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John Mayall - Bare Wires
John Mayall - Bare Wires

Vinyl Records

John Mayall - Bare Wires

Bare Wires was the first Bluesbreakers album of new studio material since A Hard Road, released 16 months before. In that time, the band had turned over entirely, expanding to become a septet.

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Bare Wires was the first Bluesbreakers album of new studio material since A Hard Road, released 16 months before. In that time, the band had turned over entirely, expanding to become a septet.

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)"  
  • 22:58

Side two

  • 1.    "I'm a Stranger"      5:14
  • 2.    "No Reply" (Mayall, Mick Taylor)    3:09
  • 3.    "Hartley Quits" (Taylor)    2:55
  • 4.    "Killing Time"      4:48
  • 5.    "She's Too Young"      2:22
  • 6.    "Sandy"      

Bare Wires was the first Bluesbreakers album of new studio material since A Hard Road, released 16 months before. In that time, the band had turned over entirely, expanding to become a septet. Mayall's musical conception had also expanded -- the album began with a 23-minute "Bare Wires Suite," which included more jazz influences than usual and featured introspective lyrics. In retrospect, all of this is a bit indulgent, but at the time it helped Mayall out of what had come to seem a blues straitjacket (although he would eventually return to a strict blues approach). It isn't surprising that he dropped the "Bluesbreakers" name after this release. The album was Mayall's most successful ever in the U.K., hitting number three.

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