John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - 70th Birthday Concert
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Blues pioneer, Chris Barberas as they blast through nearly 21/2 hours of stunning blues. From blues standards to classics from the Beano album and on to contemporary Bluesbreakers material, an ecstatic Liverpool crowd laps up one of the finest nights of blues this millennium. / Track Listing: 1. Southside Story 2. Kids Got the Blues 3. Dirty Water 4. Somebody's Acting Like a Child (John Mayall) 5. Blues For the Lost Days (John Mayall) 6. Walking on Sunset (John Mayall) 7. No Big Hurry (John Mayall) 8. Please Mr Lofton (John Mayall) 9. Hideaway (John Mayall) 10. All Your Love (I Miss Loving) (John Mayall) 11. Have You Heard (John Mayall) 12. Hoochie Coochie Man (John Mayall) 13. I'm Tore Down (John Mayall) 14. It Ain't Right 15. Talk to Your Daughter (John Mayall)
- Interview with John Mayall
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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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great DVD of John Mayall. It is filmed very well and clear, and the music is very well recorded also. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dennis lynch
Great concert if you are a blues fan ! Would have liked it better if Clapton had more of a role.Published 13 months ago by Michael J. DeVoge
If you are a Mayall fan then you cant go wrong here. Good price tooPublished 23 months ago by Marie Antionette
If you enjoy the blues you will enjoy this too. Also featuring Mick TaylorPublished on July 25, 2014 by Leila