This is a real classic among British blues albums, and it's nice to have it remastered on CD.
Those whose acquaintance with or interest in John Mayall is limited to the "Beano" album would do well to give this a listen. Okay, it doesn't have God's blistering guitar work, but Mayall's songwriting is stronger, the ensemble playing is punchier and tighter, and the arrangements have more variety than on the Clapton album. And of course you get the rapidly burgeoning talents of Peter Green.
There are some real gems among the bonus tracks too, such as Peter Green's brilliant solo rendition, soaked with blues feeling, of J B Lenoir's bitter and outspoken "Alabama Blues," and the four tracks with the virtuoso harmonica playing of Paul Butterfield. But why, oh why, couldn't they have included the wonderful single "Double Trouble" / "It Hurts Me Too," the best single Mayall made with Peter Green and possibly ever? I'm afraid the omission has cost this otherwise excellent album its fifth star.
Highly recommended all the same, if you like British blues.