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Eric Clapton: Live at Montreux, 1986
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The Ramblin On My Mind > Have You Ever Loved A Woman encore track is awesome with a bunch of key changes, and Robert Cray on guitar.
A shame, but still a great DVD, much more complete than the other DVD from 1986 ("Eric Clapton and Friends").
As for the performance, it is top notch. Clapton had a great group of players in 86-87 with the four piece band of Collins/East/Phillinganes.
Greg Phillinganes provides the vocals for the chorus of "White Room" and the entire song of "Behind the Mask".
Some of Greg Phillingnaes synths are rather dated, but it doesn't detract from these excellent shows. Additionally, Phil Collins rocks the house with his smash hit "In The Air Tonight".
Can't recommend this enough despite its shortcomings. It would be five stars if it was complete.
This DVD was eagerly awaited by all Blues fans. It was shot in 1986 and shows us a younger (52) Otis in his first of three Montreux performances between 1986 and 1996 (thanks to Eric Clapton). Otis had been to Europe with the AFBF in the 1960s and his input in those DVDs is very exciting. In this set he has the Professor Eddie Lusk Blues Review as his backup group and honestly-they are only adequate. Otis needs a horn section and a tighter drummer and bassist to bring out his sound. Otis himself sings great and puts over a very good overall performance. His guitar is a little thin and down in the mix. However we learn a few great things about his technique--like he plays a lot without a pick and also when he does pick he uses it from different sides and angles-pretty cool! And the most revealing item: his great vibrato is done not only with his ring finger-but also his forefinger. I'm sure this is where Mike Bloomfield picked it up-one of Mike's most distinctive licks!
The set is very good and comprehensive for 1986. Many tunes are from his "Right Place, Wrong Time" LP. An LP that took ten years to be released. He starts with "Tops" which is from an album he recorded at the San Francisco Blues Festival and is probably his best live CD.Read more ›
Otis proves himself a fine blues vocalist as he sings his heart out during an excellent performance of "Gambler's Blues" that is one of the high points of the concert. Otis and the band carry the show just fine by themselves, but the special appearance of Eric Clapton is a nice treat. The audience gives him a rousing welcome as he takes the stage. Clapton offers some nice solos during his segment and sings really well on a duet of Otis' masterpiece "Double Trouble". Both Clapton and Rush recorded excellent versions of this classic song.
Otis is a good guitar player and a soulful singer, but here he lacks the powerful stage presence of other bluesmen such as Buddy Guy or Freddie King, and Clapton is pretty mellow on this night as well. The energetic Luther Allison comes out for one song and raises the energy level a few notches with a spirited performance. He gets up in Clapton's face and plays a gritty solo that leaves Eric smiling. It is the highlight of the show.
This is a nice DVD for lovers of Chicago style blues and anyone who wants to see Otis Rush on stage in some quality video footage.
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I own many concert DVDs, this Eric Clapton Live at Montreux 1986 is by far the best. I have watched it at least 100 times. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve
Eric Clapton is a great musician. I've liked every thin that he has done.Published 14 months ago by Bryan Scott Johnston
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