Eric Clapton - Sessions for Robert Johnson
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(Dec 07, 2004)
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The DVD starts off with a nice low-key electric studio session on March 15, 2004 in Checkendon, England with some top notch musicians including the very talented Doyle Bramhall II (Papa Bramhall was Stevie Ray Vaughan's song writing partner and vocal influence) on supporting rhythm, lead, and slide guitar. Peppered throughout the DVD are interviews with Clapton on the deep influence Robert Johnson's music had on him, his career, and many of his musician friends. Also included are Robert Johnson facts, images of the few documents he left behind, and other tidbits most knowledgeable blues fans already know. Session II was recorded on June 2, 2004 in Irving, TX on a funky sound stage with a cloudy sky backdrop. The visual is juxtaposed by the edgy three song session. The band is loose and Clapton and Bramhall offer up a nice meaty helping of blues.Read more ›
Now it is.
Eric Clapton virtually makes any song he plays (From Hideaway, to Cocaine, to this cd) his own. And he has done it again with this tribute to his idol, Robert Johnson.
This DVD, presented in stereo or dolby sorround, is a true homage to the spirit of the blues, remade by Clapton and his talented muscicians incluidin Billy Preston, Chris Stainton, Doyle Bramhall, and bassist extraordinaire Nathan East.
Divided into 4 sessions recorded at different studios around the world, the atmosphere of the performance is very intimate. Just the guys standing up or sitting, rocking away. There are no mistakes or interruptions like regular rehearsals, this is more of a final rehearsal, if you will, but they include songs that were not in the cd originally.
First session and second has the full band performing tunes such as If I had Possession and Milkcow Blues. Third Session is just Clapton and Brmahall, and fourth one is just slowhand and some beatufil looking Martin guitars.
Again, video is letterbox format, menus are not animated, but instead have a short video running as background, so you see a close up or EC's guitar, or Clapton opening the hood of a pretty hot rod and then driving away.
Behind the scenes featurette is only 5 minutes long, and show crew and band getting ready for recording.
Plus, you get a Music CD also included in this package. Insert is just a one leaf booklet with credits and a picture, no booklet here. Very nice realese, recommeded indeed for modern blues fans!
What a great concept for a "performance" DVD, no audience, just pure live music. The first half of the DVD is EC in a rehearsal type setting with five stellar musicians. The rhythm section consists of long time Clapton band mates, Nathan East and Steve Gaddy. The legendary Billy Preston plays Hammond organ. Young Doyle Bramhall II is not intimidated by this veteran lineup, he plays an outstanding second lead guitar to EC, I think he pushes Eric to a higher level. "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Hell Hound on my Trail" are two highlights from this half.
The second half of the DVD is acoustic. EC and Doyle travel to the abandoned Dallas hotel where RJ recorded his last session in 1937. Funny how it takes the two of them to get the RJ sound, it's often said that RJ sounded like he was playing two guitars at once.
The last 5 songs are EC solo, and they are my favorites. "Stones in My Passway", "Love in Vain", and "Traveling Riverside Blues" are highlights of the acoustic half.
This material has been covered thousands of times before by many other musicians, but it has never been done better. A close second is Peter Green's "Hot Foot Powder" CD.
The DVD is worth the price of the DVD / CD combo in my opinion. Clapton never looked more relaxed and human than on this DVD. It really is about Johnson, and Clapton is just the vehicle to get Johnson out there. No ego, just a tight band or solo playing that is world class. At first, I couldn't understand what 5.1 Dolby digital could do for two guys in a room with acoustic guitars, but WOW! Get this set!
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Clearly not one of Eric's best. However he is a master of the guitar and can play just about anything. I love his diversity and his willingness to broaden his horizon. Read morePublished 7 months ago by eddyabear
After the too slick and uninspiring 'Me and Mr Johnson' this album is what we were actually after. EC playing Johnson tracks with a bit of passion and verve. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Spider Monkey
This is an unbelievable session-4 sessions really. EC The late great Billy Preston--totally fantastic blues of Robert Johnson. Electric and Acoustic Get ITPublished on September 4, 2009 by Rob B
If you dont own the 'Me and Mr Johnson' album, you should get it first, and use this as a companion. Read morePublished on May 30, 2009 by Funky Pete
EC is infatuated with Robert Johnson. He decided to make a CD/DVD of recording the music of Mr. Johnson. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by CDP and his Amazon Habit of purchases! !
Wow! Clapton does not fail to mesmerize yet again with his incredible depth of talent as he takes on the most difficult task of playing a tribute to Robert Johnson. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Danny Ray Camp, Jr.
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