John Mayall is Subject of 35-CD Early Years Box Set

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A massive 35-CD collection of the early recordings of British blues-rocker John Mayall, titled The First Generation 1965-1974, was released on Feb. 12, 2021, on the Madfish label through Snapper Music. It’s available for order in the U.S. here and in the U.K. here. After years of being overlooked, the legend, who turned 90 in 2023, will finally be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2024.

Says a press release describing the collection: “It is the first time a set of this size has been released documenting John Mayall’s early years and not only does it have all the albums from his much-lauded formative career but it also has unreleased tracks aplenty. Featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Blue Mitchell, Jon Mark, and many more superlative musicians, this mammoth package contains 35 CDs in all, plus a beautiful hardback book and much more.”

John Mayall in Laurel Canyon, 1968 (Photo from his website)

The press release continues with further details: “Not for nothing did John Mayall earn the moniker ‘Godfather of the British Blues.’ For a short but compelling time in the ’60s and ’70s he recognized raw talent when he saw it, he took it in, he nurtured it and everyone thrived and benefitted as the result. Many of the best musicians of the period passed through the hallowed ranks of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and all are on show here in a stunning set crammed with musical highlights. Put together with John Mayall’s full co-operation, the full list of contents is as follows:

35 discs (including 3 CD singles and 8 unreleased discs)—newly remastered versions of the original Decca & Polydor albums

Music from 7 unreleased gigs (including Windsor 1967, Gothenburg 1968, Berlin 1969, San Francisco 1970)

28 unreleased BBC tracks featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor

Individually signed photograph

Hardback book including many rare photos and memorabilia and full gig listing for the period

Separate book including two years of fan club letters and correspondence

Two Replica Posters – Ten Years Are Gone and tour poster from 1968

Replica press pack for John Mayall Plays John Mayall

Watch the trailer for the collection

Related: Our Album Rewind of John Mayall’s Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton

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  1. Mack
    #1 Mack 13 February, 2021, 10:02

    I love Mayall and really want this set, but I doubt I’d live long enough to listen to the entire collection.

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  2. Jarmo Keranen
    #2 Jarmo Keranen 27 February, 2021, 07:32

    Beware! There’s a wrong track on cd 20. Track 12 is Gasoline Blues instead of Suspicions. Just informed Madfish/Snapper of this. Hope they do a replacement disc!

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