I can't compare this to any other Mayall recordings since I have never had any of his early stuff. I got this by mistake as a Christmas gift. But it turns out to be the suprise best gift of the year!!
Could have been a bit better by having Clapton & Mayall play more with the band and not a long duet for Claptons first song. Other than that, it's really a well done CD.
Favorite aspect is the overall mix allows you to hear the guitars right up front. Whittingtons playing is excellent and the tones of his Strat are clear. Taylor comes on with a Les Paul and you can really hear the tonal differences. Same with Clapton & his Strat. Nicely mixed CD all the way through.
"Is there great guitar playing on it?" Oh Yeh! I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a good intro into the basic blues guitar and blues music in general.