Sessions for Robert J.

Sessions for Robert J.

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by Eric Clapton
     
 

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Ostensibly a companion piece to Slowhand's tribute album Me and Mr. Johnson, this collection of demos and live rehearsals stands on its own surprisingly well, capturing the spirit of the legendary Robert Johnson even more effectively. That's attributable to the rougher edges retained on songs

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Ostensibly a companion piece to Slowhand's tribute album Me and Mr. Johnson, this collection of demos and live rehearsals stands on its own surprisingly well, capturing the spirit of the legendary Robert Johnson even more effectively. That's attributable to the rougher edges retained on songs like "Kind-Hearted Woman Blues," which Clapton's band was only just coming to terms with. It's equally evident in the spare, eerie tunes -- "Me and the Devil Blues," "Hellhound on My Trail" -- that Clapton and fellow guitarist Doyle Bramhall II worked out acoustically in the same Dallas hotel room where Johnson had his only real recording session. The CD-and-DVD package contains plenty of material that didn't make it to the finished version of Me and Mr. Johnson, highlighted by a stinging version of "Sweet Home Chicago" and a loamy take on "Ramblin' on My Mind" -- which, coincidentally, was the first song Clapton ever sang professionally, back when he was a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The DVD, which clocks in at 18 songs, as opposed to the CD's 11, also features two bonus tracks, interview footage, and behind-the-scenes looks at Clapton's studio activity.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It appears that Eric Clapton had more Robert Johnson in his blood than he thought -- or perhaps it was planned this way. This DVD/CD set (and really, it's not the other way around despite the packaging), showcases Clapton mining the Robert Johnson vein ever more deeply in no less than four different settings. The DVD features 19 acoustic and electric performances recorded in rehearsal spaces in Dallas and in England, as well as in the 508 Park Ave. in Dallas, a studio Johnson himself recorded in, in 1937. There is one more segment, a recorded solo acoustic in a hotel room in California. The band that joins Clapton in the rehearsal studios is comprised of guitar master Doyle Bramhall, organist Billy Preston, Steve Gadd on drums, pianist Chris Stainton and Nathan East on bass. The electric performances, particularly "Milkcow's Calf 's Blues," "Stop Breakin' Down Blues," and especially "I Wish I Had Possession Over Judgment Day," have some real life and stomp in them. Of the acoustic tracks, "Terraplane Blues" works best. The DVD also contains a selection of behind-the-scenes footage that will be of interest only to those fans who need to see everything. The CD contains 11 cuts culled from the DVD and the sequencing is in some ways preferable.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2004
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624892625
catalogNumber:
48926
Rank:
5771

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sweet Home Chicago
  2. Milkcow's Calf Blues
  3. Terraplane Blues
  4. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
  5. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
  6. Little Queen of Spades
  7. Traveling Riverside Blues
  8. Me and the Devil Blues
  9. From Four Until Late
  10. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
  11. Rambling on My Mind

Disc 2

  1. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
  2. They're Red Hot
  3. Hell Hound on My Trail
  4. Sweet Home Chicago
  5. When You Got a Good Friend
  6. Milkcow's Calf Blues
  7. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
  8. Terraplane Blues
  9. Hell Hound on My Trail
  10. Me and the Devil Blues
  11. From Four Until Late
  12. Love in Vain
  13. Rambling on My Mind
  14. Stones in My Passway
  15. Love in Vain
  16. Little Queen of Spades
  17. Traveling Riverside Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ
Nathan East   Bass
Steve Gadd   Drums
Chris Stainton   Piano
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar

Technical Credits

Eric Clapton   Producer
Simon Climie   Producer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Lee Dickson   Guitar Techician
Traditional   Composer
Joel Evenden   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Motoki Mizoguchi   Cover Design
Rick Purcell   Guitar Techician
Stephen Schible   Director,Producer
Hiroshi Fujiwara   Producer,Cover Design

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