So Many Roads: An Anthology 1964-1974

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In 1992, Polydor released two double disc retrospectives of John Mayall's career on the Decca, Deram, and its own imprint. The first, entitled London Blues, covered the years 1964-1969; the second, Room To Move, picked up at the end of 1969 and went through to 1974, his final year with the label before departing for ABC. For those who own those two collections and wonder if 2010's four-disc, So Many Roads: An Anthology 1964-1974 is worth owning, the answer is a qualified "yes." Of course there is overlap so you may not want to replace them only with this. But this box goes deeper and wider in an aesthtic sense -- its track choices are arguably better, and the sense of flow ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In 1992, Polydor released two double disc retrospectives of John Mayall's career on the Decca, Deram, and its own imprint. The first, entitled London Blues, covered the years 1964-1969; the second, Room To Move, picked up at the end of 1969 and went through to 1974, his final year with the label before departing for ABC. For those who own those two collections and wonder if 2010's four-disc, So Many Roads: An Anthology 1964-1974 is worth owning, the answer is a qualified "yes." Of course there is overlap so you may not want to replace them only with this. But this box goes deeper and wider in an aesthtic sense -- its track choices are arguably better, and the sense of flow is less fragmented. And of course, the audio is far better here. The previous collections sought to showcase the many dynamic shifts in the evolution of Mayall's approach to blues rather than focusing on its incremental changes. What's portrayed here is more organic and subtle. Certainly most expected tracks are included, from his first single, "Crawling Up A Hill" and "Mr. James," from '64; and "I'm Your Witchdoctor" b/w "Telephone Blues," (the latter was first 45 by the Eric Clapton-era Bluesbreakers and was produced by Jimmy Page) from 1965. Disc one covers album up to A Hard Road; disc two from that album to 1968's Blues From Laurel Canyon; disc three from 1969's revolutionary The Turning Point through Back To The Roots; and disc four from there through The Latest Edition in 1974. There are many LP cuts obviously , but also live material, compilation tracks and singles -- 74 tracks in total. While some are not obvious choices, virtually all are essential for Mayall enthusiasts. His high standards as a a recording and performing artist, are underscored by his role as mentor to younger talent-- Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Aynsley Dunbar, Keef Hartley, Jon Mark, Johnny Almond, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Steve Winwood and Brad Resnick all passed through his ranks. Also notable are Mayall's collaborations with established jazz and blues artists such as Freddy Robinson, Blue Mitchell, and Fred Jackson. The package also includes an exhaustive and engaging liner essay by Mark Powell, loads of rare photos, and complete discographical information, making it the definitive compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 600753276426
  • Catalog Number: 5327642
  • Sales rank: 46,107

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crawling Up a Hill (2:17)
  2. 2 Mr. James (2:51)
  3. 3 When I'm Gone (3:17)
  4. 4 R&B Time (2:24)
  5. 5 Runaway (2:36)
  6. 6 What's the Matter With You (2:43)
  7. 7 Crocodile Walk (2:15)
  8. 8 Blues City Shake Down (2:23)
  9. 9 I'm Your Witchdoctor (2:11)
  10. 10 Telephone Blues (3:58)
  11. 11 On Top of the World (2:48)
  12. 12 They Call It Stormy Monday (4:35)
  13. 13 Have You Ever Loved a Woman (6:43)
  14. 14 All Your Love (3:36)
  15. 15 Double Crossing Time (3:04)
  16. 16 Steppin' Out (2:30)
  17. 17 What'd I Say (4:28)
  18. 18 Key To Love (2:08)
  19. 19 Parchman Farm (2:21)
  20. 20 Looking Back (2:37)
  21. 21 So Many Roads (4:44)
  22. 22 Long Night (2:02)
  23. 23 Dust My Blues (2:47)
  24. 24 The Stumble (2:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Don't Love Me (2:50)
  2. 2 It's Over (2:50)
  3. 3 The Super-Natural (2:56)
  4. 4 Sitting In the Rain (2:57)
  5. 5 Ridin' On the Rain (2:28)
  6. 6 All My Life (4:24)
  7. 7 Double Trouble (3:22)
  8. 8 Suspicions (2:48)
  9. 9 Oh Pretty Woman (3:33)
  10. 10 Snowy Wood (3:37)
  11. 11 Checkin' Up On My Baby (3:57)
  12. 12 No More Tears (3:10)
  13. 13 Brand New Start (3:24)
  14. 14 Picture On the Wall (3:04)
  15. 15 Look In the Mirror (4:02)
  16. 16 No Reply (3:08)
  17. 17 Hartley Quits (2:55)
  18. 18 2401 (3:56)
  19. 19 Walking On Sunset (2:55)
  20. 20 Medicine Man (2:47)
  21. 21 Miss James (2:30)
  22. 22 Fly Tomorrow (9:02)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Laws Must Change (7:16)
  2. 2 California (9:21)
  3. 3 Room To Move (4:41)
  4. 4 Sleeping By Her Side (5:02)
  5. 5 Don't Waste My Time (3:10)
  6. 6 Something New (4:38)
  7. 7 Waiting For the Right Time (5:34)
  8. 8 Counting the Days (5:31)
  9. 9 Off the Road (2:48)
  10. 10 Crying (6:26)
  11. 11 Nature's Disappearing (5:54)
  12. 12 Accidental Suicide (6:14)
  13. 13 Prisons On the Road (4:15)
  14. 14 Unanswered Questions (4:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Television Eye (7:30)
  2. 2 Memories (5:02)
  3. 3 Nobody Cares (3:57)
  4. 4 Good Time Boogie (9:10)
  5. 5 Got To Be This Way (6:51)
  6. 6 Mess Around (2:54)
  7. 7 Country Road (7:15)
  8. 8 Moving On (4:28)
  9. 9 Things Go Wrong (6:37)
  10. 10 High Pressure Living (6:47)
  11. 11 Driving 'til the Break of Day (5:05)
  12. 12 Burning Sun (5:08)
  13. 13 Little Kitten (2:34)
  14. 14 Gasoline Blues (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Primary Artist
John Mayall Indexed Contributor, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar, 9-string Guitar, Mouth Percussion
Paul Butterfield Harmonica, Vocals
Jon Mark 12-string Guitar
Jack Bruce Bass
Harvey Mandel Guitar
Mick Taylor Guitar
Steve Winwood Organ
Red Holloway Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Henry Lowther Trumpet, Violin, Cornet
Charles Owens Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Alan Skidmore Tenor Saxophone
Fred Jackson Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Almond Baritone Saxophone
Mick Fleetwood Drums
Keef Hartley Drums
John McVie Bass
Freddy Robinson Guitar
Larry Taylor Bass
Aynsley Dunbar Percussion, Drums
Colin Allen Drums
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
Hughie Flint Drums
Victor Gaskin Bass, String Bass
Peter Green Guitar, Vocals
Don "Sugarcane" Harris Violin
Martin Hart Drums
Dennis Healey Trumpet
Dick Heckstall-Smith Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jon Hiseman Drums
Rip Kant Baritone Saxophone
Paul Lagos Drums
Jerry McGee Guitar
Chris Mercer Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Nick Newell Tenor Saxophone
Tony Reeves Bass
Randy Resnick Guitar
Soko Richardson Drums
Ron Selico Drums
Clifford Solomon Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Nigel Stanger Tenor Saxophone, Slide Saxophone
Steve Thompson Bass
Ernie Watts Tenor Saxophone
Bernie Watson Guitar
Paul Williams Bass
Roger Dean Guitar
Johnny Almond Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Mouth Percussion
Hightide Harris Guitar
Technical Credits
Willie Cobbs Composer
Freddie King Composer
Ray Charles Composer
John Mayall Composer, Producer
Jimmy Page Producer
Mick Taylor Composer
Mose Allison Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Jimmy Forrest Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Don Nix Producer
Mike Vernon Producer
T-Bone Walker Composer
Dan Burley Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
Peter Green Composer
Elmore James Composer
Jimmie Lee Robinson Composer
Otis Rush Composer
James Sims Composer
Steve Thompson Composer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson I Composer
Eirik the Norwegian Producer
Billy Myles Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Joe Bihari Composer
Steve Anglo Composer
Oscar Washington Composer
Marshall Paul Composer
A.C. Williams Composer
Tim Wilson Producer
Lewis C. Simpkins Composer
James Bracken Composer
Mark Powell Producer, Liner Notes
Fischer Thompson Composer
Michael John Taylor Composer
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