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listen  1. Grits Ain't GroceriesThe Bluesbreakers 5:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jacksboro HighwayThe Bluesbreakers 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Southside StoryThe Bluesbreakers 7:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Kids Got The BluesThe Bluesbreakers 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dirty WaterThe Bluesbreakers 8:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Somebody's Acting Like A ChildJohn Mayall 8:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Blues For The Lost DaysJohn Mayall12:26Album Only
listen  8. Walking On SunsetJohn Mayall 6:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Oh, Pretty WomanJohn Mayall 9:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. No Big HurryJohn Mayall 6:31$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Please Mr LoftonJohn Mayall 7:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. HideawayJohn Mayall 4:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. All Your LoveJohn Mayall 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Have You HeardJohn Mayall18:02Album Only
listen  5. Hoochie Coochie ManJohn Mayall 6:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I'm Tore DownJohn Mayall 5:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. It Ain't RightJohn Mayall 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. CaliforniaJohn Mayall15:30Album Only
listen  9. Talk To Your DaughterJohn Mayall 8:57$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (November 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B0000EMYOD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I can't find a bad song on either CD.
David K. Taylor
Mayall performs a set of music with his current line-up, a short set with Mick Taylor, and final set with Eric Clapton and Chris Barber.
Gavin B.
This cd is worth being in anyone's collection if you love the Blues.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on July 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
On the occasion of John Mayall's 70th Birthday, the father of the British blues boom held a special concert at Liverpool docks on July 19th, 2003. Thankfully the concert was recorded for posterity, as it is - without doubt - the finest British blues album in decades.
The music kicks off with a couple of numbers from the Bluesbreakers minus their illustrious leader. Although this sets the standards for the rest of the night already very high, things really start to cook when the great man arrives and whips out his harmonica for their third song. After a few more numbers the festivities truly begin with the introduction of Mick Taylor on lead guitar. Now remember, Mick Taylor originally made his name with the Bluesbreakers before he was poached away by the glimmer twins for a five year stint as a Rolling Stone. Mick Taylor has certainly lost none of his chops and leads the ensemble through a riotous collection of blues and boogie.
Then Mick Taylor leaves the stage to give space to John Mayall's most famous protégé, a certain Mr. Eric 'Slowhand' Clapton. The selection of songs from the seminal John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers album featuring Eric Clapton, let's one step back and wonder with awe.
Next up is the inspired inclusion of Chris Barber on trombone, who sets up some wonderful duels with Clapton. In the late fifties Chris Barber was responsible for bringing over to the British shores such artists as 'Big Bill Broonzy', Sister Rossetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry, and the great Muddy Waters. So, who knows what state the British music would be in without the introduction of these American greats to further inspire the likes of 'The Beatles', 'The Kinks', and 'The Pretty Things'?
Although all these great musicians are on stage, the actual Bluesbreakers are never overawed.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "The Woj" on April 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who is a fan of Mayall's music or the 60's & 70's British Blues Scene (Yardbirds, Ten Years After, Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown etc...) will find this two disc set to be "white boy blues" nirvana (for the uninitiated, before you get on my case about the previous term "white boy blues", enter it in the music search box and see what comes up, okay?). Having Clapton & Taylor on the same stage is pure magic. Eric must feel the need to show he's still got the "slowhand", because his playing here is 10 times better than any of his recent, more commercial albums. The guitar playing on this album also reminds me of the "guitar battle" scene from the movie "Crossroads". The players just don't sit back and go through the motions (even Eric), they rip away with abandon and a sense of real competition. Not necessarily trying to upstage one another, but to show each other they mean business and have killer chops too. My favorite moment is during the solos of "Blues For The Lost Days".
Buddy Whittingham rips off a solo with playing that would make Stevie Ray look down and smile. Mick Taylor's solo follows; and it's as if Mick is talking thru his Les Paul to Buddy saying "is that all you got big boy?". Taylor follows with a solo for the blues history books that ends with a "fuzz-wah" pedal flurry that left me stunned. Mayall's singing is also really good, better than most of his studio releases.
So I get a little carried away! You almost have to with this set. Two discs of music at a reasonable price. My only regret is the absence of Peter Green; his contribution to Mayall's legacy is as great as any.
Regardless this is a must, add to cart!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gavin B. on June 8, 2004
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John Mayall was already the elder statesman of the British blues revival when Eric Clapton, a refugee from the Yardbirds, joined Mayall's Bluesbreakers in 1965. Mayall celebrated his 70th birthday in 2003 and this two disc, 19 song compliation is a persuasive reminder that Mayall still can righfully claim his royalty as leader of the most enduring British blues band and a singular performer in his own right.
Mayall performs a set of music with his current line-up, a short set with Mick Taylor, and final set with Eric Clapton and Chris Barber. Tribute concerts, like this, look good on paper but frequently are mediocre because the guest musicians usually play on autopilot and sleep walk their way through a set-list of songs they hoped to never play again, or, worse, had just plain forgotten the chops. This is not the case with Mayall and this Bluesbreaker 70th Birthday Tribute. These highly esteemed musicians pull out all the stops for the man who, in most cases, mentored them, offered his guidance and showcased each of these great musicians at the threshold of their lifelong devotion to playing American blues.
When Clapton launches into his early blues signature song,"Hideaway", a Freddy King instumental, it's elementary observation that Clapton is nearly incapable of playing anything without using his searing slow-handed tension/release style he prefected as a Bluesbreaker. I always thought Mick Taylor should have never played second guitar to Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones. Taylor was just too good a guitarist to play second fiddle to anyone. Mick has stayed under the radar since leaving the Stones in 1975.
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