Great English Guitarists Week : Day 5

Today’s album of the day is Truth by The Jeff Beck Group

The basic lineup for this 1968 debut album was Jeff Beck — electric guitars, Rod Stewart — lead vocals, Ronnie Wood — bass guitar, Micky Waller — drums. Guests on the album include Aynsley Dunbar, Nicky Hopkins, John Paul Jones, Keith Moon, and Jimmy Page.

My favourite tracks:

  • Blues Deluxe
  • Beck’s Bolero
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Great English Guitarists Week : Day 4

Today’s album of the day is Fresh Cream by Cream

Cream was the first supergroup, and their debut album Fresh Cream (1966) gave birth to the power trio, heavy metal and jam rock genres. Despite their earlier explosive relationship as members of the Graham Bond Organisation, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce managed to work together with Eric Clapton for two years before Cream officially broke up in November 1968.

My favourite tracks:

  • Spoonful
  • I Feel Free
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Bonus link for Jack Bruce and/or Ginger Baker fans … a live performance of Spoonful filmed by a lone (French?) cameraman who manages to include the bare minimum of shots of Eric Clapton – even during his solo!


After the break-up, Clapton then jammed with Stevie Winwood, ex of The Spencer Davis Group, and Traffic. Ginger Baker eventually sat in with them, and they decided to form a new group with bass guitarist Ric Grech. This band, Blind Faith, was short-lived and only managed one album in their one year span.

Great English Guitarists Week : Day 3

Today’s album of the day is The Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall

Usually referred to as “The Beano Album”, this 1966 gem is perhaps the best British blues album ever, providing a showcase for the emerging Eric Clapton guitar style.

My favourite tracks:

  • All Your Love
  • Hideaway
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Great English Guitarists Week : Day 2

Today’s album of the day is Greatest Hits by The Yardbirds

A 1967 collection of UK singles and ep tracks bundled for the US market, featuring Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page on lead guitar.

Selected tracks:

  • For Your Love
  • Heart Full of Soul
  • Shapes of Things
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Great English Guitarists Week : Day 1

Today’s album of the day is Five Live Yardbirds by The Yardbirds

Obviously a live album, consisting of typically reckless interpretations of US R&B and blues numbers. I can confirm that it was recorded on Friday, March 13, 1964 at The Marquee Club – I was there! The YouTube links are for the first three and the last two tracks on the album.

Selected tracks:

  • Too Much Monkey Business
  • Got Love If You Want It
  • Somkestack Lightning
  • I’m a Man
  • Here ‘Tis
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