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Album : John Mayall – Back To The Roots

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After CB was introduced and blown away by Mayall’s ‘Turning Point, I searched out more music by John. A friend had this album and I got what I wanted. More John Mayall music. The difference with this album was that it was electric, had drums and a lot more. The album came with a cool booklet listing all the different musicians Mayall had played with. Then it featured write ups on the players that joined him for the album. Harvey Mandel, Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Johnny Almond (He was on ‘Turning Point), Sugarcane Harris, Larry Taylor, Keef Hartley, Jerry McGee, Paul Lagos, Steve Thompson (also on Turning Point).

It was a double album, so there is lots of music. Blues John Mayall style. All the musicians lay down great chops throughout the record, Great guitar work from the noted players. Johnny Almond adds his stellar sax/flute playing. Sugarcane Harris is along on violin and fits in nicely. I like John’s style of piano, organ, harp and vocals

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Blues, jazz, rock all come together on this one. Nothing bombastic just real good musicians getting together to play with Daddy John. So much good work on this one. Sugarcane and Almond really stand out for me. Listen to Clapton’s subtle work on ‘Home Again’. The music just seems so relaxed and not pushed. There are up beat numbers, slow blues and lots in between. Hard not to mention the individual work by everyone involved. I kept on discovering great chops all over this one. Harvey Mandell, Mick Taylor … . My buddies’ favorite tune was ‘Boogie Albert’ I think he just liked the title but Mayall does a boogie solo on it. So much good music on this double album.

All ‘Back To The Roots’ did was make me a bigger fan of this style of music and of John Mayall and the friends that helped him out. Good stuff John Mayall and gang. A favorite record. Slap it on and enjoy some good stuff.

 

 

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26 comments on “Album : John Mayall – Back To The Roots

  1. Aphoristical
    March 31, 2019

    You’ve got me interested in a blues album.,.. mainly because it has Mick Taylor.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 31, 2019

      It’s a load of music. Mick does some real nice work. One thing about Mayall, he knew his musicians. I lived in this record for a long time. The album itself is very cool with all the info included. Back in the day I would get albums and there was little to no information about the players etc.

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  2. Jim S.
    March 31, 2019

    I’m a Mayall fan for sure. Why don’t I know this one? I’ll add it to the pile to check out.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 31, 2019

      Yeah there is some real good work on it. Being a guitar guy I think you’ll find something to like. Harvey Mandel was new to me. Seen him a few times. Lost track of him. I really like this record Doc.

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  3. Jim S.
    March 31, 2019

    PS. You probably know that Sugarcane later played with Zappa. He’s on a couple of tunes on ‘Hot Rats,’ some other albums as well.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 31, 2019

      Yes I do. Back at this time I was getting introduced to other instruments in this setting. Mayall and Zappa helped in that vein. Rick Grech in Blind Faith also caught my ear with the violin. Almond and Sugarcane do some real nice work on this record. Harris definitely had his own sound.
      Get the record on in your car, there’s lots to listen to.

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      • Jim S.
        March 31, 2019

        I have to plow through Donald Fagen’s solo stuff after a conversation with Bruce at Vinyl Connection. Then that one.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 31, 2019

        I’ll have to check that out.
        I was listening to SD yesterday and reminded of how much they remind me of Zappa. The jazz roots and Beckers playing.

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  4. hotfox63
    April 1, 2019

    Takes me back to the early 70’s. Clapton is amazing on this. A very nice album, puts me in a good mood, everytime I listen to it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 1, 2019

      I agree on the Clapton thing. It does have a special place in my listening. Really opened up more doors for me. Yeah “puts me in a good mood” also.

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      • hotfox63
        April 2, 2019

        One of my first albums was “Blues Breakers with Clapton” in 1967. This started the British blues for me. I would say, Clapton never played that intense again. He was sharper, faster and longer than all the classic blues guitarists.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 2, 2019

        I discovered that one after I was into Cream. Yes i love his playing on that early stuff. He’s had a long career. i kind of lost track after a while.
        (I’m listening to Dave Alvin rip it up on ‘Boss Of the Blues’. He’s no slouch on the guitar)

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  5. greenpete58
    April 1, 2019

    Mayall’s a legend. I saw him a couple years ago when he came to town, and his devotion to blues music remains undiminished. As a sophomore in college, a guy on my dorm floor had this album, and I remember flipping through the booklet. I remember a song called “Accidental Suicide,” about Jimi Hendrix (whom Mayall knew), and the title really hit me. It makes you wonder.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 1, 2019

      I seen him a hew times years ago and was never disappointed. The one show I seen , Harvey Mandel was on guitar and he blew me away. I have a few of Mayall’s later albums and he still has a high standard. Not surprising. Yeah the song regarding Hendrix does get you to “wondering”.

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  6. 1537
    April 4, 2019

    Good call CB, my dad has this one – I don’t think I’ve ever spun it though.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 5, 2019

      Get spinning. No surprises just John and a bunch of real good musicians playing some fine music. Sounds real good even today.

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  7. Jim S.
    April 11, 2019

    I’ve been listening to this. Lotsa good grooves. Thanks for the suggestion. One quibble – never liked Mayall as a lyricist. Clunky.

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  8. J.
    April 13, 2019

    Can you believe that I’ve never actually properly listened to Mayall? Seriously… just that Bluesbreakers album and mostly been while I’ve been doing something. I’ll give this one a listen.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 13, 2019

      He has a pretty extensive library. One of the very first takes I did was on his ‘Turning Point” album. An all time fave. I think Bruce at Vinyl Connection has done a couple bits on old Johns music. Just solid work from good players.

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      • J.
        April 15, 2019

        I’ve got him on my list for some time this week. It’s not the first time he’s been bumped up the list of stuff I need to listen to, but he fell back down that list last time…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 16, 2019

        While you’re in the jazz mood ‘Turning Point’ might be a good one also. Johnny Almond does some nice Alto and flute work. CB’s ear likes those instruments when in the right hands.

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      • J.
        April 16, 2019

        I’ll look that one up, CB!

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      • J.
        April 16, 2019

        Just seeing that it’s a live one recorded at the Fillmore East…

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