John Mayall With Eric Clapton, Bluesbreakers (1966)
Funny, just a couple of days ago I’m there contemplating buying a fancy-package vinyl reissue of this for $50 or whatever the cost was (might have been $45 actually). And I’m humming and haaaring and I am pretty sure that I have a copy still but can’t find it. I figure it will turn up and be in decent-enough condition and will do. So I leave it. I buy other records. And then a day later I pick up four crates of records from my parents – the last lot being stored at their house. And sure enough there it is, buried in one of the crates, a more-than-decent copy of the album, an original too; not some reissued version with unnecessary tracks. I’m all about the original album on vinyl – just the tracks that made it on the day/s of assembly. So I give it another run-through and bam! it really is great. I interviewed John Mayall a couple of years ago. Nice chap. Very serious. But he told me that this was the album that “really did introduce Eric to the world”. And he’s right. Eric Clapton of course quit The Yardbirds as they were heading in to commercial territory. He was/wanted to be a blues purist. He wanted to play Freddie King songs. So he joined up with John Mayall and they put out this, often referred to as Beano or “the Beano album” due to Clapton reading a copy of the comic on the cover (doing his best, apparently, to look bored). It was after this album that Mayall adopted the moniker John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. One he’s still using even in his late 70s. The album is a cracker. Formative, influential. Everything that all those guitar mags always say it is. It’s nice to have it back.
Sample Track: All Your Love
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