70th Birthday Concert

70th Birthday Concert

by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Eagle Records
UPC: 0826992001722
catalogNumber: 20017
Rank: 4017

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers   Primary Artist
John Mayall   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Mick Taylor   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Chris Barber   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Henry Lowther   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
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
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
David Z.   Producer
Ruth Ellsworth   Composer
Stuart Green   Artwork
Buddy Miller   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Otis Rush   Composer
Steve Thompson   Composer
Rick Smith   Production Director
Wally Wilson   Composer
A.C. Williams   Composer

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70th Birthday Concert 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent live set with guest artists shows that British bluesman Mayall is still going strong at 70!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago