Bob Davis | Christchurch New Zealand | 02/28/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a magic album featuring the best of 60s blues. The album is dominated by John Mayall and Eric Clapton, but features some great songs by early bluesmen: Otis Spann, Champion Jack Dupree and Curtis Jones. Long night features 'Steve Anglo' who is actually Steve Winwood. The Peter Green track is also memorable. The solo by John Mayall, 'Burn out your blind eyes' highlights how good John Mayall was and is. Clapton features on several tracks, playing in a style which is reminiscent of early 30s guitar, raw and vivid. An album not to be missed by any early blues fan."
Fathers & sons, Brit style
rick from Boston | 01/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great mid 60's recordings of Otis Spann and Champion Jack Dupree backed up by Eric Clapton, Peter Green,Tony McPhee, John Mayall and Mayall's band at the time. A "fathers and sons" kind of session. Otis Spann and Jack Dupree are both in fine form and Claptons guitar work is phenomenal. Listen to the duet "bernard jenkins" with Mayall on piano for some of his best soloing ever! Peter Green was soon to leave Mayall to form Fleetwood Mac,Clapton was soon to form Cream, and both were obviously inspired to be playing with their heroes.Too bad this group couldn't have hit the road for a while because the sparks were flying in these sessions."
A Classic Unknown Recording
Steven R. Seim | Beaver Dam, WI United States | 07/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Raw Blues" is a mid-'60s sampler combining contributions from piano blues masters (such as Otis Spann and Jack Dupree) with selections by John Mayall along with other fixtures of the British blues scene. ("Long Night," for example, features help from "Steve Anglo" - actually Steve Winwood with identity disguised for legal purposes.) The playing is superb throughout, making "Raw Blues" a choice little nugget of British blues."