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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 09:34 AM
Anybody here go to Clapton/Winwood Thursday night? Any changes in the set list? I'm sure it was great.
 
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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 10:16 AM
Winwood / Clapton: Set List for Thursday 28 February, 2008

01. Had To Cry Today
02. Low Down
03. Forever Man
04. Them Changes
05. Sleeping In The Ground
06. Presence Of The Lord
07. Glad / Well Alright
08. Double Trouble
09. Pearly Queen
10. Tell The Truth
11. No Face
12. After Midnight
13. Split Decision
14. Kind Hearted Woman Blues (EC solo acoustic)
15. Georgia On My Mind (SW solo hammond)
16. Little Wing
17. Voodoo Chile
18. Can't Find My Way Home
19. Cocaine

Encore:
20. Dear Mr Fantasy

The only change was Eric doing Kind Hearted Woman Blues. Very tight show. To me the best parts were when Eric/Stevie were both on guitar trading licks. This concert made me realize why I'm often negative on Clapton. He is absolutely unbelievable when he is part of a band (as he was last night) compared to the times I've seen him solo. That being said, I did not see him when Derek toured with him. This partial Blind Faith reunion was head and shoulders above the Cream reunion.


 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 10:36 AM
i went to show tuesday and agree with your comments. I have seen eric everytime he hits NYC and was at Derek show last year as well as Creme as well as his Mr. Johnson shows with Robert Randolph. This was the best of all but it was also a little disappointing. Although he was with Derek last year, the amount of jams and trade off rifts were very limited and Derek was really in the background almost the whole show.

I love Eric's accoustic and blues work but have never ever heard him better than the Derek and the Dominoes recordings-i was not fortunate to have seen them myself. The other great Eric moments had to be at Crossroads this year. Anyone who has viewed that DVD or attended must have been overwhelmed by that set he played with Derek, Winwood and the others. Truly classic!!!

He is an amazing musician but needs the jamming to bring it out or else he is quite frankly a bit disappointing.

Winwood and Eric had some great moments, but the show never seemed to build to an amazing climax like an ABB show with Derek and Warren trading shots or the Derek and Dominoes or Crossroads shows.


 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 12:37 PM
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This partial Blind Faith reunion was head and shoulders above the Cream reunion.



I agree with this completely. Nothing seemed forced on Tuesday at MSG. Just five guys loose, jamming, having a good time and making great music. I feel blessed to have seen Cream, and it was great seeing Derek play with EC, but this was the best experience of the three for me.

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 01:11 PM
I just enjoyed it very much...I agree that EC is best when he is part of the band. He had some great moments, and I don't mind that it is very polished, and there is little improv.
SW's voice is as strong as it was 40 years ago...just amazing.

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 02:24 PM
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This partial Blind Faith reunion was head and shoulders above the Cream reunion.



I agree with this completely. Nothing seemed forced on Tuesday at MSG. Just five guys loose, jamming, having a good time and making great music. I feel blessed to have seen Cream, and it was great seeing Derek play with EC, but this was the best experience of the three for me.


Not to Dicker, because it's really just a personal thing at the end of the day, but I enjoyed the Cream shows more.

Both the EC/SW and Cream shows were great, but the Cream shows just scratched a bigger itch for me.

And as they say on American Idol (ouch!), a lot of it is song selection.

Plus, the sound was better at the Cream shows (at least where I sat).

But if I had to look at it objectively, and take my own biases out of the equation, I could see how some might say the EC/SW show was better.


[Edited on 2/29/2008 by kitchenboy]

 

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  posted on 2/29/2008 at 06:34 PM
Hmm, I know that Clapton hated the Cream shows at MSG as he wrote about how he felt the band should have never done those shows in his autobiography. I was there on Tuesday and saw one of the Cream shows and for me there was no comparison. Something was off about the Cream reunion. The show seemed forced and none of the guys looked like they wanted to be there.

The Winwood/Clapton show saw both performers relaxed and having a great time and the music reflected it. Will probably skip the Jones Beach show as I just don't think the solo tour will come close to what I saw on Tuesday. Unless they add Derek Trucks of course. The Clapton show I saw with Trucks was the best Clapton show I saw since I started seeing him in 1978.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2008 at 08:49 AM
Long time friends and long-ago collaborators, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, closed out their 3 night run at NYC’s fabled Madison Square Garden to thunderous applause, dropped jaws and an arena full of satisfied customers. After rekindling their musical kinship last year at Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, it was obvious to the old friends as much as it was to the audience that they had struck upon some magic not felt by many in a long time. Aside from their own respective solo careers, the band resumes of the two musicians read like a virtual “who’s who” of late 60’s era classic rock. Having an opportunity to hear rare Blind Faith songs intermixed with some stellar Traffic tunes and carefully selected cover choices would entice even the most casual music fan. It was with this great anticipation that a packed crowd filled the Garden to capacity all three nights of this limited engagement.

Within minutes of the opening “Had to Cry Today”, Winwood displayed the very same vocal prowess that prompted Spencer Davis to have him sing lead at age 19. “Low Down” came next, keeping the tempo upbeat and the fans cheering into the next tune, Clapton’s brief mid 80’s hit “Foreverman”. It surprisingly had new legs and a fresh sound thanks to a revived Clapton, playing some of his best guitar in recent memory these days, making even this throwaway song a keeper during this high caliber show. Having just passed the day before, the band played a spirited version of Buddy Miles’ signature tune “Them Changes”, dedicating their performance in his memory. A well received Blind Faith two-fer followed, a solid “Sleeping on the Ground” that lead into a letter-perfect version of “Presence of the Lord”, with both lead instruments and voices blending perfectly for the song’s final verse. The instrumental Traffic classic “Glad” came next, while missing the essential lead horn accompaniment, having Clapton on guitar more than made up for its absence, replicating the same familiar horn parts expertly on his black Stratocaster. A seamless shift into another Blind Faith chestnut, “Well Alright”, gave Winwood and Clapton yet another opportunity to showcase their combined talents, harmonizing on the choruses. As the slow tempo of the next song, Otis Rush’s “Double Trouble”, began to take form, the high energy of the show was in jeopardy of being sabotaged. But as soon as Clapton methodically ripped into his first guitar solo, it was clear that he was out to captivate the entire crowd, leaving them hanging on every note picked from his strings. His tone was unimaginably clean and warm, showing elements of the blues from Delta to Chicago, BB King to Albert King and all the Kings in between. This simply was a true blues master flexing his artistry.

Having had his spotlight time for now, the stage then became Winwood’s, starting with a well sung Traffic staple “Pearly Queen” and followed by two solo tunes, “Tell the Truth” and “No Face, No Name, No Number”. His voice has become one of those rare rock and roll commodities, refining over time like wine, sounding almost like that same 19 year old voice of long ago. As the opening notes of “After Midnight” rang out, the crowd rose to its feet with Clapton once again breathing new life into another time honored classic and the keyboardist, Chris Stainton, taking his first solo of the evening, a stunning display of funky Moog work. This was followed by “Tell the Truth”, a surprise Derek & the Dominoes related song performed like the Clapton of ’71 by the Clapton of ’08. As the cheering subsided, Winwood and the band left the stage, allowing Clapton a chance to showcase his love for blues roots in a solo setting. Covering Robert Johnson’s “Ramblin’ On My Mind”, he skillfully executed acoustic slide licks and soulfully wailed as he sung, making the spacious Madison Square Garden feel more like a front porch in Mississippi than a concert venue deep within a modern metropolis. As Clapton walked off stage, Winwood reappeared, sat down at the organ and performed a moving version of Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind”; finally showcasing the soulful organ chops that go along with his classic vocals.

The final portion of the show was a non-stop, relentless feast of musical finery that will long stand as the bar for future measurements in terms of epic, legendary concerts. Clapton laid all of his cards on the table with his reading of Hendrix’s “Little Wing” performing it in the Derek & the Dominoes styled arrangement, with Winwood duetting brilliantly throughout. To nail the coffin, Clapton followed-up with “Voodoo Chile”, the more extended version of this Hendrix classic, which featured Winwood on organ on the original recording. Without question, he laid to rest any guitar-god debate as he channeled Hendrix endlessly, percolating riff after riff and reaching outer stratosphere limits by the closing notes of his final solo. “Can’t Find My Way Home” was the final Blind Faith song of the night, allowing the crowd its sing-along moment. Marred slightly by the over-percussive piano playing of Stainton, the closing “Cocaine” crowd pleaser ended the set on a high note, with every fan applauding madly for one more song. The familiar opening notes of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” were unmistakable, and the perfect encore choice to act as the bow atop an otherwise already outstanding gift. It was also Winwood’s finest moment on guitar all evening, stepping toe-to-toe with EC himself, and holding his own to the delight of the packed house.

With your eyes closed, it sounded so close to the original, the fact that two old friends in their fifties backed by a band only put together for these three gigs could accomplish this is astounding. It’s as much a testament to the band as it is an example of how music can withstand the wraths of age and time, allowing itself to be tapped into when the conditions allow it. Having two masters like Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood on stage all night created one of those rare once-in-a-lifetime magical experiences made of as much loving brotherhood as there was musical excellence. A relationship and personal connection as rare in musical circles as it is in life.


 

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  posted on 3/1/2008 at 09:25 AM
Mike, a beautifully written review as usual. I would have to say, that the extended Voodo Chile and Double Trouble were my personal highlights. I commented during Double Trouble that despite being a white Englishman, EC has established himself as one of the blues greats, not so much for writing, but because he has delivered the genre to so many, in such a respectful way. Oh, and Presence of the Lord, what a thrill to hear live a song I have loved since childhood.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2008 at 11:20 AM
The recording from the 26th is excellent and your review sums up how I felt about the show. I have to say that Voodoo Child is incredible, it is a true tour de force of Clapton channeling Jimi and the result is mind blowing.

 

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The recording from the 26th is excellent and your review sums up how I felt about the show. I have to say that Voodoo Child is incredible, it is a true tour de force of Clapton channeling Jimi and the result is mind blowing.


agreed,Bro.Ed !

 

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  posted on 3/1/2008 at 07:14 PM
There's a recording???? ....Where?
 

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  posted on 3/1/2008 at 10:59 PM
Agreed. Voodoo Chile, Double Trouble and Cant Find my way home did it for me...(well I guess they all were pretty awesome to hear again). In the long review mentioned earlier- I pretty much agree what mikep11th had to say- closing your eyes and hearing it sound just so perfect etc... the only incorrect piece that I found in the write-up is that EC didnt perform "Ramblin on my mind" that night"... he played "Kind Hearted Woman Blues" on the 3rd night--not to be picky>>just to make note....

In all it was a great show - but still cant wait for the Beacon run- I usually get more goosebumps at those shows with the all out "let loose","crank it up" guitar playing by Derek and Warren.

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 09:21 PM
http://www.glidemagazine.com/Articles/53148/Eric-Clapton-and-Steve-Winwood. html
 

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  posted on 3/3/2008 at 09:28 PM
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There's a recording???? ....Where?


Silly you Effie...

 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 09:58 AM
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With your eyes closed, it sounded so close to the original, the fact that two old friends in their fifties backed by a band only put together for these three gigs could accomplish this is astounding. It’s as much a testament to the band as it is an example of how music can withstand the wraths of age and time, allowing itself to be tapped into when the conditions allow it. Having two masters like Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood on stage all night created one of those rare once-in-a-lifetime magical experiences made of as much loving brotherhood as there was musical excellence. A relationship and personal connection as rare in musical circles as it is in life.
WOW! Goosebumps here - wish I could have been in that audience with my eyes closed...

 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 03:46 PM
Many splendid feedback.

Truly amazing show

Them Changes, Little Wing, Double Trouble, and of course the mind blowing Voodoo Child.

They need to tour. Or release DVD.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 05:24 PM
...good to see i wasn't the only one floored by Double Trouble...EC played some of the finest blues guitar i've ever witnessed in my life on that tune...

...bring on the DVD!!!

 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 06:48 PM
incredible show....
 

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  posted on 3/4/2008 at 11:06 PM
I thought Thursday was a very uplifting show.SW was in top vocal shape.....amazing.I loved the vocal blend and trades between SW and EC.Can't Find My Way was great as an electric tune........just right.I was hoping they would dare to do Sunshine of.......,but they did no Cream or Spencer Davis.Eric had a lot more fun here than the NYC Cream reunion and I went to that.He looked mad the whole time!I don't think he smiled once.He seemed to ignore Jack!He looked relaxed at this show.He was very solid.The vibe was really nice.I am so glad they did Had to Cry Today first.......just like the record.
Georgia by SW was one of my favorite moments.He established his place in history on the strength of that alone! Eric's solo blues was awesome.......loved it.
Eric had to take so many solos with no other guitar players and that's fine by me......lot of pressure on him,but he was great.Voodo Child,I thought was perhaps a real peak moment of the set during Eric's solo.He really got out there with it.....very transcendental.I hope they will want to continue this band.

 

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