Back to the Roots (John Mayall album)

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Back to the Roots
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Studio album by John Mayall
Released March 1971
Recorded 15-25 November 1970
Genre Blues
Label Polydor
Producer John Mayall
John Mayall chronology
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Memories
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Professional ratings
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Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Back to the Roots is a 1971 double album by John Mayall released on Polydor.[2] Recording sessions took place both in California and London where Mayall invited some former members of his band, notably guitarists Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor. At the end of the 1980s Mayall remixed some tracks and issued them along with some of the older material as Archives to Eighties. An expanded two-CD version of Back to the Roots now includes both the original and later remixed versions of the tracks.

Besides Mayall, who sang and played piano and guitar, the musicians who recorded the original tracks were:

For Archives to Eighties Mayall recorded new bass and drums tracks played by Bobby Haynes and Joe Yuele.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Mayall.

Side A
  1. "Prisons on the Road" * – 4:18
  2. "My Children" ' – 5:10
  3. "Accidental Suicide" * – 6:17
  4. "Groupie Girl" – 3:53
  5. "Blue Fox" ' – 3:43
Side B
  1. "Home Again" * – 4:56
  2. "Television Eye" * – 7:32
  3. "Marriage Madness" ' – 3:36
  4. "Looking at Tomorrow" * – 6:57
Side C
  1. "Dream with Me" ' – 5:21
  2. "Full Speed Ahead" – 5:21
  3. "Mr. Censor Man" * – 4:44
  4. "Force of Nature" * – 6:34
  5. "Boogie Albert" * – 2:15
Side D
  1. "Goodbye December" – 5:24
  2. "Unanswered Questions" – 4:42
  3. "Devil's Tricks" ' – 7:45
  4. "Travelling" – 4:42

The 2001 expanded version has 26 tracks, 8 of them remixes marked here with*; original CD bonus tracks included in Archives to Eighties are marked here with '.

Source: John Mayall Back to the Roots album cover

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Back to the Roots: Overview". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  2. ^ "discography". johnmayall.com. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 

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