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John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

When Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in the wake of their 1965 breakthrough hit For Your Love for going too pop, he quickly gravitated to the godfather of the British blues scene, John Mayall, and his Bluesbreakers.

 Born November 29, 1933 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, Mayall was inspired by his dad's extensive record collection. He became proficient on guitar, piano, and harmonica as he progressed, spending four years in art school and a stint in the Army during the Korean War. In 1962, Mayall opened for Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, Korner subsequently mentoring the relative newcomer. In early '63, Mayall, by then in London, formed his first line-up of Bluesbreakers. Decca staff producer Mike Vernon helmed their debut single Crawling Up A Hill in 1964, which sold 500 copies.

After many personnel changes, Mayall's rhythm section solidified with bassist John McVie and drummer Hughie Flint. Decca cut their first album, a live set, that year (Roger Dean was their guitarist, with Mayall on piano and harp), and another studio single, Crocodile Walk, before letting the Bluesbreakers go. Clapton joined the ranks in April of '65, Jimmy Page producing I'm Your Witchdoctor with the new line-up for Immediate before they reunited with Vernon in April of '66 to cut a full-length studio LP for Decca.

'Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton' was the name of that incendiary affair, loaded with well-chosen American blues covers (Clapton shared Mayall's purist tendencies) and a handful of originals including Have You Heard, written by Mayall about his then-girlfriend Christine. Clapton fed his solid-bodied Gibson Les Paul (he switched from a Telecaster after seeing Freddy King cradling one on an album cover) through a powerful Marshall amp, affording him sonic superiority. Alan Skidmore's jazzy tenor sax opens the luxuriously downbeat Have You Heard, Mayall on organ and impassioned vocal, but it's Clapton's blasting, Freddy-influenced axe that ignites it.

The album was a smash in Great Britain, peaking at #6, but that didn't stop Eric from splitting to form Cream with bassist Jack Bruce (another Bluesbreakers alumnus) and drummer Ginger Baker just after its release that July. Peter Green had already served a brief stint with the Bluesbreakers, and he rejoined in time for the band's next LP, 1967's 'A Hard Road.' When Green left later that year along with drummer Mick Fleetwood to form Fleetwood Mac (McVie quickly followed), Mayall turned to yet another promising young British guitarist, Mick Taylor.

Mayall modernized his approach during the late '60s, freely experimenting with extended jazz-rock formats. At the dawn of the '70s, he relocated to California. No matter where he resided, Mayall retained his uncanny knack for unearthing terrific players: guitarist Harvey Mandel and electric violinist Don 'Sugarcane' Harris were in his first U.S. band. Mayall remains musically active and on the road, that knack having yet to desert him: guitarists Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, and Buddy Whittington have passed through the ranks in more recent times.     

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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John Mayall: Blues Breakers
Art-Nr.: CD8448272
 

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The groundbreaking album that was initial for the growing interest in the blues in Europe, and the USA. Re-issue presenting those twelve original tracks, both in mono and stereo. A classic. JOHN MAYALL - voc/pno/org/hca, ERIC CLAPTON - gtr/voc, JOHN McVIE - bass,...

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John Mayall: Stories
Art-Nr.: CDEAG223
 

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New recordings. Solid effort, as always. JOHN MAYALL - voc/hca/pno/gtr, BUDDY WHITTINGTON - gtrs, TOM CANNING - kbds, HANK VAN SICKLE - bass, JOE YUELE - drums.

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John Mayall: Crusade
Art-Nr.: CDSC6275
 

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Re-issue, re-mastered, re-packaged - Digipak. JOHN MAYALL - voc/pno/org/hca/gtr, MICK TAYLOR - gtr, JOHN McVIE - bass, KEEF HARTLEY - drums. CHRIS MERCER - ten, RIP KANT - bar.

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John Mayall: A Hard Road
Art-Nr.: CD9842225
 

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The groundbreaking album, augmented by 14(!) additional tracks (singles, the Butterfield EP, four live tracks recorded for BBCs 'Saturday Club' in 1967). JOHN MAYALL - voc/gtr/hca/pno, PETER GREEN - gtrm JOHN McVIE - bass, AYNSLEY DUNBAR - drums.

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John Mayall: A Special Life
Art-Nr.: CDFB66
 

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(2014/Forty Below) 11 tracks. John Mayall - voc/pno/org/hca/clavinet & lead gtr on track 5&7, Rocky Athas - lead & rhythm gtr except track 7, Greg Rzab - bass/perc on track 9, Jay Davenport - drums, C.J.Chenier - voc on track 1&8/acc on track 1

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John Mayall: Crusade (1967) Mono Edition
Art-Nr.: SLP5373
 

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Audiophile Blues LP-Record on SUNDAZED RECORDS by John Mayall - Crusade (1967) Mono Edition

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John Mayall: Find A Way To Care
Art-Nr.: CDFB11
 

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(2015/Forty Below) 12 tracks. 2013 signed John Mayall at Forty Below Records, the label of producer Eric Corne, and experienced since then a revival of his artistic work and career. They recorded 'Find A Way To Care' in the House of Blues Studios in Encino,...

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John Mayall: Blues Alive NYC 1976
Art-Nr.: CDRB3300
 

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(2015/Rockbeat)  12 tracks. Tracks 1-6 recorded live at the Bottom Line in New York City, early show on October 2, 1976. Tracks 7-12 recorded live at My Father's Place in Roslyn, New York on October 3, 1976.

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John Mayall: Bare Wires
Art-Nr.: LPMOV711
 

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(2013/MUSICONVINYL) 13 tracks - gatefold sleeve, remastered - 180g Vinyl

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John Mayall: Live in 1967- Volume 2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFBR013
 

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(2016/Forty Below) 13 tracks. Live archive release. 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...

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John Mayall: Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton
Art-Nr.: 90002
 

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(1965 'Decca') Vinyl Lovers 180 g virgin vinyl. Includes bonus tracks.

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John Mayall: Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton (1966) Mono
Art-Nr.: SLP5371
 

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Audiophile Blues LP-Record on SUNDAZED RECORDS by John Mayall - Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton (1966) Mono

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John Mayall: Live At The Marquee 1969
Art-Nr.: CD201292
 

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(1969 'Eagle') (59:13/07) Der Soundtrack zum Dokumentarfilm 'Turning Point'. Die Tonqualität ist durchaus akzeptabel. Ein Stück Nostalgie( ) / This is the soundtrack to the documentary film 'Turning Point', premiered in '71. The sound is alright...

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John Mayall: Tough
Art-Nr.: LPEA20163
 

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(2009) Eagle Limited edition 180 g vinyl.

$35.11 *

John Mayall: Bluesbrakers With Eric Clapton
Art-Nr.: CDSC6273
 

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Re-issue, re-mastered, re-packaged - Digipak. JOHN MAYALL - voc/pno/org/hca, ERIC CLAPTON - gtr, JOHN McVIE - bass, HUGHIE FLINT - drums, JOHN ALMOND - bar, ALAN SKIDMORE - ten, DENNIS HEALEY - tpt.

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John Mayall: Mayall, John Historic Live Shows Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CD179999
 

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(1990 à 1995 »John Mayall») (79:23 / 12) Piste 1 enregistré Septembre 1990, Austin, TX, piste 2 et 3 recordedMarch 1992 Gremany, piste 4-6 enregistré Juin 1992 à BenLommond, Californie, TRACK / & 8 enregistré Septembre 1993 à FortWorth, au Texas, la voie 9 -...

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John Mayall: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Live In 1967
Art-Nr.: CDFB8
 

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(2015/Forty Below) 13 tracks. Never before heard live performances, recorded from Feb. until May 1967 at different places.

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MAYALL, John: Mayall, John Historic Live Shows Vol.1
Art-Nr.: CD179998
 

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(1970-1990 'John Mayall') ((76:42 / 10) Jamais libéré la voie 1 - 3. Enregistré Janvier 1970 à l'Allemagne, la voie 4 et 5 enregistré Avril 1971 à l'Allemagne, la voie 6 recordedSeptember 1971 à l'Allemagne, la voie 7 & 8 mai 1990 enregistré au Japon, la voie 9...

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John Mayall: The Turning Point (+ 3 Bonus Tracks) (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: 90040
 

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(1969 'Polydor') Vinyl Lovers 180 g virgin vinyl.

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John Mayall: Back To The Roots (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDX5494242
 

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Concept two-LP set from 1970. The idea was to bring together famous musicians of their times that all have worked with Mayall before. Eight bonus tracks have been re-mastered by Mayall in 1988 and are included here. JOHN MAYALL with HARVEY MANDEL, JERRY McGHEE, ERIC...

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MAYALL, John: Jazz Blues Fusion
Art-Nr.: CD5274602
 

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(1972 'Polydor') (45:20/07) w/FREDDY ROBINSON - gtr, CLIFFORD SOLOMON - sax, BLUE MITCHELL - tpt, LARRY TAYLOR - bass, RON SELICO - drums.

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John Mayall: Mayall, John Historic Live Shows Vol.3
Art-Nr.: CD180000
 

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(1997/98 »John Mayall») (75:21 / 10) Jamais released.Track 1-4 enregistré Novembre 1997 à Houston, Tx. Track 5 - 10recorded Juillet 1998, au Festival de la mer du Nord, en Hollande.

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John Mayall: Live: 1969 (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVV1015008
 

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(1969) Vinyl Vault Gatefold 2-LP collector's edition on 180 g vinyl.

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MAYALL, John: The Latest Edition
Art-Nr.: CDLEM117
 

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Deep, funky blues from L.A. His last album for Polyodor. JOHN MAYALL -voc/hca/gtr/pno/org/vibes, HI-TIDE HARRIS - gtr, RANDY RESNICK - gtr, RED HOLLOWAY - saxes/flute, LARRY TAYLOR -. Bass/gtr, SOKO RICHARDSON - drums.

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John Mayall: Bluesbreakers With - Turning Point (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5339464
 

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(140:58/34)

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MAYALL, John: So Many Roads (4-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CD5327642
 

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Very lavisly edited set of four CDs, covering his best recording period. The CDs come with a DVD-Pak size hardcover book and a forty page booklet of large size. The book contains many rare photos, an in-detail discography, and background info. Recommended.

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MAYALL, John: In The Shadow Of Legends (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD250294
 

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Recordings made during the Bluesbreaker's reunion tour in 1982, featuring a long list of blues originators. JOHN MAYALL - voc/kbds/gtr, MICK TAYLOR -gtr, JOHN McVIE - bass, COLIN ALLEN - drums. Specila guests: ALBERT KING - gtr, BUDDY GUY - gtr, ETTA JAMES - voc,...

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John Mayall: Blues From Laurel Canyon (180g)
Art-Nr.: 8205391
 

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(1968 'Decca')

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MAYALL, John: Blues Breakers
Art-Nr.: CDAF56
 

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Limited and numbered CD edition (24 karat gold). From the original master tapes, no maximization, limiting or compressing.

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MAYALL, John: Ten Years Are Gone (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLEM115
 

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(1973 'Polydor') (83:25/14) JOHN MAYALL - voc/gtrs/kbds/hca, FREDDY ROBINSON - gtr/voc, SUGARCANE HARRIS - vln, BLUE MITCHELL - tpt/flugelhorn, RED HOLLOWAY - ten/alto/flute, VICTOR GASKIN -bass, KEEF HARTLEY - drums.

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MAYALL, John: Looking Back
Art-Nr.: CD8203312
 

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'Looking Back' at a decade of blues on 45s; compiled by Mike Vernon in 1969. Featuring JOHN McVIE - bass, ROGER DEAN - gtr, ERIC CLAPTON - gtr, PETER GREEN - gtr, AYNSLEY DUNBAR -drums, MICK TAYLOR - gtr, etc.

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MAYALL, John: Moving On
Art-Nr.: CDLEM116
 

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(1972 'Polydor') (47:26/09) 'Recorded live at the Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles - July 10, 1972' -JOHN MAYALL - voc/hca/gtr/pno, FREDDY ROBINSON - gtr, LARRY TAYLOR - electric bass, VICTOR GASKIN -upright bass, KEEF HARTLEY - drums, plus horns.

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