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
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A Hard Road
(1967)
Crusade
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[3]
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Blues 4/5 stars[4]

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.[5]

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.

Reception[edit]

Reaction to the album was mostly positive, and many praised Green's guitar playing. Team Rock rated the album at 14, on their "Top 30 British Blues Rock Albums Of All Time".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by John Mayall except where 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' (2CD/36 tracks)

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 edition[7] 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. ^ Larkin, Colin (30 September 2013). "The Virgin Encyclopedia of The Blues". Random House. Retrieved 9 July 2017 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ "Type in "John Mayall" under "''Name of Artist''"". Everyhit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  6. ^ "The Top 30 British Blues Rock Albums Of All Time". teamrock.com. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "A Hard Road - John Mayall, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, The Bluesbreakers : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-31.