Genre: Pop Rock
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


The John Mayer Trio Try! Live In Concert 180g Import 2LP

The John Mayer Trio

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180g Audiophile Vinyl Double LP!
Contains Covers of Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles Tunes "Wait Until Tomorrow" and "I Got a Woman"!

Back in 2005, longtime listeners could have seen it coming: it was only a matter of time before John Mayer dropped the pop star burden and proved he could really bring it on the six-string! Chalk it up to one too many Dave Matthews comparisons, or his image after the success of "Your Body Is a Wonderland", but something convinced Mayer it was time to take it to the next level. With help from studio pros Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, he succeeds on "Try!"

His covers of Jimi Hendrix's "Wait Until Tomorrow" and Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman" should convince even the most purist Guitar Player magazine subscribers. Or else, the blues-rock opener "Who Do You Think I Was" will do for sure.

Mixed in with the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton-esque stuff are a few mellow numbers ("Daughters" most notably), but even those songs seem juiced up with rock-God hormones.

"What got into John Mayer? Sometime after the release of his 2003 sophomore album, Heavier Things, a perfectly pleasant affair that expanded on the dreamy, mellow adult pop of his breakthrough hit, "Your Body Is a Wonderland," he decided that he just didn't want to follow that direction anymore. He started penning a monthly column for Esquire magazine, within which he hinted that his musical tastes were far broader than his recordings suggested, and then he started cameoing all over the place, appearing on albums by Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and John Scofield -- heavy hitters one and all, yet none of them seemed to have much to do with Mayer's music, at least on the surface. These veterans recognized something within Mayer's playing, but more importantly, he realized that he needed to push himself further and decided to expand his horizons by seizing the opportunity to play with these masters and then incorporating what he learned into his own music. He toured as a power trio with studio pros Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino and recorded the live album Try! while on the road. There are no two ways about it: anybody who dismissed Mayer as a lite Dave Matthews wannabe based on his first two records will be forced to reassess him on the basis of this excellent record... Here, Mayer is pushed by Jordan and Palladino -- and he pays back the favor by giving them equal billing on the album's front cover, which is unusual for any pop/rock star of his popularity (the cover also marks the second Blue Note allusion in Mayer's oeuvre, which is surely not a coincidence) -- and he rises to the challenge with muscular playing that's his best playing on record. Not just that, but there's a palpable grit to Try! -- and a sultry smoothness to the mellow numbers -- unheard on his previous studio albums. That alone would make Try! not just noteworthy, but a step forward for Mayer. But what makes it more remarkable is that Mayer takes an even greater risk by relying on new material for this album. There are two older songs -- "Something's Missing" and the hit "Daughters," both from Heavier Things -- but the rest consists of covers of Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles ("Wait Until Tomorrow" and "I Got a Woman," respectively) and new songs that showcase Mayer's earthier, blues-rock direction... Mayer has expanded what he can do as a musician and a writer and in the process has definitively separated himself from the pack of sensitive, jammy modern singer/songwriters. Based on this, he has more heart, soul, ambition, and chops than the rest of them combined." -

• Audiophile 180g Vinyl
• Import
• Printed inner sleeves
• Exclusively Remastered

LP1 - Side One:
1. Who Did You Think I Was
2. Good Love Is On the Way
3. Wait Until Tomorrow
LP1 - Side Two:
1. Gravity
2. Vultures
3. Out Of My Mind
LP2 - Side Three:
1. Another Kind of Green
2. I Got A Woman
LP2 - Side Four:
1. Something' Missing
2. Daughters
3. Try

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