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Back to the Roots


Download links and information about Back to the Roots by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. This album was released in 1971 and it belongs to Blues, Rock, Blues Rock, Country genres. It contains 26 tracks with total duration of 02:14:29 minutes.

Artist: John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Release date: 1971
Genre: Blues, Rock, Blues Rock, Country
Tracks: 26
Duration: 02:14:29
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No. Title Length
1. Prisons on the Road (featuring John Mayall) 4:18
2. My Children (featuring John Mayall) 5:10
3. Accidental Suicide (featuring John Mayall) 6:17
4. Groupie Girl (featuring John Mayall) 3:53
5. Blue Fox (featuring John Mayall) 3:43
6. Home Again (featuring John Mayall) 4:56
7. Television Eye (featuring John Mayall) 7:32
8. Marriage Madness (featuring John Mayall) 3:36
9. Looking at Tomorrow (featuring John Mayall) 6:57
10. Accidental Suicide (Remix) (featuring John Mayall) 6:24
11. Force of Nature (Remix) (featuring John Mayall) 5:34
12. Boogie Albert (Remix) (featuring John Mayall) 2:15
13. Television Eye (Remix) (featuring John Mayall) 6:08
14. Dream with Me (featuring John Mayall) 5:21
15. Full Speed Ahead (featuring John Mayall) 5:21
16. Mr. Censor Man (featuring John Mayall) 4:44
17. Force of Nature (featuring John Mayall) 6:34
18. Boogie Albert (featuring John Mayall) 2:15
19. Goodbye December (featuring John Mayall) 5:24
20. Unanswered Questions (featuring John Mayall) 4:42
21. Devil's Tricks (featuring John Mayall) 7:45
22. Travelling (featuring John Mayall) 4:42
23. Prisons on the Road (Remix) (featuring John Mayall) 4:19
24. Home Again (Remix) (featuring John Mayall) 4:59
25. Mr. Censor Man (Remix) (featuring John Mayall) 4:44
26. Looking at Tomorrow (Remix) (featuring John Mayall) 6:56



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.