Bluesbreakers with Eric Claptonby John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
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
ock 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.
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- Sundazed Music Inc.
Performance CreditsJohn Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Primary Artist
John Mayall Organ,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Alan Skidmore Tenor Saxophone
John Almond Baritone Saxophone
John McVie Bass
Eric Clapton Guitar,Vocals
Hughie Flint Drums
Dennis Healey Trumpet
Hughes Flint Drums
Technical CreditsJohn Mayall Arranger,Composer,Layout
Mike Vernon Producer
Gus Dudgeon Engineer
Neil Slaven Liner Notes
L.C. Frazier Composer
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Totally awesome. I never really got into this album before. Got this CD because I've become a growing Clapton fan (Audio Fidelity fan too). I started with 461 Ocean Blvd and Layla. I'm now becoming a huge Clapton fan. I love the song "Little Girl." Totally in love with it. I'm no sound quality expert so I will not comment on that.
I heard that this was the seminal album that introduced the Brit. rock sound ('59 Gibson Les Paul into a Marshall amp set to 10) - and I can see why. It is raw and has energy -great blues sounds. (Better than EC & BB King's latest album IMHO.)