Bare Wires

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Bare Wires
Bare Wires.jpg
Studio album by
Released21 June 1968[1]
Recorded3, 9, 24 and 30 April 1968
StudioDecca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England[2]
GenreBlues, blues-rock, jazz rock
ProducerMike Vernon, John Mayall
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Professional ratings
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Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(negative) [3]

Bare Wires is a studio album by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, featuring Mick Taylor on guitar, released in 1968 on Decca Records.[4] The album was the last John Mayall studio album to feature the name "Bluesbreakers".[1] The album was also Mayall's first successful U.S. album reaching #59 on the Billboard 200.[5]


The previous Bluesbreakers album Crusade saw guitarist Peter Green, who left to form Fleetwood Mac, being replaced by Mick Taylor. This album saw bassist Andy Fraser, who would later join Free, being replaced by Tony Reeves, while drummer Keef Hartley was replaced by Jon Hiseman.


The songs "No Reply" and "She's Too Young" were released as a single by Decca. The album's A-side was a medley called "Bare Wires Suite" which featured the individual songs "Bare Wires", "Where Did I Belong", "I Started Walking", "Open Up A New Door", "Fire", "I Know Now" and "Look In The Mirror". The individual track times shown below are those printed on the original vinyl release.

Track listing[edit]

Original album[edit]

All tracks written by John Mayall, except where noted.

Side one
1."Bare Wires Suite" (Medley)
  • a. "Bare Wires" (1:25)
  • b. "Where Did I Belong" (3:05)
  • c. "I Started Walking" (2:20)
  • d. "Open Up A New Door" (3:00)
  • e. "Fire" (3:45)
  • f. "I Know Now" (5:35)
  • g. "Look In The Mirror" (2:51)"
Side two
1."I'm a Stranger" 5:14
2."No Reply"Mayall, Mick Taylor3:09
3."Hartley Quits"Taylor2:55
4."Killing Time" 4:48
5."She's Too Young" 2:22
6."Sandy" 3:50

Reissue Bonus Tracks[edit]

No.TitleOriginal ReleaseLength
8."Picture on the Wall"B-side of Decca Single F12732[6]3:03
9."Jenny"A-side of Decca Single F127324:40
10."Knocker's Step Forward"From Thru the Years3:14
11."Hide and Seek"From Thru the Years2:25
12."Intro-Look at the Girl"From Primal Solos6:47
13."Start Walkin'"From Primal Solos8:23


John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

on tracks 1 - 7 and 10 - 13:

  • Mike Vernon, John Mayall – producers
  • Derek Varnals – engineer
  • Pete Smith, Jan Persson – photography


Chart (1968) Peak
UK (The Official Charts Company)[7] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[8] 9
France (InfoDisc)[9] 1
US Billboard 200[5] 59


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  3. ^ Nooger, Danny (12 October 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ "Discography". John Mayall. Archived from the original on 21 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "John Mayall > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  6. ^ "Artists: J". 10 February 1910. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  7. ^ "John Mayall - Bare Wires". Chart Stats. 20 July 1968. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  8. ^ Steffen Hung (21 June 1968). "John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers - Bare Wires". Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  9. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 2012-01-15.