At the same time that he was recording and touring with the Mick Taylor-era Bluesbreakers, John Mayall found time to record and release an album without his backing group. The Blues Alone came out in 1967, and apart from the drums played by Bluesbreaker Keef Hartley, all the instruments were played by Mayall himself - guitar, harmonica, piano, organ and bass. He also wrote all twelve songs. The plan came together very well, showcasing Mayall's talents as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, proving he didn't need the presence of some flashy young guitar hero to make excellent blues music, and it further consolidated his position as Britain's number one blues artist.
Crusade (1967) <|> Diary Of A Band (1968)
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