A Hard Road

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A Hard Road
Bluesbreakers-1.jpg
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 Decca (UK)
London (U.S.)
Producer Mike Vernon
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers chronology
Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
(1966)
A Hard Road
(1967)
The Blues Alone
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(Highly Positive)[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Living Blues(Positive)[5]
About.com5/5 stars[6]

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 on saxophone. 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.[7]

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".[8] The two re-issues of the album, in 2003 and 2006, both double CD's, have compiled all of the Peter Green contributions he made to John Mayall's Bluesbreakers over 1966-1971.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by John Mayall except where noted.

Original album[9][edit]

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)[edit]

Disc one[edit]

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

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Looking Back" (Watson) – 2:37
  2. "So Many Roads" (Paul) – 4:47
  3. "Sitting in the Rain" – 2:59
  4. "Out of Reach" (Green) – 4:44
  5. "Mama, Talk to Your Daughter" (Atkins, Lenoir) – 2:39
  6. "Alabama Blues" (Lenoir) – 2:31
  7. "Curly" (Green) – 4:51
  8. "Rubber Duck" (Dunbar, Green) – 4:00
  9. "Greeny" (Green) – 3:56
  10. "Missing You" (Green) – 1:59
  11. "Please Don't Tell" – 2:29
  12. "Your Funeral and My Trial" (Williamson) – 3:56
  13. "Double Trouble" (Rush) – 3:22
  14. "It Hurts Me Too" (London) – 2:57
  15. "Jenny" – 4:38
  16. "Picture on the Wall" – 3:03
  17. "First Time Alone" – 5:00


The additional material is:

Disc 1 - 15 from Raw Blues; 16-19 from the EP with Paul Butterfield

Disc 2 - 1-3 and 13-16 from Looking Back; 4-7 and 9-12 from Thru the Years; 8 from the B-side of "Curly" single; 17 from Blues from Laurel Canyon

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

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 & 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 & 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[10] 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. ^ Larkin, Colin (25 May 2018). "Living Blues". cduniverse.com. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  6. ^ "Peter Green, Blues Guitarist". thoughtco.com. 
  7. ^ "Type in "John Mayall" under "''Name of Artist''"". Everyhit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  8. ^ "The Top 30 British Blues Rock Albums Of All Time". teamrock.com. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Overview: Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers". AllMusic. United States. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "A Hard Road - John Mayall, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, The Bluesbreakers : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-31.