Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert (Live) [Expanded Edition]
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||Layla (Live)||Eric Clapton||6:25||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Badge (Live)||Eric Clapton||3:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Blues Power (Live)||Eric Clapton||6:03||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Roll It Over (Live)||Eric Clapton||4:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Little Wing (Live)||Eric Clapton||4:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bottle of Red Wine (Live)||Eric Clapton||3:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||After Midnight (Live)||Eric Clapton||4:25||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Bell Bottom Blues (Live)||Eric Clapton||6:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Presence of the Lord (Live)||Eric Clapton||5:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tell the Truth (Live)||Eric Clapton||6:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pearly Queen (Live)||Eric Clapton||4:55||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Key to the Highway (Live)||Eric Clapton||5:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Let It Rain (Live)||Eric Clapton||7:46||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Crossroads (Live)||Eric Clapton||4:19||$1.29||View In iTunes|
In the days of album expansion, it's not unusual for a record company to reissue an old album with a bonus track or two. This reconstruction of the January 13, 1973, comeback concert by Eric Clapton is something else again, however. The original six-track LP ran less than 27 minutes; the new 14-track expansion runs almost 74 minutes. The eight additions — "Layla," "Blues Power," "Bottle of Red Wine," "Bell Bottom Blues," "Tell the Truth," "Key to the Highway," "Let It Rain," and "Crossroads" — make the disc an effective recapitulation of Clapton's career over the previous seven years, including his solo work and his appearances with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Derek and the Dominos. Despite the addiction that had kept him largely homebound for almost two years, Clapton played well, though the all-star backup band was as ragged as it was spirited. The loose feel of the evening was brought out in the stage announcements, many by Pete Townshend, who even mentioned a social disease just before introducing "Presence of the Lord." This still isn't a great Clapton show, but it has been transformed from a historical curiosity to a historical document.
A Special Night
This was obviously a special evening, and a love letter from Pete to Eric. It came at a time when Pete and others probably were deeply worried about Eric and did not want to see him become another rock-n-roll casualty. Two years earlier, the whirlwind sixties were over, the Domino's cratered, and Eric was shooting junk at a cost of $1500 a week and did nothing but watch TV. Because of this, part of the beauty of this concert lies not with it's technical merits, but the overall spirit of Pete's gesture. I heard that Eric still battled heroin addiction after this concert, so it wasn't a cure for him, but it sure must have been wonderful to see him come out of his doldrums and put on a fine show. Sure, the band at times was sloppy, but it doesn't matter. It doesn't make it unenjoyable. It makes it real and human, and Pete's stage banter is pure Pete, and makes for a very unusual Clapton concert. I am impressed with Pete's musical contributions on stage as well. He provides a powerful rhythm guitar and backing vocals, making each song rock as hard as ever, especially on "Blues Power", "Tell The Truth", and "Little Wing". I don't think Ron Wood really needed to be there, but the gesture was nice. Eric's guitar playing isn't as electrifying as his work on the live segments of Cream's Goodbye and Wheels of Fire albums, but his singing is strikingly beautiful. His singing on "Badge", "Little Wing", and "Bell Bottom Blues" will make you cry; Very delicate and soulful. Pete's backing vocals are way better than Bobby Whitlock's work with the Dominos, and Steve Winwood's presence was perfect. His piano and organ are very understated and wonderful on "Little Wing" and "Bell Bottom Blues". Eric even steps aside and lets Steve take the lead vocal on "Presence of the Lord" and "Pearly Queen", and Pete even takes a few lead vocal lines on "Tell The Truth". You almost have a Blind Faith reunion if Ginger had showed up, but they were better off with a solid Capaldi on drums, and not the flashy Baker.. The sound quality is not perfect, but it is certainly acceptable. Focus on the historical importance of the night and Eric's fine singing, playing, and supporting cast. Imagine if Jimi had lived longer and been in a two year drug rampage and then showed up for a great show. It reminds me of Bob Dylan coming out of his shell at the Concert for Bangladesh and Isle of Wight. It just must have been great to see Eric again and hear him play and sing so well. I would buy this CD. I am always playing it in my car. "After Midnight" is not that great, but the aforementioned songs deserve repeated listening. Enjoy. Also, go buy Traffic's On The Road if you like Steve on this CD
what a show!!!
this is definetly a great album. pete townshend, ronie wood, and of course clapton playng pretty much clapton's greatest hits together is phenomenal. of course, the guitar is amazing. this is a great album and a great deal 4 just $6.
God or just a man?
If you are a Clapton-is-god type you probably shouldn't be reading reviews so I'll address the rest. I have to admit that despite the fan that I am, I was not as interested in this album without the real life story behind it. If nothing else, listening to this one gives a reminder of the brink at which EC found himself and the power of friendship and mutual respect can have. After giving it a try for those reasons, I have come to love this set of live songs - all star cast notwithstanding. Not the pinnacle of performances, true, but quite good listening in its own right.
Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s