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Crawling Up A Hill ~ A Journey Through The British Blues Boom 1966-7 (3CD)

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Crawling Up A Hill ~ A Journey Through The British Blues Boom 1966-7 (3CD)
Crawling Up A Hill ~ A Journey Through The British Blues Boom 1966-7 (3CD)


  • By 1965, the British R&B boom was over. Cyril Davies was dead, Alexis Korner was employed as MD on a children’s TV show, and the legion of young acolytes the two men had inspired had drifted away from the blues and into mainstream pop stardom. The more “purist” individuals were out in the cold: Brian Jones was marginalised in the Stones by the emergence of the Jagger/Richards songwriting team, while Eric Clapton had stormed out of the most blueswailing Yardbirds in protest at their recording of winsome pop ditty ‘For Your Love’.
  • But things were about to change. In April 1966, club band John Mayall’s Blues Breakers – prominently featuring a still-simmering Clapton – recorded their debut studio album with the aid of producer Mike Vernon. Released in July, the LP was a huge, entirely unexpected success, reaching the UK Top Ten and remaining in the charts for an impressive 17 weeks.
  • Suddenly, an astonishing number of virtuoso young British (and Irish) blues guitarists, all of whom rejected the trappings of pop success as fervently as the young Eric, were inspired to form their own bands. In the wake of Clapton, his Yardbirds replacement Jeff Beck and Peter Green (Eric’s replacement in Mayall’s band after he’d split to form Cream) came the likes of Kim Simmonds, Jeremy Spencer, Stan Webb, Paul Kossoff, Alvin Lee, Clem Clempson, Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore and Mick Ronson. Within a year or two of Mayall’s unexpected breakthrough, the second wave of the British blues boom was in full, glorious bloom.
  • Featuring all of the above names, Crawling Up A Hill chronicles the development of the British blues scene during that relatively brief but halcyon period, covering both the electric blues bands (Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After etc) and the acoustic country blues acts (Jo-Ann Kelly, Mike Cooper, Ian A. Anderson and others).
  • In addition, we feature a number of more obscure bands from the era, including Levee Camp Moan (responsible for two of the most feverishly-collected albums of the era), pre-Faces outfit Quiet Melon and The Zany Woodruff Operation, now receiving their first-ever public exposure.
  • Housed in a clamshell box with a 40-page booklet featuring potted histories and priceless period photos of all the featured acts, Crawling Up A Hill is a fascinating document of a genre that, though relatively short-lived, would have a seismic influence on the subsequent development of rock music.


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  2. John Mayalls Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton - All Your Love
  3. The Zany Woodruff Operation - Crawling Up A Hill
  4. Anderson Jones Jackson - Louise
  5. The Graham Bond Organization - I Love You
  6. The Yardbirds - Im A Man (Live)
  7. The Spencer Davis Group - Dont Want You No More
  8. Ten Years After - I Cant Keep From Crying, Sometimes
  9. Duster Bennett - Jumping At Shadows (Demo Version)
  10. The Deviants - Charlie
  11. Jeff Beck - You Shook Me
  12. Jo-Ann Kelly - Aint Nothin In Ramblin
  13. Fleetwood Mac - Love That Burns
  14. Love Sculpture - Wang Dang Doodle
  15. Alexis Korner Featuring Robert Plant - Operator
  16. The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - Can Blue Men Sing The Whites?
  17. Dr. Ks Blues Band - Walking
  18. Shakey Vick - Little Woman Youre So Sweet
  19. The Climax Chicago Blues Band - A Stranger In Your Town
  20. Downliners Sect - Lord Of The Rings
  21. Free - Sweet Tooth
  22. Mike Cooper - Death Letter
  23. The Taste - Blister On The Moon
  24. Levee Camp Moan - I Just Cant Keep From Crying
  25. Sam Apple Pie - Sometime Girl
  26. John Dummer Blues Band - Skin Game (Live)
  27. Quiet Melon - Diamond Joe
  28. Killing Floor - Nobody By My Side
  29. Blodwyn Pig - Dear Jill
  30. Icarus - Theres An Easy And A Hard Way Of Living
  31. Chicken Shack - Tears In The Wind
  32. Bakerloo - Bring It On Home
  33. Jaklin - The Same For You
  34. Frozen Tear - Train Comes, Train Goes
  35. The Rats - Telephone Blues (Aka Talk To Me Baby)
  36. Angel Pavement - Madison Blues
  37. Christine Perfect Band - Its You I Miss
  38. Medicine Head - This Love Of Old
  39. Jasper - Baby Please Dont Go
  40. Liverpool Scene - Ive Got Those Fleetwood Mac Chicken Shack John Mayall Cant Fail Blues
  41. Brunning Sunflower Blues Band Featuring Peter Green - Ride With Your Daddy Tonight
  42. Red Dirt - Time To Move
  43. Savoy Brown - A Hard Way To Go (Live)
  44. Jeremy Spencer - Mean Blues
  45. Black Cat Bones - Chauffeur
  46. Siren - Gardener Man
  47. Blue Blood - Dupree Blues
  48. Steamhammer - Passing Through
  49. Stone The Crows - Raining In Your Heart
  50. Edgar Broughton Band - Old Gopher
  51. Stack Waddy - Roadrunner
  52. Heavy Jelly - Take Me Down To The Water
  53. Skid Row - The Man Who Never Was
  54. Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts - Take Your Money
  55. Mungo Jerry - The Sun Is Shining
  56. Linda Hoyle - Backlash Blues
  57. Status Quo - Railroad

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