Best of 2008.
I was recently inspired by my best mate to review my favourite music from last year (in order to make him a CD of the resultant tracks for his birthday), and thought I’d share the result with you. In reverse order.
#02 .: John Mayer, Where The Light Is
Ever since John Mayer released Try!, the live record he recorded with the John Mayer Trio, I have been obsessed with collecting live John Mayer albums.
It’s nothing at all like a futile pursuit – from all stages of his career, John has released several live collections, before and after his switch to playing the blues.
I remember that it couldn’t have been too much longer than a year ago that Nicole mentioned the idea of seeing him play in Toronto (an opportunity we jumped upon), and shortly after also finding out that he would be releasing a live disc around the same time. I was very excited about both.
First came the album; it’s a special collection, split into three sets over two discs. The first is a solo acoustic segment, and John performs several songs from early in his career. It’s smooth and great to listen to, and he’s long since mastered playing these tunes effortlessly.
The second set is a reunion with the John Mayer Trio – bassist Pino Palladino and dummer Steve Jordan joined him onstage for an electrifying set up blues music, including a hot cover of Ray Charles‘ I Don’t Need No Doctor.
The third set was the longest by far, and featured John’s full, regular touring band. They performed an absolutely incredible set of John’s current singles and standards, with a couple of twists on his back catalogue. In all, an incredible live collection, an incredible listen.
The video above is the song I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You), and features absolutely stellar performances from everyone onstage. John’s guitar work is electric, and the band has never been so fluid.