What was he like?Totally agree with you!! In fact, I met him personally at the Sydney Entertainment Ctr.(1996), and he autograph that album for me. It is framed as part of my collection.
I love Mayer's "Gravity" as well. Both are consummate entertainers. But, if James were alive today, I don't think he would fit well, into today's genre of "belly-aching", bitching, ego-tripping, and profanity-riddled songs(IMHO).