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Eric Clapton's Jukebox
Eric Clapton's Jukebox
Price: £10.84

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Collection, 19 May 2011
This review is from: Eric Clapton's Jukebox (Audio CD)
This is a very well presented and compiled CD of tracks that EC was influenced by - it's not rocket science but worth getting if you like neat packages connected to the big man and his muse - decent booklet, informative notes and nice packaging with slipcase and all that make this a cut above the usual rip-off type collections that 'influence' CDs often end up as.

Eric Clapton -Slowhand (Book + 4dvd) [2011]
Eric Clapton -Slowhand (Book + 4dvd) [2011]
Dvd ~ Eric Clapton
Price: £23.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 19 May 2011
In agreement with all th other reviews here [except the dubious 5 Star one which you can be sure was writen by whoever put this out or at least soemone very close]- in a word [ok 2], it's rubbish.

Total rip-off dont waste your money..

Velvet Underground -Vanishing Point [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
Velvet Underground -Vanishing Point [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Tom Barber
Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb VU film, 2 Dec 2010
Although this 90 minute film of the career of the Velvet Underground leaps in when Lou Reed met John Cale - as if nothing of consequence had happened in each of their lives prior to that - what follows is an interesting (if much canvassed) film about a band which changed the face of contemporary music.
This chronological account is described as "a film by Tom Barber" and that seems fair because the music comes with interesting b'n'w footage of New York which is evocative and artistic, and the period footage is excellent. The talking heads here are intelligent and articulate.
Neither Reed nor Cale (nor the late Sterling Morrison or Andy Warhol) are interviewed, but drummer Maureen Tucker (looking like your old and lovable aunty) speaks well of the period and the music, and Doug Yule (who replaced Cale) is also thoroughly engaging and very self-effacing.
Of the other contributors there is Billy Name (a Warhol Factory regular who did the first three VU album covers), critics Robert Christgau and Clinton Heylin (who has written on the VU and Dylan), various club owners and fellow travelers, and Dean Wareham (of Velvets-influenced Luna, and Dean and Britta).
All of these people persuasively make the case for the Velvet's influence, but better than that identify specific songs - and not always the well known ones - which illustrated some aspect of the band and how different it was.
The film also raises various questions: What might they have been like without the influence of Warhol? Would Reed - given his background as a jobbing pop songwriter with a love of doo-wop - have been more commercial earlier if it hadn't been for Cale's avant-garde influence? Why wasn't the crucial contribution of Morrison and Tucker acknowledged earlier?
Another in the Chrome Dream series of unauthorised biographies - this one is well worth catching up with. And if it starts and ends abruptly (scant mention of their reunion) at least it puts a firm focus on the music making and those first three exceptional albums which changed the parameters and map of what was possible in rock culture.

The Rolling Stones: 1969-1974 The Mick Taylor Years [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
The Rolling Stones: 1969-1974 The Mick Taylor Years [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Rolling Stones
Price: £11.60

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheds new light on the Stones, 28 Sep 2010
This was a really interesting and considered film covering the period from Beggars' Banquet and Brian Jones' demise, through Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St., Goat's Head Soup and It's Only Rock n Roll.
Before watching this I hadn't been fully aware of how much of an impact Mick Taylor had on the Stones in this period. The film includes some interview excerpts from Mick Taylor himself, along with some very knowledgable and connected contributors. Robert Christgau of the Village Voice is particularly good. The wider analysis of the relationships within the band and the band's relevance to the outside world is extremely well put together.
There's also some great live footage, including the Hyde Park 1969 concert and the disaster of Altamont, and some hilarious Top Of The Pops stuff with Mick Jagger in a pink silk suit and multi-coloured baseball cap!
Finally, I'll just mention a wonderful visual sequence accompanied by Moonlight Mile from Sticky Fingers - it's really a beautiful piece of filmmaking to go with a superb Mick Taylor-driven song.
Highly recommended.

Eric Clapton -The 1960's Review [DVD] [2010]
Eric Clapton -The 1960's Review [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Eric Clapton
Price: £15.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended, 5 Stars!, 27 Sep 2010
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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