Live from Madison Square Garden

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eric Clapton's new millennium has largely been defined by collaborations with friends, beginning with a duet album with B.B. King following through with a Cream reunion and closing with tours with his former Blind Faith running mate, Steve Winwood. Clapton and Winwood did three concerts together at Madison Square Garden in February 2008 and the results were fruitful enough to spawn this double-disc album -- along with its accompanying DVD set -- and a moderately scaled 2009 tour. Live from Madison Square Garden culls 21 highlights from those three nights and spreads them over two discs, sequencing the songs so Traffic numbers alternate with selections from Blind...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eric Clapton's new millennium has largely been defined by collaborations with friends, beginning with a duet album with B.B. King following through with a Cream reunion and closing with tours with his former Blind Faith running mate, Steve Winwood. Clapton and Winwood did three concerts together at Madison Square Garden in February 2008 and the results were fruitful enough to spawn this double-disc album -- along with its accompanying DVD set -- and a moderately scaled 2009 tour. Live from Madison Square Garden culls 21 highlights from those three nights and spreads them over two discs, sequencing the songs so Traffic numbers alternate with selections from Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominos, blues standards, a handful of Clapton's hits, and a heavy dose of Hendrix, who has no less than three songs here. That extended salute to Jimi is a good indication of the vibe here -- this is a genuine shared co-billing with Clapton and Winwood trading vocals and solos almost equally. There's not much ego here and not much hunger, either, with the two stars sliding into a relaxed groove that yields plenty of rewards. There's a comfortable touch to their playing that's greatly appealing, and the straightforward setting places the spotlight directly on their interplay. Clapton and Winwood might roll easy but they can still create some sparks, sometimes in unexpected places, such as the somewhat forgotten '80s hits "Forever Man" and "Split Decision," both which are highlights here. Ultimately, this isn't an album of moments, but rather a sustained whole that finds Clapton and Winwood egging each other on to produce a wholly satisfying, if not quite surprising, reunion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624979883
  • Catalog Number: 517584
  • Sales rank: 7,211

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Had to Cry Today - Eric Clapton (7:47)
  2. 2 Low Down - Eric Clapton (4:10)
  3. 3 Them Changes - Eric Clapton (5:10)
  4. 4 Forever Man - Eric Clapton (3:33)
  5. 5 Sleeping in the Ground - Eric Clapton (4:50)
  6. 6 Presence of the Lord - Eric Clapton (5:23)
  7. 7 Glad - Eric Clapton (4:13)
  8. 8 Well All Right - Eric Clapton (5:35)
  9. 9 Double Trouble - Eric Clapton (8:06)
  10. 10 Pearly Queen - Eric Clapton (6:10)
  11. 11 Tell the Truth - Eric Clapton (6:42)
  12. 12 No Face, No Name, No Number - Eric Clapton (4:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 After Midnight - Eric Clapton (4:45)
  2. 2 Split Decision - Eric Clapton (6:25)
  3. 3 Rambling on My Mind - Eric Clapton (4:01)
  4. 4 Georgia on My Mind - Eric Clapton (5:05)
  5. 5 Little Wing - Eric Clapton (6:42)
  6. 6 Voodoo Chile - Eric Clapton (16:23)
  7. 7 Can't Find My Way Home - Eric Clapton (5:33)
  8. 8 Dear Mr. Fantasy - Eric Clapton (7:41)
  9. 9 Cocaine - Eric Clapton (6:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Steve Winwood Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Ian Thomas Drums
Chris Stainton Keyboards
Willie Weeks Bass
Technical Credits
Sam Myers Composer
J.J. Cale Composer
Jim Capaldi Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Joe Walsh Composer
Steve Winwood Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Jerry Allison Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Pete Jackson Executive Producer
Joe Mauldin Composer
Otis Rush Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Michael "Fire" Eaton Executive Producer
James Towler Engineer
James Pluta Producer
John Beug Executive Producer
Scooter Weintraub Producer
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
John McDermott Producer
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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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    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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