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John Mayall - Bare Wires

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Classic Album Art

release - 1968
album art - John Mayall
Peter Smith

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College of Art (now part of Manchester Metropolitan University), John obtained a job as an art designer but continued to play with local musicians. In 1963, he opted for a full-time musical career and moved to London. His previous craft would be put to good use in the designing of covers for many of his coming albums.

The artwork of the front cover of Bare Wires is a little contrieved. A closer look reveals the face of John while the lettering follows the profile of his face on the left. On the right side John himself is integrated. Nevertheless: the light- and colour nuances are very subtle. Look at John and you'll almost get contact with his thoughts.

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The album was Mayall's most succesful ever in the U.K., hitting number three.



John Mayall, (born 29 November 1933) is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. From an early age, John was drawn to the sounds of American blues players, and taught himself to play the piano, guitars, and harmonica.

In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has counted among its members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians. They include Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.

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