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ReleasedNovember 22, 2005
RecordedSeptember 21–22, 2005
Genre Blues rock
Label Columbia
Producer Steve Jordan
John Mayer
John Mayer Trio chronology
Singles from Try!
  1. "Who Did You Think I Was"
    Released: September 13, 2005

Try! is the first live album by the John Mayer Trio. It was released by Columbia Records on November 22, 2005. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. The artwork for the album was done by Seattle graphic design firm, Ames Bros.



The trio features John Mayer (guitar/lead vocals), Pino Palladino (bass), and Steve Jordan (drums/backup vocals). Unlike previous efforts by John Mayer, Try! focuses on popular blues renditions rather than adult-contemporary pop songs. The CD includes two cover songs, "Wait Until Tomorrow" by Jimi Hendrix, and "I Got a Woman" by Ray Charles; two of Mayer's previous album, Heavier Things ' songs, "Daughters" and "Something's Missing"; and also showcased two songs from Mayer's then forthcoming album, Continuum , "Vultures" and "Gravity".


Professional ratings
Review scores
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The Daily VaultA [3]
Entertainment Weekly B− [4]
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The Village Voice (favorable) [6]

Critical response to the album was mixed, with most critics being impressed with Mayer's progression and Palladino and Jordan's musicianship, while still being underwhelmed. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone said, "over most of these sixty-three minutes [of the album], Mayer proves he can bowl you over, not just make your knees weak", ultimately giving the album three out of five stars. [7] Katy Hastey of Billboard found that "while "Try!" is brimming with talent, it's not consistently compelling." [8] People magazine heartily praised the album, concluding, "Here's hoping Mayer keeps this new groove going for his next solo disc." [9]

Track listing

1."Who Did You Think I Was" John Mayer 3:09
2."Good Love Is on the Way"Mayer, Steve Jordan, Pino Palladino 4:50
3."Wait Until Tomorrow" (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) Jimi Hendrix 4:14
5."Vultures"Mayer, Jordan, Palladino5:19
6."Out of My Mind"Mayer7:39
7."Another Kind of Green"Mayer4:39
8."I Got a Woman" (Ray Charles cover)Ray Charles, Renald Richard7:40
9."Something's Missing"Mayer6:56
11."Try"Mayer, Jordan, Palladino6:52
Total length:63:23




RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) [11] Gold500,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

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