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Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival

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In June 2004, some of the greatest living guitar players and their bands gathered at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, for a three-day festival to benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. It was the ultimate concert for any music lover, featuring one legend after the other: Eric Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, James Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Santana, ZZ Top, and many more. This 2-DVD set beautifully documents the event and contains over 4 hours of content. Planned extras include in-depth artist interviews, a mini-documentary, photo gallery, alternate angle, and more. Royalties from the DVD sales will benefit the Crossroads Center.

Although it could have been twice as long, this double-DVD set effectively captures over three hours of highlights from one of the most comprehensive and diverse collection of guitarists ever assembled for a single event. Recorded over three days in June of 2004 to benefit Eric Clapton's Crossroads Center in Antigua (as do the sales of this set), the show is not surprisingly heavy on the rootsy blues and country that comprise Clapton's primary inspirations. But it also includes folk (James Taylor), gospel (Robert Randolph & the Family Band), fret-shredding rockers (Steve Vai who delivers a dazzling performance), jazz (John McLaughlin), and, most interestingly, Indian classical music (a stunning piece from Vishwa Mohan Bhatt).

Most compelling are the rare and sometimes unusual collaborations. Joe Walsh and Taylor clown around on "Steamroller Blues," and Booker T. & the M.G.'s back both Joe Walsh on a rollicking "Rocky Mountain Way" and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo tearing into a sizzling "The Neighborhood." Clapton and J.J. Cale share the stage as do Clapton and Carlos Santana, and a show-stopping blues summit with Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Hubert Sumlin, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Clapton is a treat for all involved.

There are some shortcomings. The event isn't presented in chronological order--different stages, days, and backing bands are shuffled with Clapton's own set scattered throughout--ZZ Top's closing is a bit anticlimactic, and there are many omissions due to time constraints. But every act rises to the occasion, and this expertly recorded and shot DVD gives the viewer a front-row seat to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. --Hal Horowitz

Special Features

  • In-depth artist interviews
  • Alternate angle feature
  • Photo gallery
  • Multi-channel video by MX Entertainment;

Product Details

  • Actors: Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, B.B. King, James Taylor (XVII), Rocky Frisco
  • Directors: Ron de Moraes
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Imports
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Y4T92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival" on IMDb

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I was lucky to attend the festival in Dallas this summer. While the songs selected for the DVD aren't always the ones I would have picked (Buddy Guy blew everyone else away, but he is conspicuously absent except for the ensemble numbers), this is nontheless sure to be a great DVD. Clapton was brilliant as usual, Santana was fantastic and ZZ Top were their usual eccentric selves.

John Mayer, Jonny Lang and Robert Randolph were all excellent newcomers in the mostly over-50 lineup. Jimmie Vaughan and his Tilt-a-whirl band served as a fantastic houseband, backing up the many blues legends on hand.

Some disappointing omissions ... Robert Randolph's "I Need More Love" ,a surprising show-stealer on the second day of the festival is not listed. Same with John Mayer's "Come Back To Bed". Styx put on a surprisingly good set of cover tunes, from the Beatles' "I Am The Walrus" to BB King's "The Thrill Is Gone". Also, Eric Clapton's set on the third day included a nice selection of songs from his new album of Robert Johnson covers that are omitted here.

That said, I still pre-ordered my copy as soon as I saw it announced. They could have made it a four disc set with more material and doubled the price and I still would have bought it.
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This DVD set attempts to capture a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I was at the Crossroads Festival both days that there were performances. Sure, there are parts I would like to see on the DVD that were cut, but obviously they could not put TWO DAYS of music on two DVDs. As some of the other reviews indicated, I too would love to see a volume 3 and 4, but highly doubt that will happen.

It was a grand event for a grand cause and I would not have missed it for anything. I equate some of the complaints about the DVD set (yea, the sound could be a little better, but it is still VERY GOOD quality) to some of the whining I heard while walking back to my car at the Cottonbowl that Sunday night. People had seen hour after hour after hour of amazing music performances by the top guitarists in the world and were actually whining and cursing about the "finale" being cut. I don't blame the promoters, the weather was looking quite bad. At the end of the day, you had gotten many times your money's worth and then some.

The DVD set is but a small snapshot of a really fantastic music event. That is all. It is like the photo you take on vacation. It is but a small window, a reminder, of a really nice event that took place and I was truly glad to be there to see it.

Good DVD. I was ready to buy it the second that I read that there was to be a DVD released. If you were there, the DVD is a great reminder. If you were not there, the DVD will make you wish that you had been.
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The Crossroads Guitar Festival will go down in history as one of the greatest gatherings of guitarists ever. The 2 DVD set features performance footage in 5.1 Surround Sound, artist interviews and a photo gallery.

Disc one:

"Cocaine," Eric Clapton

"Love in Vain Blues," Robert Lockwood Jr.

"Killing Floor," Clapton, Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin and Jimmie Vaughan

"Sweet Home Chicago," Clapton, Cray, Buddy Guy, Sumlin and Vaughan

"Six Strings Down," Clapton, Cray, Robert Randolph and Vaughan

"Rock Me Baby," Clapton, Guy, B.B. King and Vaughan

"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," Dan Tyminski and Ron Block

"Road to Nash Vegas," Tyminski and Block

"Copperline," James Taylor with Jerry Douglas

"Steamroller," Taylor and Joe Walsh

"Oklahoma Borderline," Vince Gill and Douglas

"What the Cowgirls Do," Gill and Douglas

"After Midnight," J.J.
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What can I say? Clapton fan or not, this 2 dvd set is an awesome addition to one's musical collection. Over three hours of music which still doesn't cover all of the greatness of the Festival, yet it's easily a classic dvd. Eric, Jonny Lang, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Dan Tyminski, Doyle Bramhall II, ZZ Top, Larry Carlton, etc. There is such a vast span of the musical forum with these artists. Different styles, different ages, different tones, etc.

Some of the highlights for me.

First, of course, Eric. Cocaine is rockin'. I Shot The Sheriff shows why it's such a highlight through the years, but even more so this last tour. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day is a just a steamroller of the blues, and Have You Ever Loved A Woman is beautiful as always.

Then of course there is the blues jams. Eric, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and Jimmie Vaughan onstage together. It's something to see them just having fun and is one of the showstoppers of the whole event. Then Hubert Sumlin joins for a song, and later B.B. King is thrown into the mix as well. This jam session basically allows for Buddy to really show off his style on Sweet Home Chicago. And to see Buddy urging Eric on during his solo until Eric just points and him and laughs. Classic.

Rock Me Baby let's us all see that B.B. King hasn't lost any showmanship even if he does approach his music from a different direction than he did 40 years ago.

Jonny Lang has one song on this dvd, and it's from his latest album, Long Time Coming. The song, Give Me Up Again, is one of my favorites from the new album, so it's nice to see it live. Jonny is one who is the future when it comes to guitar. He's amazing for his age, and he's been just about that good since he was a teenager.
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