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John May­all Blues Break­ers with Eric Clap­ton

It’s an ob­vi­ous choice for any­one with the slight­est pass­ing in­ter­est in this sub­ject, but con­sider the horror of white­coated record­ing en­gi­neers at­tempt­ing to cap­ture the raw power of Clap­ton’s tone. Non master vol­ume Mar­shalls take quite a lot of crank­ing to get this dirty – and re­mem­ber this is with­out the aid of dis­tor­tion pedals, so when you hear Hide­away, Step­pin Out and Parch­man Farm, check out the room am­bi­ence cap­tured by those very hard­work­ing mi­cro­phones…

John May­all (fea­tur­ing Peter Green) A Hard Road

Yes, an­other John May­all al­bum, but a dif­fer­ent guitar style – Peter Green had the fire in his play­ing, like Clap­ton, but brought a dif­fer­ent sense of har­mony and dy­namic with his play­ing on Su­per­nat­u­ral, The Stum­ble and Dust My Blues. Again, we are re­verse-en­gi­neer­ing; back to a time when this was a new style, with­out bor­ders. Of course, there are many other Peter Green clas­sics like Al­ba­tross, Need Your Love So Bad and the orig­i­nal Black Magic Woman…

Joe Bona­massa Blues Of Des­per­a­tion

Bring­ing things up to date, it’s in­ter­est­ing to hear Joe’s fu­sion of clas­sic blues and rock, with a bit of Zep­pelin and soul in­flu­ence here and there. Us­ing vin­tage amps and gui­tars in a very sim­ple setup these days, Joe man­ages to con­jure up a va­ri­ety of su­per au­then­tic sounds very much like the orig­i­nal 60s trail­blaz­ers. Check the ti­tle track, Dis­tant Lone­some Train and No Good Place For The Lonely and you’ll get the gen­eral idea.

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