The Village Sessions

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The Village Sessions
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The Village Sessions
EP by John Mayer
Released December 12, 2006
Recorded Late 2004–early 2005, The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California[1]
Genre Acoustic
Label Aware, Columbia
Producer John Mayer, Chad Franscoviak
John Mayer chronology
Continuum
(2006)
The Village Sessions
(2006)
Where the Light Is
(2008)

The Village Sessions is an EP released by artist John Mayer on December 12, 2006.[2] Collaborators include John Mayer Trio members Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, along with Ben Harper, Robbie McIntosh, and Ricky Peterson of Mayer's touring band and former producer for Prince albums. The six-song EP contains acoustic and alternate versions of songs found on Mayer's third studio album, Continuum, and his trio's live album, Try!. Mayer co-produced the album with engineer Chad Franscoviak.

Though the EP was released at about the same time as Mayer’s single, "Gravity", the song itself does not appear on this EP, much like Mayer's singles "Daughters" and "Bigger Than My Body" were not on his live album, As/Is, despite being the current singles at the time of its release. Like the As/Is series before it, The Village Sessions was made available on iTunes, on May 15, 2007.

Release[edit]

Robbie McIntosh and John Mayer, who perform on all tracks, in 2007

Originally, the EP was only available at indie record stores and at the online Aware Records store in limited quantities.[3] The album was released on December 12, 2006, and copies had sold out on the Aware Store as of December 23, 2006. However, it is now also available on Amazon.com. In May 2007, The Village Sessions was released on iTunes with a special video featuring the making of "In Repair" as heard on Continuum. The video shows the song being recorded within one day.

On December 6, 2007, the acoustic version of "Belief" from "The Village Sessions" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, a category that Mayer had previously won three times.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blog Critics 4/5 stars link
Okayplayer 3.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Waiting on the World to Change" (Ben Harper version)
  2. "Belief" (acoustic version)
  3. "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" (acoustic version)
  4. "Good Love is On the Way" (acoustic version)
  5. "I'm Gonna Find Another You" (acoustic version)
  6. "In Repair" (acoustic version)

References[edit]

  1. ^ MixOnline article about the album's creation. (Article cites December 27, 2004 as being first Village Recorder session.)
  2. ^ The Village Sessions page at Aware Store.
  3. ^ Mayer's Site's Official Announcement of The Village Sessions' release.