This remastered release features both mono and stereo versions of each cut, and the differences are astounding. Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton was Eric Clapton's first fully realized album as a blues guitarist – more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Standing midway between Clapton's stint with the Yardbirds and the formation of Cream, this album featured the new guitar hero on a series of stripped-down blues standards, Mayall pieces, and one Mayall/Clapton composition, all of which had him stretching out in the idiom for the first time in the studio. This album was the culmination of a very successful year of playing with John Mayall, a fully realized blues creation, featuring sounds very close to the group's stage performances, and with no compromises.
One Way reissued the Ventures' second and third albums, The Ventures and Another Smash, on a single disc in 1996. The two records wrote the blueprint that the Ventures followed throughout the years – balancing a hit single with a number of covers of contemporary pop and rock tunes, plus several traditional pop songs…
"Hallelujah" includes literally one great blues song after another in an impressively eclectic set. "Cookbook" is a collection of Canned Heat's finest recordings up to that point, essentially a 'greatest hits' from the period.
Pretty much exactly what it says it is – a combination of the two releases, the Bloodied But Unbowed compilation and the War On 45 EP, on one compact disc. The remastering job is fine, the cover art is all reproduced, and there are even complete lyrics, with one or two exceptions. Anyone wanting to give these guys a listen should start right here.