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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Blues For The Lost Days

1. Dead City

2. Stone Cold Deal

3. All Those Heroes

4. Blues For The Lost Days

5. Trenches

6. One In A Million

7. How Can You Live Like That

8. Some Other Day

9. I Don't Mind

10. It Ain't Safe

11. Sen-Say-Shun

12. You Are For Real

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Track List: In The Palace Of The King

1. You Know That You Love Me

2. Going Down

3. Some Other Day, Some Other Time

4. Palace Of The King

5. I'd Rather Be Blind

6. Time To Go

7. Big Legged Woman

8. Now A Got A Woman

9. I Love You More Every Day

10. Help Me Through The Day

11. Cannonball Shuffle

12. You've Got Me Licked

13. King Of The Kings

14. Living On The Highway

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Track List: Diary Of A Band Vol 1 & 2 (Remastered)

Disc 1

1. Blood On The Night (Live)

2. Edmonton - Cooks Ferry Inn (Live)

3. I Can't Quit You Baby (Live)

4. Medley (Live)

5. My Own Fault (Live)

6. God Save The Queen (Live)

Disc 2

1. Gimme Some Lovin' / The Train

2. Crying Shame

3. Local Boy Makes Good (Speech Only/Impromptu)

4. Help Me

5. Blues In B Flat

6. Soul Of A Short Fat Man

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Track List: Blues From Laurel Canyon (Remastered)

1. Vacation

2. Walking On Sunset

3. Laurel Canyon Home

4. 2401

5. Ready To Ride

6. Medicine Man

7. Someone's Acting Like A Child

8. The Bear

9. Miss James

10. First Time Alone

11. Long Gone Midnight

12. Fly Tomorrow

13. 2401

14. Wish You Were Mine (Live)

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Track List: Blues Forever

1. Ridin' On The L and N

2. Help Me

3. Racehorse Man

4. All Your Love

7. It Ain't Right

8. Room To Move

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Track List: A Hard Road (Remastered)

1. A Hard Road

2. It's Over

3. You Don't Love Me

4. The Stumble

5. Another Kinda Love

6. Hit The Highway

7. Leaping Christine

8. Dust My Blues

9. There's Always Work

10. The Same Way

11. The Super-Natural

12. Top Of The Hill

13. Someday After A While (You'll Be Sorry)

14. Living Alone

15. Looking Back

16. So Many Roads

17. Mama, Talk To Your Daughter

18. Alabama Blues

19. All My Life

20. Ridin' On The L And N

21. Eagle Eye

22. Little By Little

23. Sitting In The Rain

24. Out Of Reach

25. No More Tears (BBC Saturday Club Session)

26. Ridin' On The L And N (BBC Saturday Club Session)

27. Sitting In The Rain (BBC Saturday Club Session)

28. Leaping Christine (BBC Saturday Club Session)

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Track List: John Mayall Plays John Mayall (Recorded Live At Klooks Kleek) (Remastered)

1. Crawling Up A Hill (Version 2) (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

2. I Wanna Teach You Everything (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

3. When I'm Gone (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

4. I Need Your Love (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

5. The Hoot Owl (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

6. R&B Time (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

7. Crocodile Walk (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

8. What's The Matter With You (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

9. Doreen (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

10. Runaway (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

11. Heartache (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

12. Chicago Line (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

13. Crawling Up A Hill (Live At Klooks Kleek, London, 1964)

14. Mr. James

15. Crocodile Walk

16. Blues City Shake Down

17. My Baby Is Sweeter

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Track List: Road Dogs

1. Road Dogs

2. Short Wave Radio

3. So Glad

4. Forty Days

5. To Heal The Pain

6. Burned Bridges

7. Snake Eye

8. Kona Village

9. Beyond Control

10. Chaos In The Neighbourhood

11. You'll Survive

12. Awestruck & Spellbound

13. With You

14. Brumwell's Beat

15. Scrambling

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Track List: Stories

1. South Side Story

2. Dirty Water

3. Feels Just Like Home

4. Kid Got The Blues

5. The Witching Hour

6. Oh, Leadbelly

7. Demons In The Night

8. Pride & Faith

9. Kokomo

10. Romance Classified

11. I Wish I Had

12. Pieces & Parts

13. I Thought I Heard The Devil

14. The Mists Of Time

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Track List: Live At The Marquee

1. Can't Sleep This Night (Live)

2. So Hard To Share (Live)

3. Don't Waste My Time (Live)

4. I'm Gonna Fight For You JB (Live)

5. The Laws Must Change (Live)

6. California (1) (Live)

7. California (2) (Live)

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Track List: Silver Tones - The Best Of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

1. Mail Order Mystics

2. Wake Up Call

5. When The Devil Starts Crying

6. Spinning Coin

7. Ain't No Brakeman

8. No Big Hurry

9. Dead City

10. Stone Cold Deal

11. Blues For The Lost Days

12. I Don't Mind

13. Movin' Groovin' Blues

14. Fan The Flames

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Track List: A Sense Of Place

1. I Want To Go

2. Congo Square

3. Send Me Down To Vicksburg

4. Without Her

5. Sensitive Kind

6. Jacksboro Highway

7. Let's Work Together

8. I Can't Complain

9. Black Cat Moan

10. Sugarcane

11. All My Life

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Track List: Looking Back

1. Mr. James

2. Blues City Shake Down

3. They Call It Stormy Monday

4. So Many Roads

5. Looking Back

6. Sitting In The Rain

7. It Hurts Me Too

8. Double Trouble

9. Suspicions (Part 2)

10. Jenny

11. Picture On The Wall

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Track List: Behind The Iron Curtain

1. Somebody's Acting Like A Child

2. Rolling With The Blues

3. The Laws Must Change

4. Parchman Farm

5. Have You Heard

6. Fly Tomorrow

7. Steppin' Out

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Track List: Primal Solos

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Track List: Bare Wires

1. Bare Wires - Suite (Medley)

2. I'm A Stranger

3. No Reply

4. Hartley Quits

5. Killing Time

6. She's Too Young

7. Sandy

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Track List: Crusade

1. Oh Pretty Woman

2. Stand Back Baby

3. My Time After A While

4. Snowy Wood

5. Man Of Stone

6. Tears In My Eyes

7. Driving Sideaways

8. The Death Of J.B. Lenoir

9. I Can Quit You Baby

10. Streamline

11. Me And My Woman

12. Checkin' Up On My Baby

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Track List: A Hard Road

1. A Hard Road

2. It's Over

3. You Don't Love Me

4. The Stumble

5. Another Kinda Love

6. Hit The Highway

7. Leaping Christine

8. Dust My Blues

9. There's Always Work

10. The Same Way

11. The Super-Natural

12. Top Of The Hill

13. Someday After A While (You'll Be Sorry)

14. Living Alone

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Track List: Bluesbreakers

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When I was turned on to John's style of blues it was on 8-track tape. I guess that pretty much dates me on age. But I don't care because you can never get enough of his British BLUES.
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Messman1199@ a o l . c o m listening since early 20's now 63 n still going strong j m
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rrowland55
Sitting here listening to him now. 65 year old grandma. lol
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Why are you writing in past tense? He is never complacent!
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The most laid back deeply intense musician. Man he can wail on that harp of many talents. I really dog playing along with Mr. John Mayhall. Peace
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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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