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

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  • Actors: John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Tom Canning, Eric Clapton, Chris Barber
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Universal Music Canada
  • Release Date: June 30 2009
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0029W2V8Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,885 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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We guitar players are very competitive, and some of the reviews here show that. Was Buddy better than Clapton? Was Taylor better than Buddy? Make no mistake, each player in this great DVD held his own. Taylor played a great slide. Buddy is a very good blues-rock guitar player, although purists of the blues will find his style a little 'hard rock'. Clapton played great, and the audience in this concert showed it to him. Don't expect Eric to play flashy runs, the melodic style of him has taken over, but it was great.
Sound is really tight, Mayall plays a great piano and harmonica, and sings as if he was 40. He managed to get 3 different guitar playing styles in an evening of the blues. Amazing video quality, in anamorphic 16:9, sound is 5.1 or Dolby Digital, your choice, and there even is a brief interview wiht Mayall and behind the scenes shots. DVD includes leaflet with many pictures and a message byn John, and, especially, royalties from this DVD will help UNICEF. So if you are a fan of the blues and great guitar playing, this DVD is for you.
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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 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.
John Mayall's vocals in is old age have improved. His harp playing is more like a blues Bob Dylan (Butterfield used to make fun of it!). He should stick to organizing and arranging.
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What can I say......It's an Eagle Eye Production. Sound quality and great camera work makes this product a must have for your music library. John Mayall might be in his 70's but man can he play the Blues......You won't be disappointed, especially with Eric Clapton's guitar work.......
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At 70 years of age John Mayall shows us that he still has what it takes to deliver two hours of great blues rock. I acknowledge that he doesn't have the best voice around (what blueman does?), but is there nothing he can't do? In this concert he shows us all his talents. Whether it's playing guitar, keyboards, or harmonica, Mayall goes at it with the skill of a master and the energy of a much younger musician. He even plays both keyboard & harmonica at the same time!
This concert has a good set list containing many classics, and a variety of sounds played by his own band and the guitar legends Mick Taylor and Eric Clapton, but also an old bloke (who I had never heard of & can't remember his name now) playing surprisingly good blues on a trombone!
All the guys Mayall has got together for this concert are consummate professionals. None of them try to steal the show or compete with each other, which could easily have happened. Instead they respect each other's talent, play their bit, and then step back and let someone else have their moment in the spotlight. This results in a smooth flowing blend of sound.
We all know how good these musicians are, but what you want to know if you are reading this review is whether they deliver the goods in this concert. The answer is yes they do. The quality of sound is fantastic, as is the picture quality. The interview with Mayall is ok, but nothing fantastic. However, the concert is a superb show that I recommend to any fan of blues rock. The only disappointment is that the CD version has three extra tracks not included on this DVD.
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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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