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Back to the Roots
     

Back to the Roots

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by John Mayall
 
For this double-LP, recorded in November 1970, John Mayall gathered together prominent musicians who had played in his bands during the past several years, including Sugarcane Harris, Eric Clapton, Johnny Almond, Harvey

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For this double-LP, recorded in November 1970, John Mayall gathered together prominent musicians who had played in his bands during the past several years, including Sugarcane Harris, Eric Clapton, Johnny Almond, Harvey Mandel, Keef Hartley, and Mick Taylor. Mayall's compositions aren't all that impressive, but the sidemen frequently shine, especially Clapton. Back To The Roots hit Number 52 in the U.S., and Number 31 in the U.K., where it was Mayall's final album to reach the charts. It was reissued in altered form under the title Archives To Eighties in 1988. (See separate entry).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0731454942423
catalogNumber:
549424
Rank:
23612

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Prisons on the Road
  2. My Children
  3. Accidental Suicide
  4. Groupie Girl
  5. Blue Fox
  6. Home Again
  7. Television Eye
  8. Marriage Madness
  9. Looking at Tomorrow

Disc 2

  1. Dream With Me
  2. Full Speed Ahead
  3. Mr. Censor Man
  4. Force of Nature
  5. Boogie Alert
  6. Goodbye December
  7. Unanswered Questions
  8. Devil's Tricks
  9. Travelling

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Back to the Roots 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
John Mayall's Back To The Roots album is a Great blues album and a wonderful reflection of its time (1971). Even the added remixed versions from the 1988 CD have their merit. This CD contains the whole 1971 original version double album along with 8 remixed songs. The song Accidental Suicide is Mayall's tribute (and cautionary tale for us) to Jimi Hendrix who had so recently died. The song is straightforward without pretension, very much in keeping with the whole album. I was one of those persons the editorial reviewer mentioned who bought the original album out of a bargain bin in the '70 and then bought the remix CD when it came out in the '80's. I was so happy to see this version come out with both the original album and the better remixes as well, it has not disappointed me in any way. This is one of my all time favorite albums. This CD does not have the original book that came with the 1971 album, but that does not take anything away from the greatness of these CDs.