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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been So Much Better
I was so looking forward to this DVD,having already seen an unofficial release of the concert.The music is fantastic,Clapton and Winwood on top form throughout,the three piece band with them are spot on.The choice of music is just perfect,so you ask why only the four stars for it? What's the disappointment ,well it's marred by the return to a studio for either EC or SW to...
Published on 22 May 2009 by P. Clack

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A step back for Clapton
Clapton has always been at the leading edge of CDs and DVDs in terms of visual and audio quality, with the Cream Reunion probably being the best. This, in contrast, looks to emulate the bootlegs on YouTube with sound and visuals that could have been recorded on a good video camera in the audience. Whereas the great sounding Blu-Ray music DVDs have bit rates around the...
Published on 29 July 2009 by Piers Chapple


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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been So Much Better, 22 May 2009
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P. Clack "pete" (WITNEY, OXFORDSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood - Live From Madison Square Garden [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
I was so looking forward to this DVD,having already seen an unofficial release of the concert.The music is fantastic,Clapton and Winwood on top form throughout,the three piece band with them are spot on.The choice of music is just perfect,so you ask why only the four stars for it? What's the disappointment ,well it's marred by the return to a studio for either EC or SW to talk some more about the songs or something of the past between each song,,it just ruins the run of the concert.One of the best songs of the set was what was on the night the second song in J J Cale's 'Low Down',here omitted from the main concert set and stuck as a bonus on the second disc of extras.Take the annoying talk out,return it to it's proper place in the set and it's a wonderful moment.I fail to see the reasoning in this I must admit where this chat could have been put into the bonus items and not interrupting the main concert film.I could understand this on the Crossroads set a little as it was over two days,but this is really not wanted,as it ruins as I've said the flow and feel of what was a fabulous trio of gigs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not HD sound, 2 Mar 2011
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I'd echo some others' comments about the intrusive 'intro' chats. The visuals are fine, the music is great, but the sound is NOT HD. I wouldn't have bothered with the blu-ray version if I'd known. What excuse can there be for no HD sound on a modern concert recording? Standard DTS is OK but the difference is clear when you hear a true HD recording (e.g. Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scotts - SUPERB sound quality, especially the bass levels).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful !!, 2 Nov 2011
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A wonderful combination Clapton- Winwood. I've not seen such a good concert in a long time. Just wish I'd been old enough to see them when they made up Blind Faith. Definitely something not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment, 8 April 2011
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Bought the Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood DVD for my husband after he saw a small part of it on television. He loves it and so do I, it's Clapton at his very best, and although neither of us were great fans of Steve Winwood now relise how good he is and how well they complement each other. As there is so little to watch on TV these days my husband,s favorite parts of the DVD are played most evenings. In fact I have now bought the accompanying CD for the car. Looking forward to their shows at the Royal Albert Hall at the end of May, hope the DVD of that is half as good as this one.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A step back for Clapton, 29 July 2009
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Piers Chapple (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Clapton has always been at the leading edge of CDs and DVDs in terms of visual and audio quality, with the Cream Reunion probably being the best. This, in contrast, looks to emulate the bootlegs on YouTube with sound and visuals that could have been recorded on a good video camera in the audience. Whereas the great sounding Blu-Ray music DVDs have bit rates around the 5mbs, this is 'down' at the 2.2mbs, but I think it's the production that's lacking; anyone listening on a good system/headphones will be disappointed.

I guess the reality is that with Blu-ray you expect more; the visuals and sound you just don't quite get with DVD. This Blu-ray, however, seems like a straight copy of the DVD.

That said, the concert is excellent and there are some standout songs. Clapton pushes himself much harder than at his recent RAH concerts. As the other reviewers have mentioned--put the interview segments as Extras and don't break up the concert!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate concert., 10 Dec 2012
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The best two British blues artists together. What more could you wish for? Forget those odd review moans, just enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO MASTER MUSICIANS REUNITE AFTER 40 YEARS!, 18 Oct 2011
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THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF SUPERLATIVES YOU COULD USE TO DESCRIBE THIS CONCERT ; SUFFICE IT TO SAY THAT FOR ANY FANS OF CLAPTON AND/OR WINWOOD,THIS SHOULD LIVE UP TO ALL EXPECTATIONS ; THEIR PLAYING IS QUITE SIMPLY SUPERB ; THEY BOTH INSPIRE EACH OTHER TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS AND IT IS A JOY TO WATCH; THEY ALSO HAVE AN EXCELLENT GROUP OF BACKING MUSICIANS.

THERE IS A GOOD VARIED CHOICE OF MATERIAL FROM THE BACK CATALOGUES OF BOTH OF THEM AND IT IS GOOD TO HEAR THEM BOTH PROVIDING BACKGROUND DETAILS,ETC; ON THE MUSIC ITSELF AND THE LEAD-UP TO THE CONCERT.IT IS AMAZING THAT THEY HAVE NOT PLAYED TOGETHER SINCE THE DAYS OF "BLIND FAITH" BACK IN 1969-70 ; STILL,IT WAS WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!! TREAT YOURSELF TO THIS DVD AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Music does not get much better than this, 26 May 2011
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Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood just excel their musical talents to a level not achieved by many Musicians an excellent DVD
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb ..., 4 Aug 2009
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This excellent dvd captures a superb concert performance from Clapton and Winwood for those of us who were not fortunate enough to be there in person. The picture and sound quality are up to the usual high standards and I found no problem with this, contrary to other reviewers.
Likewise the very short interview clips between songs now and then did nothing to detract from the concert for me personally and their memories were quite entertaining.
Too many highlights to list them all, but After Midnight, Pearly Queen and Double Trouble stand out.
All in all a superb dvd well worth the price.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Pete Clack said............., 1 July 2009
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Cracking DVD spoilt only by an idiotic director sometimes inserting bits of talking between songs. Totally unnecessary and tends to interupt flow of the show.

Brilliant otherwise.
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