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Bluesbreakers

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

1966

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Bluesbreakers

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3.26

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men in stonewashed jeans at a pub jam night. played by talented musicians but bland and having the impressive ability of sucking all of the soul out of the blues and turning it into an egotistical self important thing. its painting by numbers. its probably the whitest version of the blues i've ever had to listen to. utter dross.

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No way am I gonna listen to fuckin Eric Clapton

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Uber blues. Couldn't be arsed with the whole thing. It's probably unfair to judge this because everyone has heard the blues been done so, so, so many times that it all just sounds the same. Maybe this was pioneering at the time...but who gives a fuck? If it was a footballer, it'd be Michael Ballack. Not due to ability, but because he played for Chelsea, a team in blue and also, more importantly because like Eric Clapton, who features in this, his son died. Yeah, sue me.

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5

A quintessential blues album which gained Clapton his “God” nickname. This influenced very popular guitar sounds in the years and decades which followed and is an album which many many successful artists will point to as inspiring. I see there’s a lot of haters for this one. Like it or not, it’s had a massive impact. It’s not just “another blues album”, it’s one that helped bring the blues into the limelight for decades to come. It’s fine to dislike it or hate on Clapton out of context, I don’t even disagree with some of that sentiment, but in context, this simply is a transformative record for rock n roll, blues, the British Invasion, and guitar playing. Fuck the haters, 1966 Clapton is God.

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5

Loved this album. I could hear where this album influenced so many other albums.

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5

Ultimate classic

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5

incredible - an album from my childhood days. My brother bought it at the time and I listened along, because he always listened to his music a little louder. John Mayall and Eric Clapton, 2 blues musicians of the extra class

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5

Eric Clapton's 'on-the-rise' guitar chops coupled with John Mayall's versatile vocals make this an essential blues record. The entirety of the album comprises of CHBs, earned through its infectious blues bars and concise lyricism - a prodigious achievement especially for a 1966 release. 'Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton' is influential in both the genre and equipment - trademarking the Gibson Les Paul wired into an overdrive amp sound, which is apparent in the whole album.

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3

As a very fair weather blues man, I have never heard of these guys. Groovy but wore on me after 1/2 album.

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3

3.2 - solid blues album. Nice guitar licks from Clapton. Not something I’ll be coming back to a lot when I want to hear the genre.

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Little girl

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5

Si señor, tenga sus 5!

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5

Nada que decir, discazzo

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5

Un classique du blues rock et de eric clapton. C’est un album qu’il faut avoir ecoute dans sa vie et je l’ai deja ecoute des dizaines de fois. 5*

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5

The "Beano" album... just AWESOME! Clapton at height of his powers. Raw blues and rock, great guitar tones and playing.

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5

very good album, lots of absolute slaps and gives me a reminder of the blues brothers which is nice. solid 5 star

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5

Discazo, Clapton se adueña del disco. Solo hay un solo de batería, eterno, pero solo uno.

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5

A pleasant rift of the harmonica blues along with Eric Clapton

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5

White boy blues at its finest

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5

It's blues music but with Eric Clapton on the guitar? Awesome, love it.

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5

YES!

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5

Great old school, raw rock album

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5

excelente

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5

Blues the way it should be

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5

Discazo. Blues a punto de derivar en psicodelia. Clapton hace magia y no se le da el suficiente credito pese a la fama que tiene. Otro disco que parece sacado de Louisiana, no se por que no habian temas en True Detective. Ideal para escucharlo con las luces bajas y tomar el whiskey mas barato que puedas digerir.

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5

Very good, nice solos and an overall decent flow.

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5

A fantastic album. Really pushing british blues forward

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5

Great album

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5

First time listening, classic blues album.

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5

Nice blues-rock with mono&stereo tracks

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5

Really enjoyed this album and will add to my usual rotation. Early Clapton sounds amazing.

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5

Didn't know what to expect and this one blew me away. Stellar Favorite Track: Hideaway Relisten: Yes

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5

Ok tbink i get it now

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5

Incredible blues. Album, enjoyed every track on here. Guitar, organs, drums all phenomenal.

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An excellent blues album, even if you don't care about the groundbreaking sound design.

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5

Great Bluesrock

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5/5

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5

BIG BIG BIG Fan of this one. Such a great and varied album.

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5

Peak Clapton

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5

(A Guitar) Stroke of genius

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5

Awesome

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5

Eric Clapton playing the blues at his best. Searing guitar work on both the covers and original songs. Didn't know that John McVie played bass in this band. I'd like to give it a 4.5 as I'm trying to save the 5's for things I absolutely love, but since that's not an option, this is strong enough for me to round up!

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5

A key release during the mid-sixties and set the stage for almost all blues-based rock albums for the next decade. Amazing in its simplicity. Ramblin’ On My Mind is the first ever Clapton vocal and provides a blueprint for what he has been mining ever since. The overall musicianship is very high quality. John McVie bass is solid and, along with Hughie Flint, provides the requisite support for Clapton's guitar and Mayall's keys. To me this is ageless.

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tjanksgiving is suhc a lame holiday god. so fuckign lame!!!!! this album isnt that lame though even though all evidence points to it being lame. cover is kind of uglt and the genre is "British Blues" . laaaaame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the guitar on here owns though. everything elese also isnt too bad. a little hit or miss just since most of the slower stuff on here is not awesome. whatever

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4

4 and a half

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Very long but classic

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4

Straight dirty blues

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Bluesy, tasty riffs with lots of soulful vocals.

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not my cup of tea

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4

This is some fine ass tunes.

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Great British blues

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Un disco entero dedicado a hacer que la guitarra de Eric Clapton destacara y de hecho lo hace muy bien y se convierte en un disco que vale la pena, especialmente a quien le gusta el blues, pero creo que puede funcionar muy bien con otro público. Cortito y al punto, pero creo que vale la pena, de la versión extendida del 2001, una rola compuesta en su totalidad por Clapton que me gustó más que otras del disco.

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3.5| Bueno, sabemos que casi todo es obra de Clapton. Es una banda de Blues muy blues, me gusta mucho como van las rolas aunque aún no destellaba ese poder de Clapton. No sabía que estuvo también McVie tu qué grandes sorpresas nos tendrían un nos años después de su aventura en los bluebreakers

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Otro sólido 4.7 cómo no.

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4

Love the guitar work by Eric Clapton. Easy to see why he was considered a guitar god.

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My kind of music. Reminds me of Sunday morning prep work at Tres

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4

Good album but lacking a little bit lyrically. Guitar playing is phenomenal

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Disco imprescindible en la historia del blues.

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I didn't know this album, although it sounds like a classical. It was a very pleasable experience listen to it and it's easy to see their influence on modern songs.

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Really liked it!

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4

Blues rock at its finest. Not a fan of the genre, but you can feel the emotion and authenticity in these young Mayall, Clapton and co. A record to let it soak into your skin

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4

Esta bien, clásico y bien

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4

No me creo que el álbum sea del 66, vaya solos de guitarra... Locurote.

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Classic

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Well that's what I expect from rock music in 60s. Really great album. Even though It's not enough for a 5, I will definetely come back to it.

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4

Discazo de blues con Clapton dándolo todo. Guitarras de locura.

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4

Not bad for white guys.

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tá linde crl

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4

Great guitar playing. Great late 20th century blues.

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4.5*

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A very pleasant surprise.

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3.5

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4

Love it. Some absolute belters in here - all your love, what I'd say (ridiculous solos). Even the songs that are not very original are great. Granted, I've heard this album a few times growing up so nostalgia could be a factor but ive added it to my rotation.

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4

Hey John McVie is on this album, too. Gave it a second listen, and it's really, really good. Teetering between 3 and 4 stars. Absolutely deserves to be on the list.

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4

Fijn album. Gewoon erg fijn!

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4

Puro blues.

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4

Pretty outstanding white boy blues. Great for shining a light back on the blues, now go back and listen to the Chess Records roster instead.

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4

A classic blues-rock album I'd never heard before - will definitely be worth more listens.

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4

Liked this, although maybe a bit too much harmonica

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4

Lovely stuff, drink it in.

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Blues rock with guitars. Wikipedia says they were some of the first to do it, but I think they suffer from the Seinfeld effect - everybody else does it too, so the original doesn't feel as groundbreaking (or bluesbreaking, I suppose). Well worth a listen, but not a new favorite album of mine.

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7/10

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4

Pretty rad album. Enjoy the blues rock. Can hear the influence this album had just by listening (black magic woman basically coming from All Your Love)

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4

A high water mark for British Blues - Clapton channelling Otis Rush, Freddie King and Albert King - using the genre-defining combination of a vintage Les Paul and a Marshall amp. Great rhythm section - Hughie Flint and John McVie really swing.

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8/10

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This where “Clapton is God” originated from. “All Your Love” my favorite track.

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8/10

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8/10

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Good blues.

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Not really my kind of music, but well done.

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nice blues rock album

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Enjoyable throughout. Great vocals and guitar work. Fun energy. Laid the foundation for much rock music to come, i bet. A lot of the songs use the simple 1-4-5 blues chord progression

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Pretty good despite the presence of a racist, anti-science shitbird.

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4

Very enjoyable blues album. Very cool how many legends played with Maytall. His vocals are so so but still a good album overall

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4

Some really cool blues. really enjoyed this.

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Was heading straight for a five stars, and then they had a drum solo.

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Wow this is some really great stuff. Thanks to a college friend who was deeply into the blues and Eric Clapton so I’m pretty certain I have heard this album before. But I haven’t sat down and attentively listened in a non-social setting. There’s no doubt this album earns its place on this list. The band is incredibly talented and throwing in Eric Clapton adds some pretty substantive icing to that cake. Great stuff!

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4

I quite liked this venture into 60s British blues rock. The singing isn't spectacular and a couple of numbers miss the mark ("What'd I Say"), but overall I really enjoyed their playing.

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4

A good album overall. The record opener was my favorite. At some point I had the feeling that everything sounded pretty much the same, but still a good record.

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4

Not too bad...

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first listen timeless blues

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4

Pretty good for a blues album, not a fan of blues typically

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This album came off the heels of Eric Clapton's departure from the Yardbirds due to his disatisfaction with their pop heavy sound. This band and album acted as an incubator for Clapton before he went on to have a hugely successful career with Cream, Blind Faith, and as a solo act. The music is standard and Clapton is clearly the stand out, especially with his vocal debut on a cover of Robert Johnson's Ramblin' on My Mind.

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Heavy metal is the first style of music I fell for, and it’s the one I always come back to. It’s the reason I followed this group. I have also used the term Selloutica unironically in the past. But seriously, why are there FOUR Metallica albums featured here? That’s more than Maiden, Priest, or even fucking Sabbath (all of which were my first loves before I discovered ‘tallica). Justice, with its sterile production and boneheaded progressive elements, is no essential as far as I’m concerned. The songs are overlong and half baked at the same time. I give it points for solid riffs throughout, but meh. D

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enjoyable, though drum solos are infinitely fucking dull. Album version on Spotify is fucking long though.

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That sure is The Blues. It’s good for me to finally figure out who John Mayall is - heard the name a lot, interesting to put Clapton into a bit more context and cool to see John McVie on bass. Not what I’m in to but a perfectly pleasant listen.

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4

some great blues instrumentals

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Ah, The "Beano" album, classic British Blues, is this the point that Clapton became a guitar god? Wonderful blues tunes on this, Clapton's guitar is superb but so ably supported by John Mcvie (Fleetwood Mac) on Bass, Hughie Flint (McGuinness-Flint & The Blues Band) on Drums. This with Mayall on Keyboards and Mouth Iron makes one of the Definitive British Blues Revival line ups. Love love there version of Ray Charles "What I'd Say", "Hideaway" and Clapton on lead vocals on "Ramblin' on My Mind" Super Album Rightfully on the list in my opinion.

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4

This album was delightful. MY use case is work jamz though. so i am bias.

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4

Guitar work and tone are immaculate.

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4

Really good 60's brits covering and expanding on American blues. Mayall has a good voice, but Clapton's guitar is doing a lot of the heavy lifting to get this album to a 4.5.

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4

Really good album. Will explore more from them.

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Classic

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4

Very solid Blues Rock album with a Nonplusultra guitar play by Eric Clapton which deserves the 4 stars by itself already

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4

-Strong jam in "Hideaway" -very cool bluesy-rocky album with lots of cool riffs from lots of instruments (guitar, harmonica, drums, etc.) -Tracks build enough to keep everything interesting, no total lulls where the song is just slow and boring for an extended period of time

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4

Classic British blues that was probably more exciting at the time than it is now. Clapton’s soloing is excellent years before he would peak artistically with cream, Derek and the Dominoes and Blind Faith. The rest of it is good but not great.

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I think this album is really well done — I've never really listened to blues before, and while it's certainly white people music, it's pretty funky and the harmonica + the beat create a really nice little sound. Again, it's not really my thing, but definitely deserves a 3.

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Fun

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Maybe it’s just blues fatigue, but this record wasn’t one I would put on the “1001 albums you NEED to listen to”... it’s, well, fine? Surely sound like the blues, and that music is so influential on all modern music, but just sounds like a bunch of white dudes cosplaying as Delta musicians

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3

Fun bluesy guitar. Not quite a complete package though, feels more like a jam session than an album.

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very interesting

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Decent old blues/rock big-band album. Solid harmonica jams.

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Alright. Songs don't sound that good

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Feel like this album is only here because of where the members ended up after. Which is significant for sure. So that's blues, eh?

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Cool

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Love clapton, like classic blues. Feels like a transitional record between stripped down basement blues and rock and roll. Almost happens throughout the records. Is that the Daytripper riff!?

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3

lots of blues, didn't finish

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Pretty diverse blues sound. Enjoyable.

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3.5 | Clapton que obviamente es la única razón por la que se recuerda el disco (porque seamos honestos ni sus nietos han de recordar a John Mayall) es un virtuoso, eso lo sabemos, es innegable y sus solos son inventivos, adornados y con amplia habilidad. El disco es muy disfrutable como disco de blues, el pero que le pondría es que hasta ahí llega. Todas las canciones básicamente son estándares de blues viejos tocados de manera competente con un guitarrista excelente; pero guitarristas de blues excelentes hay chingos, hay muchísimas maneras de escuchar estas canciones y si bien este disco es una muy buena no creo ni siquiera que sea la mejor. Recopilación muy buena de blues pero realmente de aquí todavía no se acerca a lo que haría después haciendo sus propias canciones; una cosa es ser virtuoso pero aquí no hay lo inventivo de Layla, ni el impacto de Cocaine, ni el sentimiento de Tears in Heaven ni tantas otras que aparte de lucir su técnica de guitarrista muestran calidad creativa más allá de qué tanto puede torcer los dedos.

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3

Yeah good blues

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3

This is a fine album, but I'm not sure when I'd want to listen to it. I like Cream better, and if I wanted to listen to blues, I'd rather listen to the original artists.

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3

Good background blues

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it's alright i suppose

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3

Sssssokay? Better than some of these albums. The blues aren't my jam, but this was fine? The drum solos were terrible.

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“Blues Breakers” by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers (1966) This album is an essential piece of the history of recorded music. Featuring guitar work by Eric Clapton and bass performance by John McVie (later the “Mac” of Fleetwood Mac), “Blues Breakers” helped carry African American blues through England, and then into the cultural consciousness of the late twentieth century musical world. And it arrived just in time to serve as a cultural corrective to the Anglo-American ‘victory years’. What is “blues” and why is it important? The blues style is a feature of melodic composition which colors the major chord progression by lowering the expected pitch of the third, fifth, or seventh note by half a tone, giving the song a ‘mournful’ mood, or an ironic accent. Ask a musician to play “Three Blind Mice” with a few “blue” notes thrown in, and it will change forever the way you hear contemporary music. This compositional innovation come through the American South in the 19th century (likely originating in Africa). Slaves and their descendants popularized the style in spirituals, love songs, laments, and ballads. It’s very timely that this album came up for me on a June 19th. Nazis hated the blues, for very good reason. The music here deliberately incorporates blues stylings (frequently including another blues feature, the AAB verse structure—can you identify it?) into songs arranged for rock and roll instrument combinations (drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards). John Mayall’s voice has significant flaws (e.g., he frequently hits the non-blue notes with a flat pitch, seriously diminishing the blues effect). But the keyboard, guitar, and bass consistently deliver classic blues rock. Clapton provides lead blues licks (rapid scales, artful bends and superhuman sustain) with unsurpassed mastery. The drum solo work on “What’d I Say” is very weak, and indicative of the fact that blues rock drumming (think John Bonham of Led Zeppelin) developed later than keyboards and guitars. This is probably not music that you’ll want to play in the background while you work, nor is it catchy or danceable. But it is part of the foundation of much of the music we love. Makes you want to shrug off the temptation to world domination. These guys were pioneers. Good music for when I’m too tight (and too white). 3/5

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3

Perfectly inoffensive, some good sounds, and great playing from the band. I probably won't revisit it, but I am sure it belongs on the list for being some earlier Bluesy classic rock.

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3.3 - Is this British dudes ripping off electrified American blues music and amping up the lead guitar? Hey, I know this sound! Some masterful playing on here; however, if you duck into any dive bar in the French Quarter in New Orleans on a Wednesday night, you can hear this music played live while you drink a $3 Budweiser.

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3

very unobtrusive

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I'm sure this is a great example of blues but I just find it a bit forgettable. It ain't right is a banger though

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3

This is blues through and through. Great guitar and electric organ. Blues is great in person, but just is not my bag for headphones listening. I did enjoy the presence of Clapton.

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3

Mad skills.

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3

A good old, classic blues rock album.

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3

Love a bit of blues. Not something I’d return to that much, but enjoyed the guitar skills.

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3

It wasn't bad, but I guess I wasn't drawn to it.

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3

Some funky blues. Some of it reminded me of The Black Keys

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3/5 chillish blues, but ultimately not that good.

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3

A fun blues-rock romp, and a nice look at some the earliest musings of the genre, but it isn't an album that Ill be coming back to in full very often.

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Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton was Eric Clapton's first fully realized album as a blues guitarist -- more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

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3

Good sounds. Just edgy enough for the times.

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3

Not suprisingly, some really good blues tracks.

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Bluesy. With Eric Clapton. Lots of sax

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Very guitar heavy blues album from the mid 60s. The word jangly kept coming to mind when listening to the group jump back and forth between takes on Blues standards of the time and their own original work. A young Clapton killing it as the lead guitarist is definitely the standout on the album for me. Very fun album but never felt incredibly essential or meaningful which is why I kept it at a 3 instead of maybe giving it a 4.

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3

Decent standard blues record

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3.9

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Perfectly solid work

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3

Generic blues. Good album. Nothing stand out. Heard and played this style a million times before and it’s nothing new.

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Did not know of this band, but sounds like they were a supergroup that split into several leading bands of the next few decades. Hideaway is a great song. Little Girl - Obligatory 18 years old if you know what I mean reference/vibe, very of its time but great music. Album picked up from here on out here big time. Another Man is a great song, very blues Double Crossing Time - piano is beautiful here and great guitar and vocals What’d I Say - "Tell your momma, tell your pa / Gonna move you back to Arkansas" love this style of song Parchman Farm - love harmonica and these american blues/folk songs about "random" places and events Ramblin’ on My Mind - really like this song love the instrumental songs they are all great. It Ain’t Right like a lot of these songs are very trope blues lyrics wise but then again it is 1966 but I love it. Mid to high 3, possibly a 4 but would need to listen again but I think 3 is fair considering it is not my usual type of music but I really really enjoyed it

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3

Loved it.

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It’s a fine album, some tracks are amazing and others are decent

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3

Bluesy!

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Pretty good blues actually, I enjoyed! Very easy listen.

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The first album to master blues rock which would dominate hard rock for decades to come. Establishes Eric Clapton as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, even before his Cream and solo careers. Great vocals that match the blues genre, and excellent drums, but again the guitar is the star here. Being such an early 60s album, it's full of filler (my pleasure derived from just Clapton showing off), but even those are worth studying for Blues Rock 101.

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3

Creo que está entre bien y muy bien el disco pero no me atrapo Le pondría 3.5

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Я не успел

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3

A fairly entertaining listen. The guitar work is obviously top notch. But most of the album is standards and I've heard better versions elsewhere. The non-standards are ok.

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Vary nais.. Very chill... Sounds like a 3/5

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It’s hard to disagree with the talent on display and the toes sure do tap but boy does it feel awkward hearing these art school white boys singing the blues.

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3

Not bad. But I sold an inherited copy of the record recently, ergo not that good either

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3

Bah, normal 3.

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3

Decent blues. Good drumming.

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011021 18:46 3

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I can tell it was influenced by black people. Didn’t like the first song but the middle of the album made up for it. Kinda got bored at the end

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I really enjoyed aspects of this album, some of the songs were really fun but I have to say 40 mins of unrelenting 12 bar blues is a bit much. Also, I just feel like its cheating in song writing, the SAME chord sequence over and over again but in just a different key and about a different woman who wronged you. But really enjoyed the first 2-3 songs. Hmm. Confusing

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like blues?

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The Blues just ain't my thing. 3 stars

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3/5

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Solid tunes, nothing to write home about.

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This has all the hallmarks of outdated 60s shit (nothing but cover songs, musicians I'm sick of hearing about, etc) but it IS pretty bluesy in a good way, and Clapton can play for sure. That's a nice tone and they clearly all knew what they were doing. Got a bit boring after a while though, pretty jammy and at the end of the day not much variation between songs. Would have been a 2/5 but I feel a need to offset all the idiots going "omg white people playing the blues how typically racist" as if different cultures haven't been ripping each other off for millenia. 3/5.

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Clapton doing what he does best, shutting up and playing.

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È il sound degli anni '60 se ne hanno uno. Godibilissimo, senza che emergano particolari canzoni. "It Ain't Right" mi è particolarmente piaciuta.

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A bit uneven, both by quality and by genre. Would have preferred more blues.

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Just alright. Not really noteworthy.

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Meh

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Some white British blues performing blues standards. Some quality playing from Mayall, Clapton, McVie and Flint, but I don't think it lives up to the hype about how influential and important this album is. It's a fine recording, but I wouldn't deem it essential, though that is debatable.

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12/01/2021 Today's Album: "Bluesbreakers" by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - I had this album on in the background and I think that was a great way to listen to it. Lots of classic blues chord progressions with expert music playing over them and insane solos, many of which are from the GOD Eric Clapton. There's a funky organ the whole thing just sounds like classic blues. This album is great road-trip music or an album to have playing while you do chores or something. That being said, I was bobbing my head in agreement to a lot of the solos which must mean I liked it. Score: 6/10 decent Highlights: None in particular. I'd put all of the songs in the 'decent' category equally

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It was okay, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one.

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Kann man dich mal anhören, ganz nett. 3,5 Sterne

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Not a bad listen

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The Blues just ain't my thing. 3 stars

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a little too bluesy and old fashioned for my tastes. Definitely good though. 3

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I like it when it's not too self-indulgent. A stripped down version would score higher.

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Old blues album but not really my thing. Not a huge Clapton fan since he's a mediocre singer. Has Ray Charles cover in it too. 6/10.

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Despite having many great moments musically, this album feels empty. The style is interesting, but there is no substance: it doesn't convey a message, tell a story, or put the listener in a different mood.

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Blah

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Pitkästä aikaa oikein perinteistä bluesia, tai ainakin sellaista miksi itse bluesin miellän. Tidalista löytynyt levyn versio olikin projektin kannalta kätevä, kun siinä oli ensin koko levy monona ja perään stereona, meni mukavasti ilman nauhan alkuun kelaamista! Kun huomasin levyn tekijöissä Eric Claptonin, koitin kuunnella kitarointia vähän sillä korvalla, mutta en minä siitä nyt mitään sen erikoisempaa fiilistä saanut. Kolme plus

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Docking a point cuz Clapton’s a racist POS. But overall this was one of the better blues albums I’ve heard in a while.

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Quite neutral on this one

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Ideal treehouse listening

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I decent blues album with a variety of styles. Much more a John Mayall album than an Eric Clapton album.

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Not familiar with John Mayall & the Blues Breakers, but they sounded like what I would expect from the look and name, I suppose. It was a decent listening experience and I found some moments of joy and some moments of boredom. Overall, not particularly special for me. I could see enjoying listening to a live band in a bar playing this style music, but I don't think I have enough fondness to keep in my library.

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I don't want to focus too much on the fact that this is another attempt by a bunch of white people to do blues music, but as I listen on this seemingly soulless version of blues (a quality that I also observed in Elvis Presley's self-titled cover album), I think I might want to change my mind. But ultimately, I just listened to it. It still has the immediate catchy-ness of blues songs. It's an ok album overall, not that offensive. I guess Eric Clapton's guitar works had a huge impact in this album as a whole. I enjoyed his riffs and solos. I guess I know now why he is one of those big names when it comes to guitarists. Again, an ok album. Not coming back to it, but maybe I'll give myself a spin of the first two tracks (my personal highlights) sometimes. Both "All Your Love" and "Hideaway" are covers though, but Clapton's guitar works here are awesome.

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Clapton surcoté mais c'est pas sa pire période Prefs: All Your Love, What I'd Say, Parchman Farm, Steppin' Out, It Ain't Right Moins pref: Another Man, Clapton

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Le blues c'est toujours la même chose lol

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Like Jack Black of Tenacious D said: "don't confuse the art..with the artist!" - although that's often difficult - referring to Clapton the racist anti-science lunatic, to be clear. Sigh. Anyways looking at this objectively... even before learning more than i ever wanted to about that idiot, even as a guitar player since forever i've never been in the Clapton-is-God camp. Probably a taste thing, but for me his songwriting was almost always crap, even if he could lay down a blues riff (which goes only so far ....zzzz). But so here it's mostly covers so I need a new excuse here ha. Some 50+ years later it's probably hard to understand the impact this might have had - I know this album was a huge influence on a ton of musicians that I love and guitar players in particular; this type of heavy rock+blues had never been done or at least on a popular scale before. Clapton's solos are definitely the reason this is on the list; 1966 probably didn't find many solos like this so I'll give full credit for being a forerunner. Overall it just gets a little ... same-ish after a while but being fair, it's a good album, just not one that i need to play over and over. 7/10 3 stars on a personal level. probably worthy of 4+ for historic purposes.

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I think the guitar playing was very impressive and also advanced for this time. However other than that nothing really shined out to me and I thought it was alright.

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Rating: 6/10

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Great blues my album. Some songs a bit timid and not up to the the level of the classics but on the whole an ok album

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It's fine, it's a bunch of British white guys playing blues rock. Maybe it was a stepping stone in rock's evolution, but now it's a culturally irrelevant relic. It might be noteworthy for huge Clapton fans, but as someone who feels like he didn't become relevant until Cream and had rapidly diminishing returns afterwards, it doesn't wow me.

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It's hot! It serves sexyness! Liked it.

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Pretty standard blues album. Not bad actually. Not my most favourite genre however. Good tunes and nice lyrics

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Ok

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White men's blues with notable nobhead and wife pincher Eric Clapton. Does what it says on the tin. Best Tracks: Key To Love; Have You Heard Steppin' Out

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neke pisme cu vjerojatno opet slusan, ali album sveukupno me malo izmorio, postalo monotono

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Bom blues

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Decent blues album

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Pretty generic blues album, nothing really stood out to me here. The guitar work is good throughout (featuring Clapton in places). The cover of What'd I Say had a bit of a strange extended drum solo in the middle that dragged on for a bit. Overall solid, but not overly memorable.

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Straight vibes I liked some of the solo stuff

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Pretty tasty

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Yeah

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Decent but not essential.

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Competent blues played by a bunch of white British dudes

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Nothing special but a few good tunes.

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Solid blues licks. Won't return to it but I enjoyed it.

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Meh.

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bara fínt

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I dig it. Great performances all around. Listening to Clapton feels kind of gross at this point but if I set that aside this is a great blues rock album.

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I like this - 3/5, pushing a 4. Feels quite ahead of its time. Wouldn't complain if this came on, have listened to it a few times now ahead of moving on to the next one. Good energy, nice mix of songs and sounds, a couple of more ballad-like songs, some cracking guitar (Steppin' Out in particular). Folksy Beatles, very pleasant.

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And a good time was had by all. Will stick it as a 3 because I didn't think enough tracks had the quality of All Your Love but I'd happily stick this album in my collection and have stuff come on shuffle without objection, even if I didn't actively return to listen to it on its own.

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Notable for it's inclusion of Eric Clapton on Guitar, this offers plenty of fun blues tunes, but not all of it sticks. Favourites: "All Your Love", "Hideaway", "Little Girl"

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Good album

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Sure

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Blues standards with the legend himself. Good sounds and great guitar and harmonica work. A tad too long though with no major song standing out.

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Det är bra bra album

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I don't want to "dislike" this album, but I just couldn't get into it.

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60s rock and roll

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How many bands have Clapton been in? This one is not his best.

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Meh, kinda wish I hadn't listened to the whole album. 1 or 2 ok songs with a decent drum solo but honestly this album isn't worth a second listen.

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Such great bluesey music, takes me back to Lincoln Park... smokey, dingy, bars with $2 old style longnecks.

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Meh. Eric's guitar is cool, but man is the blues boring. god damn. this album would be a good exercise to pick apart just the guitar parts and clapton's playing, but really I'm bored out of my mind

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Great guitar riffs but too jammy for my taste.

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Sounded exactly how I expected it to. By no means bad, just a decent blues rock album

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Definitely some great guitar skills and people with a strong legacy. Not hugely exciting for me though. Would have been a Howard fortunate 3 if it wasn't for the 70s racism and anti COVID lockdown nonsense. 5/10

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Some ok blues, nothing too exciting for me

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I’ve always found this kind of white man plays blues guitar vehicle, of which Eric Clapton is the chief architect, a little confusing. Boiling down music forged in oppression to little more than a technical exercise. But then, I guess that’s what we (white people) do, isn’t it? That said, there’s clearly a good deal of technical proficiency here, and I didn’t have a terrible time listening to it. Which is the other thing we’re good at - setting aside complex moral issues because we are having a fine time. Dammit.

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Clapton is a god but this just isn't my cup of tee.

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Blues-rock. Not a big fan of the remastering/reproduction available. Eric Clapton has a great blues voice. Another Man - that harmonica is unlisten-able. Unfortunate but the mix just destroyed it. What’d I Say - epic drum solo Have You Heard - some great instrumentals Overall, 4/10. Wouldn’t listen to all the way through again. Had a few good songs but a lot were largely forgettable. Unfortunate mixing too. I didn’t hate listening to it but it wasn’t good either.

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nothing special

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meh

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Onvervalste blues. Ik ben niet zo'n grote fan van deze muziekstijl. Ook hebben sommige nummers irritante tempowisselingen die me er van weerhouden om echt lekker te genieten. Verder is het een prima album voor de liefhebber. Leukste nummer vind ik "Little Girl" over zijn kleine meid die al 18 jaar een lastpost is.

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Wate ja ganz gern im Blues Fluss, aber das hier ist dann doch ein eher flacher Tümpel. Seichte 1.6

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I don’t like blues

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Another one that I can appreciate but just didn't like. Yeah Clapton can play guitar and some of the piano and keyboard is nice but it's all just one long jam session with boring and repetitive blues lyrics.

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It was okay. Not really memorable, though. 2/5 stars.

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Second listen. First was a 2/5 the first time and stays a 2/5 for me this time. It is fine, it's really good music. Just not exciting for me.

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Pretty heavy blues centered album. Nothing really bad but sometimes blues songs have similar sounds and don’t differentiate much. This one wasn’t bad but it ran into that same problem. 4.7/10

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Meh. Not especially good blues.

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Eh.

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Unremarkable white boy blues

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A mostly forgettable rock album filled with gratuitous lead guitar and not much melodic substance.

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Even with Eric Clapton playing solos, a whole album of 12 bar blues is too much for me.

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Clapton's recent and not-so-recent shenanigans render this pretty unpalatable for me. I get why your dad likes it but it's not for me today.

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Þokkalegur blús, ekkert mega.

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It's hard to come down off the Rush high from yesterday, and this album is not a cushy landing. It's too homogeneous throughout. I just don't care about it. And fuck Eric Clapton! He's an enormous ass. I know he's talented, but he's also such a dick. I'm going back to Rush.

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No thanks.

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From the two songs I could stand to hear, not bad!!! That Eric Clapton touch is obvious. Just not my thing. My dad would go apeshit if I gifted him this rec as a vinyl

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Genre: Blues Rock 2/5 Hm. Wikipedia says this album helped pioneer a guitar-dominated, blues-rock sound. Somebody needs to tell Wikipedia that black Americans were doing that 10 years prior to this, and that what we hear here is a cheap knockoff of one of the most important American musical innovations the country has generated. A few decent licks from Clapton here, and a couple decent heavy blues jams there, do very little to make this any more palatable than it could’ve been. John Mayall sounds like 300 different singers who’ve preceded him, and the mixture of covers and wannabe-originals in the tracklist left me wanting much more.

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Ah, Eric. Another chance to separate the man from the music. Better blues that I expected to be honest, but still rather generic sounding. Reading the wiki entry, that might be because it was a huge influence on all blues rock that came afterwards. I doubt I'll play this record again.

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Best Song: Parchman Farm. Nice and high tempo. Harmonica is the star here. Worst Song: What'd I Say. Not terrible, but just a needlessly lengthy drum solo. Also weirdly positioned within the album. I feel like a solo like this is best placed near the album's finale, not a third of the way in. Overall: This kind of blues is not my genre, although I could see how some would like it.

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Different kind of music which was a nice change but nothing inspirational

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Early Clapton < The other Claptons.

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I will never understand the appeal of 60s/70s blues rock . It's all-the-same, all the time. 1.5/5

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Listening to this album feels like I'm intruding on the musicians' private time. I don't think they're playing this for us to hear, I think they're playing it for themselves to enjoy playing. This isn't always a bad thing, I love to hear people enjoying their craft, but this album does leave me a bit cold because of it.

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Surely someone blares rebukes for recycling the 12-bar blues over a whole album.

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No soy muy de Blues y esto me ha sonado todo igual. Lo siento no es para mí y no creo que sea algo destacar como imprescindble.

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its okay I think the fact that it has so many people that went on to make a ton of hits really makes people overrate this album

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Middling white man blues. Mean musicianship though.

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It's got all the hallmarks of other bands and guitarists. I like Peter Green and Cream so this sounds like a pale imitation- but then Mayall seems to have been there first! It just doesn't do it for me though- the production seems tinny, Mayall's vocals are poor ('What'd I say') and the songs written by him are embarassing- ('Little Girl'). The rest are covers and it's only 'Ramblin' on my mind' (sung by Clapton) that lifts it above the mediocre. It begs the question - should we venerate an album because it came first but was eclipsed by later music? The same applies to other genres too I'd say. The guitar work obviously is wonderful and there are some nice touches in there with John McVie on bass and even Mayall on harmonica but ultimately I'll stick to Cream and Green.

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Rubber soul. No duende or danger

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Meh, Not awful but hard to really give it a rating higher than 2*. It kind of just sat in the Background and never really got my interest enough to listen thoroughly through a song, but I listened the whole way through so it's not a 1*

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Ugh

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Strictly irrelevant, but still...Motown Records? Possibly a licensing issue... Anyways. Dull.

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Didn't listen. Well I got three tracks in and it was all horrible white man blues and then the the guy started singing 'You're gonna be my little girl, you've been through 18 years of pain' which really creeped me out. Zero on all counts. Zero zero zero zero zero

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Egh

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Only got halfway thru

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How many blues rock albums are there on this list? And how many claim to be the influence for every band thereafter who dared make songs using the pentatonic scales? Give me a break! Unless you’re led zeppelin and actually used blues music to make incredible adaptations and improvisations, then I’ve heard you before and you bored me the first time. 1 Star!

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Clapton's one of those artists I keep at arm's length unless he does something too good to ignore. This barely touches my fingernails when I haven't cut them for months. Soulless, hooksless, pointless. The worst kind of formalism.

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Trash

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I like that they look like a '90s Britpop band on the front cover. There's nothing else I like about it. More of notorious racist Eric Clapton ripping off music of black origin, goody. If this album was a famous footballer, it would be Sinisa Mihajlovic.

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Meh - A bunch of privileged white dudes signing about how they want to get over on girls while they misappropriate blues music. Hows about putting some actual blues artists in the list.

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Screw Eric Clapton

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A la mierda, Clapton. Me caga.

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one song

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Go listen to John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson or any one of hundreds of other blues artists instead. How this is an essential album is beyond me

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Basically Clapton showing off on some Blues standards, so no.

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Couldn't get into this. Sounded slick but uninspiring

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60s guitar blues. Eck. Less than week in and already a Clapton album. Might need to rethink my commitment to this project.

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Poor cover album.

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The first track sounds like Santana, but trying to play without passion. Like a divorced man in his 40s who has just got his first band together and is playing at the next thing up from a Wetherspoon's to three alcoholics and two teenaged barstaff who are laughing behind his back as he makes sexfaces during the solos. I mean, it's 55 years old. I'm sure that people in 1966 didn't bother with much music from 1911. Music has moved on so far from people being impressed by somebody going 'widdle widdle' on an electrified guitar with some distortion that it's almost unfair to be this damning to it. But then, Revolver, Blonde On Blonde and Pet Sounds came out in 1966, all of which still sound great today. Also, white blues is generally meh, and Eric Clapton is a racist and a terrible parent. I made it halfway through. If the second half is a heartbreaking work of staggering genius, I'm sorry, and also very surprised.

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Basically unlistenable

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Niche blues album playing blues standards. Not one in my "before I die category. " Cover art 1/5 5mins effort. Redeemed slightly by the choice of the beano by Clapton

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bad, made me angry, lame.

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First off, fuck Clapton. Second, this is some pretty generic-sounding blues rock… if I’m going to hear this, I’m most certainly going to a local hole in the wall to hear it live. 1

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This really has not aged all that well. It's some middle of the road blues rock schlock. Clapton is also a shithead, so I don't feel any reason to give this much time.

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Guitar is just awesome

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1966? Really? Because this sounds ageless! I like it. My only question is, why did you make me listen to the mono versions first? And you expect me to then listen to the stereo versions of the same songs???

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