1001 Albums #73

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers’ Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton is not the only Mayall album to feature a future artist who would go onto greater fame. Clapton would leave to form Cream, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie would leave to form Fleetwood Mac and Mick Taylor would join The Rolling Stones. Yet, I have never heard of John Mayall.

From the minute the music starts you can hear Clapton all over it. The only song he sings lead on is “Ramblin’ on My Mind“. It is unmistakably his vocal, but he sounds much younger.

I think the best song is “All Your Love (I Miss Loving)“. It oddly sounds like another song “Black Magic Woman” by Santana, which was written by none other than Peter Green who is in this band. Yet “Black Magic Woman” is part of a medley from Gábor Szabó‘s 1966 instrumental “Gypsy Queen“. I think we cannot escape it that all songs will eventually sound similar. There is nothing new under the sun.

The album is definitely blues and since it is I will not have much to say about it. I do not really like to listen to blues unless it is live. I can attest that it is a good album if you love listening to the blues. I would probably never listen to it again, but they were talented. 7/10.

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