Play Along to John Mayall's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 23, 2015 at 5:08 PM

In 1966, after Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds, British bluesman John Mayall hunted down the young, up-and-coming guitarist and convinced him to join his Blues Breakers band. The two hit it off, and the resulting album, John Mayall's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton -- also known as the "Beano" album -- went on to become arguably the greatest British blues album ever recorded, featuring timeless cuts like Otis Rush's "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)," Freddie King's "Hide Away," and James Bracken's "Steppin' Out."

Of further importance to the guitar, Clapton's use of a 1960 Gibson Les Paul plugged into a Marshall amp set the bar for blues-rock guitar tone so high that it's still the standard arsenal some 50 years later!

We've just posted full-band and minus-guitar audio play-along tracks for nine of the songs from this all-important album.

Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton guitar play-along tracks

The guitar tab for each track is also available on the site (just check the "Related Content" column on the left side of the audio player). Play along with the full-band tracks, and when you're ready to test your chops, have a go at the minus-guitar version, where you step right into Clapton's shoes and play his parts. It's not only a fun jam session but also an invaluable learning tool.   

 

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