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John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

The first thing people mentioned about John Mayall was who played in the Bluesbreakers. The list is long and illustrious. Almost all of the musicians who joined were unknown, or nearly so, when they signed on. Mayall had a passion for the Blues and a good ear for talent. Over the years he brought in Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Jack Bruce (Cream), Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green and John McVie (founding members of Fleetwood Mac), among others. But the one member of this ever-changing band that provided instant recognition and credibility was Eric Clapton. He had left the popular Yardbirds claiming their material had become too pop and that the group had lost its original Blues focus. With the Bluesbreakers Clapton laid foundation to his guitar legend status. When he left to start Cream with Bruce and Ginger Baker, Peter Green stepped in. As Fleetwood Mac came into being, largely to extend the Blues format beyond what Mayall was doing, Mick Taylor arrived. At various points Mayall also incorporated horns in his group.

Mayall was able to achieve a tasty merging of electric Blues and Rock. Mayall was also an innovator. His "Turning Point" album, released in '69, used neither a drummer or lead guitarist and was surprisingly Rockin' with "Room To Move".

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Discography

Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) and Peter Green (early Fleetwood Mac) were members of Mayall's Bluesbreakers. "Bluesbreakers - John Mayall with Eric Clapton" is a perfect British Blues record. "Looking Back" is a compilation that covers the mid to late 60s and has Blues Rockers "Blues City Shakedown," "Double Trouble," "Suspicions (Part Two)" and the humorous, though slightly poppy "Looking Back," One of Mayall's most interesting albums is the all-acoustic "Turing Point" which kicks. "Sense of Place" recorded in the early '90s is a sort of comeback and a strong one at that.


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