Bare Wires [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bare Wires was the first Bluesbreakers album of new studio material since A Hard Road, released 16 months before. In that time, the band had turned over entirely, expanding to become a septet. Mayall's musical conception had also expanded -- the album began with a 23-minute "Bare Wires Suite," which included more jazz influences than usual and featured introspective lyrics. In retrospect, all of this is a bit indulgent, but at the time it helped Mayall out of what had come to seem a blues straitjacket although he would eventually return to a strict blues approach. It isn't surprising that he dropped the "Bluesbreakers" name after this release. The album was Mayall's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bare Wires was the first Bluesbreakers album of new studio material since A Hard Road, released 16 months before. In that time, the band had turned over entirely, expanding to become a septet. Mayall's musical conception had also expanded -- the album began with a 23-minute "Bare Wires Suite," which included more jazz influences than usual and featured introspective lyrics. In retrospect, all of this is a bit indulgent, but at the time it helped Mayall out of what had come to seem a blues straitjacket although he would eventually return to a strict blues approach. It isn't surprising that he dropped the "Bluesbreakers" name after this release. The album was Mayall's most successful ever in the U.K., hitting number three. [The 2007 UMVD import edition includes bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2007
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498421789
  • Catalog Number: 9842178
  • Sales rank: 94,866

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Primary Artist
John Mayall Indexed Contributor, Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Vocals, Soloist
Mick Taylor Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar, Soloist
Henry Lowther Violin, Cornet, Soloist
Jon Hiseman Percussion, Drums, Soloist
Chris Mercer Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Tony Reeves Bass Guitar, String Bass, Soloist
Technical Credits
John Mayall Composer, Producer
Mike Vernon Producer
Derek Varnals Engineer
Phil Smee Packaging
Pete Smith Cover Photo
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