John Mayall and the Blues Breakers was an English Blues Rock band led by multi-instrumentalist John Mayall. The band became famous as an incubator for British rock and blues musicians. Among those who enjoyed a tenure with this band are Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Mick Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar and many others.
This band name was used between 1963 and 1967 but then dropped for approximately 15 years. Then in 1982, the band revived until dissolved again in 2008.
In the mid-1960s, Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds and joined up with the Blues Breakers. This led to the foundation of the power trio Cream. During his brief tenure in the Blues Breakers and just before breaking off to form Cream, the 1966 album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton aka as The Beano Album was recorded. In recording this album, Clapton’s guitar tone and playing have become to be seen as iconic and highly influential in the artistic and commercial development of blues rock style guitar playing. The album consisted mostly of blues standards penned by the likes of Otis Rush, Freddie King and Robert Johnson. Mostly, this album showcased Clapton’s playing.
Later, Clapton returned to the Blues Breakers long enough to record the double album Back to the Roots. Aloha Promises Forever rates both of these albums but especially the first as 10s out of 10. Blues rock doesn’t get much better than this much if ever.
You may listen to Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton here: