John Mayall With Eric Clapton – Blues Breakers [Japan SHM Double Disc Set] (1966/2008)

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Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton was Eric Clapton’s first fully realized album as a blues guitarist — more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Standing midway between Clapton’s stint with the Yardbirds and the formation of Cream, this album featured the new guitar hero on a series of stripped-down blues standards, Mayall pieces, and one Mayall/Clapton composition, all of which had him stretching out in the idiom for the first time in the studio. This album was the culmination of a very successful year of playing with John Mayall, a fully realized blues creation, featuring sounds very close to the group’s stage performances, and with no compromises. Credit has to go to producer Mike Vernon for the purity and simplicity of the record; most British producers of that era wouldn’t have been able to get it recorded this way, much less released. One can hear the very direct influence of Buddy Guy and a handful of other American bluesmen in the playing. And lest anyone forget the rest of the quartet: future pop/rock superstar John McVie and drummer Hughie Flint provide a rock-hard rhythm section, and Mayall’s organ playing, vocalizing, and second guitar are all of a piece with Clapton’s work. His guitar naturally dominates most of this record, and he can also be heard taking his first lead vocal, but McVie and Flint are just as intense and give the tracks an extra level of steel-strung tension and power, none of which have diminished across several decades.

CD 1:

Mono Mix (April 1966):
1. All Your Love (Otis Rush) – 3:36
2. Hideaway (Freddie King, Sonny Thompson) – 3:17
3. Little Girl (Mayall) – 2:37
4. Another Man (Mayall) – 1:45
5. Double Crossing Time (Clapton, Mayall) – 3:04
6. What’d I Say (Ray Charles; Interpolating Day Tripper By John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 4:29
7. Key To Love (Mayall) – 2:09
8. Parchman Farm (Mose Allison) – 2:24
9. Have You Heard (Mayall) – 5:56
10. Ramblin’ On My Mind (Robert Johnson, Traditional) – 3:10
11. Steppin’ Out (James Bracken) – 2:30
12. It Ain’t Right (Little Walter) – 2:42

Stereo Mix (November 1969):
13. All Your Love (Otis Rush) – 3:36
14. Hideaway (Freddie King, Sonny Thompson) – 3:17
15. Little Girl (Mayall) – 2:37
16. Another Man (Mayall) – 1:45
17. Double Crossing Time (Clapton, Mayall) – 3:04
18. What’d I Say (Ray Charles; Interpolating Day Tripper By John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 4:2
19. Key To Love (Mayall) – 2:09
20. Parchman Farm (Mose Allison) – 2:24
21. Have You Heard (Mayall) – 5:56
22. Ramblin’ On My Mind (Robert Johnson, Traditional) – 3:10
23. Steppin’ Out (James Bracken) – 2:30
24. It Ain’t Right (Little Walter) – 2:42

CD 2:

BBC ‘Saturday Club’ Session – 26th April 1965:
1. Crawling Up A Hill (Mayall) – 2:08
2. Crocodile Walk (Mayall) – 2:23
3. Bye Bye Bird (Sonny Boy Willamson, Willie Dixon) – 2:49

Immediate 45 IM012 – Released October 1965:
4. I’m Your Witchdoctor (Mayall) – 2:11
5. Telephone Blues (Mayall) – 3:57

Purdah 45 3502 – Recorded Oct 1965, Released Aug 1966:
6. Bernard Jenkins (Clapton) – 3:49
7. Lonely Years (Mayall) – 3:19

BBC ‘Saturday Club’ Session – 25th Oct 1965:
8. Cheatin’ Woman (Mayall) – 2:03
9. Nowhere To Turn (Mayall) – 1:42
10. I’m Your Witchdoctor (Mayall) – 2:10

Recorded 2nd Dec 1965, At Pye Studios (Unreleased Stereo Mix):
11. On Top Of The World (Stereo Mix) (Mayall) – 2:34

BBC ‘Saturday Club’ Session – 14th March 1966:
12. Key To Love (Mayall) – 2:02
13. On Top Of The World (Mayall) – 2:34

Recorded Live At Flamingo Club, London, 17th March 1966.:
14. They Call It Stormy Monday (T-Bone Walker) – 4:35

Recorded Live At Flamingo Club, London, 30th April 1966.:
15. Intro Into Maudie (John Lee Hooker, Mayall) – 2:27
16. It Hurts To Be In Love (Dixon, Toombs) – 3:22
17. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Myles) – 6:44
18. Bye Bye Bird (Williamson, Dixon) – 3:51
19. Hoochie Coochie Man (Dixon) – 3:53

Line-up::
John Mayall – Lead Vocals, Piano, Hammond B3 Organ, Harmonica
Eric Clapton – Guitar, Lead Vocals On “Ramblin’ On My Mind”
John McVie – Bass Guitar
Hughie Flint – Drums
Additional Musicians:
Alan Skidmore – Tenor Saxophone
John Almond – Baritone Saxophone
Derek Healey – Trumpet
Jack Bruce – Bass (Disc Two Tracks 14-19, Not Featured On Original Album)
Geoff Krivit – Guitar (Disc Two Tracks 8-10, Not Featured On Original Album)

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