John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – Silver Tones: The Best Of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (1998)

Artist: John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Title: Silver Tones: The Best Of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Jive
Genre: Blues, Electric Blues
Quality: Mp3/320 kbps
Total Time: 59:43
Total Size: 59:43

1. Mail Order Mystics
2. Wake Up Call (Feat. Mavis Staples & Mick Taylor)
3. I Could Cry (Feat. Buddy Guy)
4. Not At Home (Feat. Mick Taylor)
5. When The Devil Starts Crying
6. Spinning Coin
7. Ain’t No Brakeman
8. No Big Hurry
9. Dead City
10. Stone Cold Deal
11. Blues For The Lost Days
12. I Don’t Mind
13. Movin’ Groovin’ Blues
14. Fan The Flames (Alternate Take)

Something of an elder statesman of British blues, John Mayall is generally known as the guy who gave Eric Clapton his big break. However, compilations like Silver Tones highlight the best of Mayall’s work and show why he deserves a place in the pantheon in his own right. His skill at several instruments more than makes up for his average vocal abilities, and if he’s primarily known as a bandleader, there’s a great deal to be said for providing the proving ground for musicians like Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Fleetwood. Silver Tones is rife with strong material, from the up-tempo smoothness of the opening "Mail Order Mystics" to the nice, slow shuffle of "I Could Cry" to the rock-out groove of "Ain’t No Brakeman." "I Don’t Mind" showcases some excellent piano work, and "Fan the Flames" finishes things off with a bang. –Genevieve Williams

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