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Eric Clapton - Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

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Eric Clapton - Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

Eric Clapton - Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

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Eric Clapton might look something like a cross between a banker and a computer tech, but he still plays guitar like the god he is; again he gathers a bunch of astounding, amazing musicians together to play an all-day/all-night festival jam-packed with the cream of music's crop (from rock to country to blues), all the proceeds of which benefit the Crossroads Centre for the treatment of substance abuse. Clapton lends his own inestimable guitar skills to those of Robert Cray, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Los Lobos, Vince Gill - Well, the list goes on and on.

In 1998 Eric Clapton, after much-publicized problems of his own with substance abuse, founded the Crossroads Centre on the island of Antigua, a premiere center for the treatment of drug abuse and alcoholism. This international center takes in clients from around the world for care, coming to the serene beauty of the Caribbean where Clapton himself found a place of both physical and spiritual healing. To help fund the center as well as to raise awareness, Clapton began the Crossroads Guitar Festivals - this, the second one, was held in Bridgeport, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, on July 28, 2007. Introduced by Bill Murray, who even takes up a guitar to play "the only song he can," the old Van Morrison tune "Gloria," this concert is one that makes you want to have been there, just to have been a part of the infectiously happy crowd, to bask in the glow of all these astounding guitar players. A good guitar player can give me joy in ways that I can't describe on a website where small children might access; needless to say, just a few tracks on this DVD can transport me to heights of ecstasy no mere porno flick could ever achieve. Oh! To watch Sonny Landreth pick those strings, or listen to Susan Tedeschi's gravel-edged blues voice, or just feel the power of Robert Randolph's pedal steel, doing things no pedal steel has ever done before... and that's just the first half of the first disc. This is heaven in digital media, an orgasm of talent and sound and steel strings.
So settle in, sling your feet up, grab a cold one, and feel yourself transported to guitar nirvana. Because it just keeps on getting better and better as the evening wears on. Robert Cray. Jimmie Vaughan. B.B. King. Great guitar players, one right after the other, playing and singing some of the best blues and rock and country songs the way they were meant to be played, full of grit and heart and soul and all the power that music should have to break through the mundane and impact the very soul. Vince Gill. Sheryl Crow. Willie Nelson. Jeff Beck. Steve Winwood. Hell, no, this isn't "music you can hum." This is music that vibrates and resonates within every molecule, down to every atom of one's being, stirring something primal deep inside. This is the sort of music that I always longed to make myself, and denied that talent, all I can do is listen to it and write about it. This is what God was talking about when He created music. A real treat is a local Chicago bluesman, Hubert Sumlin, making it mellow with "Sitting On Top Of The World," and then getting to hang around and play with the King himself, B.B., who comes out to absolutely thunderous applause. B.B. performs for a while, proving that at 81 he still has all his majesty, talent, voice, and guitar skills, as well as a heart as big as he is, as he toasts his audience and his host with one of the best toasts I've ever heard. And THEN comes out Vince Gill and the country music segments start!
There's so much to talk about with this set, two discs packed solid with these astounding performances; but I've said enough about them. Go out, get it, and play it. That's the bottom line, right there. Listen. Be transported yourself. Or just plain enjoy listening. Because the only way to have as much fun as these guys playing this show are having is to just join in with 'em. Worship at the beautiful altar of music.

Track List:

Disc 1:

  1. Introduction - Bill Murray
  2. Uberesso - Sonny Landreth
  3. Hell At Home - Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton
  4. Maharina - John McLaughlin
  5. Rosie - Doyle Bramhall II
  6. Outside Woman Blues - Doyle Bramhall II
  7. Little By Little - Susan Tedeschi with The Derek Trucks Band
  8. Anyday - The Derek Trucks Band
  9. Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter with The Derek Trucks Band
  10. Nobody Soul - Robert Randolph & The Family Band
  11. Poor Johnny - The Robert Cray Band
  12. Dirty Work At The Crossroads - Jimmie Vaughan with The Robert Cray Band
  13. Sitting On Top of the World - Hubert Sumlin with The Robert Cray Band & Jimmie Vaughan
  14. Paying The Cost to Be The Boss - B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band with Jimmie Vaughan &
  15. Hubert Sumlin
  16. Rock Me Baby - B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band with Jimmie Vaughan & Hubert Sumlin
  17. Sweet Thing - Vince Gill
  18. Country Boy - Albert Lee with Vince Gill
  19. If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow with Vince Gill & Albert Lee
  20. Tulsa Time - Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Vince Gill & Albert Lee
  21. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Willie Nelson with Vince Gill & Albert Lee
  22. On The Road Again - Willie Nelson with Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill & Albert Lee

Disc 2:

  1. Belief - John Mayer
  2. Gravity - John Mayer
  3. Don't Worry Baby - Los Lobos
  4. Mas Y Mas - Los Lobos
  5. Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
  6. Big Block - Jeff Beck
  7. Tell The Truth - Eric Clapton
  8. Isn't It A Pity - Eric Clapton
  9. Little Queen of Spades - Eric Clapton
  10. Who Do You Love - Robbie Robertson with Eric Clapton
  11. Presence of the Lord - Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton
  12. Can't Find My Way Home - Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton
  13. Had To Cry Today - Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton
  14. Dear Mr. Fantasy - Steve Winwood
  15. Crossroads - Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood
  16. Mary Had A Little Lamb - Buddy Guy
  17. Damn Right I've Got The Blues - Buddy Guy
  18. Sweet Home Chicago - Buddy Guy with Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, John Mayer, Hubert Sumlin,
  19. Jimmie Vaughan & Johnny Winter
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