This album is exactly what the title implies... how it all began. John Mayall was the first major white blues musician to interpret the delta blues. As England began to embrace American southern culture a blues revival began to occur in the states, so Muddy Waters and the likes were brought back into the public eye by Mayall and similar artists. This album, while not quite as complete as "London Blues" is every bit as exciting. The early tracks such as 'Bernard Jenkins' and 'All your Love' allow the listener the priviledge of experiencing a young, raw Eric Clapton developing into one on the best blues guitarist and a true journeyman. The track 'Double Trouble' is not as clean and polished as the later Clapton live version but the track is definatly more raw and powerful than Clapton's. Other highlights include 'The Death of J.B. Lenoir' and 'Suspicions'. For a glimpse of experiencing Mayall live check out the last track 'Start Walkin'. If you are a die-hard Mayall fan who must have it all, then get "London Years". If you are just a fan of Mayall or excellent blues or looking for a good place to start your Mayall collection, then this is the CD!