70th Birthday Concert

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Though almost always well-intentioned, events like this usually don't pan out on record, let alone on DVD. Thankfully, this is not one of those occasions. John Mayall in his 70th Birthday Concert is as spry, ferocious, and on top of his game as ever. There is nothing tired about the presentation or the performances. Mayall's own umpteenth version of the Bluesbreakers is yet another example of his uncanny ability to pick the right cats for the job. They play with plenty of fire, brilliant musicianship, and taste. There are two discs in this package encompassing 19 cuts. The show broke down as follows: the bland play two burning tracks on their own -- "Grits Ain't Groceries" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Though almost always well-intentioned, events like this usually don't pan out on record, let alone on DVD. Thankfully, this is not one of those occasions. John Mayall in his 70th Birthday Concert is as spry, ferocious, and on top of his game as ever. There is nothing tired about the presentation or the performances. Mayall's own umpteenth version of the Bluesbreakers is yet another example of his uncanny ability to pick the right cats for the job. They play with plenty of fire, brilliant musicianship, and taste. There are two discs in this package encompassing 19 cuts. The show broke down as follows: the bland play two burning tracks on their own -- "Grits Ain't Groceries" and "Jacksboro Highway," -- before Mayall joins them for three, including a stunning rendition of "Dirty Water." Mayall then invites Mick Taylor to the stage for no less than four cuts -- two of which are "Blues for the Lost Days," and "Oh Pretty Woman." But it gets better. Eric Clapton and Chris Barber join the Bluesbreakers for seven cuts -- "Hideaway" what else?, and a beautiful duet performance of "No Big Hurry" between Eric and John. Both Clapton and Taylor are in hungry, fine form, and hold nothing back. The last finale features Taylor and Clapton, and is a guitar orgy, as one would expect. What it all adds up to, however, is a stinging, overdriven performance of modern electric blues by a master bandleader who shows no signs of slowing down physically, and most importantly, creatively. Highly recommended.
Tracks - Jeff Tamarkin
The unexpected blues comeback album of the year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 826992001722
  • Catalog Number: 20017
  • Sales rank: 11,052

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Primary Artist
John Mayall Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Mick Taylor Guitar, Guest Appearance
Chris Barber Trombone, Guest Appearance
Henry Lowther Trumpet
Julian Arguelles Baritone Saxophone
Tom Canning Organ, Piano
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Joe Yuele Drums
Dave Lewis Tenor Saxophone
Hank Van Sickle Bass Guitar
Buddy Whittington Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Freddie King Composer
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Little Walter Composer
George Jones Composer
John Mayall Composer, Producer
Michael Pinder Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Henry Lowther Arranger
Bill Carter Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Julie Miller Composer
Fontaine Brown Composer
Ed Cobb Composer
David Z. Producer
Ruth Ellsworth Composer
Stuart Green Artwork
Ike Turner Composer
Buddy Miller Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Otis Rush Composer
Bob Seger Composer
Steve Thompson Composer
Rick Smith Production Director
Benny Quinn Mastering
Wally Wilson Composer
A.C. Williams Composer
Jacobs Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    John Mayall 70th Birthday Concert

    Excellent live set with guest artists shows that British bluesman Mayall is still going strong at 70!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back to the "Cradle" in Laurel Canyon

    Viewed the DVD recently and was blown away. The CD has additional cuts not on the DVD (California and others); so ordered the CD today. Mayall is quite noticeably "in shape" and that lends to his non-stop performance role in this finely blended set of tunes taking you back to the mid to late 60's and forward to the present. The well conceived production features Mick Taylor in fresh adaptations of "Walking on Sunset" and "Somebody Acting Like a Child and Clapton thriving, especially on two of his own songs, "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Tore Down". The Bluesbreakers' Buddy Whittington is also superb on guitar. He certainly doesn't want to take a back seat to Eric and Mick, it appears, but works well with both. All in all a marvelous DVD which is very well received by a packed house in Liverpool!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mayall Hits a Home Run

    I had fogotten about John Mayall until last summer. I found an original vinyl copy of his album with Eric Clapton . Then I stumbled upon this one. Boy, it really knocks your socks off. You have to play it loud though... There's a few cuts from that album on this live performance that are great: "Hideaway", "Have You Heard" and "All Your Love". If you're a Clapton fan, you can't go wrong.

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    Posted May 26, 2010

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