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As/Is is live album by John Mayer, released in 2004, available for download from iTunes and also available as a double-CD release. The albums were released from live concert performances across the United States from the tour following the release of Mayer's second album, Heavier Things. Notable about these recordings is the sheer volume included (five albums' worth from iTunes), the interaction Mayer has with the audience, and the blues jamming. As of September, 2007, the four concert-specific albums were still available on iTunes in the United States. Each ten-track album has its own artwork. The CD release features the "best" of the iTunes series, plus an additional song, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," a Marvin Gaye cover. In "Inner City Blues," Mayer called upon DJ Logic, the support act of the Heavier Things tour, to join him to perform a turntable solo.

Performing band

The songs all feature Mayer's touring band of the time:

Cover art for the series

Volume one features a cut-out silhouette version of Mayer (from the cover of Heavier Things) with two tones of blue. As it is separate from the other volumes, its artwork is rather distinct from the rest.

Artwork for the covers of volumes two, three, four, and five is by the artist Kozyndan. They feature bunnies in out-of-character situations on their covers, including hanging from helium balloons (two) and in washing machines (three). The bunnies on the cover of four begin as amoeba and diagonally evolve into bunnies. The cover of volume five has several bunnies with their midsections replaced with springs.

The CD release continued the use of bunnies; however, either as an homage or a parody, it has hundreds of bunnies in formation to appear like revered Japanese artwork The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Notably, the CD is considered volume six (the last) of the series, and The Great Wave woodblock printing is the first of a 36-part series of art.

Track listings

As/Is iTunes EP

Volume one
Released:
December 1, 2003

  1. "Come Back to Bed"
  2. "Your Body Is a Wonderland"
  3. "Neon"
  4. "St. Patrick's Day"
  5. "83"
  6. "Bigger Than My Body"

As/Is iTunes concert releases

Volume two Volume three Volume four Volume five
Mountain View
California
The Woodlands
Texas
Cleveland
Ohio
Cincinnati
Ohio
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
Hartford
Connecticut
Shoreline Amphitheater C.W. Mitchell Pavilion Blossom Music Center Riverbend Music Center Tweeter Center
Recorded:
July 16, 2004
Released:
August 10, 2004
Recorded:
July 24, 2004
Released:
August 17, 2004
Recorded:
August 3 - 4, 2004
Released:
August 24, 2004
Recorded:
August 14 - 15, 2004
Released:
August 31, 2004

  1. "No Such Thing"
  2. "Come Back to Bed"
  3. "Something's Missing"
  4. "Split Screen Sadness"
  5. "New Deep"
  6. "Why Georgia"
  7. "Bigger Than My Body"
  8. "Home Life"
  9. "Tracing"
  10. "Comfortable"

  1. "Clarity"
  2. "No Such Thing"
  3. "Back to You"
  4. "Daughters"
  5. "Blues Intro"
  6. "Come Back to Bed"
  7. "Your Body Is a Wonderland"
  8. "Bigger Than My Body"
  9. "Comfortable"
  10. "Neon"

  1. "Only Heart"
  2. "New Deep"
  3. "No Such Thing"
  4. "Something's Missing"
  5. "My Stupid Mouth"
  6. "Daughters"
  7. "Clarity"
  8. "Quiet"
  9. "3x5"
  10. "Wheel"

  1. "Your Body Is a Wonderland"
  2. "Only Heart"
  3. "Something's Missing"
  4. "New Deep"
  5. "Daughters"
  6. "My Stupid Mouth"
  7. "Covered in Rain"
  8. "Come Back to Bed"
  9. "83"
  10. "Hummingbird"

As/Is CD release

Volume Six
# Title Composer(s) Date Venue iTunes Album
Disc one
1. "Only Heart" John Mayer August 3 2004 Blossom Music Center
2. "My Stupid Mouth" Mayer August 14 2004 Tweeter Center
3. "No Such Thing" Mayer
Clay Cook
July 24, 2004 C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
4. "Covered in Rain" Mayer August 14, 2004 Tweeter Center
5. "Split Screen Sadness" Mayer July 16, 2004 Shoreline Amphitheater
6. "Blues Intro" Mayer July 24, 2004 C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
7. "Come Back to Bed" Mayer July 24, 2004 C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
Disc two
1. "Your Body Is a Wonderland" Mayer July 24, 2004 C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
2. "Something's Missing" Mayer August 4 2004 Riverbend Music Center
3. "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
Featuring DJ Logic
Marvin Gaye
James Nyx
July 27 2004 Sandstone Amphitheater,
Bonner Springs, Kansas
4. "Clarity" Mayer August 3 2004 Blossom Music Center
5. "3x5" Mayer August 3, 2004 Blossom Music Center
6. "Home Life" Mayer
David LaBruyere
July 16, 2004 Shoreline Amphitheater
7. "Comfortable" Mayer
Cook
July 24, 2004 C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
8. "Neon" Mayer
Cook
July 24 2004 C.W. Mitchell Pavilion

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