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Brilliant and emotional performance!,
This review is from: The 70th Birthday Concert [DVD]  (DVD)
Words cannot adequately express how much I love this DVD. John Mayall is in excellent form and the Bluesbreakers more than prove themselves as a first-rate band, Buddy Whittington being an exceptionally talented rhythm and lead guitarist. Joe Yuele is a good, solid drummer and the backbone of the band; Hank Van Sickle a sympathetic and feeling bass player and Tom Canning ... what can I say about his playing? The way his fingers just fly across the keyboard is nothing short of stunning.
Then we come to the guest stars themselves:
Mick Taylor is everything we have come to love and expect and more, his tasteful lead guitar interspersed with his exemplary slide work adds a classic touch to the already renowned John Mayall sound and the brig grins coming from the band members show the immense respect everyone has for each other. Then we have the legendary trombone player Chris Barber, who was singlehandedly responsible for bringing over such Blues luminaries as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Muddy Waters and many more.
Then, after 38 years, we have the main course:
John and Eric reunited on the same stage. EC walks on to a standing ovation and it's just the two of them sharing the limelight as they launch into an impromptu boogie woogie number. Emotions are running high as is evidenced by John's watery eyes as he introduces Eric. It's a wonderful occasion. Eric seems to really be in his element and it's not long before he is letting the licks fly and that old EC magic comes flooding out.
This is a brilliant DVD. It is highly recommended for John Mayall fans, EC fans or just fans of Electric Blues in general. The sound is nigh on perfect, it's beautifully and lovingly filmed and there is even a 15 minute interview with John Mayall as well, where he talks about his roots and influences, of Eric, Mick and all of this is infused with his immense love of Blues music.
This disc comes highly recommended.