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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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If your taste runs to British Blues, Mayall is in fine form with a great backup band, as usual.
Great to see former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. Read more
At least one other reviewer mentioned how lack-luster Clapton's performance seemed in this concert. It was NOT Clapton's fault. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Stephen Walter
I could not wait to get my hands on this DVD but was a little disappointed. Some highlights:
* John is in fantastic shape for a 70 year old - he could pass for 60 perhaps... Read more
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. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Miguel Angel Martinez Rolland
It a odd thing these Brits ripping off black blues musicians. When a previous reviewer alluded to Taylor; I thought he meant Hound Dog Taylor; the great Chicago slide guitar... Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Woodshed
This DVD is definitely a must for blues fans--John Mayall has contributed so much over the years. I do have one beef with his song selection, which is that about 90% of the songs... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004