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  • Audio CD (July 29 1983)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001F2H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton is a 1966 electric Blues album by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton as lead guitarist. It is often referred to as The Beano album because the photograph on the album cover shows Clapton reading The Beano, a well-known British children's comic. Apart from being one of the most overall influential albums in Blues-Rock history, it was likely the first time anyone had heard a Gibson Les Paul guitar through an overdriven Marshall amplifier; this unique sound would become particularly influential. 12 tracks.

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This 1966 landmark album, along with the debut Butterfield Blues Band record that shipped the previous year, launched the blues-rock revolution of the mid-'60s. Eric Clapton, who'd skipped out on the Yardbirds to explore his deep-blues muse, was given every opportunity to shine on flash-guitar numbers like Otis Rush's "All Your Love" and Freddy King's "Hideaway." And Clapton's easy-rolling cover of Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' on My Mind" marked his debut as a lead vocalist. John Mayall may have been overshadowed by his blazing attaché, but he and the Hughie Flint/John McVie rhythm section hold their own throughout. There are better '60s blues albums, but few had greater impact. --Steve Stolder


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 29 2011
Format: Audio CD
A few months ago I saw John Mayall perform at a small club in Victoria, B.C. It was a great show; the man is 78 years old and he can still outperform musicians less than a third of his age.

During the show, Mayall played some of his 1960s material that I haven't listened to for years. It's great stuff so, since seeing that Mayall concert, I've been revisiting and rediscovering many of these classic 1960s British blues albums.

It's easy to forget what a masterful player John Mayall was, and still is. This 1966 album with Eric Clapton on lead guitar - often called the Beano album because Clapton is reading a copy of Beano magazine in the cover photo - is a groundbreaking and very influential album in blues history. Among other things, it was the first recording of Eric Clapton doing an all blues album. Clapton had recorded previously with The Yardbirds but The Yardbirds, while certainly influenced by the blues, weren't strictly a blues band; John Mayall's band was, without doubt, a blues band.

Shortly after this album was released, Eric Clapton left John Mayall's band to form Cream with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

Apart from Clapton's guitar playing, this was the first album to feature a track with Eric Clapton doing lead vocals.

It's worthwhile to give John Mayall's 1960s albums a listen or a re-listen. For those of you who haven't heard Mayall's 1960s material, you should check it out. This album and Mayall's 1967 "Hard Road" album with Peter Green on guitar are, in my opinion, the best of John Mayall's 1960s albums. I would go as far as to say they are both essential recordings for any blues fan. Both are certainly worth a listen. This is a very influential album in blues history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27 2001
Format: Audio CD
4 1/2 Stars
This is a thorougly enjoyable blues album that I bought after Lonnie Brooks and Cub Koda recommended it as one of the 25 essential blues albums of all time in their Blues For Dummies book (great intro to blues, btw). Now I still have a dozen or so of those albums to hear, and while I probably would not put this cd in my top 15 selection, I think it does fit in the top 25.
Excellent guitar and blues harp playing and songwriting here. No particular song has made a standout impression on me, but that's because they are all of an uniform, high quality level. The only criticism I have is that Mayall's singing, that appears on most of these songs, is pretty weak, thin and undistinguished; however, that may not be that bad of a fault, because it allows the listener to focus more on the guitar, organ and harmonica.
If you, like me, have wondered how Clapton still maintains his "legendary guitar god" status in rock and blues, it has to be because most people remember his work on this album, as well as with Cream and Derek and the Dominoes. It is unfortunate that for the last quarter century Clapton has abandoned any desire to play creative, emotional and hard-edged guitar and instead has devoted himself to writing and promoting AOR suitable for the commercial market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By To The Max"Bax" TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 23 2015
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the better Blues Rock efforts of all time going all the way back to 1966. The album pretty much launched Eric Clapton to God status and on to his next project Cream.

"Backed by a solid rhythm section that included future Fleetwood Mac namesake John McVie on bass and drummer Hughie Flint (who would go on to form McGuinness Flint with former Manfred Mann guitarist Tom McGuinness), Clapton had the necessary support to let his imagination fly. Mayall was a strict bandleader, demanding a lot from his players but here he lets Clapton become the superstar he had the potential to be."

Clapton's innovative style combined with Mayall's voice, piano and harp made this an instant classic.

The Bluesbreakers on the other hand did well but unfairly didn't climb to the top rung of the ladder like Clapton did. Mayall definitely has reached God status in his own way and that was by churning out cream of the crop blues for the last 50+ years, not too shabby. Mayall is nearing 80 years old and still going strong.

All of the songs are great, not a weak one in the bunch. Solid lyrics, great instrumentals and the first true guitarist album of all time. Clapton took this one and has been riding it ever since in all its glory. A true classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum on March 29 2001
Format: Audio CD
Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds after their big hit "For Your Love" as he felt they were becoming too commercial and straying away from their blues roots. Keyboardist John Mayall quickly recruited the guitar prodigy for his Blues Breakers. The group has gone through many incarnations, but the lineup that recorded Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton is the most famous. The album shows why Mr. Clapton inspired people to write Clapton is God on walls throughout London. His guitar playing is expressive, inventive and down right incredible. He effortlessly moves through guitar passages, making complication progressions with ease. He makes the guitar sing and is in complete control of the instrument. He even makes his singing debut on "Ramblin' On My Mind". John McVie (future member of Fleetwood Mac) plays a heavy and tight bass and along with drummer Hughie Flint, they form a strong and powerful rhythm section. The one problem with the band is John Mayall himself. While he had a great eye for talent, he was not the greatest musician. His playing is adequate, but his singing leaves something to be desired. That said, this album is a must for any blues fan or if you like Eric Clapton, but are only familiar with his recent stuff, listen to album and you'll know why they call him Slowhand.
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