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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete visual version at last!, 5 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: The 70th Birthday Concert [Blu-ray] [2009] (Blu-ray)
I first became aware of this splendid concert when excerpts were shown on TV around the time of recording in July 2003. The DVD was an essential purchase for me shortly afterwards.

It wasn't until hearing the double CD a few years later that I realised the DVD was an edited version of the show and that three songs had been cut to enable it to be fitted onto a single disc.

'Grits Ain't Groceries' and 'Jacksboro Highway' were originally played by The Bluesbreakers prior to John Mayall's arrival on stage at the beginning of the gig and featured Buddy Whittington's excellent vocals. 'California' appeared later in the set and developed into blues jamming at it's best (although still very fond of 'The Turning Point' version I saw JM perform in Sheffield in the late '60s).

I'm pleased to say that this blu-ray edition brings these three CD-only tracks to a visual format for the first time. A slight criticism is that they appear as bonus tracks rather than part of the concert (but I'm not complaining!) As a drummer, I finally have the opportunity to appreciate the way Joe Yuele plays those interesting little snare drum touches during the previously unseen performances.

There are lots of highlights in this concert, far too many to mention. I'll just say that each musician expresses himself beautifully within the framework of a very tight band. 'Have You Heard' is a particular favourite of mine.

Highly recommended for fans of the 'Father of British Blues' and in high-definition as a bonus!
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