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4.0 out of 5 stars John Mayall - The first decade of "The Godfather of blues" marathon journey
Seeing some of the reviews here from "hardcore" Mayall fans there is a real danger of intruding into private grief. If so to make matters even worse, and on the basis that confession is good for the soul, a terrible secret needs to be unveiled. No beating around the bush will hide the fact that only one John Mayall album is to be found in this properties record racks and...
Published on 25 Sep 2010 by Red on Black

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17 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars These Blues:Not funny
Record companies don't seem to get the point. The people who want "Greatest Hits" don't buy 4-CD box sets, and the people who DO buy 4-CD box sets expect rarities and previously unreleased content. This set offers nothing for John Mayall's loyal fans. John Mayall has always been highly restrictive with his Decca & Polydor vault material, and this pointless collection...
Published on 19 July 2010 by Philip A.Cohen


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Mayall - The first decade of "The Godfather of blues" marathon journey, 25 Sep 2010
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This review is from: So Many Roads: An Anthology 1964-1974 (Audio CD)
Seeing some of the reviews here from "hardcore" Mayall fans there is a real danger of intruding into private grief. If so to make matters even worse, and on the basis that confession is good for the soul, a terrible secret needs to be unveiled. No beating around the bush will hide the fact that only one John Mayall album is to be found in this properties record racks and it is of course the ubiquitous Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton. This has been a source of enduring shame and bearing in mind that Mayall at the age of 77 is currently touring to promote his 57th album then there is some catching up to do. Yet for the interested as opposed to the fanatical, who probably own the totality of the fifty plus albums, "So many roads" is a fine starting point which contains a wealth of finest music from the finest era of this grandee of British blues.

Mayall's assorted Bluesbreakers lineups amount to one of the greatest cast list of premier division rock musicians which are unsurpassed by any other blues or rock outfit for that matter. Clapton of course stands top of the pile but let us not forget Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Aynsley Dunbar, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser (well at least for a couple of weeks!), Walter Trout and Coco Montoya amongst many others. Clapton following his departure from the Yardbirds was a blues hardliner who was travelling through to bigger, but not always better things. His Gibson Les Paul probably was recipient of his finest guitar work and his playing on the cover of Ray Charles "What I'd say" is surprisingly funky (although I could do without the drum solo) while the sublime "All your love" and and "Steppin Out" still resonate down the years and have not aged a day.

Clapton's replacement by Peter Green was a master-stroke by Mayall and his compositions like the instrumental "Supernatural" showcase a burgeoning song writing talent and act as a precursor for latter Fleetwood Mac songs. Indeed following the gift of this album I have gone out and purchased "A hard road" with the stunning guitar solo on "the Stumble" being a force of nature. This box set also includes the excellent single "Double Trouble" with a blues so deep you could bury it in the Delta. Overall it has taken over forty years for your idiotic reviewer to discover a staple fact known to the most basic Mayall fans that "A hard road" is easily the equal of Bluesbreakers and possibly better.

Throughout the various incarnations of the group Mayall has been a fierce and uncompromising taskmaster even though he himself has evolved just check out "Moving on" bedecked with horns that create the sort of jazz fusion which could have graced an album by George Clinton's funk pranksters Parliament, while the cover of Ray Charles "Mess around" should liven any party. The 4 CDs in "So Many Roads" charts a fascinating musical evolution interspersed with the injection of stellar musicians with noticeably different styles. True Mayall may often be seen as a catalyst rather than innovator but the evidence here suggest that more than Clapton, the Stones, the Yardbirds the basic forms of music which led to the development and dominance of British music throughout the 1970s and 80s around the world are to be located in the early work of John Mayall as such "So many roads" is a timely reminder of the man's greatness and enduring influence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Anthologically" speaking, 3 Sep 2012
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4 remastered CDs, with 74 awesome tracks, and a colourful booklet too...
If you like British Blues, and you want something good from John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, with info, but you not have money to buy all the records from this period, or just don't want it, "anthologically" speaking, this is it!!!
I like It!...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trust the professional reviewers, 9 July 2010
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A. L. Hammick "Anthony Hammick" (Herefordshire, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: So Many Roads: An Anthology 1964-1974 (Audio CD)
Do not be put off by a certain negative 'customer's' review of this set. It's MEANT to be a repackaging! Lots of people welcome this, and of course the music speaks for itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true great, 21 Jun 2013
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anyone who wants to listen to someone who should be one of the true greats should buy this release.
john mayall has had virtually every great musician in his band from eric clapton mick taylor jimmy page jeff beck and many more.
they all served their apprenticeship wiyh his bands and went on to world stardom.
youve heard of them now listen to the master.
also recommended is his best album BLUES FROM LAUREL CANYON.
mick cousins
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5.0 out of 5 stars BLUESBREAKING JOHN MAYALL VERY NICE SET INDEED !, 6 Aug 2012
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This review is from: So Many Roads: An Anthology 1964-1974 (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of John Mayall's music right from hearing his first album 'Live At Klooks Kleek' way back in the sixties. This amazing performer has done more than anyone to keep blues and it's traditions alive for so many years.His various band line up's is like a who's who of modern blues think Eric Clapton (Bluesbreakers the greatest British blues album ever ),Peter Green,Walter Trout,Coco Montoya,Mick Taylor, John McVie,Aynsley Dunbar,Buddy Whittington,Keef Hartley,Hughie Flint,yes the list could go on but you see what I mean,this man is truly a music legend in every sense.I've seen him live so many times over the years and even now in his seventies he leads one of the finest bands around,listen to his most recent album 'Tough' to see how he still produces music at the cutting edge of blues.
So to this 4 disc box set, it's absolutely chock full of goodies from the period 1964 - 1974, a decade that saw many of those mentioned above in his touring and recording band. Listen to Clapton's playing of 'Steppin' Out' the beginning really of his incredible careeer, with Mayal as a player he developed incredibly,The iamazing introduction of Peter Green on tracks like 'The Stumble' and 'The Supernatural', or leading on one of my all time PG tracks 'You Don't Love Me',don't forget in this band was already the nucleus of Fleetwood Mac.With Mick Tatlor surely one of the Uk's greatest guitarists of all on tracks like 'Oh Pretty Woman', 'Snowy Wood' and 'Walking On Sunset'.This is a set so full of jewels and blues riches that souns as great now s when they were first recorded.In all 74 tracks that chart the early career of a great,yet already here are for us to enjoy over and over again, a bounty of truly great blues and some jazz fusion for good measure.There are a few unreleased tracks, but it's main content is the cream of the albums of the period and they were and remain among the very best of the Bluesbreakers catalogue.All tracks are digitally remastered to sound superb,done in hard back book style with plenty of facts and interesting photos,band line up's for every track.All in all a wonderful,joyous and great collection of absolute classic John Mayall, not the same old blues but a rich tapestry of the best of briains finest doing what he's done so well for so many years. Thanks John !
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17 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars These Blues:Not funny, 19 July 2010
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Philip A.Cohen (Bay Harbor Islands, Florida United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: So Many Roads: An Anthology 1964-1974 (Audio CD)
Record companies don't seem to get the point. The people who want "Greatest Hits" don't buy 4-CD box sets, and the people who DO buy 4-CD box sets expect rarities and previously unreleased content. This set offers nothing for John Mayall's loyal fans. John Mayall has always been highly restrictive with his Decca & Polydor vault material, and this pointless collection shows that Mayall's anti-collectors stance has not changed. Anyone with even a reasonable collection of Mayall's Decca & Polydor albums has most of these tracks. This set is merely a waste of paper & plastic.
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14 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SAME OLD BLUES, 15 Jun 2010
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What a rip off
nothing new!
just a repackaging
I hope it does not fool anyone
otherwise you will get a lot of returns
One would be far better off buying the individual CDs
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