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Born and Raised, the new album from Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer. The first single, "Shadow Days," Billboard calls "a gentle and shimmering confluence of mellow Southern rock".

Mayer produced Born and Raised with Don Was, who worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt. Rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash provide vocals on the title song, "Born and Raised." Musicians joining Mayer on the album and on the road include highly-regarded keyboardist/pianist Chuck Leavell who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers Band as well as previous collaborators Sean Hurley on bass and Aaron Sterling on drums.

Mayer's previous albums Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum and Battle Studies have sold more than 12 million copies combined. He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations. He has also been included in Time Magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine s annual "Guitar" issue.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Queen of California
  2. The Age of Worry
  3. Shadow Days
  4. Speak for Me
  5. Something Like Olivia
  6. Born and Raised

Disc: 2

  1. If I Ever Get Around To Living
  2. Love Is a Verb
  3. Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967
  4. Whiskey,Whiskey, Whiskey
  5. A Face To Call Home
  6. Born and Raised

Disc: 3

  1. Queen of California
  2. The Age of Worry
  3. Shadow Days
  4. Speak for Me
  5. Something Like Olivia
  6. Born and Raised
  7. If I Ever Get Around to Living
  8. Love Is a Verb
  9. Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967
  10. Whiskey,Whiskey,Whiskey
  11. A Face To Call Home
  12. Born and Raised

Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 12, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B007MAET4O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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157 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Pecorino on May 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
John Mayer's music is no Otis Redding or Radiohead. For the casual walk-in-the-park, secondhand-smoke listeners, it's still good accessible music. The real charm however lies in multiple listens, the layers that you peel away.

It's funny how I remember every phase of my last five years of existence through a John Mayer album. They're like bookmarks, neatly dividing the book into shades of white and grey. It all might sound a little too juvenile but it is what it is. Those albums remind me of a time smothered with so much innocence, it's unimaginable for me to shrug the feeling off. I find myself in a completely different position from how it was back then as I write about Mayer today. It's 2012 and I'm two albums away from the album that redefined how I interpreted music - Continuum. The parallel running similarities creep me out at times, but I've learned to live with it.

For the sake of this review, I realize that I must do one essential thing.

Fan boy mode : OFF

Finally, and gosh have we waited for 6 years, Born And Raised is everything Continuumwas and so much more.

After the success of Continuum, John wanted to shred the sumptuous bluesy pop ambience and write a country record. The plans had to take the back burner for a while as John decided to write something else instead for his next studio release. 2009's Battle Studies was a decent effort but for all it's worth, it was John Mayer lite - Fleetwood Mac-esque, low-key, striped-down melodies, super-polished mainstream pop record about heartbreak. A good album as a whole but it suffered from low listenability; faded away with time and got skipped almost every time his discography was revisited by the fans.
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By David on May 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm always surrounded by people who cringe at the mere mention of John Mayer. I can't say i'm surprised when people give me the "WTF" face whenever I tell them I'm a huge fan. Admittedly, it's a little tough to get yourself past songs like Your Body Is A Wonderland or Come Back To Bed and how overly pop they are so you can enjoy his music.

As I've always said, the real heart of a musicians repertoire lies deeper in their discography. You just have to do a little digging to find the real gems and masterpieces. Nobody I know has any clue what Wheel sounds like, or that John actually covered Hendrix on Continuum, or that he has SRV tattoo'd on his arm. For years, I was the same way. I wrote John Mayer off as some ridiculous pop hack writing catchy tunes just to get the girls excited... That was until a friend brought Try! into work one night and put it in for us to listen to. While everyone else was busy lamenting on how lame it was, I was fixated. I needed to hear more, and one of the tracks that stood out the most was Gravity. I had to have Continuum. That was the album that completely changed my position on Mayer's music. I've always been a blues fan, and I had rarely heard a contemporary artist channel the blues feeling as well as John did on that album. I'm Gonna Find Another you was absolutely beautiful and a perfect nod to Peter Green's Need Your Love So Bad. I've been a huge fan and promoter of John's music ever since. I gained an even deeper respect for him after learning about his affection for Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Where The Light is was the album that truly sealed the deal for me. It's Even better that he kinda sounds like Stevie. ;)

The point being that Born and Raised is no exception. It's equally as brilliant and addictive as Continuum.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By D. Briscoe on May 25, 2012
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I was sure that I wasn't going to like this CD upon first listen.
Boy was I ever wrong. John Mayer is a musical genius with a very deep
soul. I'm 62yrs old, and I turned all of my six children on to John many years ago.
Born and Raised is a soundtrack for this age and for anyone on a journey to

God bless you, John Mayer, for sharing your talent and your soul.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Panz on May 24, 2012
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At the first chord of Queen of California, a smile crossed my face. And that was it. It was instant. Yes, I could hear other songs inspirations in it (Allman Bros 'Midnight Rider' came to mind; even James Taylor). I had just bought the album on a sunny afternoon, and headed to the ocean for lunch all by my lonesome. In this time of money troubles, uncertainty and change, I needed something for this spring, something that had to be just right for the oncoming summer in which I was going to be doing a lot of traveling myself on the road with close friends I've known since high school, one abroad for a wedding and others for fun. What I knew about Born and Raised was that it was going to be different. And at a time for me when friends had hinted at moving away, leaving my small town in New England (only an hour from fairfield; John's home) I felt this album was made just for my own personal growth as well as Mr. Mayer's, which after 10 straight listens while on night shift all by myself in an empty mill in Connecticut, has shaped itself to be. It is perfect. The tracks are all masterfully crafted and are separate in artistry and detail in their own key ways; every one of them has its own soul. I think these songs are just letting John sit in and sing for them rather him and his band being the ones who created them. They needed to come out this way and they did. At a time where just in the last year I have gotten into more albums by Terry Reid and other folk artists...this one is a welcome sigh of relief for me as a fan of John since Inside Wants Out.Read more ›
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Bonus CD with vinyl edition?
Came here wondering the same thing.
I think your guess is right - that's how the Battle Studies vinyl edition was sold. The CD just came in a plain envelope in the album cover.
May 8, 2012 by L. Osborne |  See all 5 posts
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