History of British Blues


BritBlueArch-150x150Classic British Blues Albums

'Our Blues historian Stevie King here reviews the great British Blues Albums. Stevie is well known for his great blues guitar playing and for his extensive knowledge of British (and American) blues so it was no surprise that when the British Blues Archive was being set up Stevie was the person I asked to co-found the archive and become our blues historian. Here we can benefit from his knowledge and insight'.
-  Peter Harvie, British Blues Archive


alexis-korner"R&B From The Marquee" - Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated

Recorded 8th June 1962

Released November 1962 on Decca's Ace of Clubs label








“The Rolling Stones” debut LP

Recorded Jan/Feb 1964,

Released April 1964 on Decca LK 4605


yardbirdsFive Live Yardbirds

Recorded Live at the Marquee Club, London W.1. March 1964

Released December 1964 on Columbia 33SX 1677

gb3“The Sound of '65” - The Graham Bond Organisation

Recorded: Dec 1964 / Jan & Feb 1965

Released: February 26th 1965 on Columbia 33SX 1711







blues-breakersBlues Breakers with Eric Clapton (“The Beano Album”)

Recorded March 1966 at Decca West Hampstead

Released 22nd July 1966 Decca LK4804







john-mayallA Hard Road - John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

Recorded Oct/Nov 1966

Released Feb 1967 Decca SKL 4853







jhn-mayall-aloneThe Blues Alone - John Mayall

Recorded 1st May 1967

Released Nov. 1967 on Decca Ace of Clubs SCL 1243







fleetwoodFleetwood Mac - aka 'the Dog and Dustbin' album

Recorded Nov/Dec 1967

Released on Blue Horizon 7-63200 Feb. 1968






chicken-shackForty Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve - Chicken Shack

Recorded Feb. '68

Released June '68 Blue Horizon 7-63203







savoy-brownGetting To The Point - The Savoy Brown Blues Band

Recorded March 1968 at Decca, West Hampstead.

Released July '68 Decca SKL 4935







fm-mr-w-300Mr. Wonderful - Fleetwood Mac

Recorded CBS Studios April 1968

Released on Blue Horizon 7-63205 August 1968







jmbBare Wires - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

Recorded April 1968

Released 21 June 1968 Decca LK 4945







fmo The Original Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

Released on Blue Horizon CBS 63875 May 1971








ty2Undead - Ten Years After

Recorded 14th May 1968.

Released 16th August 1968 on Deram DML/SML 1023







halfbreed-outside-cover-300Halfbreed - Keef Hartley Band

Recorded between 7th Oct & 12th Dec 1968, released 1969 on Deram SML 1037








 Talk About That - John Mayall

Recorded 2016, released on Forty Below Records FBR 015







The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation

Released July 1968 Liberty LBL 83154 1968








Fresh Cream - Cream

Recorded August–November 1966 at Rayrik & Ryemuse Studios, London

Released 9th December 1966 on the Reaction label Prod: Robert Stigwood







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