John Mayall

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of John Mayall

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This 11-cut John Mayall best-of from his Decca years seems weirdly incomplete. That said, the stuff that is here, from editions of the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor (all issued between 1966 and 1968), is very solid. The set includes the famed rendition of Freddie King's "Hideaway" that showed the world what the young Clapton could do, the fine "Dust My Blues" with Green from the A Hard Road album (it included the future rhythm section from Fleetwood Mac as well), and "No Reply" by Taylor and Mayall from 1968. The bottom line here is that the material is top-notch even if it is not Mayall's very best, and the disc is woefully inadequate in representing him properly. This is a cash-in, to be sure; it's what labels are doing these days, putting out loads of catalog with new cover designs and budget pricing for the same old tracks. The thing with these comps is that the faithful already have this material many times over, and won't shell out the cash for another go at the same stuff. The hope that a fair load of someones just looking for a Mayall comp will pop in the door of a shop or order it online is, frankly, ridiculous.

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