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John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers/Eric Clapton-Bluesbreakers-'66 UK BLUES ROCK-LP

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 John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers/Eric Clapton-Bluesbreakers-'66 UK BLUES ROCK-LNEW P

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers ‎– Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton
Vinyl Lovers ‎– 900020
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram
Rock, Blues
Blues Rock, Modern Electric Blues


John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton - Bluesbreakers (Decca 1966)

There isn’t a British blues rock guitarist around whose ears weren’t pinned to the wall the first time they heard Bluesbreakers.

John Mayall was already an established player on the British blues scene. Clapton had joined him a year earlier to find purist heaven, first by devouring Mayall’s unrivalled collection of blues albums and then by turning up his guitar and developing the coruscating style that had people scrawling ‘Clapton Is God’ on walls around London.

When the band entered Decca’s West Hampstead studios in April 1966 Clapton set up his gear the same way he did on stage, causing pandemonium in the control room. Producer Mike Vernon and engineer Gus Dudgeon (both of whom would become legendary studio figures) asked him to turn down but Clapton refused.

In what proved to be a landmark decision, Vernon and Dudgeon opted to cope with the distortion and adjust the other levels to try and get a balance. What they ended up with was the raw power that can still shock and awe 31 years later. From the opening note of Otis Rush’s All Your Love, Clapton’s Gibson Les Paul pierces at mic-shredding volume. After Bluesbreakers all British blues albums would be guitar-dominated.

It helps that Clapton is in white-hot form, blazing with the arrogant bravado of youth and self-belief, justifying his ‘God’-like status. After the slow/fast/slow cut and thrust of All Your Love he tears into Freddie King’s instrumental Hideaway with a mature fluidity and bleeds all over Mayall’s own Double Crossing Time with almost reckless abandon.

His vocal debut, on Robert Johnson’s Ramblin’ On My Mind, is timid compared to his guitar playing but the song has remained a staple throughout Clapton’s career. And the short sharp Steppin’ Out instrumental was turned into a 15-minute epic in the days of Cream.

But his pièce de résistance comes on the six-minute Have You Heard, another Mayall original where Clapton effectively redefines the slow blues guitar solo for the next decade. There are many who will argue that Clapton never played a better, more inspired solo.

Mayall’s contribution to Bluesbreakers should not be underestimated. He gives Clapton his head but he’s still emphatically the band leader and a forceful character, whether he’s singing, playing keyboards or blowing harmonica, which he does on a couple of solo showcase tracks, Another Man and Parchman Farm.

And then there’s bassist John McVie, paying his dues before Fleetwood Mac and anchoring the rhythm alongside Hughie Flint (still playing in the Blues Band), a lighter drummer than most of his blues rock successors but more than good enough for the job. Producer Vernon believes that Mayall never bettered that album.

“The energy that was created by that band when Eric was with them was special,” he told writer John Pidgeon. “We were lucky. We captured it on that one record. The chemistry was right.”

Bluesbreakers was the first blues album to chart in the UK, reaching No.6 in the summer of 1966. By then Clapton had already left to form Cream. Things were moving fast.


A1     All Your Love

    Written-By – Rush*, Dixon*

A2     Hideaway

    Written-By – King*, Thompson*

A3     Little Girl

    Written-By – Mayall*

A4     Another Man

    Arranged By – Mayall*

A5     Double Crossing Time

    Written-By – Clapton*, Mayall*

A6     What'd I Say

    Written-By – Charles*

A7     Parchman Farm

    Written-By – Allison*

A8     Ramblin' On My Mind

    Written-By – Johnson*

A9     It Ain't Right

    Written-By – Jacobs*

B1     Key To Love

    Written-By – Mayall*

B2     Have You Heard

    Written-By – Mayall*

B3     Steppin' Out

    Written-By – L.C. Frazier

B4     They Call It Stormy Monday (Live)

    Written-By – T. Bone Walker*

B5     Intro To Maudie (Live)

    Written-By – Hooker*, Mayall*

B6     Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Live)

    Written-By – Myles*

B7     Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)

    Written-By – J.L. Hooker*

Companies, etc.

    Manufactured By – www.gzvinyl.com
    Pressed By – GZ Digital Media – 74688E
    Copyright (c) – The Decca Record Company Limited
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Lilith Records Ltd.
    Copyright (c) – Lilith Records Ltd.
    Licensed From – ℗ OOO "Universal Music", Russia


    Baritone Saxophone – John Almond* (tracks: A5, B1 to B3)
    Bass Guitar – John McVie
    Drums – Hughie Flint
    Engineer – Gus Dudgeon
    Liner Notes [Original Liner Notes] – Neil Slaven
    Photography By [Sleeve Photography By] – Decca Publicity Art Department
    Producer – Mike Vernon
    Tenor Saxophone – Alan Skidmore (tracks: B1 to B3)
    Trumpet – Dennis Healey (tracks: B1 to B3)
    Vocals, Guitar – Eric Clapton
    Vocals, Piano, Organ, Harmonica, Layout – John Mayall

Copyright 1966 Decca.
Manufactured in EU.
Under license from 'Universal Music' Russia, printed by Lilith records Ltd.

Bonus Tracks:
Stormy Monday/Maudie/Have You Ever Loved A Woman/Hoochie Coochie Man
(Live Spring 1966)

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