Without British Blues multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Mayall, we would never have had RUMOURS, one of the most successful albums of the 1970s. And while that Fleetwood Mac album remains one of the most beloved Classic Rock albums in the US, John Mayall’s connection to the band can sometimes get lost in the mists of time. It all began when Mayall, already a well-known Blues musician in London, formed The Bluesbreakers with bassist John McVie and guitarists that included Eric Clapton and Peter Green, amongst others. Mayall’s debut album, BLUES BREAKERS WITH ERIC CLAPTON (1966) remains one of the most important albums in British Blues history. In early 1967, drummer Mick Fleetwood joined The Bluesbreakers and a long-lasting bond with bassist McVie was born. However, Green, McVie, and Fleetwood left The Bluesbreakers in 1967 to form their own group Fleetwood Mac. Eight years later, the line-up and musical direction of Fleetwood Mac was entirely different, and the best-known line-up of F-Mac released their massively successful self-titled album in 1975. And the rest is history…

While Fleetwood Mac evolved over the years, so did their previous employer, John Mayall. He continued to release albums and work with many great musicians over the years including Keef Hartley (drums), Mick Taylor (guitar), Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophone), Andy Fraser (bass), Jon Hiseman (drums), Jon Mark (guitar), Johnny Almond (saxophone), Harvey Mandel (guitar), Ernie Watts (saxophone), Jesse Ed Davis (guitar), Rick Vito (guitar), and many others. While John Mayall never reached the commercial heights of his former bandmates, he has remained one of the most important British Blues pioneers of all time. Albums such as A HARD ROAD (1967), CRUSADE (1967), BARE WIRES (1968), and EMPTY ROOMS (1970) are considered classic Blues albums. Even more recent albums such as TALK ABOUT THAT (2017), NOBODY TOLD ME (2019) and the Grammy-nominated THE SUN IS SHINING DOWN (2022) are proof that he remains one of the UK’s finest bluesmen.

While 2023 doesn’t bring a new John Mayall album (as of yet), fans of the group are ecstatic about the release of JOHN MAYALL’S BLUESBREAKERS: LIVE IN 1967 – VOLUME THREE, a blistering live show performed by the Mayall / Green / McVie / Fleetwood line-up captured on stage at the height of their powers… and shortly before three of the musicians would go off to form their own band. The third and final installment in this series – both VOLUME ONE and VOLUME TWO received critical acclaim – this set may have not been recorded with professional equipment, but it has been lovingly restored and released by Mayall himself and sounds as sweat-drenched as the band members were that night. With tracks like “Brand New Start,” “Talk To Your Daughter,” “Double Trouble,” and “Your Funeral And My Trial,” this set is as exciting as the first two volumes and brings to an end a series that offers great insight into one of the most exciting eras of British Blues in Rock history.



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