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Inside Wants Out [EP]

John MayerAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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listen  2. No Such Thing (Demo Version) 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. My Stupid Mouth (Demo Version) 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Neon (EP Version) 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Comfortable (EP Version) 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006JIC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

You can probably imagine the record-biz conversation going something like "Get me a younger, cuter Dave Matthews, and lose the jazzy crap!" Even though that might be the kind of strategy employed in marketing John Mayer to the masses, it seems unfair to accuse the young troubadour of cynically constructing his sound in such a manner. Sure, he's probably enamored of Matthews; he even sounds earnest enough to admit it. But he seems to come by his approach honestly. "Neon" showcases the kind of highly rhythmic acoustic guitar work that's become a Mayer trademark. On "My Stupid Mouth" he repeats "I'm never speaking up again," displaying the kind of smart-quiet-kid aura that lies not only at the heart of his aesthetic but of his appeal as well. The eight-song INSIDE WANTS YOU OUT was initially released as Mayer's debut in 1999. After the follow-up (which shares three songs with this album) became a smash, its quiet little brother was reissued, to show that Mayer didn't just drop down from the sky fully formed. Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia. 1999 Disc. With Songs Not On 'Room For Squares' Personnel: John Mayer (vocals, guitar); Clay Cook (guitar, background vocals); Casey Driessen, Carrie Rodiguez, Daniel Cho (strings); David Labruyere (bass, loops); Matt Mangano (bass); Stephen Roberson, Sigurdur Birkis (drums). Producers: John Mayer, Glenn Matullo, David La Bruyere.

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
By Milkman
Format:Audio CD
Okay, I'll admit it. My little sister turned me on to John Mayer last summer during his tour promoting "Room for Squares."
I own RFS and would give it a 5 out of 5. It is outstanding, and this isn't even my favorite genre of music, so that's saying a lot. And no, I'm not a Dave Matthews fan and I think Mayer sounds nothing like Dave Matthews, though I may be in the minority on that.
I bought "Inside Wants Out" knowing it was a "prequel" disk and that it is not full length. That is important for you to know, this album is not full length. It is more of a demo that he used to promote himself, and now that he has achieved acclaim it is being re-released.
However, those caveats being said, I would still suggest purchasing this album if you are a Mayer fan. There are enough new songs (songs not on RFS) to make it worthwhile. The songs that appear as fully-realized songs on RFS are in their pre-production stage on IWO, which is not to say they are bad at all. These songs are accoustic and simple and in a way give a more intimate feel.
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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honesty in Acoustics March 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was turned on to John Mayer shortly before he broke out into mainstream, having seen/heard him on Conan O'Brien. I couldn't recall his name afterward (I knew it was John M-something), and I hadn't caught the name of the song in the first place, but I often reflected back on the chorus of what I'd later find out was "No Such Thing" and wonder if I'd hear it again so I could pick up the album.
"Room for Squares" came out, and I heard "No Such Thing" on the radio, and I did pick it up, and it remains one of my favorite singer/songwriter albums, but then I heard about "Inside Wants Out." The album is John's earlier work, recorded independently with him on acoustic guitar and no fancy mixes or backing. The four tracks present on both this album and "Room for Squares" (No Such Thing, Back to You, Neon, and My Stupid Mouth) come across as more honest and heartfelt in this version, with an intimate, rough-edged quality to them that brings to mind private concerts or livingroom performances.
In my personal opinion, if you haven't heard "My Stupid Mouth" done acoustically, you haven't heard it. The "Inside Wants Out" version of this song is by far my favorite John Mayer song, bar none, and is presented the way the song was meant to be heard--as an open, honest ballad rather than a big production. "Neon" stands out in this album, as well, and while I believe it superior to the "Room for Squares" version, both are excellent and worth listening to (perhaps simply in different settings). "Back to You" comes across almost exactly the same on both versions, and "No Such Thing" is equally good on both albums.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guitar player's choice October 10, 2002
By Jack
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I feel like a spoilsport only giving 4 stars but I'm a tough grader and there are a few songs here that don't move me. But I heartily recommend this especially if you appreciate clean acoustic guitar and small combo arrangements.
I'm a recent discoverer of John Mayer, and the choice in front of me was this or Room for Squares. Listening to song samples of the common songs between the albums, I found the production of the RFS album to be muddy sounding, with overproduced instrumental tracks. As a guitar player, I love the clean, pure qualities of this album. Also, one of my favorite songs on this album is Comfortable, not on the other.
A number of reviews draw comparisons to Dave Matthews. Maybe there's a superficial similarity of vocal quality, but Mayer's melodies and guitar style don't sound at all like Matthews to me. The performer that Mayer really sounds like is probably less well known than he is, David Wilcox. Mayer's vocal quality, melodies, lyrical style, everything is extremely reminiscent of Wilcox's "How did you find me here" album and if you like Mayer, try that album. Wilcox's guitar parts are played with unconventional open tunings, and I wouldn't be surprised if Mayer is doing that too on some of these songs.
If you've already bought Room for Squares and like it, don't let it keep you from getting this one too. I'm betting you'll end up liking these versions better.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW February 17, 2003
By Lindsay
Format:Audio CD
Before I bought this album I liked John Mayer. He was good. After I bought this album I freaking loved John Mayer. He was absolutely amazing.
I liked his Room For Squares album alot, and I decided to buy this because it was new music, and I'm extremely picky. But the acoustic-sounding, less-processed sounds of his songs that I already knew immediately turned Mayer into my favorite artist whom I contrast all music against. Here's what I think of Inside Wants OUt:
1) BACK TO YOU: I never really listened to this song on RFS, but this version, being the first track really made me understand the song. Impressive lyrics, as with all Mayer songs ("I'm so good at forgetting and I quit every game I play but forgive me, love, I can't turn and walk away.")
2) NO SUCH THING: this version is SO MUCH better than the RFS one that plays on the radio. Its not as pop sounding.
3) MY STUPID MOUTH: this song is good either version, but this version, like No Such thing, isn't as radio-friendly. Awesome lyrics, too.
4) NEON: Oh. My. Gosh. I liked neon on RFS because the guitar was different. But on this version, it is the same riff played on an acoustic guitar and is simply beyond words.
5) VICTORIA: New song! One of the best songs I've heard in a long long time. Beautiful guitar, words, melody and story.
6) LOVE SOON: probably the weakest song on the album, but I still find it catchy. It's a little cheesy ("I understand I wasn't part of the plan/ a dollar short/ a minute early/ but I am your man")but I still like it.
7) COMFORTABLE: This is the lovey-doveyest song ever created. Its good and it has a beautiful sound, but I find it boring. Especially when I'm lonely. Then I just have to turn it off and say "Enough love already!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth your money
Good purchase money well spent. Love everything about John Mayer's voice and is captured so evidently here. Recommend this purchase!
Published 7 months ago by Matt Juhl
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mayer Rocks It
If you buy any of John Mayer CD's, it should be this one. Has all of his very best songs. It's fabulous. I play it over and over. A classic. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MaryAnn Krug
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mayer is one of the BEST
I had not seen this recording and decided to order it for my J.M. collection. I arrived in perfect new condition, well under the expected delivery date. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Shalene Kushnir
5.0 out of 5 stars He is so young here!
Wow....this album came out before Room for Squares which was the first album of his I listened to. Some of the songs on this album are the same than on room for squares but they... Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. Majocha
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mayer
Great acoustic CD. Easy listening with great song lyrics. There are a couple of songs that are on CD's I already have, but I love the acoustic versions
Published on May 11, 2012 by Carol E. Shaeffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
Everything about this purchase was amazing. I received it before the expected date, the sender was very kind, and the product was in great condition. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by Krysta Atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
I love this. I am a new John Mayer fan and wanted all of his CDs. This is the very first one. I was glad to find it on here. Great price a with fast shipping.
Published on December 24, 2010 by Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Sickk
This CD is exactly what it was described and I absolutly love it, couldn't be better.
Published on September 17, 2010 by Evan Carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best
Out of all the John Mayer works I have, this is, in my opinion, his best studio work. He was not TOO big then, and was very honest and genuine. Read more
Published on January 27, 2010 by Dana Leasman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayer - Great Beginnings
I purchased this as a graduation gift for my son who is a huge John Mayer fan. This was produced during the beginning of his career. My son LOVED IT! Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by Jenny N. Robbins
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