John Mayall's Bluesbreakers is a British blues band, whose composition has been changed several times.

The band was founded in 1963 in London by John Mayall, with the help of Alexis Korner. In the early 1960s, the blues under English pop musicians hugely popular. Many American soldiers who were stationed in England, had blues music with him, they were heard in various clubs. This created the famous British Blues Boom movement within which many English musicians of all kinds encountered each other. Jeff BeckRod StewartRon WoodAlan PriceBill WymanEric ClaptonKeith RichardsManfred MannMick JaggerBrian JonesLong John BaldryJimmy Page and many others one could in the London clubs like the The Marquee Club and The Flamingo's well-equipped rooms, which take place in various occasional formations blues jam sessions.

The Bluesbreakers John Mayall's can be seen as a breeding ground for many well-known guitarists. The band's history is inextricably linked to the founder and band leader John Mayall, his guitarists and the albumsthat were recorded.


[hide]*1 History


The first Bluesbreakers consisted of Roger Dean on guitar, John McVie on bass, and Hughie Flint on drums. The live album John Mayall plays John Mayall flopped and they went away in 1965 at DECCA. It seemed that John Mayall as blues purist would get no broad recognition.

With Eric Clapton[Edit]Edit

But that changed when he met him two important people. The first was Mike Vernon, an upcoming producer. The second was Eric Clapton, a young guitarist, who played with the Yardbirds .

Eric was dissatisfied with the musical direction of the Yardbirds, went out and took the invitation of John to play the Bluesbreakers.

John gave him LP records of Freddie KingOtis RushBuddy Guy and other Chicago blues musicians. Afterwards it went fast. The Bluesbreakers were from Eric Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass, Hughie Flint on drums and John Mayall on organ and harmonica. When on 22 July 1966 the album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton came out, played John McVie on bass guitar. The album featured many covers, including Otish RushFreddie KingRobert Johnson and Ray Charles, and in addition a few compositions by John Mayall itself. The distorted sound of hard pruning Clapton was before then striking. He played in the same style asFreddie King. The Gibson Les Paul Sunburst plugged into a Marshall comboguitar amplifier, as Eric had seen that on an LP cover of Freddie King, became for many guitar players the standard equipment.

Thanks to Mike Vernon, who convinced DECCA to contract with the Bluesbreakers, the prevailing views within the British recording studios on music registration thrown overboard and was there met Erics desire to and record the guitar to make it sound like he wanted. The album reached the 6th place in the LP charts in England and would remain there 17 weeks. Eric left the band with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker to form his own blues band: the later world famous trio Cream.

With Peter Green[Edit]Edit

During a performance of the Peter Green from John Mayall Bluesbreakers invited to participate. Eric Clapton, however, back for a short period, and only when Clapton left the Bluesbreakers for good, asked John Mayall on July 17, 1966 Peter Green again to order the Bluesbreakers to join. Already on 17 February 1967 , the album was A Hard Road , on which the melodic guitar lines of Green strongly present. The drummer was now Aynsley Dunbar.

The album included many compositions by John Mayall. Also on this album John on some numbers use of blazers, and plays, as well as harmonica, organ and piano, also in the guitar: Someday After a While (you'll Be Sorry) and in Leaping Christine.

Elmore James was commemorated in Dust My Blues. Play John and Peter, clearly recognizable by their own style, both guitar.

Peter Green left The Stumble in the instrumental by Freddie King told he at least just such a good guitarist Eric Clapton as is. There were also two compositions by Peter Green on. In The Super-Natural you can already hear how he later joined Fleetwood Mac will go sound.

Peter Green left the Bluesbreakers on 15 June 1967 to the legendary group Fleetwood Mac to set up. John McVie remains with the Bluesbreakers.

With Mick Taylor[Edit]Edit

[1][2]Mick Taylor, 1968

John Mayall was again for the challenge to find a good guitarist. That he found in the person of Mick Taylor, a teenager who once for Eric Clapton was drawing near when these for one reason or another did not turn up. He turned out to be all parties that Clapton played from his head to be able to reenact. The guitarist, however, after the gig in Hatfield (HertfordshireEngland) his name was not left behind, and after months of searching eventually placed an ad in Melody MakerJohn. Mick Taylor read that he was wanted, and entered directly to the Blues breakers. Aynsley Dunbar left the Group and Keef Hartley took over the drums.

On the earlier albums had John Mayall's only. Now John decided to expand the group containing two fixed blazers, so the Bluesbreakers was a 6-mansformatie: Chris Mercer ontenor saxophone and baritone saxophone Rip Side on.

On september 1, 1967 it came very mature album from Crusade . The Bluesbreakers sound like a big band, certainly by the surprising packages that Mayall writes for the band. There were only four compositions by Mayall and Taylor were adaptations of The other numbers on. of, among others, Albert King (Oh, Pretty Woman), Buddy Guy (My Time After A While), and Eddie Kirkland (Man Of Stone).

Highlight of the album was Freddie Kings Driving Sideways, in which Mick Taylor left was guitarist than teacher still marked Green and Clapton. John Mayalls boogie woogie piano and the driving winds make this number to a vibrant party.

Another highlight was emotionally Mayalls own composition, The Death Of J.B. Lenoir. In this poignant number, which was a tribute to the then recently deceased J.B. Lenoirblues guitarist, is the leading role for the grieving blues harp and tenor sax.

Twenty days later, the LP in LP-charts, reached the eighth place, and there remained fourteen weeks.

Mick Taylor was the guitarist langstblijvende, and with him there were many albums created:

  • Blues from Laurel Canyon [DECCA] (1968)
  • Bare Wires [Deram] (1968)
  • Diary of a Band, vol. 1 & 2 [DECCA] (1968)
  • Laurel Canyon [DECCA] (1969)
  • Return Of The Bluesbreakers, [AIM] 1985/LP, 1993/cd

Mick Taylor would also later, after he in 1969 by Mick Jagger was persuaded to come to the Rolling Stones , many continue to play with John Mayall.

John Mayall solo[Edit]Edit

[3][4]John Mayall 1971

Despite his busy studio and podium sessions with constantly changing band formations utilized John Mayall the few hours that survived for a number of solo projects. Normally steel guitarists are the show and himself as a musician was not really in the Center. Change came in when he was in one day on 1 may 1967 the album The Blues Alone took up, in which he himself plays all instruments: organpiano, 6-& 9-string guitarbass guitar and harmonicaKeef Hartley plays drums.

The album was of great class and left a versatile John Mayall heard in ballads and up-tempo numbers. He also experimented with various sounds and noises.

In the song No More Tears left he hear an accelerated guitar with a recording technique that rather by Les Paul in the years 1940 was applied.

Sony Boy Blow was a rugged harmonica stamper accompanied with a honkytonkpiano.

Broken Wings In the sensitive he let his virtuosity on a Hammond B3organ hear.

Don't Kick Me, a blues-rock song with a Jimi Hendrix-like rhythm guitar (approximately as in Foxy Lady ) and a ripping Hammond organ. This song concludes the album.

With Walter Trout[Edit]Edit

Walter Trout was asked by John in 1984 with the Bluesbreakers to play. Walter had been in Canned Heat as a replacement for Henry Vestine acted. He had a very different style than the earlier guitarists. He played at lightning speed and sat close to the hard rock to. John Mayall guitarist attracted a star again and had began the new Bluesbreakers to very successful tours throughout Europe. Walter continued to play five years in the Bluesbreakers.

  • Behind The Iron Curtain, 1985 Crescendo (Recorded live Hungary 6 June 1985)
  • Chicago Line, 1987 Island cd
  • Power Of The Blues, 1987 Charly cd
  • Live At Iowa State University, 1987 dvd
  • Life In The Jungle, 1987/1988 Charly cd
  • Blues Breaker, 2000 NEON
  • Blues Power, 1999 Recall Records 2-cd

In 1986 joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Walter Trout on in the Hague on the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Carroussel zaal1 of the Congress building[1.

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