There are box sets and then there are BOX SETS. John Mayall’s The First Generation 1965 - 1974 set sits firmly in the latter category, being substantial both in the artefacts contained within and the superb music it encompasses.
The first set of this size to be released documenting John Mayall’s early years sees not only all albums from his much lauded formative career, but also unreleased tracks aplenty. Featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Blue Mitchell, Jon Mark and many more outstanding musicians, this mammoth package contains 35 CDs, a beautiful hardback book and much more.
Not for nothing did Mayall earn the moniker »Godfather of the British Blues«. For a short but compelling time in the 60s and 70s he recognised raw talent, took it in, nurtured it, and everyone thrived and benefitted as a result. Many of the best musicians of the period passed through the hallowed ranks of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. All are on show here in a stunning set crammed with musical highlights.
Put together with John Mayall’s full co-operation, the full list of contents is as follows:
• 35 Discs, inc. 3 CD singles & 8 previously unreleased discs, alongside newly remastered versions of the original Decca & Polydor albums
• Music from seven unreleased gigs (inc. Windsor 1967, Gothenburg 1968, Berlin 1969 and San Francisco 1970)
• 28 previously unreleased BBC tracks featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor
• Hardback Book inc. many rare photos and memorabilia plus a full gig listing for the period
• Individually signed photograph
• Fan club book of letters and correspondence
• 2 replica posters - Ten Years Are Gone and 1968 tour poster
• Replica press pack for John Mayall Plays John Mayall
This box set will be limited to 5, 000 copies worldwide and released on the Madfish label through Snapper Music.
CD 1: John Mayall Plays John Mayall (1965) Ft. Roger Dean u. a.
CD 2: I'm Your Witchdoctor / Telephone Blues (1965) Ft. Eric Clapton u. a.
CD 3: Lonely Years / Bernard Jenkins (1966) Ft. Eric Clapton u. a.
CD 4: Blues Brakers (1966) (Mono) Ft. Eric Clapton u. a.
CD 5: Blues Brakers (1966) (Stereo)+Bonus Tracks Ft. Eric Clapton u. a.
CD 6: All My Life EP (1967) Ft. Paul Butterfield, Peter Green u. a.
CD 7: A Hard Road (1967) Ft. Peter Green u. a.
CD 8: Crusade (1967) Ft. Mick Taylor, Keef Hartley u. a.
CD 9: The Blues Alone (1967) Ft. Keef Hartley
CD10: The Diary Of A Band Vol. 1 (1967) Ft. Mick Taylor u. a.
CD11: The Diary Of A Band Vol. 2 (1967)
CD12: Bare Wires (1968) Ft. Mick Taylor, Jon Hiseman u. a.
CD13: Blues From Laurel Canyon (1968) Ft. Mick Taylor u. a.
CD14: Looking Back (1969) Ft. Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green u. a.
CD15: The Turning Point (1969) Ft. Jon Mark, Stephen Thompson u. a.
CD16: Empty Rooms (1969) Ft. Jon Mark u. a.
CD17: USA Union (1970) Ft. Harvey Mandel u. a.
CD18: Back To The Roots (1970)(1) Ft. Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor u. a.
CD19 Back To The Roots (1970)(2)
CD20: Thru The Years (1971) Ft. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor u. a.
CD21: Memories (1971) Ft. Jerry McGee, Larry Taylor
CD22: Jazz Blues Fusion (1972) Ft. Freddie Robinson, Ron Selico u. a.
CD23: Moving On (1972) Ft. Freddie Robinson, Victor Gaskin u. a.
CD24: Ten Years Are Gone (1973) (1) Ft. Freddie Robinson, Victor Gaskin u. a.
CD25: Ten Years Are Gone (1973) (2)
CD26: The Latest Edition (1974) Ft. Larry Tyler, Hightide Harris u. a.
CD27: BBC Recordings (1964-1968) (1) Ft. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Andy Fraser, Colin Allen u. a.
CD28: BBC Recordings (1964 - 1968) (2)
CD29: Bromley Technical College (1967) Ft. Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie
CD30: Live (1967) Ft. Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie
CD31: 7th Nat. Blues Festival (1967) Ft. Mick Taylor, John McVie u. a.
CD32: Gothenburg (1968) Ft. Mick Taylor, Stephen Thompson u. a.
CD33: Berlin (1969) Ft. Mick Taylor, Stephen Thompson, Colin Allen
CD34: Bremen (1969) Ft. Mick Taylor, Stephen Thompson, Colin Allen
CD35: Fillmore West (1970) Ft. Jon Mark, Alex Dmochowski, Duster Bennett u. a.