Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live from Madison Square Garden
History rocked and rock made history
during a sold-out three-gig stand at
Madison Square Garden in late February 2008 when icons Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood performed a concert together
for the first time since their all-too-brief days in the legendary Blind Faith in 1969. Whether they will ever team again is unknown. But with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden, on this Blu Ray, fans everywhere are able to experience the sound and the glory of a performance on that famous stage by two of rock's greatest artists.
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So many Winwood, Clapton, Blind Faith, Traffic, Cream, and Delaney & Bonnie tunes along with a gener smattering of favorites from Buddy Miles, Hendrix, Ray Charles, etc.ous
The show is cozily friendly and accessible to anyone from the 60s and 70s.
Winwood is in full voice and Clapton's vocals have never sounded better.
The guitar work is every bit as good as you could want and Winwood's Hammond B3 get a real work out as well.
The band is tight with Chris Stainton on keyboards and credible work from the drummer and bassist.
I imagine only true fans will order this so the ratings will probably be skewed a bit higher than normal - but I was NOT disappointed!
"Them Changes"- great rendition of the Buddy Miles classic
"Forever Man" - superb harmonies with Eric and Steve
"Glad"-my personal FAVORITE, the staple Traffic anthem with searing lead by Mr.Clapton and incredible piano by Mr. Winwood
"Double Trouble"- Claptonesque blues on tap!
"Ramblin on My Mind"- the great Robert Johnson song features Eric's acoustical artistry
"Georgia on My Mind"- (props to Mr. Charles) Steve Winwood sings his heart out
"Voodoo Chile"- wake up Jimi and Stevie Ray, Eric's here!
""Can't Find my Way Home"- take a bow, Mr Winwood!
"Cocaine"- guilty as charged, can't get ENOUGH....intoxicating!!!!
All in all a wonderful compilation of music and outstanding performers (watch Ian on drums--how can he have this much FUN and get paid for it!) Rock on!
Musically both performances were wonderful. When I went to the show, I went more for Clapton, but was blown away by the Winwood material to the point I consider it a tossup which I prefer. (That's a great conundrum to have!) In short, I loved the concert and I love this DVD. There are too many numbers to discuss each one, but they're all great. I personally think both veterans have aged well, and was very pleased that Winwood's voice still allowed him to hit the high notes in "Can't Find My Way Home" and master the bluesy growl necessary for "Voodoo Chile," my two favorites from the show. Both are musically in great form; Clapton's guitar work is up there with the best of his Cream days, while Winwood more than holds his own on the guitar and makes his Hammond organ come to life like few others could dream of.
The DVD set features the concert on disc one, edited slightly and interspersed with some interview clips of Clapton and Winwood; disc two is a great bonus DVD with a documentary called "The Road to Madison Square Garden" which is very well done (and from which the interview snippets on disc one were taken), as well as performances of "Rambling on My Mind" from the soundcheck (Clapton is magnificent in his acoustic work here), "Low Down", "Kind Hearted Woman", and a great slow version of "Crossroads".
I highly recommend this DVD set to Clapton or Winwood fans, fans of amazing musicianship, and fans of live music.