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Clapton, Eric - The 1960s Review
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The dvd starts out with some great information and photos of the little boy Eric born in Ripley, England on March 30, 1945 with his parents who were really his grandparents and his sister who was 15 years older than him, who was really his Mother. Eric's early background, like most great guitarists, is obviously a gift he was born with and nurtured with the great art schools England provided after WWII for their students. For a dvd not authorized by Eric Clapton, the rare photos, clips, performance clips and great information are really quite superb. Then it quickly becomes obvious why this dvd is so superb.
This close look at Eric Clapton's early years contains archive interviews of Eric himself, commentaries from his friends, band mates and colleagues, sixties performance clips and photos that have been rarely or never seen before and period archive material from the sixties that take you back into that time period. Hearing great stories from Alan Clayson author of The Yardbirds, Ben Palmer pianist from Eric's earlist band The Roosters, Bill Halverson Cream producer, Chris Dreja Yardbirds guitarist, Chris Welch Cream journalist, Dave Kelly blues guitarist, John Mayall blues guitarist and bandleader, Neil Innes musician and songwriter, Nigel Williamson Uncut's editor, Paul Jones vocalist for Manfred Mann, Tom McGuiness guitarist from Manfred Mann, Top Topham earliest Yardbirds guitarist and many more.Read more ›
Interviews with Yardbirds and other early London musicians who were there when Clapton was just starting out.
If you grew up a major Clapton fan like me, you will watch this over and over. Well worth the small price of the DVD.
It starts with little boy Eric born in England and each step along the way. The DVD has some rare photos, clips, performance clips and great information making this a great DVD.
Early years with archived Clapton interviews. Commnetaries from frineds and ex bandmates about the young Clapton.
It is a two hour DVD and does not drag making it well worth it!
I do not regret the purchase and have watched the disc a few times picking up more bits of information during each watching. It is two hours long, but while watching, the time seems to fly by. I won't list all of the commentators because they are included in the product listing but most were illuminating. And, although clearly this DVD just covers the 1960's, the material was handled in a compelling way so I want to move on and explore the 1970's work he did with Derek and the Dominoes, etc. So, I guess I'll be buying the 1970's review DVD.
First off, there are no new interviews with Eric Clapton. Most of the interview footage of Clapton is taken from the 2005 Cream Classic Artist dvd and 2006 Disraeli Gears Classic Albums dvd. While there are some interesting new interviews in this dvd from Chris Dreja, Tom McGuinness, and Cream biographer Chris Welch, the film is severely lacking in production value. The interviews are almost all shot in a harshly lit studio with a green screen. When interviews are shot in a natural setting, i.e. outdoors with Ben Palmer (he tells a good story about driving Cream to their first gig with him as road manager) the picture is flat with no sort of color grading in post production. In short, all the interviews just look cheaply done.
B-roll is what you would expect. Concert footage from the Farewell Concert, Blind Faith's free Hyde Park concert, and some early Yardbird's footage. Here would have been a great chance for the film makers to maybe shoot new footage around London (maybe at some old clubs at which Cream played, or at least at the spot the club used to be). Instead, the viewer is treated to the tired "Ken Burns Effect" of photo montages, with the same photos being shown 2 or 3 different times.
The film really drops the ball when it comes to mentioning Blind Faith. I say mention, because all that is given is the last 5 minutes of the film and a quick overview, almost an afterthought.
This all being said, there is some good insight from the men who played with Clapton in his early years.Read more ›
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Nice summary of Clapton's '60s guitar career, although too many recollections by associates, and not enough direct Eric Clapton music and talking.Published 9 months ago by Timo
The interviews are good, but the documentary doesn't break any new ground, or reveal any new information. Also not much video of Clapton playing.Published on February 2, 2014 by MKaylor
big eric clapton fan so i liked it alot; though i get very different reads on their drug use from varying sources while with cream. not so much with ginger though.Published on July 6, 2013 by Ronald Grande
I've returned two copies of this dvd to Amazon so far. The first copy "froze" at about the 60 minute mark and the replacement that I received did the same thing at the 80 minute... Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Brenda Joan Pratt
Quite a wide range of info provided in this EC DVD.Good to see some of the people that weren't necessarily known outside of Britain at the time those that were just below the... Read morePublished on October 26, 2010 by S. J. J. Hughes