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Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads... (1999)

Mary J. Blige , Eric Clapton  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mary J. Blige, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, David Sanborn, Sheryl Crow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros / Wea
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305610460
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Songs Include: Intro/Driftin', Hoochie Coochie Man, River Of Tears, Goin' Down Slow (With David Sanborn), My Favorite Mistake (Sheryl Crow), Difficult Kind (Sheryl Crow), Little Wing (With Sheryl Crow And David Sanborn), Be Happy/You Bring Me Joy (Medley / Mary J. Blige), Not Gon' Cry (Mary J. Blige), Tears In Heaven, Change The World, Old Love, Wonderful Tonight, Layla, Don't Think Twice It's All Right (With Bob Dylan), Crossroads ["Cross Roads Blues"] (With Bob Dylan), Sunshine Of Your Love

Editorial Reviews

On July 30, 1999, Eric Clapton put together a stellar band and invited a few friends--Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, and David Sanborn--to perform a one-night-only concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden as a benefit for Clapton's Crossroads Centre at Antigua. 170 minutes.

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173 of 178 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great concert to attend, only a mediocre one to buy. December 23, 1999
I was at the epic length concert on June 30, 1999 (not July 30, as mistakenly written on this site), and I had a wonderful time listening to some of the most incredible guitar playing I'd ever heard. I was overjoyed to hear that a video/DVD of the show would be released, but I was very disappointed with the actual product. The concert lasted over three hours, and notes that the DVD/video is 170 minutes in their review, yet it is only 108 minutes! More than an hour of music has been cut out by the manufacturers, including what I believed to be the highlights of the show. Gone are Eric Clapton's "My Father's Eyes", "Pilgrim", Sheryl Crow's "Run Baby Run", "Leaving Las Vegas", "If It Makes You Happy", and Bob Dylan's "Not Dark Yet", "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat". Gone is the showstopping duet of between Dylan and Clapton of "Born In Time", a song Dylan wrote in 1991 that was covered by Clapton on his most recent album. Instead, what the producers of this DVD and video have put out are solid performanes of songs that have already been released on live albums and videos countless times. Sure, I enjoy hearing "Layla", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Tears In Heaven", "Wonderful Tonight", and "Old Love", but I have them live on other Clapton live releases, and they sound very much the same; I would have rathered to have selections that no other live recording is avaliable of, or even better, the entire concert. DVDs can hold 4-8 hours, so there's no reason why they couldn't have included everything. Read more ›
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncommon Presentation January 2, 2004
By M. Best
I adore Clapton, and own all of his DVD's. I have to rate this one at the bottom of the list, though it is worth the purchase just to get the rare "Little Wing" performance. He uses the same arrangement/approach that the Dominos used, and it is good. After that, I have to agree with the other reviews here that critise the choices of selections from the concert that ended up on the DVD. I would really enjoy seeing the songs that were deleted, rather than the great, but oft repeated warhorses like "Sunshine of Your Love", and yet another "Tears in Heaven." There are just so many wonderful choices in his past repetoire that he NEVER performs now like "Strange Brew", "Forever Man", or "I Am Yours" that would be precious to many of his fans! But to avoid misunderstanding, I must say that what is here is predominantly great. (The only blatant exception being the horror of what is done to the usually poignant "Old Love" by a keyboardist that I have never seen with him before. I "skip" over that song always!)
The guests are somewhat unusual, though mostly pleasing. Sheryl Crow is fine, Bob Dylan is excellent, Dave Sanborn is probably good, (I rarely take note of horns), but the Mary Blige section is, ...well, ...unexpected!.
Clapton's backing band is mostly the same folks that are usually with him; Andy Fairweather-Low, Steve Gadd, and Nathan East with Katie Kissoon & Tessa Niles. They are always enjoyable to hear. (He later dropped the girls from his 2002 tour, and I missed them on "One More Car"/Rider). I have read that he sometimes determines his song selections according to the capabilities of his backing group. If that is so, then I would appreciate a little variety in the players he recruits - time is moving on, and I would love to hear/see him do some of the afformentioned tunes before he hangs up his new, graphic strat forever!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular June 12, 2002
Well, I loved this DVD. From "Layla" (which, might I add, is not predictable, seeing as how it's the first time he's played the Derek and the Dominos version of the song in who knows how long) to "River of Tears", this is a great concert. The guest artists are excellent. Sheryl Crow and Clapton sound wonderful together, and I was glad to see her there. Mary J. Blige... I don't know, if it suits your fancy... and Bob Dylan was excellent if you like Bob Dylan, as I do. David Sanborn, one of the best rock saxophone players today, is an excellent addition to the house band, which includes standards like Nathan East, Steve Gadd, Andy Fairweather-Low, Tessa Niles, and Katie Kissoon, plus Tim Carmon, a great keyboard player who makes his keyboard solo sound like a guitar solo in "Old Love", and Dave Delhomme, who just sits and plays keyboards. Great companion to "Live in Hyde Park".
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Performances November 10, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There are excellent performances by Clapton, Sanborn & Crow. The Blige and Dylan performances were not so good. A mixed bag. The other Clapton dvd's are probably better. Not a keeper but a good 1 off rental.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clapton rocks the Garden February 7, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I attended this concert, and this production is faithful to the performance. I particularly enjoyed Hoochie Coochie Man, a blistering rendition of the Muddy Waters classic. David Sanborn highlights Little Wing, an Eric Clapton/Sheryl Crow duet, with some inspired sax. The rest of the show was so good that Bob Dylan's introduction for the final set was almost an anticlimax. I highly recommend this disc, I have played it almost every night since I acquired it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Alessandro Comunian V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gotta love Clapton. Excellent
Published 3 months ago by Thomas M. Hornecker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Classic but very good DVD
Five stars, because Eric Clapton is five stars.
But in this case with Friends, listen like Sheril Craw and others sounds very well.
Published 7 months ago by Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars First . . . .
. . . in the Crossroads benefit concert series, I wanted it to complete my collection. Not bad . . . not bad at all.
Published 8 months ago by Phil Aruffo
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Soulful Night Was Had By All!!!!!
What is not to enjoy about this DVD. The price was not bad at all. I would highly recommend. Enjoy.
Published 9 months ago by Theresa L. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice.
It's Clapton, so you can't go wrong. However, if you looking for the quality and variety of the Crossroads Concerts then just buy those. Read more
Published 10 months ago by michael d.
1.0 out of 5 stars Whose bed have her boots been under?
Clapton and Sanborn - YES! I would have loved to hear the instrumentation there @ the concert. But somebody please - PLEASE - tell me why - WHY - Sheryl "One Hit Wonder"... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Group Of Players... Same Clapton... GOOD Cause
After seeing Eric play in person in 5 decades through several different styles, I'll have to admit this one was different than any other I'd heard... Read more
Published 12 months ago by tgrocks2
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Watch
Solid performances by great musicians. Eric Clapton musical career is a model of individual creativity and collaborative expression, which are both on view in the concert
Published 12 months ago by Robert Mcmackin
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