John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Friends - 70th Birthday Concert [Blu-ray]
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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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The three key guitarists for this shindig were Clapton, Mick Taylor and Buddy Whittington(present guitarist with the Bluesbreakers). In my opinion, Buddy stole the show where the three were concerned but all performed in their own flawless styles. Buddy has since released a couple solo efforts since leaving the Bluesbreakers which are also worth a listen. The man is an amazing guitarist.
For a man celebrating his 70th birthday, Mayall looked to be in excellent health and shape considering his lifestyle, 40 years on the road. He plays almost any instrument equally well and showcased his skills on organ, guitar and harp. The man is a blues master.
I also enjoyed Slide trombonist, Chris Barber, who performed numerous tunes and solos during the concert. This is a bit unusual for this type of venue, but it worked for me. I thought it was cool.
The evening was a celebration which showcased some of the best musicians on the planet. Mayall in my opinion always steals the show as he has so much command being one of the best frontmen of all time. His dedication to his craft is apparent but one thing Mayall always does is makes it a collaborative effort. He doesn't hog the spotlight and genuinely appreciates his co-musicians. This evening was all about the blues and everybody got into it.
Mayall is still touring as I type this review and he is pushing 78-79 years of age I believe, and still blowing away the audiences. There will only be one John Mayall.
Great to see former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. Eric Clapton also comes to play.
Video is top notch in Blu-ray, but the audio is the real treat. The DD5.1 track is great, the 2.0 stereo PCM is better,
but the DTS-HD Master audio track is superb. Clean tight sound with a great soundstage,this one of the best sounding concerts
on Blu-ray, that I've ever heard.