Sunday, August 26, 2012

John Mayer Trio and John Mayer Live Albums

I've never been into live albums as a rule generally.  I've never been into them for some reason.  But that's not to say that there are not any good live albums.  I just have yet to discover them I guess.  Three that I like are Eagle's "Hell Freezes Over," Coldplay's "LeftRightLeftRightLeft," and "Score" by Dream Theater.

Now there is an album by the John Mayer Trio that I first heard while attending Covenant Bible College (CBC).  "Try" is a spectacular live album.  This album features hits by John Mayer.  I recently downloaded it and it's still a great album.  The musicianship is phenomenal.  John Mayer and his sweet his guitar playing is why he is in my top ten guitarists.  The way he makes sweet love to his guitar (inside joke with my friend Mark) is just so awesome to listen to.

As I said, they some of John Mayer's hits.  They played "Daughters," "Gravity," and cover a Ray Charles song entitled "I Got a Woman" to name a few.  If you are a John Mayer you'll dig the tunes that are played on this album.  It's a good selection of songs.  You can't go wrong with the songs picks for this album.

My friend Mark and I have this inside joke about this album about a couple of things on the album.  These things are part of what makes the album so good.  I can't describe it good enough it to do it justice.  You'll have to listen to the album and see if you can figure out these things are that I'm referring to.

Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles is another great album that features John Mayer hits and covers.  This is a two CD set and DVD.  The two CDs are broken up into acoustic set, John Mayer Trio set, and John Mayer Band set.  It features a lot of hits and songs like "Daughters," "Gravity," "Waiting on the World to Change," "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room," "Why Georgia," "Who Do You Think I Was," and many others.  It also features covers like "Free Falling" by Tom Petty, "I've Got Dreams to Remember" by Otis Redding, a blues standard entitled "Everyday I Hate the Blues," and a few Jimi Hendrix covers.

The acoustic set is a great change from his electric guitar work.  His cover of "Free Falling" was met with critical acclaim.  It is just that good.  I get you might not like the song "Free Falling," but this version I do.  His acoustic renditions of some of his songs are great.  Done in this way is a great change from the way he normally does them.  I knew the John Mayer Trio set would be good because of their live album "Try."  You can start with "Try" if you want.  I personally recommend starting with that album because it's a great starting point.  The album is capped off with the John Mayer Band set which is also very good.  You can't go wrong  with some John Mayer hits and a few covers.  The style Mayer he has weaved for himself is amazing.  The blues his does is just phenomenal.  It ends the two disc set very well.

I definitely recommend giving both albums a listen.  They are well worth it if you do.  They are just that good.  Blues, blues rock, rock, and a bit pop rock is a great way to go.  Even if you don't like live albums that much, these two you might!

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