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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 08:49 PM
From RollingStone.com-

Eric Clapton will release an entire album of covers of songs by Robert Johnson on March 23rd. Me and Mr. Johnson will feature the guitar legend's interpretations of fourteen songs by the Delta blues legend, including "Love in Vain" and "Hellhound on My Trail."
Though Clapton released a blues covers album (From the Cradle) in 1994 and made a record with B.B. King in 2000, Me and Mr. Johnson is his first full tribute to Johnson.

Still much of Clapton's career has been inspired by, and a tribute to, the doomed bluesman who died in 1938 at age twenty-seven of strychnine poisoning and was buried in an unmarked grave. Clapton was on the frontline of the British blues movement in 1965, playing with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. With Cream he scored a charting hit with a cover of Johnson's "Crossroads" in 1969, a song that would provide the title of his 1988 box set. Clapton regularly included Johnson covers in his live performances, two of which, "Walking Blues" and "Malted Milk," appeared on his 1992 Unplugged album.

"It is a remarkable thing to have been driven and influenced all of my life by the work of one man," Clapton said. "I think of it as a landmark that I navigate by, whenever I feel myself going adrift. Up until I heard his music, everything I had ever heard seemed as if it was dressed up for a shop window somewhere. At first, it scared me in its intensity, and I could only take it in small doses. I could never really get away from it, and in the end, it spoiled me for everything else."

Clapton was joined on the record guitarists Andy Fairweather Low and Doyle Bramhall II, keyboardist Billy Preston, bassist Nathan East, drummer Steve Gadd and harmonica player Jerry Portnoy.

Track listing for Me and Mr. Johnson: When You Got a Good Friend
Little Queen of Spades
They're Red Hot
Me and the Devil Blues
Traveling Riverside Blues
Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Stop Breakin' Down Blues
Milkcow's Calf Blues
Kindhearted Woman Blues
Come On in My Kitchen
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
Love in Vain
32-20 Blues
Hellhound on My Trail

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 09:00 PM
Wow, that's huge. I thought Clapton was basically retired except for an annual short tour in and around the UK and Europe, maybe Japan. He could easily have rested on his laurels, I'm excited to see how this album comes out. Doyle Bramhall could be a great addition. Do we know whether these are recordings/outtakes from past studio time or whether Clapton just did them?
 

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 09:05 PM
It's new. I wouldn't say it's great until we hear it, but it definitely has potential.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 09:07 PM
Sounds like a great sequel to "From the Cradle". Most of the same players if I'm not mistaken. Thanks for sharing that info!

 

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 09:17 PM
Can't imagine Clapton wouldn't do an album of Johnson covers extremely well.He's done a lot of Johnson covers before and they've been superb IMO.

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 09:24 PM
Thanks for the info Bryan. I just got a real nice EC show from 94(?), mostly blues and he sounds great. I'll be offering it up soon. Anyone here doesn't need to take a slot, just pm when you see it.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 09:24 PM
I bet it sounds more like From the Cradle than his last couple of studio albums. His take on the blues tune Going Down Slow from Pilgrim was brutal.....ugggggg. It's not a R.Johnson tune, but a blues standard none the less. So, he has a recent history of putting less than a golden touch to the blues. But I'm guessing this effort will be really good.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 09:28 PM
WCB, you won't believe it, but I just got home from my evening class. This lecture was on the 30s. I used FDR and RJ as examples of strategic elites who can shape society, even today. Even played them the Bluesbreaker version of RJ's "Ramblin' on my Mind" with EC on vocals. Strange world indeed.

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WCB, you won't believe it, but I just got home from my evening class. This lecture was on the 30s. I used FDR and RJ as examples of strategic elites who can shape society, even today. Even played them the Bluesbreaker version of RJ's "Ramblin' on my Mind" with EC on vocals. Strange world indeed.

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 09:36 PM
"Who Knew"? Carlos is padding his numbers by posting multiples.

I thought there was a thread for that.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 10:00 PM
no doubt it will be great and i will love it......no fear at all.....
 

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 10:06 PM
That's a good idea, maybe I should just post everything I say 5 of 10 times on different threads. Then I'd get more of those stars and get a lot more respect. I'm envious of all you people with lots of stars and cool names. Hmmmm (strokes his nonexistant beard)
 

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 10:34 PM
Great news about Clapton .... John Hammond Jr. released a record
recently of RJ songs he has covered in the past ... Here is a review from All Music Guide ...
I have the record and really enjoy it ....

If Robert Johnson could look down from heaven or up from hell, he'd likely find it very interesting that John Hammond Jr. had covered his songs. Here is a white guy, after all, who sounds like a black blues singer and chooses — of his own free will — to frequently return to the repertoire of an obscure black guitarist/singer from the 1930s. At the Crossroads collects this musical meeting of the minds — or souls — by gathering 14 of Hammond's Johnson covers, recorded between 1965 and 1978. Like Johnson, Hammond relies mostly on solo acoustic guitar. In this way, it's easy to certify his versions of "Come on in My Kitchen" and "32-20 Blues" as the real deal, or, as a folk enthusiast would say, "authentic." At the same time, renditions of "Milkcow's Calf Blues" and "Stones in My Passway" are less raw and penetrating than Johnson's, and one could easily say that Hammond's real gift is that of a popularizer of rural acoustic blues. The last four cuts include full-band takes of "Sweet Home Chicago," "When You Got a Good Friend," "Judgment Day," and "Rambling Blues." While these cuts surely won't pass the purity test, they're nonetheless lots of fun. At the Crossroads is a cross-cultural, racial, and generational document, and offers a good one-stop look at one artist's nod toward another.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 12:48 AM
excellent news WB

 

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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 01:59 AM
should be great. the clapton cd/dvd from 2001, "one more car" or somethng like that was great. same band listed here but no doyle . anyway it was like a band, not the big porduction w/ female singers,horn section, etc. hopefully this one will be like that. the goin down slow on pilgrim was rough, but the 2001 was quite nice though. great to see ec again.
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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 03:09 AM
I'm looking forward to the release. I hope Clapton tours small venues to support it. I'd travel to see him in the right venue. Those big arenas and even the sheds don't do him or his aging audience justice.

 

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Due March 23, the 14-track set finds the artist tackling such staples as "Traveling Riverside Blues," "Love in Vain" and "Stop Breakin' Down Blues."

He will support the set with a spring European tour, beginning March 26 in Cournon, France, and wrapping in May with a run of six shows at London's Royal Albert Hall.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 08:33 AM
thats really good news for me. I love Clapton playing the blues. That's magical for me. I liked "From the Cradle" a lot. not really loved it but it was good. Riding with the King was also a really beautiful album. Now it's real time for some Robert Johnson. That's brilliant. Whatever the outcome that album's gotta be in my player, whenever it's out.

Thanks a lot.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 09:32 AM
I agree. I love it when he plays the blues. As opposed to his pop tendancies.
 
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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 10:01 AM
I too enjoyed From The Cradle because it was all blues. I even enjoyed the blues tunes on Unplugged, maybe because Chuck Leavell added so much to them. Hopefully, this release will be noteworthy. I got Pilgrim as a gift. Listened once. It was pretty wretched.

Peter Green also has an entire cd of R Johnson covers. Not bad.

This thread reminded me of one of my favorite Johnson covers, "Me & The Devil Blues" by WSP at a concert back in '94 with a young Derek Trucks slidin' along for the ride. Excellent!

 

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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 10:19 AM
The man records a blues album, one of the Great American art forms, all covers of RJ, the Great American bluesman, and won't even tour the US? I feel slighted. I want to see clapton!
 

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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 10:22 AM
He's essentially quit touring, so I wouldn't take it too personally. And hey, European fans don't get the ABB, so many it evens out.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 10:26 AM
Clapton will tour again...when the money's right...no way would he "stoop" to doing small venues for his fans.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 06:35 PM
Everyone here at this site knows I am not a Clapton fan & I will probably get alot of sh*t for this...but, here is my 2 cents worth: Once again he recording covers and cashing in on someone else's art! But, he glorifies it by calling it a tribute! A tribute is one thing...but, a cheap imitation is another.

hack away EC...hack away!

 

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  posted on 2/6/2004 at 06:46 PM
I saw Clapton on the Reptile tour at the Garden in 2001, and I thought it was an amazing show, but I'd never seen him live before. I knew every word to every song, he played all his hits and about half of reptile. A lot of people said he was just going through the motions and doing it for the money, which I think is very likely. It's a tribute to him that he can play like that when he's going through the motions, but what was an EC show like back when he cared?
 
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