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Live from Madison Square Garden

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Audience Thrilled, We Get a Keepsake

    The groans that may understandably leak from the glazed lips of the adults out there should be silenced. No, this is hardly the painful experience you might imagine. I suppose we should be pleased that these two towering rock giants are alive to even pull off this project. All the expected tunes are here, in starightforward arrangements, with the original voices covering their respective tunes. Winwood still possesses incredible pipes and Clapton more than manages to stay awake. The Hendrix tribute is fitting and moving. For any so called Dinosaurs in the readership, this is right up your alley.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Clapton and Winwood still have the chemistry

    A fine double disc live album, with one of the most unlikely reunions around. After not performing together in almost 40 years, since the fall out of the group Blind Faith, Clapton appeared on one of Winwood's studio albums. Then they did several performances at Madison Square Garden (from which this recording was taken) and they then embarked on a tour.
    This live album is quite good with a number of unexpected but wonderful song choices. The songs pull largely from Blind Faith's single album (though "Sea of Joy" is strangely absent), the band Traffic, and lots of electric blues. The pair stays away from the majority of their big hits. For example Winwood's work with the Spencer Davis Group is absent as is his biggest solo hit "Higher Love." Same goes for Clapton, as there are no Cream songs and his big hits like "Wonderful Tonight" and "Layla" are missing. These aren't complaints but if you are the type of listener who only wants BIG hits this is probably not for you.
    As with most Clapton live albums there is no on stage banter or conversations with the audience, this show is simply wall to wall music. And the liner notes are way too sparse with a few pictures and composition credits but nothing more (possibly a marketing ploy to make you buy the companion DVD documentary).
    As for the performances they are quite good, Winwood is in spectacular voice, his organ and guitar work (though often covered by Clapton's guitar) is also great, reminding us why he was once one of the most promising musicians around. This is also Winwood's only Live album so it holds a special value. Clapton also pulls out some great riffs and even though there are many (possibly too many) Clapton live albums this is one of the better ones with a large number of songs that are not available on his other live recordings.
    Overall this will surely please fans of Blind Faith and Traffic as well as the pairs die hard fans. Not a great album but certainly a very very good one.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Clapton and Winwood

    Can't get much closer to Blind Faith.

    I selected the CD over the DVD for emotional reasons. I don't need to see it. For me, in most instances, I prefer to listen to music, not see it. I can read music, but that's another story. Listening to music, as the artist interprets it ... is my piece of cake.

    I like Cream and Blind Faith, so I'm happy.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Heaven on Earth

    The most important album of either one of their careers.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Clapton and Winwood a classic sound in our time

    Open up a bit low but when they turn to third track the soulfulness is there and they pump up. They sound like you want Clapton and Winwood to do. You know Claptons guitar and Winwoods voice as characters, not surprising but solid and good vibrations. More unexpected is the the tracklist. Buy, you know what you like in your wardrobe.

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