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Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live from Madison Square Garden
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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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The two do a great job of trading off the spotlight and highlighting each other's strengths. What's surprising is how similar Winwood's and Clapton's voices are! On the higher notes, it's more obvious who's who, but in the lower register, sometimes I can't tell who's singing when I listen to the CD of this show (which I also bought)! That's quite a nod to Clapton, as Winwood is one of rock's greatest vocalists ever. It's no secret that Clapton transformed himself from a reticent singer in the 60's with an average voice to a powerful, blues shouter within the next 10 years or so, and since then his voice has just got better and better! Winwood still has it, too, though some of the REALLY high notes he struggles just a bit here, but overall, it's the same Stevie Winwood.
A real treat is Winwood performing "Georgia On My Mind" a la Ray Charles style. I remember watching an interview with Clapton some years back where he reminisced about seeing Winwood for the first time in a club when Winwood was 15, singing that song "just like Ray Charles!" I've always wished I could hear him belt it out too, and now we get our chance! I would have preferred the whole band providing the accompaniment rather than just Winwood's organ, though. I guess Clapton wanted Stevie to "re-enact" what Clapton saw that night in that club all those years ago, as I believe he said that Stevie was just accompanying himself when he sang that song back then. Still, the whole band getting into it, and especially a guitar solo by Clapton, would have been even more of a treat, for me.
Having two keyboardists in one concert was cool, kind of a novelty, but at times the blaring B-3's were a little too overpowering, somewhat drowning out the guitar and vocals. That's my only complaint about the technical side of this DVD. Overall the sound is great!
In our world of anything and everything for a buck it was refreshing to see that money wasn't the only issue in doing this project. Oh and by the way my email is: dblues@opton line.net I chose that email name because i am and will probibly always be a blues afectionado!
Let's face it.... when Jimi Hendrix heard that they had Steve for his Electric LadyLand recordings he was as excited as a kid with a new bike. That says alot! Don't miss this legendary performance!