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Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004 [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2005
I got this DVD for Christmas and I watched all in one sitting yesterday...
Just brilliant!
There's lots of stuff (even though there are sad omissions, like Jeff Beck), and lots of styles, although blues is obviously the common link...
There's lots of interesting and amazing playing throughout, and even Clapton seems to play with a little more fire than usual...
It was a pity the old bluesmen get so little time, but I enjoyed the whole thing a lot and even those guitarists I didn't know about... made some fine discoveries too, of course...
At some point halfway through watching it, I felt Lynyrd Skynyrd would have fitted the bill just perfect, and I wished they had played there... guitar power they don't lack, that's for sure... and Rossington, Thomasson and Medlocke are all brilliant...
But anyway, even though one wishes it was a 3 DVD set, there's plenty to get one's teeth into...
First off, the bluesmen (Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Vaughan, BB King, Buddy Guy) all put on a beautiful performance and it is very clear they are enjoying themselves, which adds to one's own enjoyment...
Then it's country time!
Watching Dan Tyminski and Ron Block play "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" was pure joy... I loved their guitar styilings and they just sound wonderful.... plus, it's such a great tune... they also play "Road To Nash Vegas", an instrumental where they get to show off their interplay...
Somebody I had never heard of is Vince Gill, but his country songs, and especially the solo on "Oklahoma Borderline" left me in awe...
A nice addition is James Taylor... he gets to play some blues side by side with Joe Walsh, who just can't stop being the goof he's always been and who puts some of the best performances on the DVD, "Funk 49" and "Rocky Mountain Way"... Walsh is always great to see live...
John Mayer was another unknown for me... he's very young but classy and passionate... I enjoyed his performance...
There was also Steve Vai and his band who just floor anyone with their performance... one song is enough to blow you away... intense!
There were lots more great performances: J.J. Cale, Larry Carlton, John McLaughlin...
Highlights for me were the bluesmen... Clapton's own performances and his collaboration with Santana on a scorching "Jingo"... Tyminski & Block... Vince Gill... plus Joe Walsh... Vai... McLaughlin... and an Indian player called Vishwa Mohan Batt, who plays a veena that he built himself out of a guitar.....
Clapton's band puts the finishing touches to the show..... or so it seems because after him, comes one of the absolute best moments in the DVD, when the lights dim and a voice comes out of the speakers: "Señores y señoritas.... it's fiesta time!"
Of course, it's that "little old band from Texas", ZZ TOP!
It's such a damn shame they get so little time in the DVD, because their performance is hugely enjoyable and you can see the big Dallas crowd having fun with the band...
Yes, it should have been a 3 DVD set!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2005
Absolutely fantastic! I don't know what else I could say to describe how i felt watching this DVD... it "got me on my knees!". a breathtaking experience. i only wish i was there live! PS the hidden clip on disc 2 isn't necessarily next to the words MAIN - mine was beneath the guitar solos bit :)
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2005
Put disc 2 in
In the menu, go to Extras
Move the 'pointer' to the option 'Main' but don't select it
Move left one more time and you'll notice the 'pointer' vanishes then Hit select - a rather familiar riff will fill your ears....fantastic.
Oh and by the way, the whole DVD is magical.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2004
This is not a DVD of the 2004 tour but Eric is on good form with his tour band in evidence amongst a plethora of well-known and not-so well-known guitarists. There's a great overall atmosphere and, despite the characters there, no sense of competition. Everyone just came along at Clapton's invitiation. Highlights? James Taylor's two offerings and Claptons "I shot the sherriff" followed by "Have you ever loved a woman?". But the whole thing is just 3 1/2 hours of ace axemen doing their stuff - live!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2008
several tracks listed on the USA version have been left off this release e.g. all of Jeff Beck, some of Carlos Santana, some of John Mayer.

The layla performance - title 2 on dvd 2 - is inaccessible via regular menus - how stupid & annoying. If I buy a music DVd I don't expect to have to play childish hide n seek games with it to find the songs.

Buy the USA version.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2004
Maybe not the best performances you can get of the individual artists involved, but it's live and the enjoyment of the contributors shines through. If you play guitar it's an essential for your collection. If you just like music it's a trawl through the ages, from delta blues to modern rock.
A must have, and part of your dosh goes to a worthy cause.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2007
Where to start.If you are a lover of the blues, or an electric guitar fan then this is THE DVD you must have. This surely has to be the finest gathering of artists ever assembled in one place. I was blown away with the guitar playing of all the players, it is amazing the sounds that come from their instruments, hearing is believing. I shan't list the individual performances, I will let you enjoy finding out for yourself. I will say though that "Clapton" is at his absolute best, the king playing to his court, the number one of all time. This DVD is at the top of my play list, and will not let you down. I assure you that if you had to save one DVD from your burning house, this will be it. If you want to go to guitar heaven, then buy this, turn up the volume, press play and just enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the 2004 concert from an occasional series organised by Eric Clapton and a group of friends to raise funds for charity. The artists included in this US version of the DVD are all top-notch and fit into the blues-rock-country-jazz combination very comfortably.

I've been buying British Blues since the 1960s, along with a smattering of the original American flavour, so it was a great pleasure to be able to see this surge of fresh talent coming through as well as the established artists.

Not all of the performers who took part in the Festival are here, and the sequence is not the same as they performed in, but if you can ignore the switching around between stages and days and just enjoy the music, then this is a step into musical paradise.

The rest of the reviewers seem to share my enthusiasm for this DVD, and I think TC's excellent and detailed review is among the most helpful and true to the spirit of the DVD.

There are more delights in the series, I can recommend having a look also at the next Crossroads Festival in 2007 and the 2010 Festival.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2009
There are some real treats on this double DVD capturing an obviously great atmosphere and bunch of talent. Such a shame we didn't get more time with the other artists and less with Slowhand.
Still worth the buy for those brief glimpses of exceptional talents old, older and young!
But where was Beck!
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on 7 July 2014
Great music from nearly all those taking part. The line up was far less known to me than the 2007 and 2010 festival line ups . If you have none of these I would say that although there is terrific stuff on all of them , the 2007 and 2010 are better presented , better known and contain only the "cream of the crop". I bought the blueray version of the 2010 festival and it is superb , ( Amazon had it for less than the dvd )!
I have not tried the 2013 dvd but have seen very unfavourable reports so it may be worth checking before buying.
Considering that each of these albums have around 4 hours music of the worlds finest guitarists how can you lose ?
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