Review - The Best of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

Artist: John Mayall

If Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters are the African-American fathers of the blues, then John Mayall is their English counterpart. Mayall's ever-changing Bluesbreakers lineup reads like a graduation class of British rock: Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood all appear.

Mayall, who personally compiled this digitally remastered collection, takes you on a journey from his earliest recordings (featuring that cool, keyboard-inflected lounge sound that Smash Mouth successfully recaptured last year on their hit, "Walking on the Sun") to the more guitar-laden blues of the late '60s.

Highlights include a Mayall/ Clapton duet called "Bernard Jenkins" and the future members of Fleetwood Mac on Otis Rush's "Double Trouble." Mayall's work forever dashed the notion that white men can't play the blues.

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