2015 – Forty Below Records
By Phillip Smith; May 30, 2015
For a short three-month stint in 1967, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers consisted of future Fleetwood Mac members, Peter Green, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. Because a devoted fan from Holland was ballsy enough to sneak a one track reel-to-reel recorder into five different clubs in London to record a handful of shows, we are blessed to hear the magic which took place when these four musicians took the stage. Keeping in mind, this was recorded in mono, from a hidden tape recorder; the results are consistent with most bootleg recordings from that era. Live in 1967 gives us thirteen sweet blues-smothered tracks to chew on.
The Bluesbreakers break out a little briefcase of blues featuring Freddie King songs : “Have You Ever Loved a Woman”, “The Stumble”, “Someday After Awhile”, and “San Ho Zay”. Peter Green kills it on guitar covering these. It’s just downright cool to hear him rip into “The Stumble”. This is blues guitar at its finest. The opening riff on “San Ho Zay” is so lush; I wish it could have been recorded off a board.
I love their performance of T Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday”. This one puts me in my bluesy space immediately. Mayall on vocals and organ guides this one from start to finish with a delicious guitar performance from Green. This is what music is all about, right here.
John Mayall and Fleetwood Mac fans are sure to enjoy this historical bluesy treat.
Also check out my review of John Mayall's 2014 album, A Special Life => http://phillycheezeblues.blogspot.com/2014/07/john-mayall-special-life.html