Back To The Roots (Bonus Tracks) CD (2001)

Artist: John Mayall

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Label Uni/polydor
SKU 60466445
UPC 731454942423
UPC 14 00731454942423
Format CD
Release Date 3/13/2001
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Author John Mayall
Compilation Appearance Best Blues Album In The World.
Compilation Appearance Crossroads
Compilation Appearance Got Blues (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Godfather Of British Blues: turnining
Compilation Appearance World's Greatest Blues:live
Technical Info
Engineer John Judnich; Damon Lyon-Shaw
CatalogID AA3145494242
Lable Name Uptown/Universal
Released 03/13/2001
Original Release 1971
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 134m : 29s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454942423
Musical Guests
Eric Clapton
Harvey Mandel
Mick Taylor
Don "Sugarcane" Harris
Album Notes and Credits
This reissue contains tracks from the original 2LP release BACK TO THE ROOTS as well as 8 remixes from the ARCHIVES TO EIGHTIES.
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).
Producer: John Mayall.
Reissue producer: Bill Levenson.
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.
Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
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).
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
Disc 1
1 Prisons On The Road,Dream With Me
2 My Children,Full Speed Ahead
3 Accidental Suicide,Mr. Censor Man
4 Groupie Girl,Force Of Nature
5 Blue Fox,Boogie Albert
6 Home Again,Goodbye December
7 Television Eye,Unanswered Questions
8 Marriage Madness,Devil's Tricks
9 Looking At Tomorrow,Traveling
10 Accidental Suicide - (remix),Prisons On The Road - (remix)
11 Force Of Nature - (remix),Home Again - (remix)
12 Boogie Albert - (remix),Mr. Censor Man - (remix)
13 Television Eye - (remix),Looking At Tomorrow - (remix)
Disc 2
1 Prisons On The Road,Dream With Me
2 My Children,Full Speed Ahead
3 Accidental Suicide,Mr. Censor Man
4 Groupie Girl,Force Of Nature
5 Blue Fox,Boogie Albert
6 Home Again,Goodbye December
7 Television Eye,Unanswered Questions
8 Marriage Madness,Devil's Tricks
9 Looking At Tomorrow,Traveling
10 Accidental Suicide - (remix),Prisons On The Road - (remix)
11 Force Of Nature - (remix),Home Again - (remix)
12 Boogie Albert - (remix),Mr. Censor Man - (remix)
13 Television Eye - (remix),Looking At Tomorrow - (remix)
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