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Any Given Thursday
     

Any Given Thursday

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by John Mayer
 

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It may seem a little early in his career for folk-rock "it boy" John Mayer to issue a concert album, but Any Given Thursday is more than just a rehash of the last 18 or so months in the Grammy nominee's life. Yes, the set -- which was recorded in September 2002 in Birmingham, Alabama -- contains versions of hits like "Your Body Is a Wonderland," and "No Such

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It may seem a little early in his career for folk-rock "it boy" John Mayer to issue a concert album, but Any Given Thursday is more than just a rehash of the last 18 or so months in the Grammy nominee's life. Yes, the set -- which was recorded in September 2002 in Birmingham, Alabama -- contains versions of hits like "Your Body Is a Wonderland," and "No Such Thing," but rather than simply put his band through the paces, Mayer stretches out, peppering the package with older songs as well as a healthy dose of new material. The latter category is highlighted by the winsome "Something's Missing," which revolves around one of Mayer's typically ethereal vocal hooks, and the jazzy, cleverly constructed "Covered in Rain." In addition to its audio component, Any Given Thursday contains a passel of DVD extras, including concert footage as well as incisive interview material, some from before and some from after the show in question. While probably a better buy for a convert than a newcomer, Any Given Thursday has enough easygoing charm to win over any class of fan.

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Room for Squares was released in summer 2001, and John Mayer toured in support of it for more than a year after. The live Any Given Thursday, then, filled the gap until Mayer's proper follow-up could be recorded; it also capitalized on his tumbleweed of stardom, which was still rolling through 2003 due to a Grammy win and strong word of mouth between campuses about his live show. Any Given Thursday was recorded at Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Birmingham, AL, on September 12, 2002. In addition to Mayer's guitar and vocals, it features bassist David LaBruyere, drummer Stephen Chopek, and guitarist/keyboardist Michael Chaves. No matter how great it was when it happened, a live document always has the potential for disaster when released for public consumption. Thursday succeeds, but it does so because Mayer's music is an unthreatening mixture of college rock and wide-eyed adolescent lyricism. Like Dave Matthews, Mayer makes music that appeals to everyone, goes great with beer, and can be played with relative ease by any college-town cover band. He's handsome, and his lyrics say everything that real boyfriends never will. Live, each vocal trill and guitar flourish is greeted with Beatlesque screaming from his largely female following. Singalong moments during "Love Song for No One," "Why Georgia," and the sticky bubblegum love pop of "Your Body Is a Wonderland" prove this; during each, the "B-ham choir" (as Mayer characterizes the crowd) sounds like a thousand pretty birds harmonizing on his words.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998719927
catalogNumber:
87199
Rank:
71127

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mayer   Primary Artist
David LaBruyere   Bass
Michael Chaves   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Stephen Chopek   Drums

Technical Credits

Vladimir Meller   Audio Master
John Alagia   Producer,Stereo Mix Producer
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Tom Tyler   Guitar Techician
Jeff Juliano   Stereo Mix Producer
John Mayer   Composer
Peter Harding   Engineer
Chad Franscoviak   Engineer
Clay Cook   Composer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Adrian Silverstein   Monitor Engineer

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4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This concert disc is a must-have! His talent not only as a guitarist and true entertainer, but as a songwriter come to light in this album. Everyone should see/hear John in concert before they decide he "sounds just like Dave Matthews." Like DMB, his live shows are truly where he shines. There are comparisions made between these two artists because John Alagia, producer on both Room for Squares and this concert album, also produces Dave Matthews' albums, but that's where the similarites end. John Mayer's lyrics are stand-out. He writes from the heart--about breakups, falling in and out of love, getting used to new love while still missing the old. His lyrics are so true and honest and every song has such meaning--without being overly sappy. Truly an artist for my age group...I can relate to his experiences with our Quarter-life crises! +++On the DVD, for those looking for insight into each song there is an audio feature that showcases John evaluating his own performance. It's hysterical. He really is a quick-witted, funny, funny man.+++
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD, along with all of his other releases, is a refreshing break from the packaged, monotonous pop stars that are being shot out at a mile a minute. John Mayer shows true talent and knows what music is and how to play it. The best part of the CD in my opinion is the opportunity to dive into his head simply by listening to his self-written lyrics. This is, simply put, the best CD I own. Its worth every single penny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album to pick up. I am a huge John Mayer fan, and as usual, was not disappointed. Many of your favorite songs of his you might not like as much because this is the live version, but they do hav many new songs u mite not hav heard and should defnitly hear! A MUST GET!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a John Mayer fan since he started out in the late 90's club scene. I've watched his music progress from the trip-hop acid jazz sound to what he has developed into today. This cd covers everything from his early years with the 8 peice back-up band to his new, stipped down approach with more of a latin feel. People looking for his hits like "Reach for the sky" and "Down the old plank river" might be disappointed, but if you want the authentic, "take no prisoners" approach that made him so popular with the blue collar crowd, this is the album for you. There are some great guest appearances, too, with a saprano sax solo by Yo-Yo Ma and some percussion layers added by the legendary Phil Collins Orchestra. Go out and pick up a copy today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a John Mayer fan for many years now. His lyrics, his music, his passion are just unmatched. How his lyrics can be related to by everyone is just amazing and makes him unmatched as an artist. Any Given Thursday has some amazing music on it, some you won't find released, like Man on the Side, an incredible song. There are versions of songs he does live, like Comfortable which are just mind blowingly amazing! I listen to it after all these years all the time. Some people won't give him a chance, but he deserves it, this was his best era in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
john mayer is awesome i can relate to him rememberins his past as a child i do the same thing it makes you young at heart his cd)s are allways in my car cd player GO JOHN
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I dunno if its only me but I think that John Meyer is a Dave Matthews Rip Off- everything from his clothes to his stage setting to his song titles to his singing. The only thing that he wasn't able to imitate is the quality of the songs of Dave Matthews and the real music that he generates. I'm a real DMB fan and i don't know about this wannabe right here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Room For Squares was amazing, no doubt about that. But, this CD is just John Mayer, live, uncut, and unrestricted. He starts off the show with 3X5, an awesome song. He also chooses to play songs he's never played before such as "Something's Missing", which is my personal favorite. He doesn't hesitate to croon his listeners away while singing in that beautiful voice of his with hits like "Back to You" and the renowned "Your Body is a Wonderland". John Mayer is amazing--singer, songwriter, and most of all, musician. The prolonged guitar solos show that side of J. Mayer that weren't as obvious on his first recording--that is, his potential for winning the hearts and ears of America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard John Mayer's name here and there but had I never actually heard any of his music until a friend introduced me to "Any Given Thursday" and I was blown away. John has the most beautiful voice and delivers his songs with so much passion. While he makes his listening audience feel very comfortable when he performs, and primarily because he is hysterical. I like a wide variety of music, but I was never really into to any Alternative or Rock but John can pull anyone his way. I hear a lot of people liken him to Dave Matthews, which I don't think he is. I think John is better artist than Dave Matthews. And the thing that John's music does effectively that not many artists do is appeal to such a wide variety of people. This CD is wonderful, it is defineatly a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD after falling in love with Room For Squares and I couldn't be happier. This CD captures the magic of being at a John Mayer show. It includes live favorites from "Room For Squares" along with other great songs like Comfortable, Man on the Side, and Somethings Missing. The man is truly amazing. This is a must have for any John Mayer fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a little disappointing to say the least. I LOVE "Room for Squares" and figured this would be great too. He mixes songs - like "Let's Hear it For the Boy" which I can't stand and just generally rambles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to this record, 2 things become glaringly apparent: 1st) without a video to showcase his pouty lips, there is no distraction to keep you from reaching the conclusion that these songs just don't have a lot of substance. 2cd) John Mayer relys heavily on his svengali producer John Alagia. This disk is a dissapointment after hearing the hype about his live show for over a year now. After enjoying the single "your body is a wonderland" on the radio and MTV, I was prepared to like this cd. Sadly, if your over 25, you can't help but get the impression you have heard all this stuff before from artist's with greater depth and better delivery. However, the included cover of "message in a bottle" makes the cd worth buying if not for comedy value alone. John M. is in all likelyhood, reaching his 14th minute. John A. on the otherhand, should finally release his own records. Makes one wonder if the Dave Mathews band is getting any return on this kid's cds. They should.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago