John Mayall’s 35 disc box set: gem-studded, but who is it for?

Metal Hammer

The commercial viability of bumper box sets can be puzzling. Anyone contemplating shelling out a tidy sum for one is almost certainly going to be a big fan of the artist and therefore already have much, even all, of the music; anyone who isn’t already a fan is highly unlikely to throw often hundreds of pounds at a musical blind date. 

In which case the big question from the former about this 35-disc collection from the Godfather Of British Blues is: “What’s in it?” Because they’ll already know how hugely influential John Mayall’s benchmark Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton was on a whole generation, with ‘God’ on fire. Or how his next (another ‘every home should have one’) album A Hard Road gave “Beano” a run for its money, with ‘unknown’ guitarist Peter Green flooring listeners – and every budding blues guitarist – with his exquisite touch and melodic flair. 


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