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John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

Throughout the '60s, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers acted as a finishing school for the leading British blues-rock musicians of the era. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor joined his band in a remarkable succession in the mid-'60s, honing their chops with Mayall before going on to join Cream, Fleetwood Mac, and the Rolling Stones, respectively. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, Jack Bruce, Aynsley Dunbar, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser (of Free), John Almond, and Jon Mark also played and recorded with the band for varying lengths of times in the '60s.

Mayall's personnel tended to overshadow his own considerable abilities. Only an adequate singer, the multi-instrumentalist was adept in bringing out the best in his younger charges (Mayall himself was in his thirties by the time the Bluesbreakers began to make a name for themselves). Doing his best to provide a context in which they could play Chicago-style electric blues, Mayall was never complacent, writing most of his own material, revamping his lineup with unnerving regularity, and constantly experimenting within his basic blues format. ~ Richie Unterberger
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so where is the next opportunity to hear some fine reminiscents ?
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Be aware there are 2 Eddie kirklands 1 is Religous kid the other was an awesome blues man who died on the road a few years back.He played blues that shook you baby all night long.Best live bluesman you could ever want to see live.New Paltz NY in the 70s
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Worked the last Bluesbreaker s / w Mick Taylor gig at Fillmore East. They were 2nd to Ten Years After. Mayall was professional until last show Sat,. Night. Then he and Mick cut heads over Have You Heard (that Mick was joining the Stones).
It lasted about 20 minutes, and closed the set. Alvin Lee walked on stage after that and said, I don't know what I can do after that.----and applauded them.
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Clapton covering a great Freddy King instrumental BUT I don't see Freddy King listed with the Similar Artists. Pandora?
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savagewill58
Check out Mayalls LP back to the roots ! A classic w most of his interns displaying what theyre good at w him.. Damm thats a good one havent had the pleasure of enjoying it in hmmm well quite a f**kin while... exellent tho...
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Where's Buddy Whittington' s name on this profile? He is one of the greatest Bluesbreaker s .
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wmpopper5
Thank You Mr. Mayall for the fine music through the years., cool as the Beatles.
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I would love to hear Bare Wires with Mic Taylor in its entirety
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John mayall blues for lost days rock the house.
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Room to move
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simont23
Saw him in Dunedin a few years ago. He said he was 76 and would keep going while he still had the energy to. A privilege to hear and see a legend.
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This was the band Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were in prior to the formation of Fleetwood Mac (the blues era was the best). I believe Eric Clapton was in the band, too - but he's a racist piece of work, even though I do like some of his songs.
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michaelferna t t
Saw him at a free concert here in Richmond, Va. back in 1984. Was blown away.
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john.l.thoma s
Check out bare wires brillant
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kjlane663
Love this , John Mayall Bluesbreaker s
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Saw him in the late 60's at Ford Auditorium in Detroit. Kick A** show!!
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Loved him from the get-go.
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kvons1
Too bad so much of his great early stuff was in such lousy recording sessions
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kvons1
MAYALL---the beginnings of some of the worlds best of the best.
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iramoe4
He is coming to Portland tonight!! I'm pumped!
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Let's not forget trumpet great Blue Mitchell who Mayall featured on his albums.
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Freddy King does a version that's awsome, when he went down the stage buckled!
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Great great tracks.
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Richie Unterberger, Rovi does not do justice to Mayall's history.
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eric clapton on guitar is where its at :)
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ljfontana52
SAW HIM LAST MONTH IN VERMONT WITH ROCKY ATHAS ON GUITAR AND HE WAS FANTASTIC! CATCH HIM BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
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tinycoffee20 0 0
why does Pandora not have the 'California album?
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sco1949455
ive been a fan since the late 60s, at the fillmore east. through all the changes in style and musicians... . . f r o m bluesbreaker s to jazz blues fusion to todays band with buddy wittington. mayall will always be a blues favorite of mine!
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tony6991
saw him last weekend in Dallas and he was awsome, no way I'd miss him again
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The bio left out, Walter Trout & Coco (Henery) Montoya! also great
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kvons1
One of the all time best! Saw Mayall back in the late 60's---amazi n g !
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awesomeness
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such tone, and emotion
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Saw Mayall in 1969 in Portland Oregon. I remember being bummed when he told them to turn off the light show and bring up the house lights for his set. I remember thinking where the f*ck are the drums? And I remember being stunned at how good he was. This kid hippie hadn't ever heard anything like that. His song California is still one of my favorites grooves.
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bwrightup
ONE EXTREMELY TALENTED MAN.
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Wonderful
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one of my all time fav performers! And have to love how he still mentors other musicians!
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Sounds great!
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awesome!.... . . a l b e r t king, muddy, the wolfman, john lee hooker, kc douglass, elvin bishop...may a l l is right up there with all, his style,lyrics is incredible to put it mildly.....i saw him in clearwater,f l in last april '10 and his performance was just awesome...ev e r y blues musician can learn from him.....
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I've loved this guy since college
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If anyone has a copy of John's 80's lp Chicago Line, e-mail me I can't find it and I'll pay ya for it!! wwmillsaps@y a h o o . c o m
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shirley.berm u d e z 6
He is awesome! Saw him at the Coach House in Capristrano, CA. The place was packed!
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I just saw him 2 weeks ago in Albany, NY. He was very energetic, it's hard to believe he's 76. The show was in a small theater that seats 982, it was embarassingl y half full. The band was really rocking and having fun. Check out John Mayall's web page and read about the band, they were awesome. At the end of the show he low fived people from one end of the stage to the other, I was able to high five his low five. He is a LEGEND!!!
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Saw him in the 60's, totally awsome . . with Winters Brothers. Dim tho' the memory is.
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BEEEEEEEEEEE E E E E E E E E E E E E E A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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georgegrimal d o
First time I heard of him, but I like it, it's good.
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mauirob69
With all the albums Mayall has put out over the years, Pandora only lists 2 later ones. Someone is shirking their research reponsibilit i e s here! I worked sound for a Mayall gig at the 1985 Big Orange Festival in Miami. His lead guitarist was Coco Montoya who played his Strat left handed & upside down ala' Albert King. John is a blues journeyman. He's left his seed in many places around the globe, lo & behold there are lots of "blues seedlings" sprouting about. Thanks, John, you are the man...
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larsonvicky9
Been listening since Banquet of Blues...love long jams on his live 70th Birthday Celebration. . . p i a n o solos..guita r work phenomenal-- a l l the time.
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thevanman552
I discovered John Mayall as a young teen and followed his many turns, but always it was great down and dirty blues. I was fortunate enough to see him 9 years ago for my 45th birthday. He opened for Peter Green, my favorite guitar player of all time. John did not let us down and had an awesome band. This man is truly the godfather of English blues and I am grateful to him for that fact!
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Peter Green's Fleetwood Mack kicked some serious a$$. Listen to the live stuff. It will blow you away.
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