John Mayall's Blues Breakers - Live In 1967

By Lady K.
July 2015

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The Bluesbreakers are John Mayall, vocals, harmonica, organ; Peter Green, guitar; John McVie, bass; Mick Fleetwood, drums.

Lady K doesn’t need to spend a lot of time typing notes about this collectible CD from John Mayall. The liner notes did her job for her – this is all that you need to know: “In 1967 - before there was a Fleetwood Mac - Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood were John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. The four musicians were only together for three months, which makes it even more remarkable that a staunch fan from Holland was able to sneak a one channel reel-to-reel tape recorder into five London clubs and capture this exciting glimpse into music history. For almost fifty years these tapes have remained unheard until John recently got them and began restoring them, with the technical assistance of Eric Corne of Forty Below Records. Corne adds ‘While the source recording was very rough and the final result is certainly not high-fidelity, it does succeed in allowing us to hear how spectacular these performances are’.”

The tracks are a yummy mix of what the British blues scene sounded like, while yet another foursome was pioneering the British Invasion of the U.S. Tracks are from Billy Myles, “Have You Ever Loved a Woman”; Paul Marshall’s “So Many Roads”; “Hi Heel Sneakers” by Robert Higginbotham; T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday”; Willie Dixon’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby”; from Otis Rush “Double Trouble” and “All Your Love”; Freddie King / Sonny Thompson’s “The Stumble”, “Someday After Awhile” and “San-Ho-Zay”; and two tracks from Mayall himself: “Brand New Start” and “Streamline”.

So, John Mayall fans, you’ll enjoy this CD just because it exists and you’ve got it.

If you are new to the blues, or haven’t yet ‘met’ Mayall (that would be very young blues fans), this is what blues sounded like in nightclubs in 1967.

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