Powered by Google
Home
Listings
Editors' Picks
News
Music
Movies
Food
Life
Arts + Books
Rec Room
Moonsigns
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Personals
Adult Personals
Classifieds
Adult Classifieds
- - - - - - - - - - - -
stuff@night
FNX Radio
Band Guide
MassWeb Printing
- - - - - - - - - - - -
About Us
Contact Us
Advertise With Us
Work For Us
Newsletter
RSS Feeds
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Webmaster
Archives



sponsored links
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
PassionShop.com
Sex Toys - Adult  DVDs - Sexy  Lingerie


 
  E-Mail This Article to a Friend
 

Eric Clapton
SESSIONS FOR ROBERT J
(Duck/Reprise)

Clapton takes another swing at the legacy of his musical hero with this DVD, a follow-up to his stilted 2004 CD release Me and Mr. Johnson (Reprise). This time, the results are substantially better. As bassist Nathan East suggests early in the program, which initially captures Clapton and his touring band in electric rehearsals for their 2004 summer road trip, "some stuff sounds better than the record." Actually, almost all of it does. By the time of this filming, Clapton and crew had had more time to live with their arrangements and were preparing for the leaderís Dallas guitar festival as well as the tour, both of which may have added the heat of audience expectations to the performances.

The best of the electric tunes is a blazing "Kind Hearted Woman Blues" that bristles with the energy and vocal authority the album version lacked. Much of Sessions for Robert J is acoustic, so after the rehearsals, the camera follows Clapton and his current guitar partner, Doyle Bramhall Jr., into the hotel where Johnson recorded in 1937. There they play duet versions of "Hell Hound on My Trail," "Me and the Devil Blues," "Love in Vain," and others that ring with passion and virtuosity. Bramhallís slide accents the clean, beautifully articulated lines of Claptonís devoted six-sting interpretations and unrestrained singing. EC also adds his insightful analysis of Johnsonís technique and discusses his relationship to the late Delta blues masterís songs. The disc ties up with a few solo numbers and Claptonís final declaration of his love for Johnsonís moody mastery, but by then, heís explained everything we need to know with his moving performances. The set comes with a bonus CD featuring 11 of the DVDís 19 tunes.

BY TED DROZDOWSKI


Issue Date: March 4 - 10, 2005
Back to the Music table of contents
  E-Mail This Article to a Friend
 









about the phoenix |  advertising info |  Webmaster |  work for us
Copyright © 2005 Phoenix Media/Communications Group