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Eric JohnsonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Eric Johnson’s stature as one of the premier guitar
players in contemporary music is his artistic trump
card, backed by a Grammy Award and five nominations,
platinum album, Top 10 hits like “Cliffs Of Dover,”
praise from critics and the esteem of his peers.
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  • Audio CD (December 7, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0045ASBRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 release from the guitar great. Eric Johnson rates as one of the premier guitarist of our day, but also excels as a composer, singer and musical entertainer. He boasts a Grammy award and five nominations, a platinum album, and the rare achievent of instrumental hit songs.

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return but a mixed bag December 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Being a long time fan, its great to see a new EJ album after the wait since 2005's "Bloom".

Unfortunately, Up Close is a bit hit and miss in its delivery - lots of variety but the album feels disjointed, more like a collection of singles, with too many guest vocal collaborations.

That's not to say that the guests don't deliver:- there are some fine performances, particularly Johnny Lang on Austin and Malford Milligan on Brilliant Room. Austin is probably the album highlight (it's also the first single from the CD) with a melody that immediately recalls Stevie Wonder's "I was made to love her" - top stuff!

Austin is also the best balanced collaboration, allowing EJ to step forward with some fantastic soloing but too often the other vocal tracks seem to showcase mainly the vocalists, and EJ's signature melodic guitar runs rarely take centre stage (see for example Brilliant Room or A Change Has Come to Me.)

Texas is a close relation of Red House, and features Steve Miller on vocals. Being EJ, it's technically flawless in performance, but ultimately remains a fairly standard blues number that fails to excite or explore new territory and, at 6+mins long, it actually stops the album's early build up of momentum.

On the plus side, Arithmetic and Your Book are both wonderful ballads, with Eric taking lead vocals. It's not new ground for Eric but these are both great songs and touching performances.

It's a shame that A Change Has Come to Me doesn't fulfil its early promise, opening with some great chiming tones, some lovely Hendrixy phrasing and a strong chorus but the song never lands the knockout punch, losing direction somewhat in its latter stages, with a reprise section that feels tacked on and awkward.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EJ is back! December 7, 2010
Format:Audio CD
It's been five long years since the release of Eric Johnson's last disc "Bloom" and now, finally is his latest release "Up Close".
For Mr. Johnson this is a quick turnaround for new music seeing that the span between "Bloom" and his previous release "Venus Isle" was eight lonnnggg years.
This is what we Eric Johnson fans have grown accustomed to because the end result is always outstanding and this release is no different.
This disc is a little different then previous releases.
Eric who does most of his own vocals, has many guests taking over the vocal reins. Steve Miller on "Texas", bluesman Jonny Lang on "Austin" and Malford Milligan does "Brilliant Room".
Guitar greats Sonny Landreth and Jimmy Vaughn also make appearances playing guitar on "Your Book" and "Texas" respectively.
The great Johnson instrumentals are also here. Fatdaddy and Gem are two of my new favorites.
After giving it a few listens it could very well be one his best.
This will be in my home system for quite some time.
So EJ and guitar fans go out and buy this as an early Christmas present to yourself, because, like me, I couldn't wait.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Grows on You (in a good way) December 28, 2010
By Jeremy
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Like many of my favorite albums, this one grew on me the more I listened to it. Eric has some guest singers on a few tracks, which was cool. His lead tone has evolved over the years. There's definitely less delay on this album than in the past; giving it a more natural sound. I like it.

Instrumental Tunes: 'Fatdaddy' and 'Vortexan' to me seem like generic bluesy-rock space-fillers without much meat. I felt the same way about 'Camel's Night Out' and some of Eric's other previous tracks. Conversely, the instrumental tune 'Gem' is catchy. Think 'Pavilion'. I think the chicken pickin' tune 'On the Way' is unremarkable.

Vocal Tunes: Honestly, I've always found Eric's lyrics a bit trite and obtuse. I felt the same about 'A Change Has Come to Me', 'Brilliant Room', 'Your Book', and 'Arithmetic' at first as well. The fantastic phrasing between lines, Hendrixy tone, and catchy melody on '...Change' finally won me over. 'Brilliant Room' has some great leads. 'Arithmetic' has a good message and probably has some deep meaning for Eric, and I appreciate it from that level. The brief intro to 'Arithmetic' is wonderful and reminds me of a more complex version of the intro to 'Take My Hand' by Toto (credits from the movie Dune).

All said, I like this album better than 'Bloom' and think it's on par with 'Venus Isle'. I'd give it a 4.5 if I could, but will round up to 5 since I've been an EJ fan for many years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The RajMan (Fan) Review December 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The first new studio album in five years from Grammy Award-winning Texas guitar hero Eric Johnson has finally arrived, and it's quite the trip - and well worth the wait. Like his other CDs a mix of instrumentals and vocal songs mostly penned by him and showcasing his unique virtuosity on the electric guitar, Up Close includes some of the best work that Johnson has ever written and recorded.

The album is dripping with crackling guitars. If a guitar died and went to heaven, this is what heaven would sound like. Johnson is on fire, effortlessly weaving incredible, sparkling solos in and out of both the instrumental and vocal tracks. The vocal songs range from energetic blues and rock numbers to gorgeous, heartfelt ballads. Inspired like never before, Johnson plays and sings with a fervor not present in his previous work. Perhaps Johnson is like a fine vintage wine, improving with age.

I was first introduced to the music of Johnson 20 years ago by an employee at a local cable television station I was interning at during my senior year of high school. That was the year Johnson, then 36 years old, released his breakthrough second album, Ah Via Musicom, which achieved the distinction of having three instrumental songs reach the American Top Ten.

As accomplished and groundbreaking as Ah Via Musicom and its edgier and sonically more expansive 1996 follow-up, Venus Isle, are, Johnson has really poured his living, breathing essence into Up Close. The result is the best guitar-based album of the last several years, and one of the best guitar-based and general music albums of all time.

With Up Close, Johnson is at the top of his game as a guitarist, composer, and singer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not my favorite E.J. album but It still was worth the purchase.
Published 2 months ago by J.C.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars An easier going vibe than his earlier works, but just as strong
If you like Eric Johnson's work, get this. Good songs and well executed.
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Sound Good
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Love this new album by Eric.. has some deeply soulful tracks and some up beat tracks that really show case Eric's ability to rip up the neck of that Fender
Published 7 months ago by John P. Notarangelo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Gave this as a gift to my nephew. He liked it a lot and has played it many times. Good guitarist!
Published 8 months ago by LaVern Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blues Master at work
Just discovered Eric Johnson and am very happy with the album. A classic blues master at work with his craft!
Published 9 months ago by Joseph G. Utasi
5.0 out of 5 stars What's with the Explicit warnings?
This is a great cd, period. If you're a fan of Eric's or a fan of great guitarists, you should love it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by kell
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay
Please don't ever cover Mike Bloomfield again, you ain't there. the rest of the cd is okay tho I wish he'd show some real fire sometime.
Published 10 months ago by dennis bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I have always loved Eric Johnson's work. He seems to keep getting more and more better with age. A true virtuoso.
Published 15 months ago by G. Wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
great composition and guitar work. Just when I was getting depressed at the quality of music produced these day I run across something like this and it restores my faith that real... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kyle Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Eric Johnson Up close
Eric Johnson's playing cannot be beat. Therre are a couple of throw away songs here, but for the most part the album is immaculate.
Published 21 months ago by Susan Revella
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