Back to the Roots (John Mayall album)

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Back to the Roots
Backtotherootsalbum.jpg
Studio album by John Mayall
Released March 1971
Recorded 15-25 November 1970
Genre Blues
Label Polydor
Producer John Mayall
John Mayall chronology
USA Union
(1970)
Back to the Roots
(1971)
Memories
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 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.

Original LP release[edit]

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

2001 2-CD re-release track listing[edit]

CD 1
  1. "Prisons on the Road" - 4:18
  2. "My Children" - 5:10
  3. "Accidental Suicide" - 6:17
  4. "Groupie Girl" - 3:54
  5. "Blue Fox" - 3:43
  6. "Home Again" - 4:57
  7. "Television Eye" - 7:32
  8. "Marriage Madness" - 3:37
  9. "Looking at Tomorrow" - 6:57
  10. "Accidental Suicide" - 6:25
  11. "Force of Nature" - 5:34
  12. "Boogie Albert" - 2:16
  13. "Television Eye" - 6:09
CD 2
  1. "Dream with Me" - 5:22
  2. "Full Speed Ahead" - 5:22
  3. "Mr Censor Man" - 4:45
  4. "Force of Nature" - 6:34
  5. "Boogie Albert" - 2:16
  6. "Goodbye December" - 5:25
  7. "Unanswered Questions" - 4:42
  8. "Devil's Trick" - 7:46
  9. "Travelling" - 4:43
  10. "Prisons on the Road" - 4:20
  11. "Home Again" - 4:59
  12. "Mr Censor Man" - 4:45
  13. "Looking at Tomorrow" - 6:56

Tracks 10, 11, 12 & 13 on each CD are the Archives to Eighties overdubbed versions
All track listings taken from the album's liner notes and sleeves

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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