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John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Friends: 70th Birthday Concert [Blu-ray] (2009)

John Mayall , Mick Taylor  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Tom Canning, Eric Clapton, Chris Barber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029W2V8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Liverpool's King's Dock on July 19, 2003 was the venue for a long awaited and much anticipated reunion between Eric Clapton and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The occasion was both a celebration of John Mayall's 70th year and a fundraiser for UNICEF. Also invited to the party were former Bluesbreaker and Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and veteran trombonist Chris Barber. If you're a lover of the blues it doesn't get much better than this. The show ran for around two and a half hours and the film is now presented here in its entirety for the first time.

TRACK LISTING 1) Southside Story 2) Kids Got The Blues 3) Dirty Water 4) Somebody's Acting Like A Child 5) Blues For The Lost Days 6) Walking On Sunset 7) Oh, Pretty Woman 8) No Big Hurry 9) Please Mr. Lofton 10) Hideaway 11) All Your Love 12) Have You Heard 13) Hoochie Coochie Man 14) I'm Tore Down 15) It Ain't Right 16) Talk To Your Daughter

Bonus Features Three tracks from the concert that had to be cut from the original DVD issue for space reasons:

1) Grits Ain't Groceries 2) Jacksboro Highway 3) California Plus: Interview with John Mayall.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Music DVD's I've Ever Seen December 29, 2003
I am a professional musician in Texas and this is one of the very best music DVD's (and it's live!) I've ever heard in my life. From the impecable playing from John and the band to the camera work and editing and sound. I couldn't be happier. Being a drummer it was really nice how they would show Joe from different angles and stay long enough to be able to learn something. Mick Taylor and Eric Clapton were great but John's guitarist Buddy Whittington hung right in there with both of them. He is one very talented guitar player/vocalist and I have followed him for years. This is a MUST HAVE DVD for any and all blues musicians.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Mayall Revisits His Old Bluesbreakers! February 26, 2004
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Well like most Blues fans my age, I got the Bluesbreakers LP in 1966 and played it to death. I spent countless hours playing along with Eric Clapton on "All Your Love" and "Hideaway". They were great days. John Mayall has done so much to promote the blues world-wide, he can't get enough credit. Well, also like most people, after his time with Mick Taylor ("Crusade") I stopped buying his records.

This concert in Liverpool is very entertaining. It has a great song selection and the sound is good. Mayall brings out the old Bluesbreakers Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor (Why no Peter Green?) and they do a pretty good job. Taylor has a great tone and is as stone faced as ever. He is a matter-of-fact guitarist and plays well, especially on the Albert King number "Oh, Pretty Woman" -written by WDIA DJ AC Williams. Eric comes out and does a good job as well. He has been criticized for years as one who has stopped trying to be flash and has become more of a B.B. King-type of Blues player. He does "Hideaway" and "Have You Heard" and "All Your Love" from the original LP of so long ago. He uses his flashy Fender custom shop 2002 strat, too!

The previous reviews have raved about Buddy Whittington (another Texan guitar player!) with his special Mesa Boogie amps and tone BUT. as a guitar player for 40 years I think the flash technique (volume control, pick harmonics of the 1970s rock scene), with very little soul or bending (no 1 Blues technique!!!) is ok, but not great for pure blues. Actually Buddy should get a job with Steely Dan or a Steely Dan tribute band. He is a great player, but seems to be one who bases his skill on speed and technique rather than feeling, which is what the Blues is, "playing in between the notes".
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John Mayall, a pure bluesman with a great spirit of musical adventure not to mention a brilliant bandleader with the greatest taste in guitar players, leads a free-flowing but tight show with guitar gods galore. His current axe-master Buddy Whittington is excellent, and Clapton has some good moments, but for me the night belonged to ex-Stones great Mick Taylor who hasn't sounded this hot since Sticky Fingers. He doesn't look all that healthy (even in comparison to his old bandmates) but he plays with so much fire here I was just jaw-droppingly happy after seeing/hearing it.I don't think there's a guitar player alive who has such incredible tone and phrasing. Highlights too numerous to mention, but if you like blues in any form or just love guitars in general, I highly recommend this. Maybe Mayall will grab all the above and bring Coco Montoya and Peter Green along for his 75th. And proceeds go to Unicef, so hey, do yourself and someone else some good at the same time. Happy birthday John, and many many more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. British Blues at its Best April 5, 2004
I bought this DVD after attending a fantastic John Mayall concert in my hometown. I was so knocked out by the performance that I just had to buy this. The problem is that very high expectations usually turn into disappointment... but not this time!!! This concert is absolutely unique. It is not at all an 'overpaid dinosaurs meet for making cash' act, but a thrilling Blues gig by a master bandleader in top form featuring TONS of awesome guitar playing.
Anybody who likes electric Blues guitar should check out this movie, as it features three ace guitarists playing at their best. Buddy Whittington, who used to be a little too flashy in previous records, has matured and become a wonderfully tasty and original guitarist. He can really stand the comparison with Clapton and Taylor, something that only a guitar god can do. The brilliant Mick Taylor, as always, plays electric slide like nobody else can, and Eric Clapton -though a little cold at the beginning, and obscured by mixing problems- also shows his enormous talent, especially in the memorable ending of 'Have You Heard'. By the way, this track is SO INCREDIBLE it has to rank among the best blues performances ever filmed. Honestly. When Mayall, himself marveled, says at the end of the song: 'THE BLUES DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN THAT', I felt that he was not exaggerating that much...
As for the Bluesbreakers, Mayall's band all over the album is rock solid, and the frantic Hammond player is remarkable. You feel they are all enjoying themselves an awful lot. The first songs, all of them Mayall's recent compositions, are among the best of his career.
That is not to say that the DVD is perfect: Mayall is not an outstanding harmonica player nor pianist, and people who dislike him will probably be bored by his soloing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good price
If you are a Mayall fan then you cant go wrong here. Good price too
Published 1 month ago by Marie Antionette
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - 70th Birthday Concert
If you enjoy the blues you will enjoy this too. Also featuring Mick Taylor
Published 2 months ago by Leila Pinky
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mayall CD
This CD is added to my husbands collection of Mayhall CDs. He loves this CD and listens to it over and over.
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Tynan
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to watch, A joy to listen to.
What is not to like about this piece of musical history??!! I just discovered it recently.

John Mayall gave Clapton and Mick Taylor their starts. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Frank R. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Still at it!!!
Amazing to see Mayall still rockin' at 70! I hope I will be, too. I've been a fan since 1968 and his changes have shown an artist at his best. Read more
Published 10 months ago by 64ragtop
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge John Mayall Fan so how else would I review it. :-)
The main reason why I liked this particular production so much is because the production itself was very well done. From the video shots to the sound. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Terry Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars John's A Little Old But Still Has It
This is a surprisingly good blu-ray. John is still a very good musician and the band (including Eric Clapton) provides great support.
Published 17 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of music, well performed, good surround sound 5.1
Amazing how this septuagenarian can still Rock! Great sounds from the whole group. Enjoyed every cut. The 5.1 surround sound was a great addition and one can also select stereo. Read more
Published 17 months ago by GW
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so Good
Just one song i know, But Eric Clapton is the Best. I expect eric is the main vocalist of the group
Published 18 months ago by Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars richard
Well we had BB.KIng and John Lee Hooker to bring the blues to us. But england had the godfather of blues thats John Mayall to really bring to the world. Read more
Published 18 months ago by richard
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