Friday, July 22, 2011

blues breakers with eric clapton

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers found its purist, most fully realized lineup and changed the sound of rock with this album of revisionist electric white boy blues. Eric Clapton only played in the band for about a year; but his combination of an American Gibson Les Paul guitar with British Marshall amps produced a unique sound that revolutionized the way the instrument was played and led to assertions of deity. Mayall had wanted a live album and even recorded a set at the Flamingo Club; but the sound quality was so bad, that the project was scrapped. 'Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton' was recorded at Decca Studios with Mike Vernon producing a pure and powerful live sound that combined covers of blues standards with originals. Mayall played piano, organ, and harmonica, and sang most of the vocals; John McVie was on bass; Hughie Flint played drums; and Clapton dominated the proceedings with his groundbreaking guitar work. Even without any singles, the album made it to number six on the British album chart.

'Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton' 
full album:

Side one
"All Your Love" (Otis Rush) – 3:38
"Hideaway" (Freddie King/Sonny Thompson) – 3:17
"Little Girl" (Mayall) – 2:36
"Another Man" (Mayall) – 1:47
"Double Crossing Time" (Clapton/Mayall) – 3:04
"What'd I Say" (Ray Charles) – 4:28
Side two
"Key to Love" (Mayall) – 2:08
"Parchman Farm" (Mose Allison) – 2:22
"Have You Heard" (Mayall) – 5:56
"Ramblin' on My Mind" (Robert Johnson) – 3:08
"Steppin' Out" (L. C. Frazier) – 2:30

"It Ain't Right" (Little Walter) – 2:45

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