KRB's budget collection The Adventures of John Mayall is a retitled, resequenced reissue of Mayall's 1981 album Road Show Blues, originally released by DJM Records in the U.K. At this time, Mayall's backup band included guitarist/singer James Quill Smith, bassist Kevin McCormick, drummer Soko Richardson, and singer Maggie Parker. Two cuts, Jimmy Reed's "Baby, What You Want Me to Do" (mistakenly titled "Baby What You Want to Do") and Mayall's "Mexico City," were recorded live. The band is a tight unit in support of the leader, who sings and plays fiercely. By the time that this album, the third and last in Mayall's DJM contract, was recorded, his career was in decline, and the disc was not released in the U.S. at the time. It would be another five years before he made another. Through some corporate legerdemain, the record has bounced around from one company to another and been reissued several times. In addition to this one, there are Road Show and Lost and Gone. Of course, the Mayall fan needs only one, but it does make a worthy addition to the catalog, even in this edition, with poor packaging, no annotations, and a cover photograph that suggests the recordings might have come from the '60s.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann