A Hard Road

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A Hard Road
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Studio album by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
Released 17 February 1967[1]
Recorded 11, 12, 19 & 24 October; 11 November 1966
Studio Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England[2]
Genre Blues
Length 37:13 (original)
79:22 (2006 reissue)
Label UK Decca
USA London
Producer Mike Vernon
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers chronology
Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
(1966)
A Hard Road
(1967)
Crusade
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (positive) [3]

A Hard Road is the third album (and second studio album) recorded by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers released in 1967. It features Peter Green on lead guitar, John McVie on bass, Aynsley Dunbar on drums and John Almond. Tracks 5, 7 and 13 feature the horn section of Alan Skidmore and Ray Warleigh. Peter Green sings lead vocals on "You Don't Love Me" and "The Same Way".

The album reached #8 on the UK album charts which is Mayall's third biggest chart next to Bare Wires and Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton which reached #3 and #6, respectively.[4]

The cover art and the original LP sleeve design are by Mayall. In 2003 and 2006 two different expanded versions of the album were released.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by John Mayall except as noted

Side one
  1. "A Hard Road" – 3:12
  2. "It's Over" – 2:51
  3. "You Don't Love Me" (Willie Cobbs) – 2:50
  4. "The Stumble" (Freddie King, Sonny Thompson) – 2:54
  5. "Another Kinda Love" – 3:06
  6. "Hit the Highway" – 2:17
  7. "Leaping Christine" – 2:25
Side two
  1. "Dust My Blues" (Elmore James, Joe Josea) – 2:50
  2. "There's Always Work" – 1:38
  3. "The Same Way" (Peter Green) – 2:11
  4. "The Supernatural" (Green) – 2:57
  5. "Top of the Hill" – 2:40
  6. "Someday After a While (You'll Be Sorry)" (King, Thompson) – 3:02
  7. "Living Alone" – 2:23
2003 expanded version

1-14 Original album tracks (as above)

  1. Evil Woman Blues (Green) – 4:05
  2. All My Life (Robinson) – 4:25
  3. Ridin' on the L&N (Burley, Hampton) – 2:32
  4. Little by Little (London, Wells) – 2:47
  5. Eagle Eye – 2:52
  6. Looking Back (Watson) – 2:37
  7. So Many Roads (Paul) – 4:47
  8. Sitting in the Rain – 2:59
  9. Out of Reach (Green) – 4:44
  10. Mama Talk to Your Daughter (Atkins, Lenoir) – 2:39
  11. Alabama Blues (Lenoir) – 2:31
  12. Curly (Green) – 4:51
  13. Rubber Duck (Dunbar, Green) – 4:00
  14. Greeny (Green) – 3:56
  15. Missing You (Green) – 1:59
  16. Please Don't Tell – 2:29
  17. Your Funeral and My Trial (Williamson) – 3:56
  18. "Double Trouble" (Rush) – 3:22
  19. "It Hurts Me Too" (London) – 2:57
  20. Jenny – 4:38
  21. Picture on the Wall – 3:03
  22. First Time Alone – 5:00

The additional material is: 15 from Raw Blues; 16-19 from the EP with Paul Butterfield; 20-22 and 32-35 from Looking Back; 23-26 and 28-31 from Thru The Years; 27 from the B-side of "Curly" single; 36 from Blues From Laurel Canyon

2006 UK expanded version (1CD/28 tracks, 4 unreleased)

1-14 Original album tracks (as above)

  1. Looking Back (Watson) – 2:37
  2. So Many Roads (Paul) – 4:47
  3. Mama, Talk To Your Daughter (Atkins, Lenoir) – 2:39
  4. Alabama Blues (Lenoir) – 2:31
  5. All My Life – 4:25
  6. Ridin' On The L And N (Burley, Hampton) – 2:32
  7. Eagle Eye – 2:52
  8. Little By Little – 2:47
  9. Sitting In The Rain – 2:59
  10. Out Of Reach (Green) – 4:44
  11. No More Tears – 2:19
  12. Ridin' On The L And N (Burley, Hampton) – 2:19
  13. Sitting In The Rain – 2:53
  14. Leaping Christine – 1:55

The previously unreleased tracks 15-16, 23 from Looking Back; 17-18, 24 from Thru The Years; 19-22 are from the EP with Paul Butterfield; 25-28 are from BBC sessions

Personnel[edit]

Original album[1]
2003 expanded[5]

Same as above with the addition of:

Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "A Hard Road - John Mayall, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, The Bluesbreakers : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ "John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers* - A Hard Road (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  3. ^ Saunders, Mike (December 7, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. 
  4. ^ "Type in "John Mayall" under "''Name of Artist''"". Everyhit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "A Hard Road - John Mayall, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, The Bluesbreakers : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-31.