I’ve been listening to a copy of Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks, and I’m really enjoying it. The album is live in front of a crowd of about 7,000 in L.A. John plays a set of 5 acoustic songs, including an interesting cover of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’. The acoustic sounds are done well, and you definitely get a sense of his passion as he sings, which is something I find lacking in performances from other bands. The concert then dramatically changes over to an electric guitar-laden blues album that had me at the first riff. This set includes a cover of Hendrix’s Wait Until Tomorrow and (I think) a few originals. One of the best quotes of the album comes when Mayer speaks to the crowd early in Out Of My Mind, when he proclaims something to the effect of, “It’s 2007. We just launched into a slow blues, and 7,000 people in L.A. just went nuts. All is not lost.” The album continues with some more familiar Mayer tunes in a “band set,” including an impassioned take of Gravity that I thoroughly enjoyed.
I think I’m partly enjoying this album so much because it was so unexpected. I had heard a few of Mayer’s songs on the radio, but never had an album. I put this on in the car one day and found myself almost instantly loving the acoustics. The fantastic blues set in the middle of the album was an unexpected and very welcomed surprise. It was definitely the highlight of the album. You can buy a CD of Where The Light Is on Amazon ($15) or buy the DRM-free MP3 album from Amazon MP3 ($14). For a 2-disc album, the money is well worth it! You could also grab a DVD of the concert ($15), which might add another dimension to the performance.
All-in-all, this is an awesome live album by John Mayer.