Where The Light Is: Live In Los Angeles

by John Mayer

(2008) Sony #B0019IB26I

Personnel John Mayer, The John Mayer Trio, The John Mayer Band.
URL http://www.johnmayer.com/
Description John goes solo on a few tracks, then is joined by the balance of the Trio and finally the band. It's a fantastic trip down Mayer memory lane, with a few great covers thrown in.
Posted By Dominic Hatchuel (4861)
Directory Recordings: Blues
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On 8/18/2008, Dominic Hatchuel (4861) posted:
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The record starts off with John going solo on a few numbers. For me, the highlight is his arrangement of The Heartbreakers' 'Free Fallin', but that's not to say that any of the five tracks are below par.

The Trio then launches into 'Every day I have the blues', which is an absolutely sublime rendition. There are also two Hendrix tracks in this eight-track Trio set, which are both handled superbly. That takes care of Disc One.

Next up is John playing with a full band on some standard Mayer fare such as 'Waiting on the world to change', 'Why Georgia', and 'Gravity', along with six others.

In short, if you're looking for a live, John Mayer anthology, for my money this is your best bet. The performances and production are superb and a variety of material on Disc One to ensure that just about anyone will enjoy the record from start to finish.

To answer the obligatory WN questions:
How does the record compare the JM's previous live outings? Just as good as TRY!, with maybe a bit more variety now.
How could this record have been better? Hmmm... maybe I could've been in the audience!
What's my favourite/worst aspect? Well, I'm a die-hard JM fan, so I have to say it's the guitar work, it's the composition, it's the phrasing, the timing, the sheer Mayer-ness. Worst? I wasn't in the audience!
Is there any great guitar playing on it? Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
Can JM be compared to another player? Sure, plenty, but he's certainly developing his own style if you ask me.
Anything else? Yes, there is an accompanying DVD/Blu-Ray disc, which I nearly bought instead. And I am now sorely tempted to go and buy as well!