Mayall's back catalogue is in a bit of a mess - this CD used to mop up some bits and pieces including some old Decca singles featuring Peter Green which weren't on CD anywhere else but have since been included in the deluxe editions of reissue CD albums. There is also the compilation 'Thru the Years' which has a similar (but different) selection of tracks. However, this CD does give a good overview of Mayall's 60s output and contains some great tracks of what was, in my opinion, his most creative period.
We start with two pre-Clapton tracks that demonstrate Mayall's often overlooked song-writing ability, the catchy instrumental "Blues city shakedown" and the Elmore James tribute "Mr James". We then have a live version of "Stormy Monday" featuring Clapton and Jack Bruce, not the world's best recording but a rare nice-to-have example of live Mayall & Clapton. Then come 5 indispensable Peter Green tracks- including two Otis Rush slow blues, a rocking version of Johnny Guitar Watson's "Looking back", a nice cover of "It hurts me too" and Mayall's own wonderful acoustic song "Sitting in the rain", with some great guitar from Peter. There is then half (?) of the song "Suspicions" featuring Mick Taylor and finally the Mayall single "Picture on the wall" and its flipside "Jenny", my two least favourite songs.
All-in-all a bit of a ragbag of a collection but if you haven't heard the marvellous tracks featuring Peter Green (including "Jenny") then this is a bargain way to acquire them.