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1.0 out of 5 stars These Blues:Not funny, 19 July 2010
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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Initial post: 22 Oct 2010 00:39:09 BDT
good call, Phillip. It needs to be said. Given the wealth of recorded music in both John's and the various labels' vaults, a [minimum] 4-cd set of 'cutting room floor' tracks coupled with some of the superb concerts from the first 10 years would have been a much more welcome package. An artist of John's calibre deserves more care and respect from those who should know better. Here's hoping 1974 onwards hits the sweet spot.

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 18:21:09 GMT
Wrong.
People do buy this type of box as a more expansive alternative to a greatest hits, not least because John Mayall is not the sort of act for whom a greatest hits type package would be appropriate.

This is the only JM set I own.

As for the rarities etc, you'll likely have to wait until JM is dead and buried.

Then you can expect to get all the sweepings from the cutting room floor you could ever hope for.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2012 09:46:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 May 2012 09:47:27 BDT
Ben Koerner says:
Mr Hilton needs to think about it a little harder. Philip Cohen's review succinctly states the reasons why this box set should be avoided. The only thing Philip didn't mention is that after the Decca years (end of disc 2 here) it was all downhill for John Mayall. I can still recall my deep disappointment on hearing the first Polydor album and realising Mayall's best days were already behind him.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2012 17:55:03 BDT
Wrong. Mr Hilton does not need to 'think about it a little harder'. Rather Mr Koerner needs to learn about how other people often have a different opinion to him. I stated a fact. People do buy this product as an alternative to a best of.
And the record company are not to blame for the lack of rarities, that is Mr Mayall's choice. He has made it clear over and over again that he will not tolerate such things being issued. Yes, of course the fans want to hear them, and rightly so, but JM is the one stopping their issue.
Perhaps you could try reading my comments a bit more carefully.
I am very happy with the set, but I don't see it as one for the fans.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2014 22:38:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Mar 2014 22:40:42 GMT
Wolfers says:
I agree with all you say.
But the blues always finds a new generation and if like me a person likes JM but not necessarily to the degree of buying all his albums then this is a nice set and a good all round buy.I have Beano album and Hard Road from this era and this compilation, which will suffice, and Sense of Place, Wake Up Call which really is all I need from this artist.Hes a legend of british blues yes, respect due, but I feel ive got enough to keep me going.
At the end of the day this set only cost me 4.50
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