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Me And Mr. Johnson [VINYL]
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 June 2017
When it comes to recording a Robert Johnson covers album, it makes a little sense that it is done by the man who turned most blues guitarist on to Johnson's work, Eric Clapton.

Me And Mr. Johnson is an album that was recorded with a lot of love and it shows in the end result. The songs for the most part are all quite up beat and has that English blues rock vibe that you'd expect from the late '60s blues boom. There are a number of quality musicians on here including the great Steve Gadd, Billy Preston and Andy Fairweather. Each musician does their thing and does it well. From a technical perspective, this is a very well made album.

But covering such oldies like They're Red Hot, Travelling Riverside Blues and Kind Hearted Woman Blues is all great and everything, but there is one specific element on this record that just doesn't work. That is the fact that there are quite simply too many musicians playing these songs. For those unaware, Robert Johnson's music was the man's guitar and his voice, however Me And Mr. Johnson features drums, bass, harmonica, organ, and piano. The end result is a good album, don't get me wrong. But the original charm of these songs is a little lost in the mix and it is a crying shame. It also doesn't help that Eric Clapton himself does not utilise his guitar very well. His playing is pretty run of the mill, buried in the mix and when it does come into the forefront, the tone is a little underwhelming.

Taking all that into consideration, Me And Mr. Johnson is still a highly enjoyable album that I'm sure fans of Eric Clapton and his fellow blues guitarists will enjoy. It does what it says on the tin, but it could have been done better.

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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 September 2011
Recorded in 2004, this album is only the second pure blues album of Eric Clapton's solo career. Dedicated to one of the most famous and legendary (and for once the word legendary is used correctly) bluesmen of all time, Robert Johnson, this record shows Clapton at his best.

Clapton treats these songs with a great deal of respect, and the real passion he has for the music really shines through. Sounding more committed to the music than at any time since `From the Cradle', he turns in a cracking performance. These are not songs he could have done justice to any earlier in his career, his voice is now world weary and battered and his guitar playing mature and restrained. He delivers a well chosen set of Johnson's best songs, and by his own standards this is one of his best solo albums.

I do have one niggle. The production is at times just a little too slick and polished. The raw edge to the music is slightly lacking. Comparing it to Clapton's solo work it is a marvellous record, but if, say, you were to compare it to Pete Green's set of Johnson covers, or even the original recordings by the great man himself, this record is just a little lacking in emotional punch and intensity. I'm still going to give it 5 stars though, as depending on what sort of mood you are in would determine which versions you go for, and this record is a classic if you are in the mood for something a little more polished.
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on 6 December 2015
It's okay but sounds a little flat. Maybe digital compression has been applied. Clean pressing.

I've got also Peter Greens Hotfoot Powder on vinyl, and where he also covers Robert Johnson songs and that is way better. The songs have more life, are more up tempo and the recording and production is better. Hotfoot powder is very well pressed too.
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on 1 November 2017
If you want a lesson in R Johnson get the complete works of R Johnson this is just Clapton's vague interpretations and early electric band stuff given a new cover. It's cheap so can't complain but probably won't get played again.
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on 28 April 2004
This is a great album if you love Clapton, and a great album if you love the blues. But, as a tribute to Robert Johnson, the whole thing justsounds too clean, too tight, too highly polished. I get the feeling thatmaybe Eric and the rest of the band have been playing with one another toolong and know each other a little too well to do proper justice to thematerial. Johnson's music has rawness, an edginess that keeps youconcentrating. At times, this album just starts to wash over you alittle.
I think confirmation comes from the live show (just seen it in Glasgow)which was a million miles from the album. There was no Andy FairweatherLow and the whole gig had a much "dirtier" feel to it than the album.
It's still a very good album, it's just that, as a tribute to RobertJohnson, it feels a bit too 21st century.
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on 20 October 2015
This is EC,s best album for years, its blooze! like he did in the 60,s with John Mayall. He,s covering his hero Robert Johnson, its done live in the studio with little overdubs as it should be. Forget the AOR tosh he does to sell records in the USA this is EC as he is.BUY if your into Joe Bonnamassa and Joanns Shaw Taylor to see where they got it from.
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on 5 August 2015
Clapton never disappoints (except he looks like Alex Ferguson on the cover). It was a shame that both he and Peter Green wanted to do their versions of Robert Johnson around the same time. However, it is interesting to compare the different styles adopted. The tours at the time by both artists were of the highest quality.
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on 19 July 2017
Eric going back and letting us hear lyrics from a wonderful man who was one of his main inspirations... Outstanding album
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on 13 August 2016
Robert Johnson was a one-off just like Hendrix, so to record his songs was always going to be a difficult task. What we have here are very good interpretations. No one will ever be able to match the originals!
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on 12 February 2013
This is one of the best albums I have ever bought! The production values are high and the option to over-arrange and bury these simple and moving songs into vast tiers of sound has been avoided. With a very direct live acoustic sound which helps greatly in fixing on the traditional nature of these precious tunes. What can you say- it blew me away
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