On Apr 20th Forty Below Records will release ‘Live in 1967’ from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers on CD that includes the first live captured performance of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Peter Green before they formed Fleetwood Mac.
John Mayall’s Bluesbrealers – Live in 1967
John Mayall – Vocals, Harmonica
Peter Green – Guitar
John McVie – Bass Guitar
Mick Fleetwood – Drums
In 1967, before there was a Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood were John’s Mayall Bluesbreakers. The four musicians were only together for three months, which makes it even more remarkable that a staunch fan from Holland was able to sneak a one channel reel to reel tape recorder into five London clubs and capture this exciting glimpse into music history. For almost fifty years these tapes habe remained unheard until John recenetly got them and began restoring them with the technical assistance of Eric Come of Forty Below Records. Come adds “While the source recording was very rough and final result is certainly not hi-fidelity, it does succeed in allowing us to hear how spectacular these performances are.”
You can pre-order this CD, MP3 or Vinyl via the links below:
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April 10, 2015 10:44 AM
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