Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Rarely has any single record album induced such a shift in popular music. Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton not only catapulted Clapton to the helm of the burgeoning British blues-rock scene, it likewise made significant noise on the other side of the Atlantic -- where the blues had literally been born, bred, and buttered. This remastered and revisited edition boasts significantly upgraded sound quality for not only the dozen sides that comprise the original program, but also the bonus tracks. These two additional performances include the A- and B-sides of a rare 45 that Mayall and Clapton cut for producer Mike Vernon's Purdah label nearly a year before recording this ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Rarely has any single record album induced such a shift in popular music. Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton not only catapulted Clapton to the helm of the burgeoning British blues-rock scene, it likewise made significant noise on the other side of the Atlantic -- where the blues had literally been born, bred, and buttered. This remastered and revisited edition boasts significantly upgraded sound quality for not only the dozen sides that comprise the original program, but also the bonus tracks. These two additional performances include the A- and B-sides of a rare 45 that Mayall and Clapton cut for producer Mike Vernon's Purdah label nearly a year before recording this disc. Taking a page from the mid-'50s Miles Davis Quintet, it became obvious for those involved that the best way to approach making a studio recording was to document the same material that was concurrently being performed by the band night after night in various London area clubs. In addition to Mayall guitar/vocals and Clapton guitar/vocals, this incarnation of the Bluesbreakers utilizes the talents of John McVie bass and Hughie Flint drums. As a combo, this band was able to reinvent the American blues for a fresh audience whose ultimate response would give rise to subgenres such as heavy metal and other roots-related rock. While their contributions prove immeasurable, they are likewise sadly eclipsed by that of Clapton. In retrospect -- unlike many of the other revolutionary changes occurring in pop music circa the mid-'60s -- the Bluesbreakers are infinitely more subtle in their attack. Their most obvious weapon is the advantage of documenting in-the-studio material from their live performance set. The Bluesbreakers were able to incorporate originals such as "Double Crossing Time" and "Key to Love" with revered blues standards, including Freddie King's "Hideaway" and Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' on My Mind" -- which features Clapton's very first lead vocal. Clapton needed precious little time to gestate the blues. His ability to express himself is uncanny, as if he were a man twice -- if not three times -- his age. The passionate inflections and unforgettable impressions Clapton makes upon these grooves swiftly catapulted him into both international exposure as well as legendary guitar rock idol status. Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton is an invaluable touchstone into primordial pre-metal rock & roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 042288296720
  • Catalog Number: 882967
  • Sales rank: 7,534

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Your Love (3:36)
  2. 2 Hideaway - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers & Eric Clapton (3:17)
  3. 3 Little Girl - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers & Eric Clapton (2:37)
  4. 4 Another Man (1:45)
  5. 5 Double Crossing Time (3:04)
  6. 6 What'd I Say (4:29)
  7. 7 Key to Love (2:09)
  8. 8 Parchman Farm (2:24)
  9. 9 Have You Heard - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers & Eric Clapton (5:56)
  10. 10 Ramblin' on My Mind (3:10)
  11. 11 Steppin' Out (2:30)
  12. 12 It Ain't Right (2:42)
  13. 13 Lonely Years (3:21)
  14. 14 Bernard Jenkins - Eric Clapton & John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Primary Artist
John Mayall Indexed Contributor, 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
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Freddie King Composer
Little Walter Composer
John Mayall Arranger, Composer
Mike Vernon Producer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Gus Dudgeon Engineer
Robert Johnson Composer
Otis Rush Composer
James C. Bracken Composer
Traditional Composer
David Goldfarb Reissue Production Coordination
L.C. Frazier Composer
Jacobs Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Eric Clapton's time with the Bluesbreakers.

    John Mayall gives a wonderful performance here but let's face it, this album is famous because of the presence of Eric Clapton. This is Clapton's first recordings after leaving the Yardbirds and here he even does his first recorded vocals. But the rest of the Bluesbreakers were no slouches either. John McVie plays bass here and was soon to leave to join Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. After this album was finished, Jack Bruce joined as the new bassist. Jack and Eric recorded together (before they started Cream) and appeared as The Powerhouse on the various artist album called "What's Shakin". John Mayall and the Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton is a very good, and very historic, album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Blues Albums Ever!!!

    This album is absolutely amazing. John Mayall may not be the greatest singer ever, but man, does he do great on this album. John McVie and Hughie Flint do an great job as well. But this album would be nowhere without Eric Clapton. He's laid down, in my opinion, some of his greatest guitar parts of his life on this album! He sounds freaking spectacular with his Les Paul and his Marshall combo amp!!! Definetly, this is the one of the greatest blues albums in existence. Every track is stellar.

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