Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Recorded at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles finds singer/songwriter and guitarist John Mayer performing in three different band settings: acoustic trio, electric trio, and large ensemble. As such, the evening works as a nice representation of Mayer's work beginning with the 2003 album Heavier Things and continuing through his creative reinvention as a modern electric blues artist with 2005's Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert and finally his smash Grammy-winning 2006 effort, Continuum. Essentially, the concert is designed to showcase Mayer's ability to move from melodic soft rock and pop to folky solo ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Recorded at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles finds singer/songwriter and guitarist John Mayer performing in three different band settings: acoustic trio, electric trio, and large ensemble. As such, the evening works as a nice representation of Mayer's work beginning with the 2003 album Heavier Things and continuing through his creative reinvention as a modern electric blues artist with 2005's Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert and finally his smash Grammy-winning 2006 effort, Continuum. Essentially, the concert is designed to showcase Mayer's ability to move from melodic soft rock and pop to folky solo numbers and rockin' blues. Generally, the conceit works and the concert does shine a light, so to speak, on Mayer's virtuosic musical chops. However, segmenting this concert into such specific aesthetic sounds loses some of the diverse flow a Mayer concert usually has. It should be noted that the concert is also available on DVD and Blu-ray, where you get see each band and appreciate the diversity among the ensembles. That said, for fans of Mayer the songwriter, you really can't lose, as the guy is hard-pressed to come up with a bad song, and tracks like the fan favorite "Daughters" and the bittersweet "Stop This Train" really benefit from the acoustic reading Mayer gives them here. Similarly, by putting "'Who Do You Think I Was," "Vultures," and his inspired take on Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love" in the middle electric trio section, Mayer builds the energy of the concert, perfectly setting up the pop/blues cornucopia of the final large ensemble set. Beginning with the hit "'Waiting on the World to Change," Mayer's last set on disc two is really the set most fans will gravitate toward, as it finds Mayer and his backing group of stellar sideman diving headlong into such soulful numbers as "Why Georgia" and "I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You," while also making room for such bluesy nuggets as his Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired reworking of the Ray Charles hit "I Don't Need No Doctor" a number heard on John Scofield's That's What I Say with Mayer as guest. Admittedly sprawling and ambitious, Where the Light Is is nonetheless a dynamic showcase for Mayer, who never fails to shine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2008
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886972266527
  • Catalog Number: 722665
  • Sales rank: 7,830

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayer Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
J.J. Johnson Drums
David LaBruyere Bass, Bass Guitar
Robbie McIntosh Dobro, Guitar, Vocals
Pino Palladino Bass, Bass Guitar
David Ryan Harris Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
Tim Bradshaw Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Steve Jordan Drums, Vocals
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Drums, Vocals
Bradley Mason Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob Reynolds Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Jeff Lynne Composer
Tom Petty Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Peter Chatman Composer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Pino Palladino Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Jo Armstead Composer
Steve Jordan Composer
John Mayer Composer
Clayton Scott Management
Ian Charbonneau Engineer
Chad Franscoviak Producer, Audio Production
Clay Cook Composer
Glen Nakasako Art Direction
Steve Sich Audio Technician
Anthony Catalano Digital Editing
Steven Marcussen Remastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent Concert!!

    This is a must have!! I can't quit listening to it, I know he's been around for a while, but somehow I have just gotten into him. Very sensual ladies, it's real good "mood music too"!! Get this if you haven't already, John Mayer Rocks!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This Was John Mayer's Finest Hour!

    Performed live at The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Where The Light Is not only again captures the award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter in the element where many of his fans admire him--live on stage, bus even showcases him in what some hail as his finest hour. Filled with great performances, a splendid live theatrical atmosphere and solid reinditions of few of his biggest hits including Waiting For The World To Change, Gravity, Stop This Train, Daughters and Slow Dancing In A Burning Room, John Mayer delivers an extravagant live performance featuring both his original band line-up and unique acoustic or electric guitar solos that makes this wonderful concert DVD a timeless must for fans and admiriers of the virtuoso. What makes it equally great is a stunning appearance by The John Mayer Trio, who tears up the stage with their striking version of the Top Ten hit Who Do You Think I Was? (featured in their blockbuster album The John Mayer Trio Live!), which features the dynamic drums of Steve Jordan, one of the greatest rock drummers in history, while the trio dazzles the audiences with few other tracks. The trio's live reindition of Who Do You Think I Was can even in the Concert DVD's multi-single camera section). Running close to 3 hours, Where The Light Is--Live In Los Angeles is another great monumental live achievement from John Mayer--and another chart-topping smash hit (it even reached Billboard's Top Ten album chart)--that will always stand the tests of time as one of the greatest and highly accomplished rock recordings ever to be captured on album--and now DVD. So get out and pick up a copy of this timeless concert DVD, that way you can own another important chapter in John Mayer's rich and thoroughly creative music career!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Talent

    The more I hear from John Mayer, the more impressed I get...and Where the Light Is is no exception. He has proven himself to be even better live than in a recording studio - the sign of a true talent. The only downfall of purchasing the record is the constant arguement in your head over whether the acoustic, JM Trio or Band set is the best.

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