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This latest release by Clapton ("Sessions for Robert J.") continues to be exclusively about Robert Johnson songs. Yes, many of the songs are duplicated on the two CD releases ("Me and Mr. Johnson" and "Sessions for Robert J"), but each performance is different on the respective albums.Read more ›
But what takes this to an entirely different level is the DVD. A mix of recording sessions in interesting locations (Clapton's English countryside, Johnson's former recording studio) and Clapton's reflections on his approach to Johnson and his myth, most of which Eric is keen to debunk, having been the victim of enough myths to rewrite Homer himself.
And it is just this effort of his to get to the music as he feels it and not take any of the side show for more than that that gets inside of you. You are not going to hear Robert Johnson completely re-worked. You're going to hear his tunes really honsetly delivered. There is a sublime beauty to that that just takes you to that very special place where MUSIC leans over and brings you into its confidence. And that seems to be the point for Clapton: to get inside that confidence in order to honour a man whose dedication and discipline inspired a poor English kid years ago to reach down deep.
And on both the CD and the DVD, the music is without peer. As I say, Clapton at this point in his career has acheived a level of dignity that is to be admired.
I enjoyed on this CD and DVD Clapton's arrangements of his songs and surprised in the variety that Johnson built into his music.
Clapton keeps the songs true to the original yet adds life of his own to them and brings them out of the 30's into our era.
I appreciate too, him keeping the original lyrics, especially on Sweet Home Chicago and Johnson's peculiar geographic connection.
The more I have seen Clapton in the last few years, I think he has really come to be comfortable in his music and playing to a legendary level. This is a very good set to own.
The previous album lacked this essential variety and sounded repetitious and routine by comparison. Clapton is an excellent accoustic blues guitarist, and should give more exposure to this form of presentation. This is the missing ingredient from the first CD.
What contributes to the enhanced atmosphere, is the decision to perform in the hotel room in Dallas, where Robert Johnson recorded the originals in 1937/38. There are more than a few ghosts hovering and it imbues the music with a sense of spirit and dignity.
There is also an excellent 'Kind Hearted Woman Blues', which the band handles with aplomb.
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Both the DVD and CD are good. On the DVD, all of the songs on the CD are performed plus songs that are not on the album. The performances on the DVD are enjoyable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Monahan
Five Star Plus CD. It's true, EC is A God! Shows all his blues playing talent on this CD/DVD combo. The DVD alone is worth the price.Published 4 months ago by Chris Malkowski
I've owned Me and Mr. Johnson for a few years now and had no idea this existed until I found it on here. I understand Mr. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Drew T. '77
Really happy with this CD/DVD, I saw it in Concert Channel once and I have been watching many many times.Published 8 months ago by Javier Fernandez
All Clapton and or blues fans need to have this in their collection. We've watched the DVD several times and catch something new with each pass. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barb
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