Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Jools Holland & Friends (2011)

FrontCover1.jpgJulian Miles “Jools” Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958) is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenter. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine, The The and Bono.

Since 1992, he has hosted Later… with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based.[1] Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004, he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music.

Holland also regularly hosts the weekly programme Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat and features studio guests, along with members of his orchestra.

Holland was educated at Shooters Hill Grammar School, a former state grammar school on Red Lion Lane in Shooter’s Hill (near Woolwich), in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London, from which he was expelled for damaging a teacher’s Triumph Herald.

Holland began his career as a session musician; his first studio session was with Wayne County & the Electric Chairs in 1976 on their track “Fuck Off”.

Holland was a founding member of the British pop band Squeeze, formed in March 1974, in which he played keyboards until 1981 and helped the band to achieve millions of record sales, before pursuing his solo career.

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Holland began issuing solo records in 1978, his first EP being Boogie Woogie ’78. He continued his solo career through the early 1980s, releasing an album and several singles between 1981 and 1984. He branched out into TV, co-presenting the Newcastle-based TV music show The Tube with Paula Yates. Holland used the phrase, “be there, or be an ungroovey fucker” in one early evening TV trailer for the show, live across two channels, causing him to be suspended from the show for six weeks. He referred to this in his sitcom The Groovy Fellers with Rowland Rivron.[citation needed] Holland also appeared as a guest host on MTV.

In 1983 Holland played an extended piano solo on The The’s re-recording of “Uncertain Smile” for the album Soul Mining. In 1985, Squeeze (which had continued in Holland’s absence through to 1982) unexpectedly regrouped including Holland as their keyboard player. Holland remained in the band until 1990, at which point he again departed to resume his solo career as a musician and a TV host.

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In 1987, Holland formed the Jools Holland Big Band, which consisted of himself and for the show Gilson Lavis from Squeeze. This gradually became the 18-piece Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. The Orchestra includes singers Louise Marshall and Ruby Turner and his younger brother, singer-songwriter and keyboard player, Christopher Holland.

Between 1988 and 1990 he performed and co-hosted along with David Sanborn during the two seasons of the music performance programme Sunday Night on NBC late-night television.[5] Since 1992 he has presented the music programme Later… with Jools Holland, plus an annual New Year’s Eve Hootenanny.

In 1996, Holland signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records,[3] and his records are now marketed through Rhino Records.

On 29 November 2002, Holland was in the ensemble of musicians who performed at the Concert for George, which celebrated the music of George Harrison. In January 2005 Holland and his band performed with Eric Clapton as the headline act of the Tsunami Relief Cardiff.

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On 29 August 2005, Holland married Christabel McEwen, his girlfriend of 15 years and daughter of artist Rory McEwen. Holland lives in the Westcombe Park area of Blackheath in southeast London, where he had his studio, Helicon Mountain, built to his design and inspired by Portmeirion, the setting for the 1960s TV series The Prisoner.[6] He also owns a manor house near medieval Cooling Castle in Kent.[7][8]

He appeared on the cover of Railway Modeller magazine in January 2019. In the attic of his house, Holland has spent ten years building a 100-foot (30 m) model railway. It is full of miniature buildings and landscapes that stretch from Berlin to London. He started with photographs and paintings from early 1960s London. “In the evenings, he builds some trains and buildings before switching on some music, pouring a glass of wine and switching on the trains to watch them move around the room.”

He received an OBE in 2003 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to the British music industry as a television presenter and musician. In September 2006, Holland was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent. Holland was appointed an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University at a ceremony held at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 January 2009. On 1 February 2011 he was appointed honorary colonel of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment.

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In June 2006 Holland performed in Southend for HIV/AIDS charity Mildmay, and in early 2007 he performed at Wells and Rochester Cathedrals to raise money for maintaining cathedral buildings. He is also patron of Drake Music.

A fan of the 1960s TV series The Prisoner, in 1987 Holland demonstrated his love of the series and starred in a spoof documentary, The Laughing Prisoner, with Stephen Fry, Terence Alexander and Hugh Laurie. Much of it was shot on location in Portmeirion, with archive footage of Patrick McGoohan, and featuring musical numbers from Siouxsie and the Banshees, Magnum and XTC. Holland performed a number towards the end of the programme.

Holland was an interviewer for The Beatles Anthology TV project, and appeared in the 1997 film Spiceworld as a musical director.

In 2008, Holland commissioned TV series Bangla Bangers (Chop Shop) to create a replica of the Rover JET1 for personal use. Holland is a greyhound racing supporter and has previously owned dogs. (by wikipedia)

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And here´his first “Friends” album including a lot of great artists (see tracklist) … and you will her this great mixture between Big Bnd Jazz and Rhythm & Blues…

It´s hot, baby !!!

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Personnel:
Mark Flanagan (guitar)
Roger Goslyn (trombone, accordion)
Lisa Graham (saxophone)
Christopher Holland (organ)
Jools Holland (piano)
Gilson Lavis (drums, percussion)
Nick Lunt (saxophone)
Jason McDermid (trumpet)
Derek Nash (saxophone)
Rico Rodriguez (trombone)
Winston Rollins (trombone)
Michael Bammi Rose (saxophone)
Jon Scott (trumpet)
Chris Storr (trumpet)
Dave Swift (bass)
Phil Veacock (saxophone)
Fayyaz Virji (trombone)
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01. Horse To The Water (feat. George Harrison) (G.Harrison/D.Harrison) 4.57
02. Marie (feat. Herbert Grönemeyer) (Newman) 3.14
03. The Informer (feat. Ruby Turner) (Holland) 3.33
04. Wohin die Liebe fällt (Wheel Of Fortune) (feat. Valerie) (Holland/Bronner) 4.01
05. Seventh Son (feat. Sting) (Dixon) 3.04
06. Out Of This World (feat. Melanie C) (Holland/Brown/Hynde) 3.38
07. I Love Every Little Thing About You (feat. Roger Cicero) (Wonder) 5.17
08. Übers Meer (feat. Ina Müller) (Reiser) 4.17
09. Mabel (feat. Eric Clapton & Solomon Burke) (Burke/Clapton/Holland) 4.52
10. I Put A Spell On You (feat. David Gilmour & Mica Paris) (Hawkins) 4.08
11. Think (feat. Tom Jones) (Malone/Cracklin) 4.00
12. I Went By (feat. Louise Marshall) (Ash Howes Radio Mix) (Holland) 2.59
13. Ba-Ba Boo-Boo (Into Your Heart) (feat. The Baseballs) (Brans) 4.14
14. The Kiss Of Love (feat. Nick Cave & Sam Brown) (Holland/Brown) 4.23
15. Let The Boogie Woogie Roll (feat. Robert Plant) (Ertegun/Wexler) 2.37
16. Just To Be Home With You (feat. Herbert Grönemeyer) 2.29
17. Tuxedo Junction (Dash/Feyne/Hawkins/Johnson) 3.35
18. Miniatur Wunderland (feat. Axel & Torsten Zwingenberger) (Holland/ A.Zwingenberger)) 2.40
19. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (feat. Marc Almond) (Almond/Ball) 4.33
20. If You Wear That Velvet Dress (feat. Bono) (Clayton/Evans/Mullen/Hewson) 6.15

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Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood – Live From Madison Square Garden (2009)

FrontCover1.jpgLive from Madison Square Garden is a 2 CD/2 DVD live album by Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood which was released on 19 May 2009 by Duck / Reprise Records. The album is made up of recordings from Clapton and Winwood’s performances at Madison Square Garden in February 2008. It is Eric Clapton’s ninth live album and Steve Winwood’s first live album as a solo artist.

The duo performed songs from their time in the band Blind Faith as well as selections from Traffic, Derek and the Dominos, Clapton’s and Winwood’s solo careers and some rock and blues covers. Their band consisted of Willie Weeks on bass, Ian Thomas on drums and Chris Stainton on keyboards.

Winwood and Clapton first crossed musical paths as members of the one-off group Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse in March 1966. They recorded songs issued on the Elektra Records compilation album What’s Shaking. Later they teamed up again in 1969 with the formation of Blind Faith, shortly after Clapton had left Cream. Blind Faith pioneered the fusion of rock and blues into tremendous studio and stage success. Despite critical and popular acclaim, the band was short-lived with only one album and a brief 1969 tour that debuted 12 July at Madison Square Garden and ended 24 August in Hawaii. Since then, Winwood and Clapton have remained friends but had only performed together a few times over the years; an occasional song at a charity event.

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In 1998, they both appeared in the movie Blues Brothers 2000 as members of the fictional blues group, the Louisiana Gator Boys (Willie Weeks was also a member). During Clapton’s 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival, Clapton and Winwood played six songs together including a few Blind Faith songs. After that successful experience, the two decided to collaborate again. The 2008 Madison Square Garden shows were the first full Winwood-Clapton concerts in almost 40 years.

The night before Buddy Miles died, a friend called him on his cell phone so he could hear Winwood and Clapton perform his best known song “Them Changes”. When they found out the next day that Miles had died, they dedicated the performance of the song to him.

On 11 February 2009, the pair announced a 14-city US tour that kicked off on 10 June 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They were joined on stage by Chris Stainton (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums), as well as backing vocalists Sharon White and Michelle John.

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Live from Madison Square Garden was recorded from 25 to 28 February. The shows were recorded and mixed by James Towler, while the production was handled by James Pluta, John McDermott, and Scooter Weintraub with executive production by John Beug, Michael Eaton, Peter Jackson, and Tom Whalley. Most of the production staff were also involved in the recordings for Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals.

The art direction for the album and DVD was Ellen Wakayama with the design handled by Donny Phillips of the Tehachapi hardcore bands The Warriors and Machines, and photography by Danny Clinch. Phillips is one of the lead graphic designers at Warner Bros. Records, which the other two people mentioned also work for. The artwork was based on the taijitu, although the colours on the packaging were red and blue instead of black and white. (by wikipedia)

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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.

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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. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Oh yes … this was a night, two legends came out to play !

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Personnel:
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Chris Stainton (keyboards)
Ian Thomas (drums)
Willie Weeks (bass)
Steve Winwood (keyboards guitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Had To Cry Today (Winwood) 7.47
02. Low Down (Cale) 4.10
03. Them Changes (Miles) 5.10
04. Forever Man (Williams) 3.33
05. Sleeping In The Ground (Myers) 4.50
06. Presence Of The Lord (Clapton) 5.23
07. Glad (Winwood) 4.13
08. Well All Right (Allison/Holly/Mauldin/Petty) 5.35
09. Double Trouble (Rush) 8.06
10. Pearly Queen (Capaldi/Winwood) 6.10
11. Tell The Truth (Clapton/Whitlock) 6.42
12. No Face, No Name, No Number (Capaldi/Winwood) 4.09

CD 2:
01. After Midnight (Cale) 4.45
02. Split Decision (Walsh/Winwood) 6.25
03. Rambling On My Mind (Clapton only) (Johnson) 4.01
04. Georgia On My Mind (Winwood only) (Carmichael/Gorrell) 5.05
05. Little Wing (Hendrix) 6.42
06. Voodoo Chile (Hendrix) 16.23
07. Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood) 5.33
08. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Capaldi/Winwood/Wood) 7.41
09. Cocaine (Cale) 6.41

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Eric Clapton – One More Car, One More Rider (2002)

FrontCover1.jpgOne More Car, One More Rider is the eighth live album by Eric Clapton, released on 5 November 2002 on Duck / Reprise Records. It is also the third double live album. The album contains songs performed during Clapton’s 2001 world tour. The recordings on this album are from two nights at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, 18 & 19 August 2001.Accompanying Clapton on this album are Andy Fairweather-Low, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Billy Preston, Greg Phillinganes, and David Sancious. Eric Clapton himself said that this would be his last world tour, making this album initially more valuable. However he since has toured the world several times both on his own and with others, including Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, and his four Crossroads Guitar Festivals with his own chosen high-profilehouse band; different from his usual band. (by wikipedia)

The inconsistent double live album One More Car, One More Rider strives to represent the harder and softer sides of Eric Clapton. Sometimes, on warhorses such as “Hootchie Coochie Man” and “Have You Ever Loved a Woman,” he transports listeners to the Delta or Chicago’s South Side, where a titan of the blues is throwing down bitter wisdom.

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But then there are those times when old Slowhand goes to his mushy place, singing nondescript odes such as “My Father’s Eyes” as though he’s chasing Sting for some sensitive-man prize. Clapton still possesses one of the most arresting guitar sounds on the planet, a laserlike beam of pure tone. But he rarely uses it to roar, and when he does — on a rearranged “Badge,” complete with dramatic pauses, or on the coda of the rocking “Layla” that contains some of the most adventuresome improvisation he’s recorded in years — it only becomes painfully clear just how often this car is riding on cruise control. (by Tom Moon)

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Personnel:
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Nathan East (bass, background vocals)
Andy Fairweather-Low (guitar, background vocals)
Steve Gadd – drums
Billy Preston (keyboards, background vocals)
David Sancious (keyboards, melodica, guitar, background vocals)

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Key To The Highway (Broonzy/Segar) 3.38
02. Reptile (Clapton) 5.44
03. Got You On My Mind (Biggs/Thomas) 4.06
04. Tears In Heaven (Clapton/Jennings) 4.27
05. Bell Bottom Blues (Clapton) 4.57
06. Change The World (Kennedy/Kirkpatrick/Sims) 6.23
07. My Father’s Eyes (Clapton) 8.35
08. River Of Tears (Clapton/Climie) 8.54
09. Going Down Slow (Oden) 5.37
10. She’s Gone (Clapton/Climie) 6.57

CD 2:
11. I Want A Little Girl (Mencher/Moll) 4.25
12. Badge (Clapton/Harrison) 6.03
13. Hoochie Coochie Man (Dixon) 4.30
14. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Myles) 7.51
15. Cocaine (Cale) 4.22
16. Wonderful Tonight (Clapton) 6.42
17. Layla (Clapton/Gordon) 11.12
18. Sunshine Of Your Love (Brown/Bruce/Clapton) 6.40
19. Over The Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg) 10.01

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Eric Clapton – Same (1970)

FrontCover1Eric Clapton is the debut solo studio album from British rock musician Eric Clapton, released in August 1970 under Atco and Polydor Records.

After being successful with bands including The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton recorded an album under his own name in late 1969 and early 1970. The album cover shows Clapton sitting in a room which is going to be decorated and in which a ladder, a chair and some carpets are placed. Clapton holds a cigarette in his right hand and has his Fender Stratocaster Brownie electric guitar with him.

Clapton recorded some tracks in November 1969 at London’s Olympic Studios and went on to record more songs in 1970 which was divided into two sessions; one in January 1970 at the Village Recorders Studio in West Los Angeles and a second session in March the same year at Island Studios in London. A large amount of musicians that worked with Clapton on the album had been working with the band Delaney & Bonnie, which previously opened the Blind Faith gigs. The musicians included the core of Derek & the Dominoes, including co-creator and co-songwriter Bobby Whitlock. Bobby Whitlock can be heard on Let It Rain, a pre-Dominoes type song.

The song “Let it Rain” had originally been recorded with different lyrics as “She Rides”. Three mixes of the album were done, one by Delaney Bramlett, one by Tom Dowd and one by Clapton himself. The Dowd mix was the one used for the original release. Bramlett’s mix is included in the Deluxe Edition released on CD in 2006.

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In an interview from 2006, promoting The Road to Escondido, Clapton recalled that he was very happy making this album and was pleased with the results of the recording sessions, but also noted that “the only thing [he] didn’t like about the album is [his] voice”, because it sounds so “high” and “young”, which Clapton disliked, because he “always wanted to sound like an old guy”.

Contemporary reviews were largely positive. Rolling Stone noted the “warm, friendly” aspect of the record, commending “Clapton’s voice” and the “mean guitar”. Q magazine described the album as swinging “like leaves in the breeze”. Robert Christgau rated the album with the “B” mark and noted: “I blame a conceptual error, rather than Clapton’s uncertain singing, for the overall thinness. As a sideman, Clapton slipped into producer Delaney Bramlett’s downhome bliss as easily as he did into Cream’s blues dreamscape, but as a solo artist he can’t simulate Delaney’s optimism”. (by wikipedia)

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Eric Clapton’s eponymous solo debut was recorded after he completed a tour with Delaney & Bonnie. Clapton used the core of the duo’s backing band and co-wrote the majority of the songs with Delaney Bramlett — accordingly, Eric Clapton sounds more laid-back and straightforward than any of the guitarist’s previous recordings. There are still elements of blues and rock & roll, but they’re hidden beneath layers of gospel, R&B, country, and pop flourishes. And the pop element of the record is the strongest of the album’s many elements — “Blues Power” isn’t a blues song and only “Let It Rain,” the album’s closer, features extended solos. Throughout the album, Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique. That is both a good and a bad thing — it’s encouraging to hear him grow and become a more fully rounded musician, but too often the album needs the spark that some long guitar solos would have given it. In short, it needs a little more of Clapton’s personality. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Delaney Bramlett (guitar, vocals)
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Jim Gordon (drums)
Tex Johnson (percussion)
Jim Price (trumpet)
Bobby Keys (saxophone)
Carl Radle (bass)
Leon Russell (piano)
John Simon (piano)
Bobby Whitlock (organ, vocals)
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Bonnie Bramlett –  Rita Coolidge – Sonny Curtis –  Jerry Allison  –  Stephen Stills

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Tracklist:
01.Slunky (D.Bramlett/Clapton) 3.34
02. Bad Boy (D,Bramlett/Clapton) 3.33
03. Lonesome And A Long Way From Home (D.Bramlett/B.Bramlett/Russell) 3.29
04. After Midnight (Cale) 3.09
05. Easy Now (Clapton) 2.57
06. Blues Power (Clapton/Russell) 3.08
07. Bottle Of Red Wine (D.Bramlett/B.Bramlett/Clapton) 3.05
08. Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me (D.Bramlett/Clapton) 3.22
09. Told You For the Last Time (B.Bramlett/Cropper) 2.32
10. Don’t Know Why (D.Bramlett/B.Bramlett/Clapton) 3.12
11. Let It Rain (D.Bramlett/Clapton) 5.02

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Guitar Legends (Special Collector´s Edition) – The Guitar Genius Of Eric Capton (2007)

FrontCoverEric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009.

In the mid-1960s Clapton left the Yardbirds to play with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed the power trio Cream with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop”. Furthermore, he formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. For most of the 1970s Clapton’s output bore the influence of the mellow style of J. J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market.[6] Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla”, recorded with Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded with Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which was featured on his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004 he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers. (by wikipedia)

And here´s a very interesting magazin about Eric Clapton, a special collector´s edition from the “Guitar Legends” magazine. Discover the world of one of the finest guitar player ever !

 

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Eric Clapton – The Eric Clapton Concert (Birmingham July 1986) (VHS rip) (1986)

Front+BackCover1Live 1986, also known as Eric Clapton & Friends Live 1986 or The Eric Clapton concert is a concert film released by the British rock musician Eric Clapton. It was originally released on VHS in 1987.  The concert was recorded at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 15 July 1986.

The early days as `Slowhand’ and the guitarist with the Yardbirds may seem a long way off but Eric Clapton’s love of the blues has never left him. Eric left the Yardbirds band as they became commercially acceptable to join John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. That led to the formation of the legendary Cream with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. Following his time with Mayall, Eric began to change bands regularly spending time with Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie and Derek And The Dominoes. Eric Clapton has endured, growing with every new musical experience. He has stayed true to the blues and has become one of the greatest loved musicians in Britain and indeed the World. This DVD was filmed at the Birmingham NEC on July 15 1986, shortly after the completion, but before the release of, the August album. The concert was the last date of a short tour featuring the line up who had played on the recording sessions for August. Eric Clapton & Friends Live, 1986 provides a great look into Eric Clapton’s constant changing styles.

The set list includes four songs from the August album along with a combination of old and new (at the time) from Cream, Derek And The Dominoes and subsequent solo material. “Layla” is the full version that includes the beautiful Thorn Tree In The Garden second section. The show also features Phil Collins singing the inevitable “In The Air Tonight”, a song prompts Eric to quip, “Now’s your chance to hear that song again, the one you’ve all been waiting for…” The concert ends in a rousing rendition of Sunshine Of Your Love as the finale and there’s a rare and delightful moment at the beginning of the guitar solo where Eric loses his concentration much to the audience’s (and the video producer’s) amusement. The concert was edited for TV and represents an hour of musical history and delight.

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It’s a given that any Eric Clapton performance will be impressive, but Eric Clapton & Friends Live 1986 exceeds all expectations. “Slowhand” had been recording August with session regulars Greg Phillinganes (keyboards), Nathan East (bass), and album producer Phil Collins on drums, and the idea of live performance seemed eminently appealing. The final gig in that brief, spectacular tour–July 15, 1986, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England–was recorded for British television, and editing to one-hour length doesn’t stop it from being a full-on stunner. Perhaps at his finest in a small-band setting, Clapton appears loose, happy, and ready to rip into bluesy riffs and solos as if his trusty Fender Stratocasters were vital organs tapped into his bloodstream. While the reliable oldies “Crossroads,” “White Room,” “Layla” (including the rarely heard “Thorn Tree in the Garden” section), and “Sunshine of Your Love” will satisfy Cream and Yardbirds fans, the fresh cuts from August are equally dazzling, with the beautiful “Holy Mother” serving as the night’s pulse-calming ballad. Collins’ hit “In the Air Tonight” is clearly an obligatory inclusion (his solo debut was still high on the charts), but in terms of energy, precision, and audience appeal, it’s easily on par with the rest of the gig. Visuals are only adequate–the videotaped colors have faded a bit–but sonically this show’s a keeper, especially if you’re equipped to use the DTS option. And just to prove that nobody’s perfect, Clapton fudges a note on “Sunshine” and a word-balloon reading “Sorry!” appears above his head–all in the happy spirit of a rockin’ good evening. (byJeff Shannon)

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Personnel:
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Greg Phillinganes (keyboards, vocals)
Phil Collins (drums, vocals)
Nathan East (bass, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Crossroads (Johnson)
02. White Room (Bruce/Brown)
03. Run (Clapton)
04. Miss You (Clapton/Phillinganes/Colomby)
05. Tearing Us Apart (Clapton/Phillinganes)
06. Holy Mother (Clapton/Bishop)
07. In the Air Tonight (Collins)
08. Layla (Clapton/Gordon)
09. Sunshine Of Your Love (Clapton/Bruce/Brown)

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Eric Clapton – 24 Nights (1991)

ECFrontCover124 Nights is the fifth live album by Eric Clapton, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, in 1990 and 1991. It was released on 8 October 1991.

The album is a “best of” from the 42 concerts Eric Clapton did at the Royal Albert Hall in those two years. Clapton set a record by playing a run of 24 nights at the London Royal Albert Hall between 5 February and 9 March 1991, following an 18-night run in 1990. Clapton reportedly was not satisfied with the 1990 concert recordings and delayed the release of a CD until after the “24 Nights” of the 1991 dates. These concerts were performed with 4 different instrumental formations, 4-piece, blues, 9-piece and orchestra nights, the last featuring the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen. The cover illustration is by Peter Blake.

The 4-piece recordings “Running on Faith”, “White Room” and “Sunshine of Your Love” included on the CD and DVD were recorded on 24 January 1990. The band consisted of Clapton with bassist Nathan East, drummer Steve Ferrone and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes. The Blues Band titles “Worried Life Blues”, “Watch Yourself” and “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” Clapton recorded with Buddy Guy and Robert Cray were shot and recorded on 5 February 1990. The last of the 1990 live recording session took place on 9 February 1990 recording the Orchestra Night. “Bell Bottom Blues”, “Hard Times” and “Edge of Darkness” were used on both the CD and video recording.

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On 10 February 1991, Clapton recorded “Badge” for the CD release. Eight days later the concert for “Pretending”, “Bad Love”, “Old Love” and “Wonderful Tonight” featuring the 9-piece band lineup took place. “No Alibis”, “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Cocaine” had been released on various CD singles of “Wonderful Tonight” since. The versions of “Old Love”, “Wonderful Tonight” and “Pretending” (2nd solo only) on the “24 Nights” video are different from their album counterparts, but they were not taken from the previous night’s show. They may even have been taken the year before. The song “Hoodoo Man” featuring Jimmie Vaughan was recorded on 28 February 1991. (by wikipedia)

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Eric Clapton, who had not released a live album since 1980, had several good reasons to release one in the early ’90s. For one thing, his spare backup band of keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Steve Ferrone was his best live unit ever, and its powerful live versions of Cream classics like “White Room” and “Sunshine of Your Love” deserved to be documented. For another, since 1987 Clapton had been playing an annual series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London, putting together various special shows (blues nights, orchestral nights, etc.). 24 Nights, a double album, was culled from two years of such shows, 1990 and 1991, and it demonstrated the breadth of Clapton’s work, from his hot regular band to assemblages of bluesmen like Buddy Guy and Robert Cray to examples of his soundtrack work with an orchestra led by Michael Kamen.

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The result was an album that came across as a lavishly constructed retrospective and a testament to Clapton’s musical stature. But it made little impact upon release (though it quickly went gold), perhaps because events overcame it — three months later, Clapton’s elegy for his baby son, “Tears in Heaven,” was all over the radio, and a few months after that he was redefining himself on MTV Unplugged — a live show as austere as 24 Nights was grand. Still, it would be hard to find a more thorough demonstration of Clapton’s abilities than the one presented here. (by William Ruhlmann)

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Personnel:
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Nathan East (bass, vocals)
Steve Ferrone (drums)
Greg Phillinganes (keyboards, background vocals)
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Alan Clark (keyboards on 14.)
Ray Cooper (percussion on 09. – 15.)
Richard Cousins (bass on 05. – 07.
Robert Cray (guitar on 05 – 07.
Buddy Guy (guitar, on 05. – 07
Johnnie Johnson (piano on 05. – 08.
Chuck Leavell (keyboards on 08. – 15.)
Jamie Oldaker (drums on 05. – 08.
Phil Palmer (guitar on 09. – 15.)
Jerry Portnoy (harmonica on 08.)
Ed Shearmur (keyboards on 14. + 15.)
Joey Spampinato (bass on 08.)
Jimmie Vaughan (guitar on 08.)
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background vocals (on 09. – 15.)
Katie Kissoon – Tessa Niles
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The National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Micheal Kamen (on 14. + 15.)

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Tracklist:
01. Badge (Clapton/Harrison) 6.51
02. Running On Faith (Williams) 6-49
03. White Room (Bruce/Brown) 6.10
04. Sunshine Of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 9.07
05. Watch Yourself (Guy) 5.39
06. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Myles) 6.52
07. Worried Life Blues (Merriweather) 5.28
08. Hoodoo Man (Wells) 5.40
09. Pretending (Williams) 7.08
10. Bad Love (Clapton/Jones) 6.25
11. Old Love (Clapton/Dray) 13.01
12. Wonderful Tonight (Clapton) 9.07
13. Bell Bottom Blues (Clapton) 6.38
14. Hard Times (Charles) 3.45
15. Edge Of Darkness (Clapton/Kamen) 6.29
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