Live from Madison Square Garden
Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
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Live from Madison Square Garden was assembled from the three shows Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood performed together there in February of 2008, and the stellar sequencing and crafty editing make for a truly enjoyable listening experience that plays like one epic concert running a whopping 21 songs deep. “Had to Cry Today” ignites the set sounding like late 1969 Blind Faith right down to the vintage guitar tone, swirling Hammond organ, and Winwood’s unaged voice. A tastefully arranged horn section playing under Winwood’s soulful singing gives Buddy Miles’ “Them Changes” a Spencer Davis Group vibe. The album rocks with bottom-heavy authority as the last five songs play the strongest. A sweeping take on Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and the slow burn of his “Voodoo Chile” sound amazing back-to-back. And the only thing keeping “Can’t Find My Way Home” from sounding 100 percent authentic is the absence of Ginger Baker on drums. “Dear Mr. Fantasy” is still psychedelic and closing with J.J. Cale’s “Cocaine” proved to be a crowd pleaser.
I went and saw this show last spring, and it truly changed the way I view both of these artists. I went to the show expecting to hear some cream, maybe some Traffic of I was lucky. But I was SO glad to hear that they went out of their comfort zones to play songs such as Georgia on my Mind, Kind Hearted Woman (sorry, the show I saw, Clapton played Kind Hearted Woman, not Ramblin on my mind) and Them Changes. It was very ironic that they played Changes, a buddy miles song, that night because only a few days later did Miles die of congestive heart disease. Rolling Stone said that Eric picked steve's songs they were going to play, and steve picked the eric's songs they would play. And i think that they chose the best of each artists and they played an INCREDIBLE show. Truly life changing performances from both of them, even at their age.
SYNERGY TO THE MAX!!!
This is not just another live Clapton album, it is Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood bringing out the BEST in each other! These two legends define the meaning of SYNERGY!!! I did not expect this release to be such an energetic album. This is some of Clapton's BEST live guitar playing to date, with him using the foot peddle to introduce several unique tone signatures into old "Blackie". Meanwhile, Winwood has the B-3/Leslie spinning at full speed! In the past, Winwood's organ work has more or less been in the background, with the listener wanting more. With this concert, he's upfront and in your face to the point that you almost want him to back it off a bit (but of course, not really). THIS IS BRILLIANT and the tech quality is above average. Don't even think about picking and choosing songs. BUY THE ENTIRE ALBUM! Voodoo Chile is SICK!!! It's a rockin' "blues groove" treat that would have even Hendrix standing back in awe!!! Whether you're a diehard fan or a newbie to these Guitar Heroes, you won't regret this purchase. It doesn't get any better than this!!!
You got to love the Hammond B-3 crankin in these tunes rock from yeasteryear. What a great song selection, Steve Winwood sounds like he is 23 yrs. young. ( The White Ray Charles) 5 stars great live performance. highly recommended.
Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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