Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (Remastered)
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
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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.
Bought this album when I was nine years old (I'm 48 now). This was one of my major influences for learning to play guitar. I was hooked then - and glad to be re-hooked to it again. Pure blues, and I have this album to thank for my guitar playing today.
Why it didn't sell
...is because it's neither fish nor foul. I like this album, don't get me wrong, liked it when it first came out (when I was 20), but it's not blues (sorry, but, without meaning to be purist or snobby about it, that's the truth, it's what passed for blues among white boys, and I say this with the authority of a white boy who's heard the greats like muddy waters & Junior Wells with Buddy Guy & Howlin' Wolf and James Cotton, as well as Butterfield and the Stones in their prime, all live) as it's usually meant, and its not that great as pop music - some nice hooks, but no great ones such as would come later - and as rythm and blues, it's fair: it's REALLY white (much whiter than the Stones of the time), and lacks soul and balls. What it does have is a real sense of energy and drive, a few very nice solos, (as other reviewers have noted) and some of the fastest playing around, but that's it's problem, and Clapton was the first to admit it, and the proof is in the fact that he backed off - way, way, off - from the crescendo of guitar excess he had reached towards the end of the Cream days. Compare his "blues" playing on this to that of Hendrix - Hendrix plays fast, too, and so did Buddy Guy, whom Clapton openly admired, but they knew the value of space in a solo; the silences in the right places around the notes said as much as the notes did. To the reviewer who suggested that every white guitarist should listen to this - I'd disagree, unless you just want to play mostly very fast thin sngle-note lines; go to the sources. The reason the stones are so powerful is that's what they did. So did Eric, he just took a while to understand what to do with it. These solos are signs of promising talent, but can't hold a candle to the work he did later on, for instance, his uncredited solos on Abbey Road with George Harrison. Check THAT out, brothers.
One of the best kept secrets of 60's blues. Its a shame that this isn't more popular. If i were in this band, my jaw would be on the floor, wondering why it hasn't sold more copies. Anyway.. pure gold! I love every track!
Born: November 29, 1933 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
||Hideaway||Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton||3:17||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Ramblin' On My Mind||Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton||3:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Steppin' Out||Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton||2:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||All Your Love||Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton||3:36||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Supernatural||A Hard Road||2:57||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Double Crossing Time||Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Have You Heard||Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton||5:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Parchman Farm||Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton||2:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Another Man||Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton||1:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bernard Jenkins (Mono)||Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton||3:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|