Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (Remastered) Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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bonus tracks recorded by John and Eric. Now for the anorak, trainspotting details of WHY this album is important. Quite simply, as far as tone, technique and temperament, Eric Clapton at this time was revolutionary. In the guitar world there are two periods; BB (Before "Bluesbreakers") and AB (After "Bluesbreakers"). First, tone. NO ONE had this kind of overdriven, aggressive and harmonically rich sound before 1966.
Literally, what we associate with rock/blues guitar sound for the last 35 years can be traced back to the tones Clapton was getting in '66. Second, technique. Imagine yourself as young
person in England at this time and you've discovered the great American blues guitarists like B.B. and Freddie King but figure
you will never see them unless you go to America. Then you hear about AN ENGLISHMAN your age who can play that way, plus add
something of his own. Third, temperament. Eric Clapton was able
at young age to both tap into a vastly different world (that of the African-American middle aged bluesman)and supply his own
revolutionary ideas about how the elecrtic guitar could be played. Revolutionary is right. People forget about that all the time but in 1966 Clapton changed everything. It is a tribute to his basic sanity after all these years and personal problems that
he DIDN'T try and continually live up to that standard. He did
other things. Most musicians never have the opportunity to revo-
lutionize anything and very very few can do it more than once.
Whenever anyone looks disparagingly on Eric Clapton's career, and
he had some low points it's true, all I have to say is "Bluesbreakers".
Of course, this is the album that set the blues and guitar worlds aflame and established Eric Clapton's name worldwide as the most passionate of musical interpreters. If you haven't yet heard "Beano" (as the album is affectionately known, because Clapton is pictured reading "The Beano" comic book on its cover), then you ain't heard nuthin' yet!
From the album's first notes, you realize that you're in guitar heaven, as "Slowhand" shows us the way electric guitar can and should be played. Clapton's virtuoso playing is white-hot throughout. Playing with maturity beyond his then-21 years, the young guitarist was so influential that Gibson eventually reissued the (out-of-production-since-1960) Les Paul model guitar, which Clapton then played.
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers served--and his current band still serves today--as a finishing school for great musicians and sidemen (Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, John McVie, Jack Bruce, Aynsley Dunbar, Mick Fleetwood, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and others). Mayall's proselytizing the blues (he's 82 years old!), his songwriting skills and his other musical talents should not be ignored nor taken lightly.
The session was done at a loud- "club-like" sound level which perplexed the sound engineers. The distortion of the Marshall amp with the Les Paul was augmented by the sound engineers to make something really unique.Read more ›
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Very cool if you are into roots of Clapton and of use of Les Paul guitars and Marshal amplifiers in classic rock.
It's mostly blues/rock fusion.
They REALLY improved the sound from the original on this one. Stellar performance--the best Mayall album ever!Published 1 month ago by John A. Renfrow
40 years later and I'm still buying this damn album. I keep telling myself to try something different. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Star Dribbler
Disappointed thought it was a album not a cd! Who owns a cd playerPublished 4 months ago by Jerry W Sadowski
This group has not only a great blues and rock mix, it also has originally combined some good talent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brad Morgan
The English imperialists stole tea from India and blues from America. Listening to these songs by my fave bluesy English rockers, it is hard to believe how poor recording... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven R. Walk
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