Eric Johnson - Live From Austin Tx
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Eric Johnson fans have been circulating old VHS copies of this for decades. EJ has appeared on "Austin City Limits" as often as any performer - perhaps helped by being from that town, although I don't recall seeing other Texans appearing nearly as often. Austin City Limits is one of the most treasured live-music shows in American History. Madonna and Britney Spears and other over-hyped lip-syncing media sell-outs can hog up the mainstream airways as much as they like - all Austin City Limits performers have artistic heft that can't be faked.
This 1988 performance is dated by Eric's "Flock of Seagulls" hairdo and Sergeant Pepper/Michael Jackson/John Phillip Sousa jacket. But the music is timeless. Eric joins his perfectly supporting 2-man bass and drums combo to blow our minds. The now-platinum Ah Via Musicom had just been released and it is fair to say he was "peaking". A known perfectionist in the studio, he would record tracks over and over and over again until they were "just right" and I saw in an interview that he simply didn't think he could play better than on that recording. That being said, he doesn't have the opportunity to "redo" on this live performance, but as he unleashes the most overwhelming guitar technique ever known it doesn't really matter, does it? The man is a force of nature in this performance. Best of all - the DVD features crystal clarity in both the picture and audio. Every one of his flood of notes rings like a bell.Read more ›
Recorded in 1988 between the Ah Via Musicom and Venus Isle discs,his playing is just masterful,vibrant and inspirational.
On this disc he shows why he's one of the world's best guitarists and he performs his butt off in his hometown.
It's one of the best live discs I've heard in a long time.
It captures the essence of Austin's native son.
This DVD is taken from EJ's SECOND appearance on Austin City Limits in 1988. (He appeared on ACL in 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2000) The set list is a great mix of material from his already released 1st LP "Tones" and the "work in progress" of the legendary "Ah Via Musicom" record. Plus you get these added gems: 2 Hendrix covers, a very early version of "Camel's Night Out" from Venus Isle, and the very rare instrumental "Western Flyer". (Western Flyer has never been included on any official EJ release--just as part of the "Guitarspeak" compilation CD.)
As a surround sound enthusiast, I was really pleased with the DTS Audio soundtrack option. Overall, I thought that the audio/video transfering and mastering were very well done considering that the original source was 17 years old!!
Bravo to Austin City Limits, New West Records, and (of course) EJ for releasing this long-awaited gem! I sure would love to see DVD releases of the other 3 EJ ACL performances in the near future!! (How about an EJ DVD boxed set????)
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OUTSTANDING!....Eric is another Texas treasure that emerged from Austin's mid 70's music days as one of the greats. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw Eric Johnson last month and I was so impressed with his playing. I didn't own any of his music, and after some review reading on this site, I chose this collection. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael J. Zeno
I'm biased...anything Eric does is TOP NOTCH...may he have a LONG career!!!Published 4 months ago by cyndi newcomer
Fantastic, the recording quality is amazing from all the way back in the 80's.Published 9 months ago by marked1
This man is amazing. I was shocked to find that he's no punk. He's in his fifties.Published 12 months ago by Pat Ludwig
This is a must for electric guitar lovers. There is definitely something for everyone to listen to in this recording. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Musician, Reader & Viewer