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  John Mayall & The Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
  "John Mayall & The Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton"

John Mayall
The Blues Breakers
Eric Clapton
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  Single Layer
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  Previously released as UIGY-9043

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Review by analogue December 19, 2010 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This is a great claasic from the mid 60's and the first album that started building up the guitar legend status of one Eric Clapton. This is a great blues- rock hybrid from the mid 60';s.

Putting it as simply and bluntly as I can...this shm-sacd has no business sounding as great as it does. The sound is a complete shocker. For starters the musical interplay of all the various instruments is really stunning but it was the textures that really surprised me. The organ hummed, the music breathed and the life of said music is very palpable.

There is a certain "bite" to this new dsd transfer that is very impressive. For us fans who are familiar with the original album we know how great it is.....but this shm-sacd is truly magnificent.
I have to believe that the original tapes were used. Actually the original release was mono and then a stereo mix was created in 69. So those tapes must have been used. Some times the music pans mostly to one speaker but this is not a concern of mine and I mention it only in passing as a technical issue.

Organ, sax, bass and drums all shine through the music..and Clapton's guitar is on fire. The vocals are rendered very clean and expressive. It seems every aspect of what makes a great dsd transfer has been acheived with this sacd.

Highly recommended and a great job from Kevin.

Yeah I know how expensive these shm-sacd's are but I think an argument can be made that if you love the music...that it's worth the price.

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Review by Marpow May 10, 2015 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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John Mayall & The Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton. Stereo Only.

Quick Facts: Mayall's second album released in 1966. Clapton's first with Mayall, John McVie bass and Hughie Flint drums. This issue, UIGY 9599, released 11-26-2014. Ranked number 195 on Rolling Stones 500 greatest albums. Funny, John Mayall has been a favorite of mine ever since the 60's but I have never seen him live.

Performance: Some consider this album to be the Godfather of the British blues movement and John Mayall to be the Godfather of British blues. A variety of blues standards and covers with 1 song written Mayall/Clapton, 1 song arranged Mayall and 4 songs written Mayall. A total of 12 tracks. Great easy listening blues music that is VERY close to the sound and feel of American Black Blues in my opinion. I would guess the difference is Clapton's ability to stretch out a bit more than others except maybe for Freddie King. John Mayall does all vocals.

Stereo Sonics: I will say this, perfect but not perfect. If I consider the 1966 recording and type of music this is, then a sonic masterpiece. Very clear, wide stereo stage, great depth and very easy to hear all the parts blended together. I assume this was originally recorded in stereo? Hand clap on track 4 is clear as day. Vocals are well centered and guitar sounds great.
Now to be more critical. It is a little rough, gritty. Could use some smoothing out. Guaranteed if recorded now it would sound different.
There lies the magic. I, and I assume you, would not want it to sound any different than it does sound. This SACD captures the strength and beauty of this 1966 recording. What a great job.

Packaging: Plastic jewel case with square corners. Green ink disc. Original liner notes, additional 1998 notes by Paul Trynka. Track by track commentary by John Mayall. All fascinating reading. Mini black and white Japanese booklet with English lyrics.

What a great disc of the legendary recording and birth of British Blues. Of course I am glad to have this.

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Review by Croc December 18, 2011 (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
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this is 1965 recording.
unlike jazz from that era - rock/pop recordings are just awefull.
here they made it sound good indeed.
not perfect !!!! but waaaay better than Rolling Stones records from the same years.

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