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John Mayall's "Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton" (1966)

#15 - John Mayall's "Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton" 

Released on July 22, 1966. Recorded May 1966 by Decca (in U.K.), London Records (in U.S.)

In July 1966, John Mayall released Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, featuring the guitar legend and future Cream co-founder. The album's blues standards and originals highlighted Clapton's virtuosity, charting at #6 in the UK and earning Gold Record status. Tracks like "All Your Love" and "Hideaway" showcase the band's versatility, while Mayall's compositions, such as "Little Girl" and "Another Man," exhibit his songwriting and vocal talents. Side 2 introduces new elements like horns on "Key To Love," and "Ramblin' On My Mind" marks Clapton's first solo vocal recording. Despite Clapton's departure post-release, the Bluesbreakers continued with a revolving door of guitarists, including Peter Green and Mick Taylor, maintaining their dominance in the blues scene and leaving an enduring impact on rock and blues history.

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