14 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Eric Clapton had already reached godlike stature among British musos with his guitar work on the Yardbirds debut album, he was dissatisfied playing what he considered 'bubblegum pop," and jumped at the chance to play with John Mayall's fledgling blues outfit. With this album, Clapton returns to the blues and inspires Mayall to deliver some of his greatest performances ever on vocals and harp. Hear Clapton roar through the instrumental workout on Freddie King's "Hideaway," and gasp with glee as he burns through Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' On My Mind," and the Otis Rush classic "All Your Love." Even the Mayall/Clapton original "Double Crossing Time" is a slow blues mind-blower. If you dig Clapton, but have tired of his more acoustic work of late, check this out. It's solid smoke.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Eric Clapton had already reached godlike stature among British musos with his guitar work on the Yardbirds debut album, he was dissatisfied playing what he considered 'bubblegum pop," and jumped at the chance to play with John Mayall's fledgling blues outfit. With this album, Clapton returns to the blues and inspires Mayall to deliver some of his greatest performances ever on vocals and harp. Hear Clapton roar through the instrumental workout on Freddie King's "Hideaway," and gasp with glee as he burns through Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' On My Mind," and the Otis Rush classic "All Your Love." Even the Mayall/Clapton original "Double Crossing Time" is a slow blues mind-blower. If you dig Clapton, but have tired of his more acoustic work of late, check this out. It's solid smoke.

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About John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

Throughout the '60s, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers acted as a finishing school for the leading British blues-rock musicians of the era. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor joined his band in a remarkable succession in the mid-'60s, honing their chops with Mayall before going on to join Cream, Fleetwood Mac, and the Rolling Stones, respectively. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, Jack Bruce, Aynsley Dunbar, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser (of Free), John Almond, and Jon Mark also played and recorded with the band for varying lengths of times in the '60s.

Mayall's personnel tended to overshadow his own considerable abilities. Only an adequate singer, the multi-instrumentalist was adept in bringing out the best in his younger charges (Mayall himself was in his thirties by the time the Bluesbreakers began to make a name for themselves). Doing his best to provide a context in which they could play Chicago-style electric blues, Mayall was never complacent, writing most of his own material, revamping his lineup with unnerving regularity, and constantly experimenting within his basic blues format. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • ORIGIN
    Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
  • GENRE
    Blues
  • BORN
    November 29, 1933

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