London Blues (1964-1969)

London Blues (1964-1969)

by John Mayall
     
 

This two-hour-plus compilation of the first five years of the history of John Mayall and his band the Bluesbreakers in their many permutations covers all the expected bases and then some. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor are all represented, but so are Bernie WatsonSee more details below

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This two-hour-plus compilation of the first five years of the history of John Mayall and his band the Bluesbreakers in their many permutations covers all the expected bases and then some. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor are all represented, but so are Bernie Watson and Roger Dean, both of whom preceded Clapton in the guitarist's spot in the band. What's more, they're not bad; they may not have been the assertive soloist that Clapton came to embody, but Dean plays a pretty hot solo on "Crocodile Walk," which was good enough to make the A-side of a single in 1965. Moreover, there was more to any of the Mayall bands than their guitarists, and Mayall's blues harmonica is showcased throughout, on tracks such as "Crawling Up a Hill" and "Blues City Shakedown." The familiar Immediate and Decca/London sides featuring Clapton are here, though the lion's share of space on this set is devoted to the Peter Green version of the lineup, spread over two discs. Other highlights include a handful of tracks from 1967 featuring Paul Butterfield, and a handful of cuts featuring Green working in a lineup that includes saxmen John Almond and Nick Newell as well as trumpeter Henry Lowther. The Mick Taylor lineup, which also includes Dick Heckstall-Smith as one of the reedmen, takes up the bulk of the second disc and shows no diminution of the group's authoritative approach to the blues. Indeed, the Clapton sides represented on this collection, being the most familiar and widely circulated, may well prove to be the least interesting; distilling down the best work of everyone else, including Mayall, on the other hand, is a welcome service and makes this package particularly useful, and short of a Mayall box -- an unlikely prospect -- this is as good an overview as you're likely to see of his early work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1992
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0042284430227
catalogNumber:
844302

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Crawling up a Hill
  2. My Baby Is Sweeter
  3. Crocodile Walk
  4. Blues City Shakedown
  5. I'm Your Witchdoctor
  6. Telephone Blues
  7. Bernard Jenkins
  8. All Your Love
  9. Double Crossing Time
  10. Key to Love
  11. Parchman Farm
  12. Looking Back
  13. So Many Roads
  14. Sitting in the Rain
  15. A Hard Road
  16. Dust My Blues
  17. The Supernatural
  18. Another Kinda Love
  19. Leaping Christine
  20. Burn out Your Blind Eyes

Disc 2

  1. All My Life
  2. Ridin' on the L & N
  3. Eagle Eye
  4. It Hurts Me Too
  5. Double Trouble
  6. Sonny Boy Blow
  7. Broken Wings
  8. Oh, Pretty Woman
  9. The Death of J.B. Lenoir
  10. Man of Stone
  11. Checking on My Baby
  12. Suspicions, Pt. 1
  13. Jenny
  14. Picture on the Wall
  15. No Reply
  16. She's Too Young
  17. Sandy
  18. Walking on Sunset
  19. The Bear
  20. Fly Tomorrow

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mayall   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Paul Butterfield   Harmonica
Mick Taylor   Guitar
Henry Lowther   Trumpet,Violin,Cornet
Alan Skidmore   Tenor Saxophone
John Almond   Baritone Saxophone
Mick Fleetwood   Drums
Keef Hartley   Drums
John McVie   Bass
Aynsley Dunbar   Percussion,Drums
Colin Allen   Drums
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Hughie Flint   Drums
Peter Green   Guitar
Martin Hart   Drums
Dennis Healey   Trumpet
Dick Heckstall-Smith   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jon Hiseman   Drums
Rip Kant   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Mercer   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Newell   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Reeves   Bass
Ray Warleigh   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Watson   Guitar
Paul Williams   Bass
Roger Dean   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Mayall   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Page   Producer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Mike Vernon   Producer
Dan Burley   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Peter Green   Composer
Dick Heckstall-Smith   Contributor
Bill Levenson   Producer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Samuel Maghett   Composer
Art Bonanno   Cover Design
Richard Bauer   Art Direction
A.C. Williams   Composer
John McDermott   Liner Notes

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