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Europe Live [Live]

Eric JohnsonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Mascot Records
  • ASIN: B00JQPOYAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century --Musician Magazine

Eric Johnson is one of the most respected guitarists on the planet. --Guitar Player Magazine

Product Description

Europe Live was recorded in venues across Johnson's tour of the continent, with the majority of the album capturing
his appearance at Amsterdam's Melkweg along with selections from two dates in Germany at Die Kantine in Köln and
Bochum Zeche and the Paris show at New Morning. Each appearance featured a unique set list, offering Johnson the
opportunity to cull this track listing from a wealth of repertoire captured.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic live collection of EJ's best work! June 23, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I have been a devoted EJ fan since 1996--the year Santa put Venus Isle under the tree. I was in 5th grade and became irrevocably entranced by the layers of classical, rock, jazz and blues. I listened studiously, then and now, with my hi-fi headphones and took note of every nuance and diminished scale. Now I'm a grown up (sort of) and my pure fascination and admiration of Eric's work has only amplified. The live album Alien Love Child remains one of my favorite releases and I was elated upon hearing of Europe Lives' release.

One of the most spectacular things about watching Eric play live is his ability to execute these incredibly complex compositions without hint that he's exerting any effort. Unlike watching an orchestra play a fantastically rehearsed symphony, it feels like Eric, with his band, invents a symphony off the cuff.

Europe Live feels more candid than any of his previous live albums. In fact, it feels like you are sitting at a round table in an intimate nightclub setting and soaking in the flavor of every note. It's wonderful.

The set list is comprehensive, spanning from his earlier "Tones" work to include his most recent "Up Close" tracks. Zenland comes up first after a teasing hint of Venus Isle in the introduction. Austin and Forty Mile keep the momentum going before switching gears to the jazzier Mr. P.C. and Manhattan. Zap and Last House are awesome treats. And, the bass player Chris Maresh plays phenomenally on Cliffs of Dover.

New Music? "Evinrude Fever" heads up the encore. Described as "just jamming" by Eric, I sure hope this makes it to a studio release sometime in the near future!

Collectively, the Europe Live release is a wonderful compilation of Eric's work. His three-piece band has truly never sounded better.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful June 30, 2014
By Jeremy
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I've been holding off on this review until listening to the entire album 15 times. Each time was better than the previous; picking up little nuances and things that made me smile.

That's as good a criteria as any I can think of for determining what is a 'great' album.

Having been an EJ fan for almost 25 years, I'd buy anything he put out; since his releases are few and far between. That said, this has become my favorite of all of them after a few listens.

I'd love to go track-by-track to give you my thoughts, but this would be a longgggg review. Here are the high points:

Eric's playing and tone are better than ever. Zenland just screams Knopfler / Dire Straits - but oh-so-tasty. Manhatten and Forty Mile Town sparkle - that clean tone is just amazing. Zap takes us back to Tones, and is spotless. I could go on... My only critique; and it's a small one; is he starts off on a strong jazz course on the Coltrane tune Mr. P.C., but reverts back to EJ by the end. Still amazing playing, just less jazz-oriented.

The drummer, Wayne Salzmann, is nothing short of spectacular. How have I not heard of this guy outside of Eric's most recent US tour?!? I love Tommy Taylor - very Hendrix-esque drummer. Wayne is much more complex -a first-rate jazz drummer, with some serious chops. He locks into a groove on Forty Mile Town that elevates it to a whole other tune - I mean, and I don't say this lightly, it is Absolutely Amazing. The album is worth the price of admission just for this track alone. The finesse he shows on Mr. P.C. is incredible. Í play drums, and don't think I've heard a better drummer in my life.

Chris Maresh (aka Benicio Del Toro Jr.) is a strong bassist, and dishes up some tasty solos on Mr. P.C. and Zap.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Yourself June 24, 2014
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First came across Eric Johnson while watching Austin City limits in the mid 1980s. His clear crisp notes and nuance were immediately obvious. I was hooked. A great artist builds over time. Eric has done that. In many ways he's never been better. Treat yourself to this man's offerings. Who knows when his like will come again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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His tone is amazing and his proficiency of the guitar is ridiculous. I own everything that's ever been commercially available going all the way back to Mariani and this does not disappoint. I'm probably a little biased as I'd buy a CD of him simply tuning his guitars. He could talk over it, I wouldn't care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amsterdam, Paris...Overdub City! July 23, 2014
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Europe Live: in which EJ showcases the standout tracks from his 2013 European tour.

This is a really great listen but not entirely authentic of the true "live" experience, since EJ admits to adding live studio performances to fix "technical problems" in the recordings (see the album's liner notes for this statement).

Given his rep for perfectionism, I'm guessing the "problems" he refers to are performance flaws as opposed to flaws in the live recordings themselves so exactly how much of the guitar heard on this album is from stage or from studio is to be queried. The guitar sound is seamlessly consistent across all 14 tracks which is surely difficult to achieve when recording live in several different venues?

The above is not to detract from what is a very fine listen and an absolute joy to hear such masterful playing. However, as with many other "live" concert albums, it's not quite what it appears to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite guitarists. He sounds good tuning a guitar, what can I say! Cool!
Published 4 hours ago by Mark D. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect, Thanks
Published 1 day ago by MACCABEZ R.
5.0 out of 5 stars You're Gonna Love this One!!! Amazing LIVE Album!
Taking Europe by force! This is an excellent LIVE album from Eric Johnson and excellently enjoyably over & over! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Crafty12player
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
CD sounds great love Eric 's sound great tone he rocks!
Published 17 days ago by Mark G. Sosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Johnson is amazing. One of the greatest guitarists of all time
Eric Johnson is amazing. One of the greatest guitarists of all time. He is original, technical, soulful, bluesy and Hendrixy all in one package. Read more
Published 28 days ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome cd
This is an awesome cd. Eric really rips on guitar! He does some of his best songs and the band really shows it.
Published 1 month ago by george
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome live record. A must listen
Published 1 month ago by John Rieder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great cd Eric Rocks
Published 1 month ago by Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars The man can still play!
Rock solid stuff here. You can't go wrong with EJ. Hope some new studio work is comin' soon!
Published 1 month ago by VORTEXAN
5.0 out of 5 stars EJ keeps getting better.
I love this live record, it really feels like you are at his live show, his sounds are amazing and great set list of tunes, the best thing about this live record it's Raw and in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by solarwind
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why???
Probably because EJ is a perfectionist and chose only his top 10 favorite performances from that tour
Jul 14, 2014 by Ryan Ha |  See all 2 posts
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