I don't think this disc looks quite as good as Chris Botti and Shakira, but it's no slouch, and fans should be pleased with the results. This special concert includes three sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio John Mayer, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino , as well as a set featuring Mayer's full band. Waiting On The World To Change 15. We are also taken backstage in between sets which will likely be as much a fan favorite as the performance itself. There is a solid, all-encompassing crowd noise when they make their presence known, and is enhanced by the extra channels of the 5. I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You 21.Next
John Mayer: Where the Light Is 2008 John Mayer: Where the Light Is Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release Track listing: 1. Botti, for live events anyway, is my choice as better performer of the two, although Mayer's talent as both a vocalist and a guitarist is undeniable. For those who love Mayer, this Blu-ray disc is certainly a worthy addition to your library. Mayer's guitar has that look as well. Updated daily and in real-time, we track all high-def disc news and release dates, and review the latest disc titles.Next
There is also some noise as a result of the intense colors, though fleshtones at least remain accurate, and the rest of the encode is sharp, with no obvious artifacts. Low bass on both mixes is likewise superb, and the clear differentiation between highs and lows across the spectrum is what high-res audio is all about. Bringing you all the best reviews of high definition entertainment. Every note from each instrument couldn't sound better if the band was playing live in our living rooms. Channel separation of individual sounds is transparent, so studying the band's jaw-dropping musicianship is a true joy. Note that a standard Dolby Digital 5. This lack of detail, notably during the acoustic session, seems effected by the lighting.
Seldom does a concert disc come along that changes my perception of the artist. Filmed entirely at the Nokia Theater on November 8, 2007, and directed by Danny Clinch, 'Where the Light Is' is a very well photographed and constructed film. It wasn't my favorite, but I enjoyed it a great deal more than anything I heard in the acoustic segment. Once the John Mayer Trio act of the performance begins, the lighting becomes a bit more pronounced and exciting compared to the decidedly less-than-interesting light accompanying the slower tempo acoustic act. John Mayer fans are in for a treat as the film takes on a documentary-style approach in places, generally between acts.Next
To further enhance the film-like look, the concert sequences have received an intentional contrast boost, as well as pumped-up colors. We won't bother to compare him to the vivacious , whose act is a thing of wonder and energy all its own, but a comparison with what I saw on the disc is a bit more apropos. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room 16. Pino Palladino's bass is true and mesmerizing, presenting listeners with just the right rumble in the gut and in the seat of the pants to keep us fascinated with every strum. I played the 30-second preview clip of that song on iTunes and it did not ring a bell, although my wife had heard it somewhere before.
The performances pick up some steam and pizzazz, and to my ear, this style of blues was the most entertaining of all the selections. I've always thought of him as a twentysomething version of Sting's solo career -- pleasant, radio friendly, and the musical equivalent of adult contemporary wallpaper. The first special feature is Slow Dancing on Mulholland Drive 1080p, 3:26. Detail is generally solid here, too. It will hold some replay value for me and earns this disc a few extra points. Botti exudes an energy and uniqueness all his own, whereas I found Mayer a bit stiff and less entertaining. Of course, the musician's music is the real star of the show, and although I enjoyed Botti's style of music more than Mayer's although the Trio session was excellent , that's not influencing how I viewed them as performers.Next
Set Select is nothing more than another chapter selection. . Sonically, John Mayer: Where the Light Is is another in a growing list of fantastic live concert presentations on Blu-ray. John Mayer: Where the Light Is provides listeners with two high definition audio experiences: a full 5. Here, Mayer offers a brief recap of the event and performs a piece high atop Hollywood, in the same location as seen during the film's introduction. Clinch wisely realizes that Mayer's skill is the real show, and the almost fawning close-ups of his frenetic fingers become a separate character.Next
The concert is a stunning display of craft, while the Blu-ray delivers first-rate video and audio. I found his insights into the music interesting if a bit self-important , and since their use is sparing, I wasn't irritated. My receipt of John Mayer: Where the Light Is on Blu-ray for review served notice as to just how far out of the popular music loop I am. Still, in terms of raw presentation, if only all such music titles were this good. Mayer is a fine musician, but he simply doesn't have the stage presence of Chris Botti, whose concert I greatly enjoyed on Blu-ray.Next
Like the best concert films, 'Where the Light Is' turns the act of making music into a thrill to watch, rather than just a distraction from fancy visuals or intrusive gimmicks. In contrast to the Chris Botti concert, which was oftentimes bathed in differing colors, the first third of John Mayer's Blu-ray disc debut is very dark with a a few bright white lights lighting the background and the performer. Inside the concert hall, detail is slightly less impressive. When Mayer speaks to the crowd between songs, there is a nice reverberation of his voice and slight rear-channel presence as it echoes behind us that places the Blu-ray home theater audience in the middle of the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. I just didn't really want to check this one out, because I'm rarely a fan of Mayer's music. I'm Gonna Find Another You For more about John Mayer: Where the Light Is and the John Mayer: Where the Light Is Blu-ray release, see published by Martin Liebman on June 30, 2008 where this Blu-ray release scored 3. With an impressive video quality and the expected excellent audio presentation with two high definition options to boot , not to mention a few supplements to keep fans happy, John Mayer: Where the Light Is should be at the top of your wish list if you happen to be a fan of this musician.Next
As I've often said, I don't care much for the sort of fake surround that's usually added to live concert presentations, as it usually sounds unrealistic. The source is excellent, with rich, deep blacks, though fall-off in the shadows is steep. Includes 22 songs and features a one-of-a-kind song listmade up of three distinct performances-all recorded the night of Dec 8th, 2007 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Usually, I either like a band or I don't -- all the cool pyrotechnics and fancy choreography don't matter a whit if I don't like the tunes. As for that aspect of the disc, Mayer is a fine performer. The 22-strong tracklist includes: 01. Of note is that the disc comes in a digipak-style case rather than a traditional Blu-ray case.Next