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Good but not Great
on 25 August 2003
Eric Clapton demonstrates in this concert what a technically superb guitarist he is. Live he certainly surpasses anything he has produced in the studio. That said this is a performance that is curiously uninvolving and lacking in atmosphere.
This is partly due to the large open air venue, which is anything but condusive to a largely blues repertoire, and partly due to the ultra-clean, almost clinical sound of produced on Clapton's strat. (When playing other guitars the sound was fuller and more involving)
The other criticism I have is the backing band. The female singers are poor and the brass overblown.
This is probably a concert that would probably sound much better, and be better value on CD as visually there is little that is added to the experience of listening alone.
To see what Clapton could have produced compare this with the Stevie ray Vaughan DVD "Live at the El Mocambo".