Where the Light Is (John Mayer album)

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Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles
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Live album by John Mayer
Released July 1, 2008 (2008-07-01)
Recorded December 8, 2007
Venue L.A. Live Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, California
Genre Blues rock
Length 124:16
Label Columbia
Producer Chad Franscoviak, John Mayer, Steve Jordan
John Mayer chronology
The Village Sessions
Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles
Battle Studies

Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles, commonly referred to as Where the Light Is, is a live album and concert film by American blues-rock musician John Mayer. Released on July 1, 2008, the album documents Mayer's performance at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on December 8, 2007, during the promotional tour for his 2006 third studio album Continuum.

The concert in question, which was for the Annual John Mayer Holiday Charity Revue, featured three separate performances: the first an acoustic set by Mayer alone, the second with the John Mayer Trio, and the third with Mayer's regular touring band. The title of the album is taken from a line in the song "Gravity", which was released as the second single from Continuum on January 31, 2007. Where the Light Is was released in a number of formats, including, for the audio album, Compact Disc, LP album and digital download; and, for the video album, DVD and Blu-ray Disc; as well as a 2CD+DVD set. The DVD and Blu-ray bonus material includes footage of Mayer backstage and playing outside on Mulholland Drive.[1][2]

His acoustic cover of "Free Fallin'," originally by Tom Petty, was released as a single and met with wide critical acclaim.

The songs "No Such Thing" and "Bigger Than My Body" were played on the evening but did not make it to the DVD release for unknown reasons.

Track listing[edit]

Acoustic set
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "Neon" John Mayer, Clay Cook Inside Wants Out (1999) 5:55
2. "Stop This Train" Mayer Continuum (2006) 5:00
3. "In Your Atmosphere (LA Song)" Mayer Previously unreleased 5:45
4. "Daughters" Mayer Heavier Things (2003) 5:04
5. "Free Fallin'" (Tom Petty cover) Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne Previously unreleased 4:23
Total length: 26:07
Trio set
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
6. "Everyday I Have the Blues" Blues standard Previously unreleased 4:14
7. "Wait Until Tomorrow" (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) Jimi Hendrix Try! (2005) 4:19
8. "Who Did You Think I Was" Mayer Try! (2005) 4:23
9. "Come When I Call" Mayer "Who Did You Think I Was" (2005) 3:23
10. "Good Love Is on the Way" Mayer, Steve Jordan, Pino Palladino Try! (2005) 4:18
11. "Out of My Mind" Mayer Try! (2005) 10:10
12. "Vultures" Mayer, Jordan, Palladino Try! (2006) 5:19
13. "Bold as Love (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)" Hendrix Continuum (2006) 8:38
Total length: 44:44
Band set
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "Waiting on the World to Change" Mayer Continuum (2006) 3:50
2. "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" Mayer Continuum (2006) 5:19
3. "Why Georgia" Mayer Room for Squares (2001) 4:27
4. "The Heart of Life / In Repair" Mayer Continuum (2006) 3:40
5. "I Don't Need No Doctor" (Ray Charles cover) Joseph Armstead, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles (John Scofield ft. John Mayer) (2005) 6:02
6. "I've Got Dreams to Remember (Otis Redding cover) / Gravity" Otis Redding, Zelma Redding, Joe Rock/Mayer Try! (2005) 9:41
7. "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)" Mayer Continuum (2006) 8:44
8. "Belief" Mayer Continuum (2006) 6:03
9. "I'm Gonna Find Another You" Mayer Continuum (2006) 5:40
Total length: 53:26


Reception and chart performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Music Box 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]

Guitarist magazine gave the album five stars, saying the disc proves that "Mayer, 30, is the complete package as a singer, songwriter and guitarist."[6]

In the United States, the album debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart at number five.[7] and has sold 258,359 copies.[7] The album also debuted in Australia on the ARIA Albums Chart at number 30.[8] It also debuted at number-two on the Top 40 DVD chart.[9] In its second week, the album was certified gold by ARIA for DVD shipments of 7,500 copies.[10] It has since received a double-platinum certification for DVD shipments of 30,000 copies[11]

Chart Peak Certification
Australia ARIA Albums Chart 30
Australia ARIA Top 40 DVD Chart 2 2x Platinum - 30,000
Brazil ABPD[12] - Gold - 15,000
UK Albums Chart 125
U.S Billboard 200 Chart 5 Gold - 500,000
U.S Billboard Top Digital Albums Chart 2
U.S Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart 3
U.S Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart 2


  1. ^ "'Where the light is' live album is released today", July 1, 2008
  2. ^ Roy, Paul (October 8, 2008). "Music DVD Review: John Mayer – Where The Light Is (Live In Los Angeles)". Blogcritics. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Collar, Matt. "Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles - John Mayer". Allmusic. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ Metzger, John (July 17, 2008). "John Mayer - Where the Light Is: Live in Los Angeles (Album Review)". The Music Box. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kemp, Mark (July 1, 2008). "Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ (Summer 2008), "John Mayer". Guitarist. (306):157
  7. ^ a b "John Mayer - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  8. ^ [1] Archived June 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ [2] Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  11. ^ "Accreditations - 2009 DVD". Aria.com.au. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  12. ^ "Associaчуo Brasileira de Produtores de Disco". ABPD. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2013-10-16.