|Concert Commentary 2000's ______________________________________________________________
|4-28-00 SPECIAL DAY - What an amazing show! This is a Carlos Santana concert with Special Guest Clapton. Sort of what you always wanted to hear-two legends playing! Do not miss this one, it's legendary!
6-18-00 TALKING WITH THE KING - THIS IS A RADIO SPECIAL WITH INTERVIEWS AND SONGS FROM THE ALBUMM "RIDING WITH THE KING." VERY GOOD SHOW, BUT OBVIOUSLY THIS COPY DOES NOT HAVE THE SOUND QUALITY AS OTHERS. THIS COPY MOST LIKELY WAS RECORDED TO TAPE THEN TRANSFERED TO CD - THE DROP-OUTS AND CLEARLY INDICATE THIS. OTHERWISE A DECENT CD WITH A SONG "LET ME LOVE YOU" THAT WAS ONLY RELEASED ON THE JAPANESE VERSION.
12-31-00 CONSCIOUS CONTACT - Not a real huge fan of the New Year's Eve Shows, they always lack some intensity. Lots of different material here, something for everybody.
2-3-01 FIRST NIGHT - This show has the best sound of any albums from this date-sounds new and improved. Includes "I Shot The Sheriff" - possibly the only time he performed this song during his 2001 Reptile tour. Lot's of energy in this show, and it is looking like this is a pretty rare recording in this format.
2-10-01 ROYAL ALBERT HALL - Same recording as CG Was Here. Different recording from that found on the Vagabond release.
2-22-01 TWO MORE CARS, TWO MORE RIDERS (SLIGHT REMASTER) - ALTHOUGH A NICE SET TO HAVE AND PRETTY WELL PUT TOGETHER, IT'S NOT PERFECT. THE ORIGINAL RECORDING WAS UNBALANCED WITH AUDIO CLEARLY LOWER ON THE RIGHT SIDE. ALSO THE AUDIO WOULD CLIP AT THE CERTAIN POINTS. BESIDES THIS, IT IS A CLEAR RECORDING AND A STRONG SHOW. THE REMASTER DID THIS ONE SOME GOOD.
2-26-01 LE ZENITH - An above average show, really good in some parts. Sound is a bit distant and compressed, albiet good quality.
3-3-01 PRESARO 2001 - SLIGHTLY BETTER QUALITY THAN THE OTHER VERSION "BPA PALAS". THIS ONE IS A DECENT AUD4, SLIGHTLY BETTER AT TIMES HOWEVER. WHAT GIVES IT SUCH A LOW RATING IS IT'S ODD DISTORTION OF SOUND AT CERTAIN POINTS - ALMOST AS IF AN AUTOMATED RECORDER WAS USES. CLEARLY, THIS SOUND COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. THE SHOW IS QUITE NICE - EXCEPTIONAL VERSIONS OF "GOT YOU ON MY MIND" AND "DON'T LET ME BE LONELY."
3-8-01 COLOGNE - Not a bad show at all for me - don't listen to the critics who bash this show! Sound is better than stated elsewhere - a good AUD4. Fantastic version of "Reptile" and "River of Tears."
3-20-01 CHANGE THE WORLD - Real good show, some Wah Wah guitar is certainly a delight.
3-21-01 PARIS TOUR (REMASTERED BY ME) - RECENT REMASTER GETS RID OF OF THE "ARENA" SOUND, ALTHOUGH THE ORIGINAL WAS QUITE A RESPECTABLE AUD5. FAIR SHOW AND ONE OF THE BETTER PERFORMANCES FROM THE 2001 EURO TOUR.
3-25-01 AHOY ROTTERDAM - One of my personal favorties from 2001, and for my tastes a great Audience recording. Don't miss "She's Gone," and "Stormy Monday." Excellent all around, an A+.
4-1-01 THE SPEKTRUM - EC and Doyle Bramhall II share the stage for a few songs, wonder why this was such a rare occurance? Nevertheless, it works great and their styles certainly are compatable. "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" was a treat - both guitarists really belted into this one!
4-3-01 THE GLOBE (REMASTERED BY ME) - ONE OF THE REALLY GOOD SHOWS FROM EARLY ON IN THE TOUR. "TRAVELIN LIGHT" IS CERTAINLY WELCOME, I WISH THIS COULD HAVE BEEN KEPT FOR THE ENTIRE TOUR. THE ORIGINAL RECORDING HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE AUDIO, MOST OF THESE HAVE BEEN FIXED. VERY LISTENABLE NOW. ALSO CONTAINS A RARE "SUPERMAN INSIDE."
4-5-01 WE'LL TRY OUR BEST - JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I KNEW EVERYTHING, THIS SHOW COMES ALONG. THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE SHOWS THAT I BACKED OFF OF BECAUSE OF THE LOW SOUND RATING EVERYONE GAVE IT - BIG MISTAKE. DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS ACTUALLY A REMASTER, BUT NONE THE LESS IT IS FANTASTIC. EASILY THE BEST SHOW OF THE 2001 TOUR. THE ACOUSTICS IN THIS ARENA (HELSINKI,FINLAND) ONLY ADD TO THE EMBIANCE OF THE PERFORMANCE. A VERY VERY GOOD AUD5- IN TERMS OF SOUND, JUST WHAT I WOULD ALWAYS WANT TO HEAR. SIMPLY WONDERFUL "DON'T LET ME BE LONELY" AND "TRAVELIN LIGHT." ANOTHER INSIGHT AS TO THE BRILLIANCE OF THIS SHOW IS THAT "RIVER OF TEARS" IS PERFORMED HERE WITH PASSION, A CLEAR INDICATION EC AND THE BAND ARE IN TOP FORM.
ANOTHER LITTLE SIDE NOTE IS THAT THE FINNISH CROWD IS VERY NOISY - YET ANOTHER INDICATION OF A TOP SHOW.
4-8-01 LIVE IN RUSSIA - Very rare performance of "White Room" in this show - for some reason it's dedicated to "Vladimir", whoever that is. This is a show with some much needed WAH WAH guitar, but lacks in other areas. Above average, but I still have problems with some parts.
4-11-01 THIRD DAY IN RUSSIA - WARNING, THIS SHOW MAY HURT YOUR EARS. HARD TO IGNORE THE EXTREMELY HIGH PITCH TO THIS SHOW. IT HAS ALMOST NO BASS IN THE MIX AND IT IS A WONDER HOW THE VOCALS ARE AS CLEAR AS THEY ARE. CERTAINLY A DIFFICULT SHOW TO LISTEN TO NOT TO MENTION A HEADACHE FOR AN ATTEMPTED REMASTER.
5-10-01 GOD HAND BLESS YOU - First show of the 2001 North American Tour. The bad news - incomplete, missing the first number and part of the second, as well as the end of "Going Down Slow". The good news - a good, crisp recording, with the guitar very clear and listenable - and a good performance as well!
5-14-01 HOUSTON - Audio is not great. However there is a great version of "Reptile and Somewhere Over The Rainbow."
5-19-01 TAMPA - This show is the version recorded from the "Assisted Audio Device" and is not an easy show to listen to. The high notes really have quite a bit of distortion. Contains the very rare encore, "For All We Know." For collectors only.
5-21-01 FINAL IMPRESSION - JUDGING BY THE TITLE, PERHAPS THE LAST GUEST APPEARANCE FROM THE "IMPRESSIONS." AGAIN, THIS SHOW HAS EXACTLY WHAT I DO NOT LIKE - A TRUE SOUNDBOARD. BY ALL MEANS DO NOT IGNORE THIS SHOW, THE ACOUSTIC SONGS AND THE ONE'S WITH THE IMPRESSIONS ARE VERY GOOD. BECAUSE OF MY WAYS HOWEVER, I MAY NOT LISTEN TO THIS ONE MUCH. NICE TO HAVE.
5-25-01 SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW - ALL AROUND A GOOD PRODUCTION AND AN EASY LISTEN. EVEN THOUGH THE VOCALS ARE A BIT DISTANT, IT FEELS JUST LIKE YOU ARE THERE. "THE IMPRESSIONS" STUFF AND "HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN" ARE QUITE A SURPRISE.
6-4-01 GUND ARENA - This may be a wild guess, but it makes sense that Eric's new wife and family may have attended this show. Of course, I only have the recording itself to base this on, but the show takes place in Cleveland,OH and Eric's wife, Melia is from the Columbus,OH area. The reason I think he may have had his wife there, is that there is a tremendous emphasis on EC's vocals in this show. You can really hear passion in his voice, and the guitar takes a back seat to the actual music sometimes. Also, the biggest clue is that on "Layla" EC says, "She brushes her brown hair", instead of the original "She brushes her long blonde hair."
6-6-01 PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS - (Copy from The Detroit Free Press) Whatever the show lacked in spontaneity -- and there was a meticulously coordinated light show to remind you of that -- it was compensated by sheer skill. Clapton continues to amaze with his selfless feel and phrasing -- Wednesday you found it in "My Father's Eyes," with its pair of lovely bent-note solos; "River of Tears," with its wash of mournful runs; and "She's Gone," whose grimy blues riffing morphed into an electric waterfall of sonic sparks.
6-15-01 HSBC ARENA (REMASTERED BY ME) - Right away a most unusual show from the 2001 tour. Clearly EC uses a slightly different guitar tone in this show; a bit more rough and distorted. This show had a bit of "Controversy" around it do to the strange report of Clapton appearing at the local Electric Guitar Competition in which he never showed, or was even supposed to in the first place. Funny thing, he seemed to make up for it in a way, and gave the fans his own "Electric Guitar Competition." A great solo from "I Want A Little Girl," and a very funky wah-wah solo on "Stormy Monday," clearlly make this show stand out. Nice one to have. A recent re-master has taken away the horrible booms and loudness.
6-17-01 PHILADELPHIA 2001 - I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT EC NEVER PERFORMS A BAD CONCERT IN PHILADELPHIA AND THIS ONE IS NO EXCEPTION. DON'T KNOW WHAT "THE THING" IS WITH EC IN PHILLY, BUT IT IS FOR SURE. AMAZING "SHE'S GONE." JUST WISH THE SOUND WAS BETTER - AT BEST THIS IS AN AUD4. CERTAINLY A TOP SHOW FOR 2001.
6-22-01 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - EC OPENS UP THE SET WITH "DRIFTIN" AS A TRIBUTE TO JOHN LEE HOOKER WHO JUST PASSED AWAY. PROABLY THE BEST AUDIO FROM ANY OF THE MSG 2001 CONCERTS.
6-23-01 MSG 3 DAYS - POOR SOUND, COULD BE A SLIGHTLY BETTER PERFORMANCE THAN THE NIGHT BEFORE.
7-17-01 EXCEL CENTER - This show only seems to be available in non-DAO format, what a shame. It is simply annoying that one of the best intros for "She's Gone" is ruined by a 2-second gap. That's the life of the bootleg business, you have to learn how to live with it. Great show, one of the very best for the 2001 tour. A very odd sound to the show-audio could be from an Assisted Listening Device. Also of note is some nice WAH WAH guitar in certain parts. A little bit of everything is here in this one.
7-22-01 SAVVIS CENTER - A MOST IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE AND RECORDING. THE SOUND IS VERY MUCH LIKE A SOUNDBOARD, BUT PROBABLY JUST A GOOD AUDIENCE RECORDING, AND A NEAR PERFECT ONE AT THAT. A MASSIVE VERSION OF "MY FATHER'S EYES," ONE OF THE VERY BEST. A TOP QUALITY RECORDING AND SHOW. THERE IS SOME INTERFERENCE IN THE AUDIO - THE LAST MINUTE OF "SHE'S GONE" SUFFERS FROM THIS HEAVILY.
7-30-01 PEPSI CENTER - VERY GOOD SOUND HERE, A WORTHY AUD5.
8-1-01 SALT LAKE CITY - A very impressive show, with one of the best intro's to "She's Gone" you'll ever hear! Having this show is what collecting bootlegs is all about! A historical show if you ask me, a modern classic. You might just hear a slightly different tone to this Clapton show than many others. His sound on this particular night is indeed his own signature tone, but added to it is a lot of history, classic rock, and pure ego! Maybe he just cranked up the Marshall's on this night; regardless this show is indeed a treasure. As usual the sound in only average, an AUD4+.
8-7-01 ROSE GARDEN - A pretty famous show due to the fact that EC does not use his Signature Stratocaster, or any Strat during the whole show. No reason for this is known-I heard rumors of the EC strat being repaired, but who knows if it's true. Funny thing, I can hardly tell the difference between the guitars except for "Have You Ever Loved A Woman," and especially "Badge." EC used his Red Gibson ES-335, and a Gibson Les Paul. The Les Paul guitar is certainly a surprise. Wonderful version of "She's Gone" marred by audio interference during the last minute - too bad. There's also some clicking throughout the entire show. Although low in volume, it can be a little frustrating.
8-10-01 RISE 'N SHINE - Another good soundboard that will please everyone but me.
8-11-01 LIVE IN OAKLAND - One of my favorite versions of "She's Gone" this song is killer! I have re-mastered the audio a little bit, but not too much as to hurt your ears. My version has less Bass and more Volume; I can enjoy this show now with no problems.. I have also seperated the tracks more precisely, the original was a little sloppy at this. From time to time small audio skips may occur, these are only minor. To please collectors, I have BOTH versions available for trade, just tell me which one you prefer - the original, or my remasterd version. Take note of "I Want A Little Girl." Unless you were there, like I was, you don't know how satisfied Clapton was with this performance. Just after the song ends, EC grins and says to Nathan, "That's What I'm Talking About!, Yes!" You should pay close attention to this song....at least EC thought it was great. Very strong concert all around. One of the best openings for an EC show you will hear - CD1 is excellent.
8-17-01 LIVE AT THE STAPLES CENTER - Sorry to say this is not a great show. Perhaps EC is a bit worn out-this was the second to last show of the US tour.
8-18-01 ONE MORE CAR, ONE MORE RIDER - This the complete show, directly from DVD. For what EC failed on the previous night, he sure made up for it with this one. Again, not a Great show, but very good and very worthy of Releasing. Just one super sonic riff in "She's Gone" makes this show worth it for me. Take note of how EC puts in some wonderful "Electric UFO" sounds in the mix during "She's Gone." The Audio CD that was also released contains performance from this show, and from a Japanese show. It's not known in what order, although if you listen to both, you should be able to figure it out.
10-4-01 HOOCHIE COOKIE - THIS VERSION HAS SEVERAL SMALL MUSIC SAMPLES AND INTERVIEWS IN THE BEGINNING OF THE DISC. THE INTERVIEWS ARE OKAY, BUT IT DOES SOUND LIKE AN MP3 CONVERSION (NOT FOR THE LIVE SHOW). NICE MIX FOR THE SOUNDBOARD, CERTAINLY FOR RADIO/TV, BUT IT WORKS QUITE NICE.
10-6-01 ESTADIO RIVER PLATE - Superb sound and a superb show makes this Boot a must have. Probably sourced from Radio, but a good recording. Excellent all around.
10-13-01 UM REPTIL NO BRASIL - Most likely recorded for a radio broadcast. Songs are very slightly edited, but the sound is nearly perfect! It's a shame they did not put "Reptile" on the CD.
Also, the first few seconds of "She's Gone" is missing.
10-16-01 CARACAS 2001 - THIS IS JUST A BAD RECORDING. UNLESS YOU ARE A MEGA COLLECTOR LIKE ME, NO NEED TO MAKE YOURSELF CRAZY LISTENING TO THIS.
11-21-01 EAGLE FLIES ON WEDNESDAY - THANKS TO [claptonboyz.com] WHO NOTICED MY SUBPAR REVIEW OF THIS SHOW. HAD I LISTENED TO THIS ENTIRE SHOW (LASY) I WOULD HAVE NOTICED HOW MUCH DOWNHILL IT WENT. STARTING WITH A LITTLE FLUTTER ON "SHE'S GONE" AND BECOMING REALLY BAD ON "BADGE/HOOCHIE COOCHIE", THERE ARE CERTAINLY PROBLEMS WITH THE SOUND. I AM QUITE CERTAIN IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS THAT THE ENCORE "SOMEWHER OVER THE RAINBOW" WAS NOT PLAYED. ALL IN ALL I WOULD HESITATE TO CALL THIS ONE A BAD SHOW, BUT CERTAINLY BELOW AVERAGE. I DO ACTUALLY LIKE THE DIFFERENT "NO FRILLS" SOUND EC USES TO GET AROUND THE TECHNICAL MUMBO-JUMBO. THE SOUND HOWEVER IS PERFECT FOR ME, CAN'T IMAGINE IT GETTING ANY BETTER.
11-22-01 WHAT I'M TALKING - Stated as a SB5 on various sites, and although a great recording, I wonder about that. There's just simply too much clapping near the taper to be a true SB. Perhaps this is an AUD/SB Mix. Besides that it's still great sound. Becoming one of my favorite shows from 2001. Very nice version of "Reptile" and a very long intro to "Change The World." Also of note is a great "Goin Down Slow/She's Gone." Killer show with high energy and powerful chords. If you pin me down, I'd say this is the best "She's Gone." There is also a secret gem with "Five Long Years." Very reminiscant of the perfect "Stormy Monday" [11-29-99], this one is wild, yet wonderful. From top to bottom an A+ show.
12-4-01 FOR GEORGE - The best audio quality of a 2001 show that I currently have-near perfect. A very laid back clapton with an emphasis on vocals. "Badge" is dedicated to George Harrison, who had just passed away. This is not the complete concert-about 3 songs missing.
12-4-01 BUDOKAN - THE COMPLETE SHOW IS HERE WITH A DIFFERENT SOURCE THAN THE OTHER. POWERFUL "SHE'S GONE."
12-5-01 LOAD AND I PRAY - EC really blows off the roof with "Sunshine of Your Love".
12-8-01 FINAL CHAPTER - Certainly one of the best version's of "She's Gone" you'll come across. Take note of the "New Riff" by Clapton in "She's Gone." These funky chords still prove that EC is at the top of his game and can be quite creative when he wants to be. This is a very good audience recording, and very easy to listen to. EC makes a short speech after the first few songs and stumbles over his words saying that this may be the last time he'll ever get to perform at the Buddokan.
12-10-01 FINAL CHAPTER - A beautiful audience rec, quite listenable. Killer "My Father's Eyes" with extra long outro solo, very sweet. On "She's Gone", EC hints at the rhythm figure he worked on at the Sendai show, but doesn't take it any further. Great vocals on "I want a Little Girl", EC really belts it out!
12-14-01 LIVE IN YOKOHAMA - I prefer this one to the 12-4-01 show. I like the Audience recording, and there is some great guitar work here.
12-15-01 FINAL CHAPTER - FINAL SHOW OF THE 2001 WORLD TOUR, AND EC'S VOCALS DO SHOW THE STRAIN. IT COULD BE IN A GOOD WAY HOWEVER, AS THIS ADDS TO THE "RASPY" VOICE HE ALREADY HAS. NOT A "RIGHT ON" SHOW IN TERMS OF THE BAND, BUT IT'S STILL WORTH A LISTEN. THERE ARE NOISES FROM THE TAPER AT TIMES, CAN BE A LITTLE FRUSTRATING TO LISTEN TO. OTHERWISE GOOD SOUND, BUT MAYBE NOT AN AUD6.
12-31-01 NEW YEARS EVE - Again, I am not a fan of the New Years stuff, but this show is above average. Perhaps EC was a little anxious to play after a few months off. For some reason, many mid-eighties songs are always played on New Years by Clapton.
8-3-02 FERARRI MASERATI FESTIVAL - Pretty good show of only a few dates EC played in 2002. EC seems like the sideman for most of the show, and I guess that's to be expected because when playing special gigs like this, especially with guests. Clapton will never show-up anybody on stage and always takes a quiet approach to his playing. Decent show, EC belts into a few solos here and there, but they sound a bit different. Maybe we will have to get used to his new approach which certainly does change once or twice every decade.
11-29-02 CONCERT FOR GEORGE (AUDIENCE) - Not a fan of the "Charity", or Guest Appearance shows. The sound is very distant, although quite clear. Of course a good version of "While My Guitar." Basically a show for easy listening and an excellent way to lear more about George Harrison.
3-25-03 TEENAGE CANCER TRUST - PROBABLY MY FAVORITE "CHARITY" SHOW LATE. THERE SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE BIT BETTER MUSIC IN THIS ONE, AS I AM USUALLY NOT A FAN OF THE "ONE OFF" CONCERTS. SOUND IS PRETTY DECENT CONSIDERING IT'S AT THE ALBERT HALL-PROBABLY A DEMON FOR THE AUDIENCE TAPERS.
11-15-03 HIROSHIMA - FIRST OF ALL, THIS MUST BE THE LONGEST CONCERT I HAVE HEARD, TOTALING SOME 145 MINUTES. TO GO ALONG WITH THIS MAMOTH SHOW, IS A TIRELESS CLAPTON. EXCELLENT NEW ARRANGEMENT OF "WHEN YOU'VE GOT A GOOD FRIEND / CROSSROADS" COMBINATION. AT SOME POINT EC SWITCHES TO ELECTRIC DURING CROSSROADS WHICH GIVES IT AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FEEL ALONG WITH SOMEHOW KEEPING THE ACOUSTIC RIFF FROM "GOOD FRIEND." VERY IMPRESSIVE. EVEN THE "OLD CLASSICS" REMINISCIANT FROM THE '96 SHOWS, ARE PERFORMED WITH LOTS OF ENERGY. ALSO OF NOTE IS "KIND HEARTED WOMAN", A TUNE EC HAS NOT TOUCHED SINCE THE 70'S.
11-17-03 OSAKA - VERY GOOD AUDIENCE RECORDING ALTHOUGH NOT MAKING IT QUITE TO THE AUD6 LEVEL. JUST ONLY A TINY BIT BELOW THE MAGIC OF THE PREVIOUS NIGHT. SIMPLY WONDERFUL VERSION OF "CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME." THIS IS THE WAY I WANT TO HEAR IT WITH A VERY "WIDE" SOUND AND A MORE PLEASING ACOUSTIC TONE. IF I HAD TO I'D SAY THIS COMPARES VERY HEAVILY TO THE VERY POPULAR 70'S VERSIONS. INTERESTING "WHITE ROOM" AS THE SOLO ACTUALLY TAKES A LIFE OF IT'S OWN AND DOESN'T SEEM TO GET LOST LIKE SO MANY OF THE OTHER VERSIONS. GOOD SHOW.
11-19-03 SILVER HORSES - THIS ONE GETS MY VOTE FOR BEING ONE OF THE MOST PERFECT AUDIENCE RECORDINGS TO DATE. IT ALMOST SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE WITH THE DEEP RICH BASS COMING THROUGH SO CLEAR. THE PERFORMANCE ITSELF MAY NOT BE ANYTHING SPECIAL, BUT THE SOUND IS.
11-24-03 - THE HORROR STORIES ABOUT EC'S CLEAR GUITAR DIFFICULTIES FROM THE PREVIOUS NIGHT SHOW UP A BIT ON THIS ONE.
11-30-03 BUDOKAN - A MORE UP FRONT VOCAL AUDIENCE RECORDING WITH SLIGHTLY LESS BASS. VERY GOOD SOUND HOWEVER, EASILY AND AUD5+, BUT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHERS. A BIT MORE SHALLOW AND RELAXED EC IN THIS SHOW. NO REAL LONG SOLOS, AND NO REAL ENERGY TO SPEAK OF. MAYBE AN "AUTO PILOT" SHOW. SLIGHT GUITAR DIFFICULTIES ALSO.
12-5-03 LIKE LEMON DROPS - CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND, A SOUNDBOARD IF YOU ASK ME. DECENT SHOW WITH NO REAL HIGHLIGHTS EXCEPT THE GUITAR TONE IS PRETTY MUDDY AND ENJOYABLE. THERE ARE SKIPS FROM THE MASTER CD FROM TIME TO TIME, THEY DON'T SEEM TO INTERFERE TOO MUCH WITH THE SHOW.
12-13-03 JUST FOR YOU/8TH NIGHT (SLIGHT REMASTER) - AN ODD SOUNDING SHOW AS THE RECORDING VENUE SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE A SMALL CLUB. ACCORDING TO THE DATE, HOWEVER, THIS SHOW WAS RECORDED AT THE BUDOKAN, A MASSIVE ARENA. THIS INACCURACY WITH BOTHER ME FOR A WHILE UNTIL IT IS ALL EXPLAINED. AT PRESENT TIME SOUND IS NO BETTER THAT AN AUD5-.
3-30-04 Schleyerhalle - Seems to be the start of the great shows from the tour. All the rust of the opening shows is mostly gone, although you won't find any wild action here, just the basic auto pilot Clapton show. Much more of a softer feel than later on in the tour, but it is done with style and not laziness. Nice "Kind Hearted Woman." The sound is excellent, near AUD6.
4-2/8-04 TOURING GERMANY - A 3-DISC SET OF BOTH THE 4-2-04 AND 4-8-04 SHOWS IN GERMANY. ALL SONGS FROM THESE TWO NIGHTS SEEM TO BE ON THE 3-DISC SET. ALTHOUGH NOT REALLY DESIREABLE BY ME TO SPLIT 2 SHOWS TOGETHER, IT DOES OFFER POSSIBLY THE BEST SOUND AVAILABLE OF THESE 2 SHOWS. THIS IS HOWEVER, NOT A PERFECTLY EDITED CD, THERE ARE SMALL GAPS AND GLITCHES AND SOME QUESTIONABLE TRACK EDITING. A POSSIBLE REMASTER MAY DO THIS ONE SOME GOOD, ALTHOUGH IT WOULDN'T CHANGE THE SOUND.
4-8-04 FESTHALLE (REMASTERED BY ME) - VERY AVERAGE SOUND, WITH THE VOCALS QUITE A BIT IN THE BACKGROUND, ALTHOUGH THE VENUE DOES APPEAR TO BE INTIMATE. VERY GOOD SHOW, BUT ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS I HEAR FROM THE TOUR, THIS CANNOT BE THE BEST. MOST SITES HAVE VERY ACCURATELY NOTED THE STRONG PERFORMANCES AND THE GAINING OF ENERGY IN THE SECOND PART OF THE SHOW-THIS IS VERY TRUE. "LAYLA" AND "COCAINE" DO HAVE THAT UNUSUAL POWER TO THEM. ABOVE AVERAGE, BUT NOT GREAT.
4-9-04 GREAT FRIDAY (REMASTERED BY ME) - THE BAND IS BEGINNING TO SHAPE INTO TOP FORM. A SURPRISINGLY POWERFUL "SHERIFF," ONE OF THE BEST OF THE TOUR. SOUND IS LISTENABLE, BUT EC'S VOCALS AND GUITAR ARE DISTANT.
4-11/12-04 HAPPY EASTER (SLIGHT REMASTER) - A GOOD SET PUT OUT HERE BY THE FOLKS AT MID VALLEY, THE KINGS OF EC REMASTERS. THE SOUND COULD VERY WELL BE A SB, NOTE THE EXTREMELY QUIET CROWD. HOWEVER, THIS HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED AS AN AUD5. THE SECOND SHOW (4-12) DOES SEEM TO HAVE EVEN BETTER QUALITY TO ME.
4-14-04 DORTMUND (SLIGHT REMASTER) - ODDLY, THIS SHOW MUST HAVE BEEN RECORDED WITH THE VOLUME ALL THE WAY UP ON THE RECORDER. THE VOLUME ON THE ORIGINAL WAS PAINFULLY LOUD! GOOD SHOW HOWEVER, WITH SOME JAMMING ON "GOT TO GET BETTER."
4-15-04 ME AND MR. JOHNSON TOUR (REMASTERED BY ME) - RARELY CAN I SAY THAT THE REMASTER IS DONE PERFECTLY - THIS JUST MAY BE MY BEST ONE TO DATE. A SOLID AUD5 RECORDING AND A HECK OF A SHOW TO LISTEN TO. SECRETLY THE BEST VERSION OF "I SHOT THE SHERIFF" FROM 2004 COULD BE HERE. THE SOLO IS AWESOME AS YOU CAN REALLY HEAR THE NEW EFFECTS EC IS USING - HIS GUITAR SOUNDS LIKE IT'S FROM OUTER SPACE WITH THOSE UPPER "SONIC" NOTES. "GOT TO GET BETTER" IS A LITTLE WEAK, AS SUPRISING AS THAT IS. VERY NICE "COCAINE."
4-17-04 PARKEN (REMASTER) - ONE OF THE REAL HIDDEN GEMS FROMT THE TOUR. ALTHOUGH THE SOUND MAY STILL BE A BIT TOO HIGH PITCHED, IT SOUNDS JUST AS IF YOU ARE IN THE AUDIENCE. CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST - GREAT "I SHOT THE SHERIFF."
4-24-04 ODYSSEY ARENA (WEBCAST) - THIS IS FROM A LIVE WEBCAST OF MOST OF THE SHOW. I AM SURE BETTER VERSIONS WILL SURFACE IN THE FUTURE, BUT FOR NOW THE ORIGINAL RECORDING DOES HAVE SOME PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH RECORDING FROM THE INTERNET. THERE ARE DROP OUTS, CLICKS (NOT SKIPPING), AND A FEW BEEPS FROM THE PC! YOU'LL DEFINATELY NOTICE THESE, BUT THEY AREN'T TOO BAD. THE SOUND IS A STRAIGHT RADIO BROADCAST, AND I DON'T THINK IT PRECISELY LET'S YOU KNOW HOW THE BAND ACTUALLY SOUNDS LIVE IN CONCERT. THIS SHOW IS WHAT IT IS, A GOOD RECORDING, AND THE BEST AVAILABLE SO FAR OF THE 2004 CONCERTS.
4-24-04 ODYSSEY ARENA (DIGISAT) - IMPROVED SOUND AND A MUCH BETTER CD.
4-26-04 GLASGOW (SLIGHT REMASTER) - NEAR PERFECT AUDIENCE RECORDING, CERTAINLY NO LESS THAN AN AUD6-. THE USUAL HIGHLIGHTS ARE HERE WITH "SHERIFF" AND A SUPER VERSION OF "GOT TO GET BETTER," PERHAPS THE BEST OF THE TOUR.
5-4/11-04 RAH - THESE RECORDINGS ARE INFERIOR TO THE MORE RECENT MID VALLEY RELEASE. THE SOUND IS DECENT FOR THE ALBERT HALL, BUT NOTHING SPECIAL. THERE ARE ALSO ISSUES WITH THE TRACK TO TRACK EDITING. ONE OF THE LOWER QUALITY SETS OUT THERE.
5-4/11-04 JUDGEMENT NIGHTS - CLOSE IN COMPARISION TO THE "NO RETIRING SET, BUT IT CLEARLY IS NOT AS GOOD. THE 6 SHOW SET COMES ON 9 CDS; 3 CD'S FOR 2 SHOWS.
5-4/11-04 NO RETIRING AT RAH - IN TERMS OF SOUND QUALITY PROBABLY THE BEST RAH 2004 SET OUT THERE. TOO MANY "INDIVIDUAL" REVIEWS TO MENTION, BUT THE LAST 2 SHOWS OF THE SET ARE NEAR AUD6 QUALITY.
5-4/11-04 C.B.E. AT RAH - THIS IS THE SUPPOSED KING OF THE RAH 2004 BOX SETS, BUT THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME EXPLANATION HERE. ALTHOUGH OF BETTER QUALITY THIS MAY NOT BE THE BEST SET TO LISTEN TO. THE VOLUME IS A TAD LOW AND YOU JUST DON'T GET THAT "UP FRONT" FEELING AS WITH "NO RETIRING AT RAH." I SUPPOSE IF YOU REMASTER C.B.E. IT WOULD THEN EASLIY BE THE BEST, BUT IN IT'S ORIGINAL FORM I'D LISTEN TO "NO RETIRING." INTERESTING TO NOTE HOW EACH RAH 2004 BOX SET IS DIFFERENT - ALL COME FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES. OF NOTE, THIS SET HAS FAR LESS AUDIENCE CLAPPING.
6-5/6-04 CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL - A 6-CD SET OF THE CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL. ALTHOUGH ONE OF THE MOST COMPLETE SETS OUT THERE, STILL NOT ALL THE MUSIC FROM THE 3 DAY FESTIVAL. THE SOUND IS A GOOD SB, BUT MAY PERHAPS HAVE SOURCED FROM MP3 - IF SO, THIS IS BARELY NOTICEABLE
6-5/6-04 CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL (EC) - ALL EC SONGS, EITHER SOLO OR DUET. QUALITY IS SLIGHTLY BETTER FOR THIS 2-CD SET.
6-12-04 DEVIL BLUES - AN ODD SOUND, CLEARLY VERY POOR IN QUALITY. HARD TO JUDGE THIS SHOW AS IT BORDERS ON "PAINFUL" TO LISTEN TO. UNKNOWN IF "GOT TO GET BETTER" WAS DROPPED THIS NIGHT AS IT IS NOT ON THIS CD. "SWEET HOME CHICAGO" ON THE ENCORE WITH JIMMY VAUGHAN.
6-14-04 ST. PETE TIMES FORUM (SLIGHT REMASTER) - A SIMPLY WONDERFUL AUDIENCE RECORDING WITH RICH AND FULL SOUND, ALTHOUGH THERE IS THE OCCASIONAL MIC BUMP. FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OF THE TOUR. VERY VERY NICE "KIND HEARTED WOMAN" AND "HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN." PERHAPS THE SLOW BALLADS WERE MORE MASTERFUL THIS EVENING. EXCELLENT VOCALS AS WELL.
6-26-04 WACHOVIA CENTER - INTERESTING AUDIENCE RECORDING AS THE VOCALS ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR, EASILY COULD BE SOUNDBOARD. HOWEVER, THERE IS A BIT OF CROWD NOISE, THAT SEEMS OUT OF PLACE. INTERESTING "SHERIFF" AS EC REALLY EXTENDS THE SOLOS IN THIS ONE QUITE AGGRESSIVELY.
6-29-04 MR. JOHNSON MEETS NYC - (REMASTERED BY ME) VERY LISTENABLE, A GOOD AUD5+. THERE SEEMS TO BE A BIT OF GUITAR TROUBLE IN THIS SHOW - ONE OF THOSE TECHNICAL THINGS. THE MOST OBVIOUS TROUBLES OCCUR ON "GOT TO GET BETTER" IN WHICH THERE IS NO SECOND SOLO. BESIDES THE TECH TROUBLE IT IS A DECENT SHOW, BUT MOST PEOPLE WOULDN'T SEE IT THAT WAY.
6-30-04 PICKIN IN THE GARDEN (SLIGHT REMASTER) - CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OF THE TOUR. THE SOUND IS EXACTLY WHAT I WOULD WANT IN AN AUDIENCE RECORDING; RICH AUTHENTIC SOUND WITH A BIT OF ECHO SO YOU CAN TELL IT'S ACTUALLY A LIVE SHOW. "I SHOT THE SHERIFF" HAS IT'S USUAL GREAT SOLO, BUT THIS ONE HAS JUST A BIT MORE OF THAT SLEEK "SONIC" SOUND TO IT - MOST IMPRESSIVE. THE ROBERT JOHNSON NUMBERS ARE NICE, BUT THE CROWD IS A LITTLE NOISY AN PERHAPS A BIT IMPATIENT FOR THESE. GREAT 2ND HALF OF THE SHOW AS WELL - A REAL MEASURE TO JUDGE A GREAT EC SHOW BY.
7-10-04 OLD SLOWHAND MY ASS - FIRST OFF, HARD TO CONFIRM IF THAT IS THE CORRECT TITLE FOR THE SHOW, THIS COULD BE "GUND ARENA", BUT I DOUBT IT. VERY NICE "GOT TO GET BETTER"
7-12-04 NATIONWIDE ARENA (REMASTERED BY ME) - ONE OF THE MORE ENTHOUSIASTIC AUDIENCES I'VE HEARD IN QUITE SOME TIME.
7-15-04 HAVING A FIELD DAY - DECENT AUD5- SOUND, BUT NOT GREAT. I DON'T SEE ANY MAGIC - "SHERIFF" HAS A GOOD LICK OR TWO, BUT NOTHING SPECIAL.
7-24-04 DENVER 2004 (REMASTERED BY ME) - REAL NICE MIX, ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUDIENCE RECORDINGS FROM THE TOUR, NEAR AUD6. INTERESTING "GOT TO GET BETTER" AS EC FLUTTERS THE INTRO, BUT FINISHES THE SONG WHITE HOT.
7-30-04 SAN JOSE - SHOULD RANK AS ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OF THE TOUR. SOUND IS VERY GOOD, AND VERY EASY TO LISTEN TO. THE ROBERT JOHNSON SET DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE GREAT. ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE EC WAS OUT OF BREATH FROM THE GOOD VERSION OF "I SHOT THE SHERIFF." THE HIGHLIGHT CERTAINLY IS "GOT TO GET BETTER" AND "HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN." EC REALLY NAILS THE WAH-WAH IN "GOT TO GET BETTER."
7-31-04 DELTA BLUES - A GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS RELEASE. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE RARE SOUNDBOARD RECORDINGS TO SURFACE FROM THE 2004 TOUR. THE BAD NEWS IS THAT THIS IS NOT A GREAT SOUNDBOARD. VERY REMINISCANT OF THE MANY 1988 AND 1989 RECORDINGS WHICH FEATURE A VERY THIN SOUNDING GUITAR. DID WE GO BACK IN TIME?
7-31-04 BEST IN SHOW (FROM DVD) - LISTENING TO THIS VERSION WILL MAKE YOU HATE "DELTA BLUES" THOSE DARN SOUNDBOARD RECORDINGS JUST DO NOT CAPTURE THE SOUND RIGHT!
THIS CD IS A PRETTY GOOD AUDIENCE RECORDING AND WILL MAKE YOU LOVE THE SHOW. VERY FLASHY "GOT TO GET BETTER." ALSO OF NOTE, A SIMPLY AMAZING VERSION OF "COCAINE" - PERHAPS ONE OF THE BEST EVER - THAT IS SAYING A LOT.
5-2-05 I'M SO GLAD - FINALLY "THE SHOW" TOOK PLACE. ALTHOUGH I EXPECT SEVERAL DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THESE SHOWS TO COME OUT, THIS WAS THE FIRST (LITERALLY 4 DAYS AFTER THE SHOW.) "I'M SO GLAD" STICKS OUT TO ME BECAUSE OF THE SHEER EMOTION IT GENERATED. "PRESSED RAT AND WARTHOG" WAS A SURPRISE - JUST LOVE EC'S GROOVE IN THAT ONE! PRETTY DARN GOOD SHOW, IN SOME WAYS BETTER THAN I EXPECTED. THIS SHOW WAS MY FIRST REAL ATTEMPT AT A REMASTER. BECAUSE I'M NOT SATISFIED WITH IT, IT WILL NO LONGER BE LISTED UNDER THE "OPM" LABEL. I PRETTY MUCH HAVE DELETED THIS ONE FROM THE ARCHIVES.
5-3-05 THE FIRST NIGHT - SAME AS ABOVE EXCEPT THE VOCALS ARE MORE UP FRONT IN THIS RECORDING.
5-3-05 RETURN OF THE KINGS (REMASTERED BY ME) - PERHAPS MORE OF A TIGHT BAND IN THIS SHOW. THE LONG JAMS ARE CERTAINLY STARTING TO TAKE FORM AS THE HAD NOT THE PREVIOS NIGHT. VERY NICE "SPOONFUL." THIS VERSION IS 1 DISC, ALTHOUGH IT IS 78 MIN.
5-3-05 THE SECOND NIGHT (REMASTERED BY ME) - A LITTLE BETTER RECORDING THAT THE ONE BEFORE. THE VOCALS ARE CLEARLY BETTER IN THIS VERSION, IF NOT A BIT TOO LOUD. THIS CD FEATURES THE ENTIRE SHOW.
5-5-05 THE HOTTEST BAND IN THEIR SIXTIES (REMASTERED BY ME) - WOW... THE JAMS ARE REALLY STARTING TO HAPPEN. VERY STRONG "SPOONFUL AND N.S.U."
5-2/6-05 CREAM-MAXIMUM - UNTIL THE NEXT ULTRA REMASTER COMES OUT, THIS IS THE DEFACTO-STANDARD 2005 CREAM SET. NOT AN AUD6, BUT CLEARLY A GOOD RECORDING. A MID VALLEY SET.
5-6-05 DESERTED CITIES OF THE HEART (OPM REMASTER) - MY FAVORITE OF THE MAY 2005 RECORDINGS. IT'S A TOSS UP BETWEEN THIS AND MAXIMUM FOR THE BEST SOUND QUALITY TO DATE.
10-24/26-05 MACROCOSM - THE BEST SOUND IS PROBABLY HERE IN TERMS OF QUALITY, BUT FOR A MID VALLEY RELEASE I THINK THERE'S TOO MANY CLAPPERS NEAR THE TAPER.
10-24-05 DO WHAT YOU LIKE - A FAIRLY BASIC RECORDING. YOU CAN TELL HOWEVER, THAT THE TAPER WAS VERY CLOSE TO THE STAGE.
10-24-05 CREAM IN THE GARDEN (OPM REMASTER) - AN IMPROVEMENT, BUT THERE ARE SOURCES IN THE MASTER AUDIO AS IT TENDS TO SLIGHTLY PEAK AT HIGH LEVELS. THIS SHOW IS MOST NOTEABLE FOR THE INCLUSION OF "TALES OF BRAVE ULYSSES."
10-25 MSG 2ND NIGHT - A GOOD QUALITY RECORDING, WITH NOT TOO MUCH CLAPPING NEAR THE TAPER.
10-25-05 THE WHITE ROOM (OPM REMASTER) - AMAZING SOUND (NOT TO PRAISE MYSELF TOO MUCH) MOST PEOPLE WOULD SAY THIS IS THE BEST OF THE CREAM NY SHOWS. "SWEET WINE" IS IMPRESSIVE WITH SOME NEW RIFFS.
10-26-05 SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD - PRETTY GOOD AUDIENCE RECORDING. IN THE MID-RANGE OF AUDIENCE RECORDINGS.
10-26-05 MSG 3RD NIGHT - LESS QUALITY THAN OTHERS FROM THIS DATE.
10-26-05 SLEEPY TIME (OPM REMASTER)
5-5-06 LE CANNET NIGHT - EC FORGETS THE LYRICS TO THE OPENING SONG "PRETENDING" - HOPE THAT WASN'T A BAD OMEN FOR THE TOUR. AS USUAL FOR AN OPENING TO A TOUR, THE BAND NEEDS A WHILE TO GET IT TOGETHER. INTERESTING SOUND, CLEAR, LOUD, BUT STILL DISTANT.
5-8-06 REVOLUTION - PRETTY GOOD SECOND SHOW OF THE TOUR IF YOU ASK ME. CLEARLY BETTER THAN THE FIRST. THE INCLUSION OF "REVOLUTION", "I SHOT THE SHERIFF", AND "LOST AND FOUND" ARE HERE PERHAPS FOR THE ONLY TIME DURING THE TOUR. LOTS OF ENERGY WITH THIS ONE AND A PRETTY GOOD LISTEN.
5-19/22-06 GETTING SNAPPY - EC AND THE BAND ARE FINDING THEIR GROOVE. EC'S CHILDREN MUST HAVE BEEN IN THE FRONT ROW AS "SO TIRED" IS DEDICATED TO ELLA, AND JULIE -EC'S CHILDREN. VERY GOOD AUDIENCE SOUND, EXACTLY WHAT I WANT.
5-16/17/19/22/23/25/26-06 SOUTHERN HARMONY - A VERY GOOD MID VALLEY RELEASE. THE ONLY REAL DRAWBACK IS TOO MUCH CLAPPING NEAR THE TAPER. FOR MY MONEY THE 25th, IS THE BEST SHOW WITH "WHY DOES LOVE..." PERFORMED.
7-7-06 LUCCA 2006 RADIOSHOW - STRAIGHT SOUNDBOARD FROM AN ITALIAN RADIO BROADCAST, I BELIEVE 3 SONGS ARE MISSING AT THE END.
7-31-06 LAST STOP-HELSINKI - PROBABLY MY FAVORITE FROM THE EUROPEAN LEG OF THE '06 TOUR. I DETECT A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT GUITAR TONE IN THIS SHOW FROM EC; A BIT MORE LOUD AND DIRTY. "SHERIFF" MAKES A RETURN TO THE SETLIST AND TO ME "OLD LOVE" STEALS THE SHOW. THE NICE JAZZY IMPROV NEAR THE END REALLY MAKES IT FOR ME. ALTHOUGH THE SOUND IS A BIT DISTANT, I'D SAY JUST LISTEN TO IT ANYWAYS AND TURN UP THE VOLUME.
10-9-06 THE OLD LOVE - AN OPM REMASTER. AS USUAL EC ALWAYS BRINGS HIS "A" GAME TO PHILADELPHIA, THIS SHOW IS NO EXCEPTION. A VERY POWERFUL "OLD LOVE."
2-25/28-08 BLIND FAITH - IMPRESSIVE, VERY IMPRESSIVE SHOWS. THE SOUND QUALITY HOVERS AROUND A GOOD AUD5. THERE'S CERTAINLY SOME DISTANCE WITH THE VOCALS, BUT TO ME IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER. THESE SHOWS ARE NOTEWORTHY FOR THE SURPRISE INCLUSION OF "CHANGES" AND "VOODOO CHILE." THESE CLAPTON & WINWOOD SHOWS ARE NOT TO BE MISSED. "VOODOO CHILE" RANKS UP THERE WITH THE BEST CLAPTON HAS EVER DONE. HARD TO TELL WHAT IS THE BEST SHOW... FOR SOME REASON THE SHOW ON THE 28TH SEEMS TO HAVE LESS GUITAR EFFECTS FROM EC.
3-19-09 BEACON THEATER - VERY GOOD, BUT NOT HISTORIC LIKE THE NEXT NIGHT.
3-20-09 BEACON THEATER - THIS IS WHAT COLLECTING THESE SHOWS ARE ALL ABOUT. EC'S SOLO ON "ELIZABETH REED" IS NOTHING SHORT OF SPECTACULAR, THE BEST OF ALL TIME. INTERESTINGLY THE SOLO BY DEREK TRUCKS A LITTLE BEFORE IS THE BEST I'VE HEARD FROM HIM AND HE HIMSELF PRODUCES SOUNDS I'VE RARELY HEARD BEFORE. BUT, EVERYONE'S GONNA MENTION EC'S SOLO. IF YOU TOLD ME YEARS AGO THAT CLAPTON WOULD PERFORM "GOT TO GET BETTER" / "WHY DOES LOVE" / "VOODOO CHILE" / AND "ELIZABETH REED" ALL IN THE SPAN OF A FEW YEARS I WOULD HAVE SAID NO WAY, NOT POSSIBLE. I WOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD WRONG. THEY WERE PERFORMED AND I LISTEN TO THOSE PERFORMANCES ALL THE TIME. I'VE READ THE BLOGS AND PEOPLE CONTINUOUSLY SAY THIS IS THE BEST CONCERT THEY'VE EVER WITNESSED - I BELIEVE IT.
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