Eric Clapton - Sessions for Robert Johnson
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Live, intimate, and raw, Sessions For Robert J is the essential audio/video companion to Eric Clapton's 2004 gold, Top 10 Me And Mr. Johnson, tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson. Filmed during tour rehearsals in London and Dallas plus a Los Angeles hotel room and the Dallas warehouse where Johnson made some of his final recordings, Sessions for Robert J finds Clapton performing all Robert Johnson songs with his touring band, acoustically with Doyle Bramhall II and solo-as well as discussing Johnson and his influence. A performance/documentary DVD with 14 tracks (from which the 11 CD selections are taken), Sessions for Robert J is blues heaven.
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Eric Clapton virtually makes any song he plays (From Hideaway, to Cocaine, to this cd) his own. And he has done it again with this tribute to his idol, Robert Johnson.
This DVD, presented in stereo or dolby sorround, is a true homage to the spirit of the blues, remade by Clapton and his talented muscicians incluidin Billy Preston, Chris Stainton, Doyle Bramhall, and bassist extraordinaire Nathan East.
Divided into 4 sessions recorded at different studios around the world, the atmosphere of the performance is very intimate. Just the guys standing up or sitting, rocking away. There are no mistakes or interruptions like regular rehearsals, this is more of a final rehearsal, if you will, but they include songs that were not in the cd originally.
First session and second has the full band performing tunes such as If I had Possession and Milkcow Blues. Third Session is just Clapton and Brmahall, and fourth one is just slowhand and some beatufil looking Martin guitars.
Again, video is letterbox format, menus are not animated, but instead have a short video running as background, so you see a close up or EC's guitar, or Clapton opening the hood of a pretty hot rod and then driving away.
Behind the scenes featurette is only 5 minutes long, and show crew and band getting ready for recording.
Plus, you get a Music CD also included in this package. Insert is just a one leaf booklet with credits and a picture, no booklet here. Very nice realese, recommeded indeed for modern blues fans!
Although the music was obviously top-notch renditions of Rj's most memorable meleodies by some extremely talented artists the sometime inept interviews between takes actually became a high point in the DVD for me. To hear Eric Clapton talk about his initial exposure to RJ's music and his forty year fascination with it gave new relevance to one of my already favorite song-writing blues artist. If you like the blues and you like Eric Clapton you certainly will be very entertained by this entire DVD. The companion bonus CD contained is also extremely well done and was a complete surprise when I opened it.
Anyone who has the CD "Mr & Mr. Johnson" really needs to have this DVD. It completes and compliments the music CD. Eric Clapton again has paid humble tribute to his roots and with his educated opinion dispels a couple of mythes about Robert Johnson at least to my satisfaction. If you are a serious blues fan you will place this DVD very close to the top of your favorite music DVDs.
In this DVD, you see Clapton's passion to discover and embrace the roots of Blues music. He takes on this "project" with loving, careful dedication (and perhaps with much greater maturity and wisdom than is demonstrated in "From the Cradle"). You see one of the greatest muscians alive in his own element, both relaxed and raw, yet fully absorbed into his passion for blues that is coming to define this learned, complex, accomplished guitarist in recent times. No earth-pounding, ripping, powerful guitar solos here; Clapton rather takes on the persona of Robert Johnson and pays true hommage to a man who lived an undisputably rough, short life that forever changed the blues. If you love Clapton, the blues, blues history, or Robert Johnson, you will love this DVD.
It's not as completely outstanding as some other dvds in my collection (such as 'where the light is' by john mayer, or the beatles anthoogies) hence the 4 stars, but if youre a hardcore blues fan, this dvd is a must.
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