Release Date: July 1, 2008
"Where The Light Is" encompasses everything that is good about John Mayer - his early days working with Clay Cook and playing the acoustic-pop, his days with the John Mayer Trio and Try!, and on to the blues-rock "Continuum".
Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles
tomlawrie, on march 31, 2011 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: The near-flawless guitar playing and vocals of John Mayer have been skilfully supplemented by his live band, David Ryan Harris and Robbie McIntosh providing the perfect amount of backing and rhythm guitar to embolden the soft licks and melodies that Mayer often improvises over his songs. While the first acoustic set is quite minimal, the second with the John Mayer Trio quite brash and dynamic, and the third more melodic and softer blues-rock, which gives the entire concert the air of a shifting dynamic that further accentuates the near-perfect set list. // 8
Content: Mayer has creatively divided the concert into three distinct sets: the first, an acoustic, chilled out session, starting with the older concert staple 'Neon' after some improv, before going into the Continuum-track 'Stop This Train'. After a beautifully played 'In Your Atmosphere', Mayer gets his guitarists out for 'Daughters', before finishing the set with a fantastic cover of Tom Petty's'Free Fallin'. Then out comes the John Mayer Trio, with Steve Jordan's bold drums and Pino Palladino's intricate bass lines bringing forth the massive blues songs 'Everyday I Have the Blues', 'Wait Until Tomorrow', 'Who Did You Think I Was', 'Come When I Call' and 'Good Love Is On the Way'. He then slows it down with 'Out of My Mind' and 'Vultures', before ending the Mayer Trio set with an epic 'Bold As Love', including a heart-to-heart with the audience before tearing into another Hendrix-inspired solo. Then out come the big guns - Mayer's most recent album at this recording, Continuum - opening with 'Waiting on the World to Change' before a heavily improvised 'Slow Dancing in a Burning Room' and then an acoustic 'Why Georgia', playing heavily on the involvement of the screaming crowd. After another chilled out number, 'Heart of Life', Mayer roars back to the blues-rock, with a cover of Ray Charles''I Don't Need No Doctor', before a massive rendition of 'Gravity', incorporating some of Otis Redding's'I've Got Dreams to Remember' in the improvised intro. This truly is the climax of the show, he allows the audience to calm with 'I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)' and 'Belief', before ending on a high with the epic 'I'm Gonna Find Another You'. Even those who aren't stringent Mayer fans will find something to their taste in this eclectic mix of acoustic chillout, heavier blues and calm John Mayer Strat mastery. // 9
Production Quality: The concert itself is well recorded, and it is easy to discern the plethora of instruments Mayer takes advantage of in his live shows. The other benefit to the sound engineers is the well-pitched voice of Mayer himself. // 7
Overall Impression: Where the Light Is encompasses everything that is good about John Mayer - his early days working with Clay Cook and playing the acoustic-pop, his days with the John Mayer Trio and Try!, and on to the blues-rock Continuum. While some of the songs do drag on, the epic Gravity is one of the best modern live performances I have seen in a while. So buy it, whether on CD or DVD, and enjoy Mayer to the fullest. Regardless of what you think of him as a person, he can put on a damn good show. // 9
Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles
MarcFlink, on july 03, 2013 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Simple answer. Amazing. Crystal clear, and get every little detail from guitars, drums, and of course their (both Mayer's voice and the backing vocals) voices. And it is John Mayer, so it can't be bad. But seriously, he was really in his ace on that night! Hits every high note perfectly, and his guitar playing is absolutely amazing, and with Robbie McIntosh by his side, it can't be bad. But just some awesome sound on this! And a great idea about doing "three different artists," the first acoustic "warmup" the trio and then the main attraction. Brilliant, and nothing but a 10 would justify it. // 10
Content: Well, it has the whole concert (except 2 songs that were mysteriously left out). We even get to see some backstage action and a few other things from before and during the concert that the concertgoers didn't see! It's nice to get some extra inside knowledge on Mayer. To be honest, the concert would be enough in itself, since it is so great, but there is also a special performance of "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room," which is performed on Mulholland drive OUTSIDE. There is also some multi angle cam shot from the perspectives of drummer Steve Jordan and bassplayer Pino Palladino, but it is nothing special. It is not loaded with extras, but just the concert would be enough to justify the asking price. Sadly, they cut 2 songs which is questionable! So it's a 9 from me here. // 9
Production Quality: Well, it is great quality. Really good, clear camera shots where you can see loads of detail on the set, guitars, and the people on stage, of course including John Mayer! The multitude of angles of shot are really great, and you get to see what the guys at the concert saw because of the shots from their angle, and you get to see John Mayer's point of view as well. All in all, the production quality is really high. Again, the sound is really high quality, and so is the rest of the DVD. Brilliant! 10 here. Can't see what could be better. // 10
Overall Impression: Just fantastic. I am so glad I bought it. Just put it on, crank the volume up and enjoy the next 2 and a half hours of amazing John Mayer guitar playing, and his fantastic unique voice. You get all of his best stuff, and some unexpected, but welcome additions like "Free Fallin'" by our dear Mr. Petty, and some other great covers (mostly by the trio) The sound quality is great, John Mayer and co. Is completely mind-blowing, production quality is highest class, and you feel privileged to be allowed to witness a world class performance by John Mayer.
Buy it guys, it's really cheap, and I have watched it 5 times now (only had it a year or so). Many words have been written now, but 1 word and a number should be enough. Amazing. // 10