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The years just slipped away.....,
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Live from Madison Square Garden
I often went to Cream & Traffic gigs in the sixties, and managed to catch Blind Faith in Hyde Park, so I just had to buy this. This must have been a great concert to attend - if I'd been there I'd have clapped until my hands bled. However, listening to it in the less euphoric atmosphere of my front room I was not quite as enthusiastic. There are some excellent tracks - a good version of Double Trouble, knockout Voodoo Chile, and it was good to hear Glad having an airing again after all these years. However, there are a few too many old chestnuts. Just how many versions of Cocaine and After Midnight do you want in your collection?
Traffic used several lead instuments, and so their numbers are less satisfactory in this smaller line up, irrespective of any debate about whether Clapton is/was the better musician. The numbers featuring Clapton work better, but are often a little predictable. Blind Faith was the only time Clapton worked in a band where there was at least one other lead instrument, rather than other instruments filling in & taking the odd solo (someone will correct me if that's wrong) and that's one of the sad things about its short life. He does seem to perform better when stretched by other musicians, and his subsequent career as sole star of the band has made him a less interesting musician than he might have been.
But that's just hypothesis. This is an enjoyable album, and captures the atmosphere of an overdue reunion very well. Lovers of nostalgia will enjoy it (I do), but those who weren't around 40 years ago may be less impressed.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2009 21:25:22 BDT
J. Stewart says:
While I haven't (yet) listened to this I think your comments about Clapton being stretched by other musicians are 110% accurate. I love EC and am influenced by his music but he has been a big disappointment for some time now.
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K. Ludbrook says:
I agree with this completely, watch Clapton with JJ Cale on the first Crossroads DVD or with Robert Randolph, his style gets so much more variation.
Posted on 19 Jun 2010 02:18:36 BDT
Clapton needs a little pressure on him to come up with the real thing. Winwood is good for him in that respect (the best I heard Clapton play live was at Ronnie Lane's ARMS concert in the 80s, again with SW), but there is too great an emphasis here on EC's (old) material, as you say: dull stuff that we've heard too often.
I have to say, whenever EC plays with Beck, it's Jeff that walks off with the laurels.
Totally agree about Voodoo Child. It's stunningly good. Clapton especially: it's his best playing on the recording.
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