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Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (6 Nov. 2006)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B000HT34Q6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

Product Description

The classic "Beano" album from 1966 featuring Eric Clapton on guitar has been Digitally Remastered and now features the original mono mix from 1966 and the stereo mix from 1969.

Disc Two contains 19 Bonus Tracks including BBC sessions, Immediate singles, a previously unreleased stereo mix of "On Top Of The World" and 6 songs recorded live at The Flamingo Club in March and April 1966.

Contains 9 Previously Unreleased Tracks.

See John Mayall's Blues Breakers live in UK throughout October and November on a 37 date tour.

BBC Review

Tired of a creeping tendency towards pop territory that was happening in his old band, the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton was after one thing alone: the blues. With John Mayall and his pool of fledgling giants he got it in spades.

While Clapton’s roots lay in the sweaty R’n’ B of west London’s hip clubs he’d grown sick of what he saw as wrong-headed chasing after fame and fortune (and an unhealthy adherence to Chuck Berry’s template). As only a young man can do, he became a purist of the sternest kind, and in Mayall he found a man who felt the same. With less of a jazz background than the other father-figure to the British blues boom, Alexis Korner, Mayall was an alchemist of the highest order.

These men didn’t just distil the blues. They turned it into something new. Blues rock was to rule the ‘underground’ for years following this single blast of truly electric 12 bar music. One element was to be the most important: Clapton’s pairing of a vintage Gibson Les Paul with an overdriven Marshall amplifier. Within literally weeks guitarists all over the country were doing the same. It was that revolutionary.

The album really pays tribute to Buddy Guy and Freddie King, Clapton’s heroes to this day. It’s the edgier end of Chicago that drives each riff with the rhythm section of John McVie and Hughie Flint locked in tight. Eric’s pyrotechnics on “Steppin’ Out” still dazzle. While Mayall’s vocals are drenched in reverence for the material his essentially thin voice hasn’t worn quite so well. However on “Parchman Farm” his rasp is gutsy as hell.

It was a brief tenure for EC. Just as soon as he’d upset the apple cart, he was off to add a dash of jazz and psychedelia to his palette with the mighty Cream. Mayall continued for years to give a home to future stars (bassist, John McVie of course was to find fame with Clapton’s successor – Peter Green). But to this day, from the first rip into to the final chord of the ‘Beano Album’, as it came to be known, remains just about the defining argument as to why Clapton really was once, God. --Chris Jones

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Well Mr Spice,

I don't think much of your review, this recording has nothing whatever to do with me. I did not do any BBC work with John, and even if I had, I would certainly expect more than one rotten star !!

And your next album release is ?

Roger Dean (Bluesbreakers guitarist 1964)
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This is one of my favourite albums of all time. You know you have a favourite album where you can just put it on anytime and it sounds good. Every track. You don't skip a track, you don't feel there is one element that is not just beyond spellbinding.
Yes I am a guitar player, and yes a huge Eric Clapton fan, and while I love some of his other work and loath some of his other work, I can honestly say that this (along with Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs) is his finest moment. But the rest of the band are all also stunning and even Mayall's 'pushed' vocal abilities (while at first sound strained) appear glorious after repeated listenings.
Album opener 'All Your Love' just has one of those intro riffs that just sticks in your head before going on to a stunning solo breakdown. 'Hideaway' is still the quintessential guitar workout for any self respecting blues guitar player along with 'Steppin Out'. Mayall composed 'Little Girl' is catchy and cute as the name suggests while the solid blues of 'Have You Heard' (Clapton's greatest ever solo) and 'Key To Love' leave you under no illusion that live (the way the recording was cut with a few overdubs) these guys must have been absolutely unstoppable on the British club circuit in 1965/1966.
With regard to this Deluxe edition having the Mono and Stereo editions it is great and in no way a con. As I am profoundly deaf in one ear and can now listen to this on my Ipod without missing anything panned hard right! The 2nd CD is also great, albeit perhaps more for the Mayall diehards, with it's BBC recordings and live 'Bootleg Quality' cuts. Don't let the one bad review here put you off, you can tell this is Clapton playing on all the songs even if his guitar tone is completely different on the first few.
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I had never heard this legendary album until I bought it, but had heard so much about it I thought I'd take the plunge. This is a double CD with the original album on it twice, once in mono and again in stereo, the second CD is lots of live recordings and other stuff. Eric Clapton plays superbly throughout the whole 2 CDs, but then again so do the rest of the band. Probably an essential for any blues fan, there aren't many English blues records to match this.
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By CJ on 11 Jun. 2008
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Superb album, some great songs and god knows how many moments that send a real chill down the spine. Also has some of Clapton's best playing including a fantastic Les Paul sound, which became the "woman tone" that has influenced who knows how many people. Great songs, great playing, great voices - a genuine, complete classic.
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I am very pleased with this purchase .This brings back so many memerories of listening to this album and enjoying the superbe playing from these fantastic musicians .Clapton's playing is full of power and passion ,complemented with a tight rythem section great songwriting and John mayall as per usual putting together a cracking bunch of musicians .This expanded edition is well worth the money .Having the alternative mixes is a great way of listening to this album .
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Classic album and for me, the best Blues album outside of the US you'll ever own and would be right up there with most of them too.
All great tracks and Clapton's playing throughout is probably his best ever - especially the Freddie King tune Hideaway and also Double Crossing time.
I wasn't around when this came out (unfortunately) but when you listen to this, you can just imagine a million guitarists at the time thinking they'd better raise their game a bit!
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This is my 4th copy of this album on CD.The original, the Mobile Fidelity version, the remastered version and now this! It still sounds fresh and is truly a landmark in British music of the 60s. The mono mix (which is how it was originally released) is tremendous and the second disc has some gems on it too. If there is anyone who is by some miracle unfamiliar with this music, don't hesitate.
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One of Clapton's best and first music partnerships. This one with John Mayall, in a refreshing and hot revisitation of blues classic tracks. This is the double cd version, with some very nice unreleased tracks, all played in a lowfi and almost raw style, that makes it very "live". One of the few albums you need to get to know the best blues explosion from the sixties, conpared to other bands and albums (incouding some Clapton stuff) which will not bring anything new or so brilliant to the "cause" (except for the Butterfield Blues Band and some tracks by Cream)
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