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MAYALL, John So Many Roads (4-CD Box)

So Many Roads (4-CD Box)
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Very lavisly edited set of four CDs, covering his best recording period. The CDs come with a... more

MAYALL, John: So Many Roads (4-CD Box)

Very lavisly edited set of four CDs, covering his best recording period. The CDs come with a DVD-Pak size hardcover book and a forty page booklet of large size. The book contains many rare photos, an in-detail discography, and background info. Recommended.

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  • Interpret: MAYALL, John

  • Album titlle: So Many Roads (4-CD Box)

  • Label UNIVERSAL

  • Genre Blues

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0600753276426

  • weight in Kg 0.4
Mayall, John - So Many Roads (4-CD Box) CD 1
01 Crawling Up A Hill
02 Mr. James
03 When I'm Gone
04 R&B Time Incorporating Night Train & Lucille
05 Runaway
06 What's The Matter With You
07 Crocodile Walk
08 Blues City Shake Down
09 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
15 Double Crossing Time
16 Steppin' Out
17 What'd I Say
18 Key To Love
19 Parchman Farm
20 Looking Back
21 So Many Roads
22 Long Night
23 Dust My Blues
24 The Stumble
Mayall, John - So Many Roads (4-CD Box) CD 2
01 You Don't Love Me
02 It's Over
03 The Super-Natural
04 Sitting In The Rain
05 Ridin' On The L&N
06 All My Life
07 Double Trouble
08 Suspicions (Part One)
09 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
Mayall, John - So Many Roads (4-CD Box) CD 3
01 The Laws Must Change
02 California
03 Room To Move
04 Sleeping By Here Side
05 Don't Waste My Time
06 Something New
07 Waiting For The Right Time
08 Counting The Days
09 Off The Road
10 Crying
11 Nature's Disappearing
12 Accidental Suicide
13 Prisons On The Road
14 Unanswered Questions
Mayall, John - So Many Roads (4-CD Box) CD 4
01 Television Eye
02 Memories
03 Nobody Cares
04 Good Time Boogie
05 Got To Be This Way
06 Mess Around
07 Country Road
08 Moving On
09 Things Go Wrong
10 High Pressure Living
11 Driving 'Til The Break Of Day
12 Burning Sun
13 Little Kitten
14 Gasoline Blues
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers When Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in the wake of their 1965... more
"MAYALL, John"

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

When Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in the wake of their 1965 breakthrough hit For Your Love for going too pop, he quickly gravitated to the godfather of the British blues scene, John Mayall, and his Bluesbreakers.

 Born November 29, 1933 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, Mayall was inspired by his dad's extensive record collection. He became proficient on guitar, piano, and harmonica as he progressed, spending four years in art school and a stint in the Army during the Korean War. In 1962, Mayall opened for Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, Korner subsequently mentoring the relative newcomer. In early '63, Mayall, by then in London, formed his first line-up of Bluesbreakers. Decca staff producer Mike Vernon helmed their debut single Crawling Up A Hill in 1964, which sold 500 copies.

After many personnel changes, Mayall's rhythm section solidified with bassist John McVie and drummer Hughie Flint. Decca cut their first album, a live set, that year (Roger Dean was their guitarist, with Mayall on piano and harp), and another studio single, Crocodile Walk, before letting the Bluesbreakers go. Clapton joined the ranks in April of '65, Jimmy Page producing I'm Your Witchdoctor with the new line-up for Immediate before they reunited with Vernon in April of '66 to cut a full-length studio LP for Decca.

'Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton' was the name of that incendiary affair, loaded with well-chosen American blues covers (Clapton shared Mayall's purist tendencies) and a handful of originals including Have You Heard, written by Mayall about his then-girlfriend Christine. Clapton fed his solid-bodied Gibson Les Paul (he switched from a Telecaster after seeing Freddy King cradling one on an album cover) through a powerful Marshall amp, affording him sonic superiority. Alan Skidmore's jazzy tenor sax opens the luxuriously downbeat Have You Heard, Mayall on organ and impassioned vocal, but it's Clapton's blasting, Freddy-influenced axe that ignites it.

The album was a smash in Great Britain, peaking at #6, but that didn't stop Eric from splitting to form Cream with bassist Jack Bruce (another Bluesbreakers alumnus) and drummer Ginger Baker just after its release that July. Peter Green had already served a brief stint with the Bluesbreakers, and he rejoined in time for the band's next LP, 1967's 'A Hard Road.' When Green left later that year along with drummer Mick Fleetwood to form Fleetwood Mac (McVie quickly followed), Mayall turned to yet another promising young British guitarist, Mick Taylor.

Mayall modernized his approach during the late '60s, freely experimenting with extended jazz-rock formats. At the dawn of the '70s, he relocated to California. No matter where he resided, Mayall retained his uncanny knack for unearthing terrific players: guitarist Harvey Mandel and electric violinist Don 'Sugarcane' Harris were in his first U.S. band. Mayall remains musically active and on the road, that knack having yet to desert him: guitarists Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, and Buddy Whittington have passed through the ranks in more recent times.     

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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