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Back in 2005, longtime listeners could have seen it coming: it was only a matter of time before John Mayer dropped the pop star burden and proved he could really bring it on the six-string! Chalk it up to one too many Dave Matthews comparisons, or his image after the success of "Your Body Is a Wonderland", but something convinced Mayer it was time to take it to the next level. With help from studio pros Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, he succeeds on Try!. His covers of Jimi Hendrix's "Wait Until Tomorrow" and Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman" should convince even the most purist Guitar Player magazine subscibers. Or else, the blues-rock opener "Who Do You Think I Was" will do for sure. Mixed in with the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton-esque stuff are a few mellow numbers ("Daughters" most notably), but even those songs seem juiced up with rock-God hormones.
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  • Vinyl (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Live
  • Label: Music on Vinyl
  • ASIN: B005HH4MBE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
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John Mayer is stepping out in a new direction with this disc. Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan are unarguably world-class musicians, and they have contributed thier always-stellar playing here. John Mayer's guitar playing is certainly technically proficient, and I believe it has real soul, too. "Wait until tomorrow" is a good example of that soul. I don't expect him to be Buddy Guy, though Buddy himself has endorsed John. The CD isn't that well mixed, but no worse than 75% of albums released these days. Before you believe the 1-star reviews, take a closer look.
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Man this guy has fans and haters in all catagories!! Some of the teeny-bopper girls hate this new disk because its not pop, a few still scream for him 'cus a dude with guitar can do that to some girls. The blues fans hate the fact that somebody who prevously did pop is making money playing (quasi)blues. I wonder if the blues fans just turn away when clapton does a pop album? I have heard some say he is a subpar guitar player or derivative, or that the fact that he went to Berklee makes his playing somehow not valid. WELL,

1. I am a Berklee grad (guitar performance), so I can say with authority he is good. I sat down and figured out some of his earlier stuff, the chord voicings are tricky in places, lots of weird extensions and odd inversions. His groove is definatly there. He only attended a year too. To say that he was taught makes him less valid is, I think, quite ignorant. Everyone learns from others, no one is an island. Hendrix learned from Little Richard and Wilson Pickett in the mid 60's Clapton from John Mayall and old Freddie King records Vai from Zappa etc.

2. Lets not forget that SRV's first record was panned by all the press, he was booed off the stage at Montroux. And all the critics hated Zeppelin and called them derivitave too. Just because some of the fans/critics dont get it at first dosent mean its not good, it just means it challanges the boundries of what people think of as valid. Besides no one shold ever listen to critics. Have opinions of your own, thats what your brain is for.

3. Many dont like his voice. Many people focus on a musicians vocal quality, as if the only valid music is someone singing. I read one review here, from a 20 year old Recording Engineer, who apparently REALLY LISTENS to music.
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I'll start by saying this; John Mayer gets music. He can write incredible pop songs as he has shown with his previous albums. He has appeared with legendary artists such as Herbie Hancock and Buddy Guy, just to name a few. Now with The John Mayer Trio he is really hitting his stride.

From the opening track "Who did you think I was?", you know that this album is not going to be the type of album that your little sister will like. Unless, that is, she happens to enjoy masterful blues-infused rock.

There are songs on the album the traditional John Mayer fans will enjoy. Gravity is a bluesy rock tune, but is similar enough to his previous efforts to make the pop fans happy. Of course there are a few of his older songs covered here as well; Daughters and Something's Missing, both originally off of "Heavier Things" are redone here with the Trio. Daughters is an interesting choice as I can think of a few other songs off of "Heavier Things" that would have been more likely selections. That said, it is still a solid song.

I have always enjoyed Mr. Mayer's music. I am a musician and songwriter so I can certainly respect a well crafted pop song, but it wasn't until I saw the DVD "Any Given Sunday", that I truly realized what he is capable of. To put it simply, the man is a guitar virtuoso that plays with as much feel as Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimmy Hendrix. I do not say that lightly either, as I am an enormous fan of both.

On this album it is abundantly clear that this group of musicians is at the top of their game. Steve Jordan is always spectacular and is rightfully one of the most respected and sought after studio drummers in the country, if not the world. Pino Palladino is equally well-known and has played with some of the top acts in the world.
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. . .I am probably the newest passenger on the John Mayer Love Train here. The first song I ever heard was "Vultures" at 4:00pm the day I saw him in concert that night with Sheryl Crow in Indianapolis, three days before "Continuum" hit the market. I got to hear him sing it live that night. While waiting for Continuum to come out, I ordered "Try" solely to have "Vultures," "I Got a Woman," and "Good Love is on the Way" (I hope he'll release a studio version of this awesome rocker!) to tide me over, so to speak. But what made me a true believer once I got this thing in my hands was hearing "Out of My Mind." Close your eyes and you'll swear that Ray Charles is singing and Stevie Ray Vaughn is playing the guitar. But no--apparently this is John's composition, played and sung by John with--dare it I say it?--SOUL. And it's not even the peak of the concert. There's lots more to come. The encore section is 20 minutes long, including a raw rocking version of "Something's Missing." Yes, I have to ignore the sexist lyrics of "I Got A Woman" and just listen to that blues guitar wail, but after all, he didn't write that one. Mr. Charles did. There's a lot of variety here--a fun, funky cover of Hendrix' "Wait Until Tomorrow", "Daughters" (for those of us who can't get enough of "classic John"). The "green" song that follows "Out of My Mind" reminds me of the Beatles circa 1969. "Vultures" rocks, of course--the only thing missing are the keyboard parts from the "Continuum" version. I love the way he ends this one--it fades out to him and this little funky rhythmic thing.

On a live album, you're either on your game or you're not. Nothing to hid behind. Nothing to prop you up. And it's just him and two awesome rhythm masters who, like BB King, Clapton, etc.
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