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John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers - Jammin' With the Blues Greats (2005)

Buddy Guy , Etta James  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Buddy Guy, Etta James, Albert King, John Mayall, Mick Taylor
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hybrid Recordings
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006UYOII
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

It was a night when the legends played, when English Blues met Chicago & Memphis Blues, and something magical happened.

One hot night in June 1982 at New Jersey's Capitol Theater, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, featuring Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) on lead guitar, John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) on bass, and Colin Allen (of Rod Stewart's band) on drums, paid homage to and were joined by five blues immortals: Albert King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and the 83-year-old Sippie Wallace. Each of the blues greats were backed by the Bluesbreakers, resulting in some amazing musical moments. Awesome is the only word to describe the guitar jams among Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Mick Taylor.

Now audiences can enjoy every moment of greatness from that special night when the Bluesbreakers were joined by the blues makers. The night the legends came out to play.

~John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers: An Eye For An Eye, My Time After Awhile, The Dark Side Of Midnight, Room To Move
~Etta James: Baby, What You Want Me To Do
~Buddy Guy and Junior Wells: Messin' With The Kid, Don't Start Me Talkin'
~Sippie Wallace: Shorty George
~Albert King: Why Are You So Mean To Me?, Born Under A Bad Sign, Call It Stormy Monday
~Everyone: C.C. Rider Jam

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get This For The Best Albert King Sound Available April 16, 2005
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This DVD is now available again after years of being out-of-print. Originally it was VHS tape that was available in the Mid-Eighties. That version did not contain the Jam at the end or Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign". During the 90s it reappeared as a full-lenght VHS tape with all tracks present, however, if you live in Australia as I do, it was in NTSC and not available in PAL (I paid $50 in 1997 to get it changed over!Before the technology revolution in TVs). I was able to get the first DVD copy of this work from the UK in 2001 and it is now deleted. This copy is a treasure and what a price!!!!! You should buy two just in case one gets worn out playing Albert King's segment!

OK, the previous reviews are great and I agree with most of what they say. John Mayall was and is a great promoter of the Blues. This concert was in a way a Jam Session (as the name implies) and a chance to give the Blues a kick start in the days just prior to the emergence of the dynamic SRV. It was 1982 and most Blues acts were stagnant-most people were listening to the 1980s New British Pop-Soul Invasion, Billy Joel and so on, enough said.

This set has its ups and downs but the HIGHLIGHT is Albert King. As I have said in my many reviews of his work, material on him is very scarce. Even now, this is much better than the DVD released last year "Live In Sweden"- the sound is better, his guitar has no 1970s phaser on it, the guitar is mixed up front, his singing is at its best and he's not grumpy!!! The other DVD of Albert is "Godfather of the Blues". He has a good sound, but he's 69 years old and the band is very mediocre (Except "Dave Jefferson" on drums). The very rare "Maintenance Shop Blues" tape (can you still get it at all??
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great concert CD February 8, 2008
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This is a wonderful concert DVD, featuring John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (Mayall with vocals and on harmonica and keyboard, John McVie on bass, Mick Taylor on guitar, and Colin Allen in drums) and some guests--Sippie Wallace (then 83 years old), Etta James, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, and Albert King.

This was recorded in 1982 and provides a nice glimpse of blues work at its best. Some examples of the works on this DVD:

The Bluesbreakers play "An Eye for an Eye": This starts off with nice harmonica work by Mayall himself. This is about a man killing another man and implying the Biblical pronouncement that represents the title of this work. There is a very nice blues sensibility here. The Band plays well, with Mick Taylor's estimable guitar work standing out.

"Messin' with the Kid" features Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. Nice guitar work (as one would guess) from Guy. Wells wings in a gritty fashion and plays the harmonica most finely. There is nice back and forth guitar work between Taylor and Guy.

Then, there is "Why Are You so Mean to me," featuring Albert King. What guitar work on his part! The Bluesbreakers back him nicely, with special mention to Mayall's harmonica, which acts in nice counterpoint to the smoking guitar work of King and Taylor.

"Call It Stormy Monday": King's version compares very nicely with that of T-Bone Walker. It starts off with King's mean guitar licks. Taylor and King play well off of one another. Key lines:

"They call it stormy Monday,
But Tuesday's just as bad.
Y'know Wednesday's worse,
Lord, Thursday is also sad."

Finally, an extended jam session, featuring "C. C. Rider": Sippie Wallace begins the vocals, followed by the likes of Etta James, King, and Wells.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical event at a nice price April 12, 2005
This is a great low priced Dvd containing John Mayall and some blues history from 1982. The 80's were some of the hardest times for artists that saw their prime at the begining of the 70's. On this Dvd John Mayall performs a concert with the likes of Etta James, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Sippie Wallace, and Albert King. It's cool to see Mayall bumpin elbows with John McVie, and Mick Taylor again. Although Mick seems to have a very Stones esq attitude towards the special guests, and can't seem to play a song without smoking a cigarette. But otherwise ego's seemed to be checked at the door. I'm pretty sure Mayall is content with playing along with his idols. He always seems to thank his idols one way or another during live shows. Also his attidude has changed a bit since the 1972 album "Jazz Blues Fusion." In between songs the audience yells out requests for "Room to Move" and John replies "Did you come to see a concert or hear a record?" But at the end of the set on the DVD John says "What would a concert be without a little "Room to Move."" So it is good to see he has embraced playing some nostalgia rather than banging out new tunes. I saw John perform at a club in Buffalo NY about a year ago. I was floored when I got to meet him and he signed his 70th birthday DVD for me and I thanked him for introducing me to the blues. John is a very nice guy and played an excellent set. But I'm getting off track. This DVD contains some great performances by blues greats who I'm sure you'd be hard pressed (they are out there but it'll take some research) to find on DVD anywhere else other than here. Buddy Guy and Junior Wells are an awesome duo on stage. You can see the obvious BB King influences in Buddy's playing. Junior can honk a serious harp too. The Albert King set is awesome. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayall Does It Yet Again
5 stars because
1) audio is great
2) the director rarely cut to audience close-ups (which I hate)
3) fabulous guests join Mayall's band in various combinations, all... Read more
Published 9 months ago by P. Curreri
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mayall
This is an absolutely great concert. John Mayall is one of the best, and to see some of the old masters performing with him made it really special. Good recording quality too. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by Wil
4.0 out of 5 stars Great To See These Blues Folks All Together
This is a great show to say the least. The video quality could have been a little better, but all in all it was good to see these blues folks come together. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by RJM Music Man
5.0 out of 5 stars classic John Mayall
great DVD and tunes on this one. rock around the house with this one!!
great fast service from MovieMars also.
Published on June 25, 2011 by C. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare gathering of legendary Blues performers
Filmed live in New Jersey in June 1982, this concert brings together John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers along with five blues legends: Albert King, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Etta... Read more
Published on February 10, 2008 by Cory B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "Blues Lover" DVD!
I really enjoyed this DVD. I'm a "Dyed in the wool" Blues lover, and having Albert King, Mick Taylor, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells together makes this DVD great. Read more
Published on January 25, 2008 by Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayall A Bluesbreaker Forever
I don't get it? I saw some of the other reviews and some were UNDER 4 STARS??? Their TVs must be like 13" black & white and mono sound.

John does what John is... Read more
Published on December 9, 2007 by H. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see for British rock history
Having a couple dozen of Mayall's LPs I know his music. On this DVD he shows his multi-instrumental talent and skill as a bandleader. After all these years he is at his best.
Published on December 9, 2007 by Jeremy Delvaille
3.0 out of 5 stars Brit Blues takes the honours
John Mayall and his band do the usual homage to black US blues and blues artists in the usual self-deprecating, ingratiating way. Read more
Published on September 6, 2007 by GeeJayBee
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues Jamming at it best
This is a great DVD for blues lovers. The guitar solos played by Mick Taylor alone are worth the price of the DVD. Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by George S.
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