During the first two decades of his career John Mayall has been constantly experimenting with band formats and various musicians. In 1982 he teamed up with three musicians from his previous line-ups and toured briefly in America and Australia. At that time all of them were residing in the USA. Mick Taylor had left the Rolling Stones and was pursuing a solo career. John McVie had taken time off from his band Fleetwood Mac. Colin Allen, after disbanding Stone the Crows, had been a member of Focus. There is no evidence of studio recordings with this personnel, but another live performance with guest bluesmen (Albert King, Buddy Guy, Sippie Wallace, Junior Wells etc.) has been released on video as Blues Alive. For contractual reasons John Mayall did not release any new material during the first half of the '80s. The CD and the video both appeared in the early '90s, when Mayall had regained some of his popularity with a new incarnation of his 'Bluesbreakers'. More recordings from the tour were released in 2011.
All songs are by Mayall, except for 6 by Giddins-Badger and 5 co-written with Taylor. On track 9 Mick Taylor doubles Mayall on Keyboards. Tracks 2,3,4,6 and 8 appeared on the Australian release The Return of the Bluesbreakers (1994), where eight tracks, from what was to became Cross Country Blues (1994) album, are also included.