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The Old Codgers Strike Back... Again!,
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This review is from: Live From Madison Square Garden (Audio CD)
There has long been a myth that rock (or indeed pop) is exclusively a youth man's game. I say man because although women do hold their own in pop, rock is largely seen as male dominated.
I will not get into the gender bias in rock here but this is further proof that rock stars can go on into their 60s and beyond. As other reviewers have noted here, Clapton was brilliant on the Cream Reunion album and Steve Winwood's voice has become even richer with age. In terms of live work neither of these guys needed the other, they could both fill venues and rake in the cash with their individual bands, with Clapton perhaps having the edge. In terms of recent credible albums Clapton has required star collaborators to bounce his creative energy off. The Cream Reunion album is the best thing he had done for many years. Even his rather good Robert Johnson tribute albums Me and Mr. Johnson, Sessions for Robert J [CD + DVD] [Digipak] did not quite measure up to Peter Green's sublime interpretation of the same songs Robert Johnson Songbook/Hot Foot Powder.
Winwood on the other hand has produced one cracking album as recently as 2003 About Timeand a good but less successful album in 2008 Nine Lives
I always felt it was a tragedy that Blind Faithfell apart after such a short time. Here we have two of the prime movers in that band reunited covering all the key numbers from that bands only album and drawing from their respective musical histories. Both men clearly enjoying the musical setting and comfortable with revisiting their musical part. This is not just a nostalgia cash in however; this is a pair of musical giants who emerged from the 60s Blues Boom, through R&B (when I still recognised the music as representing that label when it was applied)and the emergence decline and rebirth of Rock.
This album is a challenge to the ageist idiots who still worship at the feet of the goddess of youth. Clearly there is a lot of great new ideas and music coming from new young bands but that can co-exist with an appreciation of what the old codgers have to offer. If you have not yet seen Shine A Light [DVD] then you should check it out. Mick is amazingly fit and in good voice, Keith is dancing on stage without falling over (and his greeting of Hillary Clinton's mother on stage at a protracted meet and greet session is beyond parody)
You might also wish to check out the accompanying DVD of this concert Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live from Madison Square Garden [DVD]  [US Import]where I was left a bit confuded as to who was playing the organ part whilst Steve was playing guitar up front with Eric; the camera zoomed in on more than one occasion to an empty seat at Winwood's Hammond whist the rest of the band were is the shadows at the back of the stage.
I endorse the supportive comments made by other here; this is a genuine musical event that is well worth repeated listening. Go on buy it!