The arrival of Clapton gave Mayall the chance to further develop the band along Chicago blues lines; he also put away his guitar and concentrated on keyboards and harmonica.
So now he had a guitar whose sound was very far from pissy; its construction and powerful humbucking pickups could drive an amp into uncharted realms of distortion and sustain.
And the amp? The answer came not from America, but from a small music shop in west London. Jim Marshall was the boss, Ken Bran his repairman. Requests from musicians for more powerful amps led Bran to build a UK version of the Bassman. The results when guys plugged in their new shiny Fenders were great; when Clapton plugged in his Les Paul into the Marshall 45 watt 2x12 combo, the result was astonishing — a thick, crunching, creamy sound that trumped anything heard in the States.
Clapton appeared to be settled. He had the right equipment to match his aggressive style, all the records he could absorb and plenty of gigs all over the United Kingdom, playing exactly the kind of music denied him in the Yardbirds — and establishing his reputation as the hottest John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton on the scene. But appearances can be deceptive.
And run he did, not just a mile, but nearly 2, miles. Despite having all his blues ducks in a row, this clearly conflicted and confused young man took off on a hare-brained scheme to flee the pressure John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton travelling around the world in another band.
They got no further than Greece. It was Augustfive months into his tenure with the Bluesbreakers. Conceived in a fug of dope smoke, the plan was to tour the world as The Glands, picking up gigs where they could. By the time this chaotic troupe stumbled into Athens, there had been fights, fallouts, sackings, departures and arrivals. Then tragedy struck. The Juniors were involved in a serious road accident — one member was killed and another seriously injured.
The club was going to close, until Clapton stepped in and offered to play with the band to keep them in work. This meant playing from 7pm to 7am, and very soon he was completely exhausted. Meanwhile, when Clapton started to play some Yardbirds numbers, it began to dawn on the club owner that this was the real Eric Clapton, an asset worth holding on to by any means necessary.
The situation was getting very heavy. Clapton was being prevented from leaving so they had to make The Postal Service Give Up run for it. The moment the ferry home docked in Dover, before they boarded the London train, Eric said he had to make a telephone call. It just struck him as perfectly John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton — he was John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton in England and should be back in the band.
It never crossed his mind that Mayall might have said no. So John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton had Eric back, but with no guarantee he would stay. There was no sense of stability about the Bluesbreakers at all. The most significant outcropping of all these comings and goings was that Clapton and Bruce got to play Isaac Hayes Truck Turner Original Soundtrack gigs together.
Nothing came of the deal with Immediate. While that was going through, Vernon had an idea. We were thinking of starting up another label called Purdah — it was a good name suggesting a veil, hiding the identity of people, but that never happened in reality. We talked it through and I suggested we just use one microphone. We went into the original Wessex studios in Old Compton Street, up on the third floor right in the middle of Soho. We did it in one afternoon; I think it only took a couple of hours.
He bought the script, knew it off by heart and saw the film of The Caretakerwith Donald Pleasence as Bernard Colleen Grant Latin Parang, several times.
Have You Heard Ramblin' On My Mind Steppin' Out His attempts to write his own blues numbers are more impressive than those, say, of The Kinks. Again, it is a very credible blues. The sound on the guitar solo at 1. Gloriously clear, sharp sound. The instrumentation on this is wonderful. A band in perfect synchronisation. I love the drum solo part half way through. The sound on it is once again peerless. A bit like seventies Deep Purple six years early. Unusual for a short, sharp blues rock band too.
It has a real laid-back feel and some more seriously impressive sound quality. As opposed to most of the tracks, which are sub-three minutes, it is nearly six minutes long.
Not a problem, the horn and guitar passages make it all worthwhile. Being a fan of old school British rock music, I John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton grown up listening to a lot of great blues rock musicians and deciding to look back at their beginnings has been in an interesting experience.
Primarily listening to his '60s albums and admiring the impressive line up of musicians involved. The combination of the two is one of the most enjoyable early blues records to come out of the British isles at the time.
Mayall himself sounds John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton. He doesn't contribute any guitar but Rose McDowall Dont Fear The Reaper handles all the piano, organ, harmonica and the majority of lead vocals.
The raw '60s live sound really works in the groups favour with a good thick RSD Murderation Trample and one of the best guitar tones I think I've heard from Clapton.
You can tell the chemistry from the band is perfect and it makes for one of the best British blues rock albums from John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton time period. Published by Steven Lornie of Demonszone.
I am so happy for this LP! I can't help myself but the music from 60th and 70th has been much better than now. Beatles were geniuses but it doesn't mean that another bands were worse. The different is most another bands or singers couldn't hold the highest standard through all years. But this is not the case. This LP is high quality rock's blues. And I thank God these players were born. Bought to supplement my vinyl copy and comes with complete versions in Mono and Stereo.
The content needs no comment unless you happy to be someone who has never come across this masterpiece before. In which case you are in for some audio nirvana as Clapton has never sounded so good as on this album and John Mayall is also at his breathless best chugging away on his Hammond or whatever and blowing the harp for all his worth.
A classic and timeless album. Eric Clapton's guitar-tone is superb. A true tour-de-force. The classic is: "All Your Love". Includes both the mono and stereo versions. This is a fantastic album. Clapton's playing from one so young he was 21 and Mayall's singing and keyboards, and John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton, are just spine-chilling.
Oh, and by the way, you get to hear Clapton's first lead vocal on record - "Ramblin on my Mind". Great band, great performances and SO well recorded - hats off to Mike Vernion and decca! John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton first heard it in on a dansette "gramophone" and it an album I keep coming back to again and again.
A "must have" album for any lover or student of electric guitar and blues. I changed towards the blues after one of This is my No1 John Mayall with Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton of all time,excellent. I changed towards the blues after one of my friend recommended it to me. This is an excellent reissue from the "Vinyl Lovers" label. VERY interesting jumping between the stereo and mono versions. I am biased having used this album to play the guitar by ear in more youthful days but if you missed out on this LP at the time ,I recommend you buy it now.
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