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Me And Mr. Johnson

Me And Mr. Johnson

23 Mar 2003

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 23 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 23 Mar 2003
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 2004 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 49:22
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  • ASIN: B004PGHJPO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,499 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Cranson VINE VOICE on 26 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
It was only a metter of time before Mr Clapton recorded this album. RObert Johnson has been in his blood since way back when. In all of his music down the years you can hear it. It was something which he was born to record.
Having now recorded it, we can be very thankful. Sit back and let it all flow over you. The music, the playing, the lyrics. He - and the band - make it sound all so easy. Which is most of the genius of the whole thing. How can a white guy from London in the 21st century feel so much of the pain and joy of a black man from 20s/30s Chicago?
Yet he does. It oozes from every note and chord, and it's wonderful to behold.
The one track that's missing - IMHO - is Crossroads Blues (or just Crossroads) which I for one was expecting. Maybe we'll get that one with the other 14 which haven't made it on to this collection. Surely we'll get a Vol 2 - PLEASE!
It was worth the wait.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dominic L. Brown on 6 Sep 2005
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Eric Clapton is perhaps the most influential British blues guitarist in history (with the exception of Peter Green). He is in a better postion than any other British guitarist to do justice to this powerful material, but while he is undoubtedly a hugely experienced and talented player, when I bought this album I wondered if his touch was a little too light to pull it off.
My first impression was that Clapton's arrangements do not immediately evoke the dark, powerful feel and vivid imagery of Johnson's music. Johnson was not a technically gifted singer, but he sang with great passion, and this is not easily evident in the recordings here. As a guitarist, Johnson shone above his contemporaries, and his combined lead work and bass runs are still evading guitarists today. He was a versatile player with great feeling, and the same can be said for Clapton, who plays within the spirit rather than the letter of Johnson's style here.
And this is really why I like this album - I expect that it will not satisfy some purists, and certainly the choice to use a full group, including electric guitars, is a controversial one, but Clapton is a fine blues musician, and this a tribute to one of his heros, not an album of note-for-note transcriptions. What you get here is an expression of Clapton's genuine love for the music of a blues great, and it is a joyful, accomplished expression, that has as much to do with the blues of the 21st Century as that of the 1930's.
In fact, Clapton's group creates a powerful momentum that does service to this music. It is an easy-rolling, foot-tapping power, that pulls you along without you even realising it, and provides a great platform for the vocals and instrumental solos.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Blue6string on 1 April 2004
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At long last, EC gets "Up close and personal" with the legendary Robert Johnson and his music. Not withstanding EC's previous renditions of some of RJ's songs (Crossroads when he was with Cream probably being his most well known but he has performed others down the years, for example Walking Blues and Malted Milk from the Unplugged album) this is an inspired and authentic piece of work. Apparently the album came about as a result of EC and his band jamming RJ songs as a way of relaxing whilst working on his next "original material" album (due for release in '05 apparently - Guitarist Magazine May 2004 issue). The playing by all band-members is great - Doyle Bramhall II is inspired in his slide work, and Billy Preston demonstrates some wonderful "blues with a feelin'" on his Hammond.
14 tracks are listed, all are delivered with Eric Clapton's unmistakably soulful vocals, with some great guitar work by the Master, but he also gives his band members space and time to perform their own talents. It really is like listening to a highly polished and fluent blues jamming band - the tonal quality of the amps is captured wonderfully, Class A valves driven to the edge of distortion!
Delta Blues, delivered with feeling - buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Mar 2004
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You may be excused for asking 'do we need another collection of Robert Johnson songs by a British blues guitarist so soon after Peter Green's recent CDs?' The answer, rather surprisingly, is yes!
Eric has covered Robert Johnson songs throughout his 40-year career and this is his take on the classic songbook. It's not an attempt to create the Robert Johnson sound, the CD is very much a band record with some fine ensemble playing throughout. (It's almost a tribute to Muddy Waters as well, using his blueprint Chicago sound to filter the songs of Mississippi.) There are no long guitar solos and the material is treated with great respect- in some ways too much respect, some of the songs, like 'Kind Hearted Woman', seem to work better when they have radically different arrangements, and I could have done with a bit more of EC's guitar.
It's also Clapton's taste that raises this CD above the Brit blues norm, both his taste as a guitarist and his taste in selecting the musicians- for such a disparite bunch of musos they turn in some wonderful performances and really gell well as a band. Jerry Pornoy on harp is great and the rhythm section just swings like mad on songs like 'Travelling riverside blues' and 'If I had possession over judgement day'. Also, honorable mentions to Andy Fairweather-Low and Doyle Bramall on guitars and Billy Preston on keyboards (mostly piano).
My one gripe would be that all these songs are all a bit too familiar, and en masse a bit samey, but as a fan of Clapton's since his days with the Yardbirds its a pleasure to hear him playing real blues again. He's in great voice throughout the record and this must be his best CD since 'From the cradle'.
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