My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background:Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton was recorded in March of 1966 in Decca Studios after a failed attempt at making it a live album. It was released in July of 1966. The album features John McVie on bass.
What I think:I don’t have anything good to say about this album. It sounds like a direct lift of the Blues in the style of B.B King, or an electrifying of Robert Johnson. To me it doesn’t seem to advance the music any (although the write-up on Wikipedia goes in the completely opposite direction, so maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about), and without that mystique that King and Johnson brought to their recordings there is nothing here for me to enjoy. With that being said, I am willing to acknowledge that without Clapton and albums like this, I as a middle class white male writing about this album almost fifty years later, may have never been introduced to the music of these individuals… that they may have otherwise been lost to time.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Listening to it just makes be want to listen to some Robert Johnson recordings, so let’s trash it.
Rating (Out of 5): 2
Amazon Review (Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (58/76)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%