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Eric Clapton -The 1960's Review [DVD] [2010]

Eric Clapton    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Eric Clapton
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sexy Intellectual
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QTBSVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,690 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

While few would argue that Eric Clapton is one of the finest guitarists of all time, it is sometimes forgotten just how pivotal, influential and downright startling this man was during the 1960s. And while, throughout the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s, Clapton has remained a musician and songwriter of rare ability with moments of glory resplendent on album after album it was during the decade in which he emerged that his awesome skills were used most creatively. As an early member of the Yardbirds, a crucial part of the Bluesbreakers, a founder member of Cream and the one who mattered most in the short lived Blind Faith, EC, to many, really was a deity. In this extraordinary documentary, his life and career throughout these crucial ten years is put under the microscope, and with the help of archive interviews with the man himself, exclusive contributions from friends, band mates and colleagues, rare and classic performance footage, seldom seen photographs, location and period archive plus a host of other features, the story in question is told in a manner it never has been before. Includes brand new interviews with musicians and performers; John Mayall, Paul Jones, Neil Innes, Tom McGuinness, Chris Dreja, Top Topham, Ben Palmer, Dave Kelly and Cream producer Bill Halverson, plus expert insight from Cream biographer Chris Welch, Yardbirds biographer Alan Clayson and Uncut magazine s contributing editor, Nigel Williamson.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best for neophytes 31 Oct 2010
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This video, produced apparently without permission from, or involvement of, Mr C himself, is a useful primer as to why EC is considered such a great influence on the devlopment of blues and rock guitar. If you're an old fart like me, who was around at the time, and has read lots of stuff about the 60s since, it may not tell you anything you don't know: but it's still an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.

EC was, IMHO, seminal to the development of guitar in rock music: before him, the guitarist was a bloke who stepped out and did a a few notes in the middle 8, and then stepped back to let the singer do his stuff. There were some guitar instrumental bands - the Shadows here, the Ventures in the US - but they were well-mannered chaps who may have got feet tapping but rocked no boats. Clapton began the whole tortured guitar god thing that persists in rock music to this day: starting with John Mayall, and developing even more with Cream, the song became a perfunctory lift-off point for extended improvisation, which was what the audience had come to see. This was part of the furniture in jazz, but was pretty new to popular music. For this reason - and the change in recorded sound, about which we didn't really hear enough - EC is perhaps the most influential guitarist of all time: I won't get into debate about the best, or most innovative, but influential, yes. What persuaded Hendrix to come to England was that Chas Chandelr promised to introduce him to Clapton...

I was a bit disappointed that the film didn't explore a bit more the intricacies of how the combination of the Les Paul and Fender/Marshall amp setup permanently changed the sound of popular music, and how Clapton led the way with this. But maybe that is a minority taste.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended, 5 Stars! 27 Sep 2010
By Dave
Format:DVD
Eric Clapton in the 1960s is both well researched, and at two hours in length, of sufficient depth to hold the attention of even the most long standing and knowledgable Clapton fan. As is to be expected there was quite a lot on here that was covering well trodden ground, but crucially, plenty that I had not seen or heard before. The people interviewed in the film were impressive, for instance there are worthwhile contributions from John Mayall, from the original Yardbirds line-up Chris Dreja and Top Topham, and Chris Welch, who, if you've read his book 'Strange Brew', you'll know is an authority on all things Cream and Eric Clapton related. There are a few of interviews with Eric himself, though a couple more would have been nice. The film is interspersed with plenty of live footaqe, particularly of Cream but also some of Blind Faith and the Yardbirds as well.
Not only is this a great Clapton documentary, but in turn is a great document on the 60s British blues scene in general.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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For a true fan of Clapton this dvd contains nothing new of importance. There are interviews with the "regular suspects" - and here I must admit, I can't stand hearing Alan Clayson talking, allthough he may be a nice and knowing guy, his way of expressing himself makes me want to switch channel (it was the same on the "Stones in the 1960's" dvd, where he and some of the other "experts" also appeared). On this dvd you will also see quite a lot of photos, that have been shown in all the wellknown books about Yardbirds, Cream and Clapton before - not so interesting seeing photos on a dvd, especially if you have them all in your biography books about the subject! Another issue is, that in the several parts of the dvd there seem to be some kind of delayed lip-synchronisation, when artists or interviewed people speak. Even worse you can several times hear a song played in the "background", while it obviously is'nt the same number or the same version, you see the band playing. Beeing a lifelong Clapton-fan I enjoyed most of the dvd anyway, but afterwards I thought, that I must stop buying these un-authorised dvd's with repeating and slightly disappointing material packed as new and interesting. I had the same feel about the Stones in the 1960's dvd by the way.
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