John Mayall So Many Roads: An Anthology 1964-1974 (4-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  HIPP 5327642

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  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: July 5, 2010
  • Label: Hip-O Records

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"SO MANY ROADS offers a clear account of Mayall's ascent from blues circuit scuffler to blues-rock icon, thereafter to Laurel Canyon eminence and jazz-blues innovator."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Crawling Up a Hill
  • 2.Mr. James
  • 3.When I'm Gone
  • 4.R&B Time [Incorporating: Night Train & Lucille]
  • 5.Runaway
  • 6.What's the Matter With You
  • 7.Crocodile Walk
  • 8.Blues City Shake Down
  • 9.I'm Your Witchdoctor
  • 10.Telephone Blues
  • 11.On Top of the World
  • 12.They Call It Stormy Monday
  • 13.Have You Ever Loved a Woman
  • 14.All Your Love - (mono)
  • 15.Double Crossing Time - (mono)
  • 16.Steppin' Out - (mono)
  • 17.What'd I Say - (mono)
  • 18.Key To Love - (mono)
  • 19.Parchman Farm - (mono)
  • 20.Looking Back
  • 21.So Many Roads
  • 22.Long Night
  • 23.Dust My Blues
  • 24.The Stumble

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.You Don't Love Me
  • 2.It's Over
  • 3.The Super-Natural
  • 4.Sitting In the Rain
  • 5.Ridin' On the Rain
  • 6.All My Life
  • 7.Double Trouble
  • 8.Suspicions [Pt.1]
  • 9.Oh Pretty Woman
  • 10.Snowy Wood
  • 11.Checkin' Up On My Baby
  • 12.No More Tears
  • 13.Brand New Start
  • 14.Picture On the Wall
  • 15.Look In the Mirror
  • 16.No Reply
  • 17.Hartley Quits
  • 18.2401
  • 19.Walking On Sunset
  • 20.Medicine Man
  • 21.Miss James
  • 22.Fly Tomorrow

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.The Laws Must Change
  • 2.California
  • 3.Room To Move
  • 4.Sleeping By Her Side
  • 5.Don't Waste My Time
  • 6.Something New
  • 7.Waiting For the Right Time
  • 8.Counting the Days
  • 9.Off the Road
  • 10.Crying
  • 11.Nature's Disappearing
  • 12.Accidental Suicide
  • 13.Prisons On the Road
  • 14.Unanswered Questions

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Television Eye
  • 2.Memories
  • 3.Nobody Cares
  • 4.Good Time Boogie
  • 5.Got To Be This Way
  • 6.Mess Around
  • 7.Country Road
  • 8.Moving On
  • 9.Things Go Wrong
  • 10.High Pressure Living
  • 11.Driving 'til the Break of Day
  • 12.Burning Sun
  • 13.Little Kitten
  • 14.Gasoline Blues

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Mark Powell .
Recording information: Boston, MA (04/20/1964-03/??/1974); Fillmore East, New York, NY (04/20/1964-03/??/1974); Hunter College, NY (04/20/1964-03/??/1974); Klooks Kleek, The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London (04/20/1964-03/??/1974); The Flamingo Club, London (04/20/1964-03/??/1974); Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA (04/20/1964-03/??/1974); Boston, MA (07/12/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (07/12/1969); Hunter College, NY (07/12/1969); Klooks Kleek, The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London (07/12/1969); The Flamingo Club, London (07/12/1969); Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA (07/12/1969); Boston, MA (07/1972); Fillmore East, New York, NY (07/1972); Hunter College, NY (07/1972); Klooks Kleek, The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London (07/1972); The Flamingo Club, London (07/1972); Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA (07/1972); Boston, MA (11/1971); Fillmore East, New York, NY (11/1971); Hunter College, NY (11/1971); Klooks Kleek, The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London (11/1971); The Flamingo Club, London (11/1971); Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA (11/1971); Boston, MA (11/28/1965); Fillmore East, New York, NY (11/28/1965); Hunter College, NY (11/28/1965); Klooks Kleek, The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London (11/28/1965); The Flamingo Club, London (11/28/1965); Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA (11/28/1965); Boston, MA (12/07/1964); Fillmore East, New York, NY (12/07/1964); Hunter College, NY (12/07/1964); Klooks Kleek, The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London (12/07/1964); The Flamingo Club, London (12/07/1964); Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA (12/07/1964); Boston, MA (12/1971); Fillmore East, New York, NY (12/1971); Hunter College, NY (12/1971); Klooks Kleek, The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London (12/1971); The Flamingo Club, London (12/1971); Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA (12/1971).
In 1992, Polydor released two double disc retrospectives of John Mayall's career on the Decca, Deram, and its own imprint. The first, entitled London Blues, covered the years 1964-1969; the second, Room To Move, picked up at the end of 1969 and went through to 1974, his final year with the label before departing for ABC. For those who own those two collections and wonder if 2010's four-disc, So Many Roads: An Anthology 1964-1974 is worth owning, the answer is a qualified "yes." Of course there is overlap so you may not want to replace them only with this. But this box goes deeper and wider in an aesthtic sense -- its track choices are arguably better, and the sense of flow is less fragmented. And of course, the audio is far better here. The previous collections sought to showcase the many dynamic shifts in the evolution of Mayall's approach to blues rather than focusing on its incremental changes. What's portrayed here is more organic and subtle. Certainly most expected tracks are included, from his first single, "Crawling Up A Hill" and "Mr. James," from '64; and "I'm Your Witchdoctor" b/w "Telephone Blues," (the latter was first 45 by the Eric Clapton-era Bluesbreakers and was produced by Jimmy Page) from 1965. Disc one covers album up to A Hard Road; disc two from that album to 1968's Blues From Laurel Canyon; disc three from 1969's revolutionary The Turning Point through Back To The Roots; and disc four from there through The Latest Edition in 1974. There are many LP cuts obviously , but also live material, compilation tracks and singles -- 74 tracks in total. While some are not obvious choices, virtually all are essential for Mayall enthusiasts. His high standards as a a recording and performing artist, are underscored by his role as mentor to younger talent-- Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Aynsley Dunbar, Keef Hartley, Jon Mark, Johnny Almond, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Steve Winwood and Brad Resnick all passed through his ranks. Also notable are Mayall's collaborations with established jazz and blues artists such as Freddy Robinson, Blue Mitchell, and Fred Jackson. The package also includes an exhaustive and engaging liner essay by Mark Powell, loads of rare photos, and complete discographical information, making it the definitive compilation. ~ Thom Jurek

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