and “The Supernatural”, he also pushes Mayall and crew to explore the outer limits of blues tradition.
This was a seminal album of the 60s that introduced Peter Green to the British blues fans of the time, and eventually beyond. It still has that magic flavour that raises the hair on the back of one's neck. (not much left on the head now). For me The Stumble is the ultimate exploration in sustain that required replay after replay. "Brilliant stuff".
WILL MAKE YOU DOUBT THAT SUCH A GUITARIST EXISTED.
I HAD NOT PLAYED THIS TRACK FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS OR SO.WHEN I BOUGHT THE CD VERSION IT GAVE ME SUCH A HIGH THAT I HAD TO SIT DOWN,I AM TALKING ABOUT TRACK 13.SOMEDAY AFTER A WHILE.JUST LISTEN FOR GOD'S SAKE CAN YOU BELEIVE THAT PETER GREEN COULD PLAY LIKE THAT? BUY IT JUST FOR THAT ALONE AND THEN PLAY IT EVERY DAY LIKE I DO.
I don't remember it being THIS good
Peter Green lived in Eric Clapton's shadow a bit when this album came out. In no way do I wish to diminish the "Beano" album but whilst Green acquited himself really well I had forgotten just how good he was. He had the feel, technique and the tone to be a decent replacement for the irreplaceable but his tone and use of minor keys was starting to establish itself here. From "Supernatural" here to "I loved another woman" on the first Fleetwood Mac album to "Man of the world" at the top of the charts is almost seamless and it's great to hear him work out on "The Stumble" which he still does live today. I wonder how Mayall feels when his great bands and seminal albums are dissected for their guitarist's contributions and nothing is said about his contribution! His organ and harmonica playing and arranging skill marks him out from the other blues bands of the time such as Chicken Shack and Savoy Brown. I suspect his music will live not just because he could spot the best guitarists on the planet at the time. Mick Taylor..............? About 15 when this was made!
Born: 29 November 1933 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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