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John Mayalls Bluesbreakers –Bare Wires lp


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Reduced price due to small name on back cover and vinyl being vg+

Rare Decca UK press with gatefold cover. The J/T tax code on the label indicates its an early press

Bare Wires was the first Bluesbreakers album of new studio material since A Hard Road, released 16 months before. In that time, the band had turned over entirely, expanding to become a septet. Mayall’s musical conception had also expanded — the album began with a 23-minute “Bare Wires Suite,” which included more jazz influences than usual and featured introspective lyrics. In retrospect, all of this is a bit indulgent, but at the time it helped Mayall out of what had come to seem a blues straitjacket (although he would eventually return to a strict blues approach). It isn’t surprising that he dropped the Bluesbreakers name after this release. The album was Mayall’s most successful ever in the U.K., hitting number three. Very much recommended as this record stands higher than most other recordings by Mayall from the 70’s. A highly recommended listening for blues-rock fans.

Track list:
1. Bare Wires
2. Where Did I Belong
3. I Started Walking
4. Open A New Door
5. Fire
6. I Know Now
7. Look In The Mirror
8. I’m A Stranger
9. No Reply
10. Hartley Quits
11. Killing Time
12. She’s Too Young
13. Sandy

Additional information


Decca Records

Catalogue Number

SKL 4945

Release Year