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Sunday, 8 August 2021

The Blues Collection - John Mayall


2021 Charity Shop Purchases 53 - John Mayall - New Bluesbreakers
The Blues Collection (No 8)

I have the album Bluesbreakers by John Mayall with Eric Clapton from 1965 and very good it is  too.
I'm less sure about the New Bluesbreakers from the Blues Collection  which was also released in 1997 by CharlyRecords as The Power of the Blues.

Mayall hit hard times and the bottle during the 70's but returned in the 80s with a new line up for the Bluesbreakers. This album features 8 songs recorded live in 1987 with Mayall being joined on guitar duties by Coco Montoya and Walter Trout.

Now I'm prepared to accept that they are all exceptional guitar players but the long solos and the total emphasis on the guitars is not really the kind of Blues that I enjoy. Similarities with the likes of Rory Gallagher and Joe Bonamassa.
Some of you will enjoy this sort of thing but it is not for me I'm afraid.

Still it means that there are now 60 CDs from the Blues Collection on the shelves. Two-thirds of the way there.

If I can get my act together there will be two new series commencing next weekend.


  1. "If I can get my act together"
    It's not as if you have much else to do with your time!

  2. Rory Gallagher's first solo album - not just long solos, but great songs.

  3. Second that, and the same goes for Deuce.