70th Birthday Concert (Live)
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Though almost always well-intentioned, events like this usually don't pan out on record, let alone on DVD. Thankfully, this is not one of those occasions. John Mayall in his 70th Birthday Concert is as spry, ferocious, and on top of his game as ever. There is nothing tired about the presentation or the performances. Mayall's own umpteenth version of the Bluesbreakers is yet another example of his uncanny ability to pick the right cats for the job. They play with plenty of fire, brilliant musicianship, and taste. There are two discs in this package encompassing 19 cuts. The show broke down as follows: the bland play two burning tracks on their own — "Grits Ain't Groceries" and "Jacksboro Highway," — before Mayall joins them for three, including a stunning rendition of "Dirty Water." Mayall then invites Mick Taylor to the stage for no less than four cuts — two of which are "Blues for the Lost Days," and "Oh Pretty Woman." But it gets better. Eric Clapton and Chris Barber join the Bluesbreakers for seven cuts — "Hideaway" (what else?), and a beautiful duet performance of "No Big Hurry" between Eric and John. Both Clapton and Taylor are in hungry, fine form, and hold nothing back. The last finale features Taylor and Clapton, and is a guitar orgy, as one would expect. What it all adds up to, however, is a stinging, overdriven performance of modern electric blues by a master bandleader who shows no signs of slowing down physically, and most importantly, creatively. Highly recommended.
Top notch show
The whole gang is in fine form for this one. John's primary guests for the evening were two of his early Hpoly Guitar Trinity, "Slowhand" Clapton himself and the incredible Mick Taylor. Eric's playing is truly inspired that evening, but, for me, it's Taylor who ends up stealing the show. And Mayall's regular guitarist Buddy Whittington ain't takin' a backseat to nobody, not even EC or Taylor. Highly recommended to lovers of Brit Blues. Every time I pop it into the player, someone anxiously asks "Wow! What's this?" The DVD is even better, by the way.
John Mayall - Great Album
My best purchase of the year. Would have been better if APPLE had not totally screwed up iTunes!!!
Born: November 29, 1933 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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