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Back to the Roots [Box set, Double CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

John Mayall, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Audio CD

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Prisons On The Road (Album Version) 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. My Children (Album Version) 5:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Accidental Suicide (Album Version) 6:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Groupie Girl (Album Version) 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Blue Fox (Album Version) 3:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Home Again (Album Version) 4:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Television Eye (Album Version) 7:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Marriage Madness (Album Version) 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Looking At Tomorrow (Album Version) 6:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Accidental Suicide (Remix) [feat. Mick Taylor] 6:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Force Of Nature (Remix) [feat. Mick Taylor] 5:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Boogie Albert (Remix) [feat. Mick Taylor] 2:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Television Eye (Remix) [feat. Mick Taylor] 6:070.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Dream With Me (Album Version) 5:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Full Speed Ahead (Album Version) 5:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mr. Censor Man (Album Version) 4:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Force Of Nature (Album Version) 6:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Boogie Albert (Album Version) 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Goodbye December (Album Version) 5:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Unanswered Questions (Album Version) 4:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Devil's Tricks (Album Version) 7:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Travelling (Album Version) 4:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Prisons On The Road (Remix) [feat. Mick Taylor] 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Home Again (Remix) 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mr. Censor Man (Remix) 4:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Looking At Tomorrow (Remix) 6:560.79  Buy MP3 

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2CD W/8 Bonus Tracks

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its About Time! 3 Jun 2001
By Kurt Harding - Published on
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I have been a fan of John Mayall since I was 10 years old and have enjoyed nearly all his music before and since, but Back To The Roots merits a special place on the long list of Mayall blockbusters. The 1960s and early 1970s were a period of tremendous creative ferment in the world of music and Mayall was always in the vanguard of experimentation. He is known to most who know of him as a blues artist, but on this CD he stretches that concept even beyond the new musical ground covered on his groundbreaking album Turning Point. On Back to the Roots, Mayall touches more on social issues and the everyday concerns of the people than at any time before or since. What commuter couldn't relate to Prisons on the Road, a song even more meaningful today than it was in 1970? Accidental Suicide is a cautionary song about the dangers of excessive drug use. Groupie Girl ridicules the bimbos who are "chasing after fake love in the world". Marriage Madness expounds Mayall's view that marriage is a legal albatross around an individual's neck, however he has since come a long way from the libertine sentiments expressed in this and in his earlier hippie anthem, Room to Move. Mr. Censor Man lashes out at the tyranny of the censorship that was then fairly prevalent. One of my favorites, lyrically, is Television Eye, which denounces the hypnotic and addictive power of television and its commercials which try to make him "buy things I'll never use". Along with the social commentary the listener is treated to some damn good music throughout, including the remixes of some of the songs with Joe Yuele on drums dubbed in. Mayall once again assembled an all-star cast of musicians, some of whom are still well-known today and those who have faded into obscurity. The well-known include Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor, while the more obscure include such late 60s-early 70s heavyweights as guitarist Harvey Mandel, sax and flute player Johnny Almond, violinist Sugarcane Harris, and legendary drummer Keef Hartley. While Back to the Roots offers little in the way of traditional blues, there is a lot of Mayall's signature piano here and a lot of good progressive music in the inimitable Mayall style. This CD deserves more than five stars and I say its about time that this superb Mayall album is available to both his old stalwarts and a new generation of fans.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayall & alumni 27 Oct 2001
By tim charles - Published on
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This is a first rate collaborative album by Mayall and former associates and his current band at the time of the original recording in 1971. I'm not certain that the tracks that have been partially re-recorded add significantly to the overall standard.
It remains a mellow album, which spans many blues styles, and even touches on elements of softer jazz-rock, which Mayall had been experimenting with at the time.
It contains some excellent all-round work by Clapton, (my personal favourite is "Prisons on the Road") fresh from recording Layla around this time, Mick Taylor's best slow blues solo ever, on "Marriage Madness" some superb blues sax work by Johnny Almond on "Television Eye", blues violin by Sugarcane Harris, a somewhat obscure figure today.
Mayall certainly believes in expressing his forthright opinions, and at times some of the lyrics are a little too preachy, but that's a minor quibble. Then as now his vocals which often sound weak on record, strangely are much stronger in live performance.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless period for Mayall. 9 Sep 2004
By P.J. Le Faucheur - Published on
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I must say i waited for years for this one to re-appear.
The album contained the finest selection of musicians to be collected under one roof. Mick Taylor is in exceptional form especially on "Marriage Madness". This session was almost like a continuation for Taylor from his previous gem of a recording with Mayall (i.e. "Crusade") Sugarcane Harris's electric violin added a truly cutting edge to the whole session. Eric Clapton plays on several tracks.
Listen to "Unanswered Questions". I searched for this song everywhere whilst "Back to the Roots" remained a deleted album. This track contains a mindbending guitar solo by the masterful Harvey Mandel. Sugarcane's violin wails also on this psychedelically funky minor blues. Great lyrics for this song especially during the times we live in today.
If you were young in 1970 then you'd relate to the scene that this album generates.
Buy this one before it's deleted again!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars back to the Roots Once Again 22 April 2005
By Gregory Alonzo - Published on
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When John Mayall initially started out to make this recording, he didn't realize that he was attempting the near impossible. He traveled the world with master tapes in hand, determined to succeed. What most of his fans didn't realize is that the majority of the musicians were not playing together. In fact, on some of the tracks, the musicians didn't even know each other. Today we are fortunate to hear most of the tracks that Mayall recorded and produced. Together with his long time drummer, Joe Yuele, we can once again appreciate this Herculean task. The list of great tracks is endless. My favorites are "Blue Fox" and the remix of "Boogie Alert." Yet I must admit that the remix of "Home Again" is something of a must. Mayall and Clapton are once again at their creative best. Your Mayall collection is not complete without the addition of "Back to the Roots."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars Grow from Roots 30 Mar 2001
By tjmohawk - Published on
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The surprise that I've kept listening to for 30 years--with many of the people Mayall nurtured--Clapton, Mick Taylor, Johnny Almond, and some great violin work from Sugarcane Harris. From his caution about drugs in Accidental Suicide to his comments on modern life (Prisons on the Road and Television Eye) to home and family, Mayall melds blues, rock, and his own style.
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