John Mayer: Where the Light Is-Live In Los Angeles 2007 2 CD Deluxe Edition 2008


Two CD set. This album captures the multi-Grammy Award winning, platinum selling singer and songwriter in the element where fans love him the most - Live on stage! The special concert includes three sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio (with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino), as well as a set featuring Mayer's full band, all recorded during the night of December 8, 2007 at the Nokia Theater in LA. CD No Video

This album features the quintessential performer as an acoustic songwriter, electric guitar slinger, bluesman and vocalist. Highlights include many of Mayer's biggest hits, 'Waiting On The World To Change' new interpretations of cover songs, 'Free Fallen' and a previously unreleased Mayer gem 'In Your Atmosphere'.

Product Reviews

Recorded at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles finds singer/songwriter and guitarist John Mayer performing in three different band settings: acoustic trio, electric trio, and large ensemble. As such, the evening works as a nice representation of Mayer's work beginning with the 2003 album Heavier Things and continuing through his creative reinvention as a modern electric blues artist with 2005's Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert and finally his smash Grammy-winning 2006 effort, Continuum. Essentially, the concert is designed to showcase Mayer's ability to move from melodic soft rock and pop to folky solo numbers and rockin' blues. Generally, the conceit works and the concert does shine a light, so to speak, on Mayer's virtuosic musical chops. However, segmenting this concert into such specific aesthetic sounds loses some of the diverse flow a Mayer concert usually has. It should be noted that the concert is also available on DVD and Blu-ray, where you get see each band and appreciate the diversity among the ensembles. That said, for fans of Mayer the songwriter, you really can't lose, as the guy is hard-pressed to come up with a bad song, and tracks like the fan favorite "Daughters" and the bittersweet "Stop This Train" really benefit from the acoustic reading Mayer gives them here. Similarly, by putting "'Who Do You Think I Was," "Vultures," and his inspired take on Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love" in the middle electric trio section, Mayer builds the energy of the concert, perfectly setting up the pop/blues cornucopia of the final large ensemble set. Beginning with the hit "'Waiting on the World to Change," Mayer's last set (on disc two) is really the set most fans will gravitate toward, as it finds Mayer and his backing group of stellar sideman diving headlong into such soulful numbers as "Why Georgia" and "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)," while also making room for such bluesy nuggets as his Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired reworking of the Ray Charles hit "I Don't Need No Doctor" (a number heard on John Scofield's That's What I Say with Mayer as guest). Admittedly sprawling and ambitious, Where the Light Is is nonetheless a dynamic showcase for Mayer, who never fails to shine. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi

Track Listing

    Track # Title
1.   1 Neon (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   2 Stop This Train (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   3 In Your Atmosphere (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   4 Daughters (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   5 Free Fallin' (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   6 Everyday I Have the Blues (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   7 Wait Until Tomorrow (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   8 Who Did You Think I Was (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   9 Come when I Call (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   10 Good Love Is on the Way (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   11 Out of My Mind (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   12 Vultures (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
1.   13 Bold as Love (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
2.   1 Waiting on the World to Change (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
2.   2 Slow Dancing in a Burning Room (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
2.   3 Why Georgia (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
2.   4 The Heart of Life (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
2.   5 I Don't Need No Doctor (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
2.   6 Gravity; Gravity\ Dreams to Remember (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
2.   7 I Don't Trust Myself (with Loving You) (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
2.   8 Belief (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
2.   9 I'M Gonna Find Another You (Live at the Nokia Theatre)

Details

John Mayer
Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles
Rock
Rock / Pop
1 July 2008
Unknown
2 CD SET ~ Discs:2 ~ Country:USA
USA
Sbme/Columbia ( COL )
Compact Disc
 
886972266527
D: CD

 

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