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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 08:22 AM
Just got my copy last night. Here's what EC had to say about Derek and the 2006/2007 world tour:

"With Derek and Doyle and Billy Preston, I knew we were in good shape for the tour. Derek Trucks's playing was stunning, like nothing I had ever heard before. He has clearly grown up listening to many different forms of music, and all of them come through in his expression. He seems to have no limit."

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"In April, I went off to France to begin rehearsals for the tour. The new band was very exciting, fresh and strong, and in some respects very reminiscent of the Dominos, perhaps because of Derek Trucks's presence. For the first time ever, I played "I Am Yours" from the Layla album. Maybe it was this in itself that awoke in me a new love for the old Dominos stuff, but it was certainly helped on by Derek and Doyle's insistence that we give those songs another airing."

and talking about Derek leaving the tour this Spring:

"Another aspect that had stretched all of us was that Derek Trucks had to leave the tour to fulfull a prior commitment with the Allman Brothers halfway through this leg. We all knew this was coming, and there was nothing we could do about it, but it was hard to watch him go. It had been a great journey playing with him throughout the year, and had altered and influenced the way we all played together."

I've read the last two chapters first and it's an amazing read. One of the things that particularly struck me is when EC talks about visiting Billy Preston in the hospital when he was in a coma and saying goodbye to him.

The real deal.



 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 08:25 AM

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 08:27 AM
Does he mention how he had to "step it up a notch"

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 08:36 AM
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Does he mention how he had to "step it up a notch"


Actually, I forgot to include this quote from the epilogue:

"It is 2007, and this summer I will help stage another Crossroads Guitar Festival, which I'm really looking forward to. Some great musicians are coming out to play, and I value the chance to hear them more and more as time goes by. Thank God so many of them are still around. I have, for instance, been playing on this tour with Doyle Bramhall and Derek Trucks, two fine guitar players who prove that the real thing is still alive and kicking. Playing with them keeps me young and pushes me far beyond my normal limitations."

Unfortunately, there's nothing more about Crossroads II - too close to the pub date, I imagine, to include.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 08:43 AM
Was John Mayer mentioned, people say he is better than Derek

 

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Was John Mayer mentioned, people say he is better than Derek


ROFLMAO!

On a serious note, I did check the index and no sign of Mayer there. Hmm . . .

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 08:49 AM
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pushes me far beyond my normal limitations."



 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 09:23 AM
Does he mention the Jam For Duane pre-show party ?

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 09:32 AM
Does anybody else wish these quotes could be put up on billboards all over the world?

HEY WORLD---CHECK OUT THE SINGING FROG! BEST THING OUT THERE. SOMEBODY PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. HE'S BETTER THAN MADONNA. FOR REAL.


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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 10:07 AM
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"With Derek and Doyle and Billy Preston, I knew we were in good shape for the tour. Derek Trucks's playing was stunning, like nothing I had ever heard before. He has clearly grown up listening to many different forms of music, and all of them come through in his expression. He seems to have no limit."
Agreed! Can't wait to read this - heading to Barnes&Noble this weekend (if I can wait )

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 10:24 AM
Ummm didnt hear any mention about showing up at the Beacon either................maybe this year.....

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 01:04 PM
What does he say about Duane?

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 01:36 PM
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What does he say about Duane?


"One night our producer, Tom Dowd, told me that the Allman Brothers Band was playing the Coconut Grove and suggested that we all go down to see them. With their long, long hair and beards, the band looked amazing, and they were great musicians. I loved them, but what really blew me away was Duane Allman's guitar playing. I was mesmerized by him. He was very tall and thin with an air of complete conviction, and although he didn't sing, I felt sure he was the leader of the band, just by his body language. Tom introduced us to the band after the show, and we invited them back to the studio for a jam, which resulted in me asking Duane to play on the sessions while they were in town."

"Duane and I became inseparable during the time we were in Florida, and between the two of us we injected the substance into the Layla sessions that had been missing up to that point. He was like the musical brother I'd never had but wished I did; more so than Jimi, who was essentially a loner, while Duane was a family man, a brother. Unfortunately for me, he already had a family, but I loved it while it lasted. These kinds of experiences don't happen every day, and I knew enough by then to cherish it while I could."

"Having another guitarist made our band come alive, and when Duane went back to playing with the Allman Brothers, we were never really the same again."

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 02:01 PM
I just watched Tom Dowd and the Language of Music again yesterday and the book seems to be carrying a briefer version of what was best expressed in that film. If you haven't seen it, you must. There is more on the initial meeting between them both, particularly the admiration they had for each other. And one of the best parts is Dowd getting tickled by sitting at the mixing board and bringing up Eric and Duane's respective parts during a Layla playback.

I do think it's a bit symmetrical that EC very much wanted Duane to join the Dominos but he couldn't do to ABB commitments and then, many moons later, Derek is able to come aboard for as long as he can before the family duties call once again. It's great stuff.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 02:35 PM
I'm not much of a book reader, but I'm gonna pick up a copy of this one for sure.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 02:38 PM
This is great stuff. Hope it gets some national reviews. I believe Mr. Bell told me HTN would be carrying it, hope they have some copies at the Jam. Sounds like a must-read.
 
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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 02:55 PM
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Was John Mayer mentioned, people say he is better than Derek



...at singing...maybe

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 03:27 PM
newt&earl, any mention of Wayne Henderson, Sonny Landreth, Jerry Douglas, or Alexis Korner????

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 05:44 PM
Good questions, Derek

I'd imagine that Alexis Korner would come up in any long conversation with Clapton, much less an entire book-length autobiography. His Blues show on the BBC back in the day was enormously influential, and he was a huge figure in the UK blues revival.

Sonny Landreth was apparently briefly considered for Clapton's band, but that spot got filled by some blond kid from Florida

I love this quote, it's good to know that even someone like Clapton is blown away by Derek.

"Derek Trucks's playing was stunning, like nothing I had ever heard before. He has clearly grown up listening to many different forms of music, and all of them come through in his expression. He seems to have no limit."




 
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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 07:47 PM
Cool!

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 07:55 PM
I never have time to read books for pleasure during school (have to read too much for assignments), but I may have to try and make time for this one.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 08:09 PM
I remember reading or seeing an interview about Eric and Duane. Eric did in fact try very hard to get Duane in his band. Although tempted, Duane's heart was with the Brothers and I remember Eric being sad when Duane finished the Layla sessions and had to leave.

This is real good history.....the real deal.

 

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