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Format: CD
Sku: 60466445
UPC: 731454942423
UPC 14: 00731454942423
Release Date: 3/13/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Prisons On The Road ~ John Mayall
2. My Children ~ John Mayall
3. Accidental Suicide ~ John Mayall
4. Groupie Girl ~ John Mayall
5. Blue Fox ~ John Mayall
6. Home Again ~ John Mayall
7. Television Eye ~ John Mayall
8. Marriage Madness ~ John Mayall
9. Looking At Tomorrow ~ John Mayall
10. Accidental Suicide - (remix) ~ John Mayall
11. Force Of Nature - (remix) ~ John Mayall
12. Boogie Albert - (remix) ~ John Mayall
13. Television Eye - (remix) ~ John Mayall
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Dream With Me ~ John Mayall
2. Full Speed Ahead ~ John Mayall
3. Mr. Censor Man ~ John Mayall
4. Force Of Nature ~ John Mayall
5. Boogie Albert ~ John Mayall
6. Goodbye December ~ John Mayall
7. Unanswered Questions ~ John Mayall
8. Devil's Tricks ~ John Mayall
9. Traveling ~ John Mayall
10. Prisons On The Road - (remix) ~ John Mayall
11. Home Again - (remix) ~ John Mayall
12. Mr. Censor Man - (remix) ~ John Mayall
13. Looking At Tomorrow - (remix) ~ John Mayall

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This reissue contains tracks from the original 2LP release BACK TO THE ROOTS as well as 8 remixes from the ARCHIVES TO EIGHTIES.
Muze PNote Personnel: John Mayall (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, organ, Juno I synthesizer, drums, tambourine); Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Jerry McGee (guitar); Johnny Almond (flute, bass flute, alto & tenor saxophones); Sugarcane Harris (violin); Larry Taylor, Steve Thompson (bass); Keef Hartley, Paul Lagos, Joe Yuele (drums).
Muze PNote Producer: John Mayall.
Muze PNote Reissue producer: Bill Levenson.
Muze PNote Recorded at Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles, California & IBC Studios, London, England between November 15 & 25, 1970. Originally released on Polydor (25-3002). Includes liner notes by John Mayall.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
Muze PNote Personnel: John Mayall (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboards); Eric Clapton, Harvey Mandel, Jerry McGee, Larry Taylor , Mick Taylor (guitar); John Almond (bass flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Paul Lagos, Keef Hartley, Joe Yuele (drums).
Muze PNote It's a sign of either how far downhill music has gone in 30 years, or how underrated he was as a singer in the first place, but John Mayall's voice comes off extremely well in this long-delayed CD reissue of Back to the Roots. The original double-LP set was an immediate favorite with Mayall fans, a relatively small but hardy bunch scattered around the globe -- but Polydor in the U.S., apparently anticipating a lot of demand (probably owing to the presence on the album of Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor, then in the first flush of major stardom as a full-fledged member of the Rolling Stones, who had just reached the pinnacle of their careers as well), pressed far too many copies. The result was that it became a perennial in cut-out bins for years afterward. Ironically, it was that availability, at $1.99 to $3.99 in the early '70s -- which did nothing for Mayall's or Polydor's respective ledger sheets -- that turned Back to the Roots into the second-most-common way for prospective fans to discover the man's music (the most common was -- and likely always will be -- Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton). The recording at hand holds up extremely well on CD, and not only because Mayall's voice seems more appealing today than it did in 1971. At least in the U.S., the original release always seemed to suffer from cheap, noisy pressings, which detracted from the subtlety of the playing; and depend upon in, on tracks like "Accidental Suicide," which featured Clapton, Taylor, and Harvey Mandel on lead guitar (not to mention Mayall on rhythm guitar), there were lots of subtleties to appreciate. And the remastering does add some measure of richness and expressiveness to Mayall's singing that wasn't as evident in 1971 -- with Johnny Almond on sax and flute and Sugarcane Harris on violin, this is practically a super-session recording. The producers have also thrown on eight of Mayall's 1988-vintage remixes from his reshaped/remastered reissue, Archives to Eighties. Those are generally cleaner and slicker, and come off here as though they were conceived with a smooth sound, if not digital playback's clarity, in mind. They're less interesting than the originals, if only because they're more calculated in what they're doing -- the original sessions were spontaneous music-making, whereas this was Mayall updating a legacy 17 years or so later; but they're a welcome addition, as they now share space with the originals rather than supplanting them. The original booklet has been re-created for this CD, which also reprints Mayall's notes from Archives to Eighties, explaining the latter album's origins. ~ Bruce Eder

Engineer: John Judnich; Damon Lyon-Shaw

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Eric Clapton
Muze Guest Artist Harvey Mandel
Muze Guest Artist Mick Taylor
Muze Guest Artist Don "Sugarcane" Harris

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Crossroads
Muze Music Compilations Best Blues Album In The World.
Muze Music Compilations Got Blues (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations World's Greatest Blues:live

Associated Artists and Works

Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (Deluxe Edition) ~ Bluesbreakers
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton [Deluxe Edition] ~ Bluesbreakers
Clapton, Eric
Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (Deluxe Edition) ~ Clapton, Eric
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton [Deluxe Edition] ~ Clapton, Eric
Mitchell, Blue
Original Soundtrack
The Masters [Special Edition] ~ Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/13/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1971
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AA3145494242
Music Label Name Label : Uptown/Universal
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731454942423

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