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Eric Clapton - Crossroads Guitar Festival (2DVD)

Eric Clapton , Steve Vai    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Although it could have been twice as long, this double-DVD set effectively captures over three hours of highlights from one of the most comprehensive and diverse collection of guitarists ever assembled for a single event. Recorded over three days in June of 2004 to benefit Eric Clapton's Crossroads Center in Antigua (as do the sales of this set), the show is not surprisingly heavy on the rootsy blues and country that comprise Clapton's primary inspirations. But it also includes folk (James Taylor), gospel (Robert Randolph & the Family Band), fret-shredding rockers (Steve Vai who delivers a dazzling performance), jazz (John McLaughlin), and, most interestingly, Indian classical music (a stunning piece from Vishwa Mohan Bhatt).

Most compelling are the rare and sometimes unusual collaborations. Joe Walsh and Taylor clown around on "Steamroller Blues," and Booker T. & the M.G.'s back both Joe Walsh on a rollicking "Rocky Mountain Way" and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo tearing into a sizzling "The Neighborhood." Clapton and J.J. Cale share the stage as do Clapton and Carlos Santana, and a show-stopping blues summit with Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Hubert Sumlin, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Clapton is a treat for all involved.

There are some shortcomings. The event isn't presented in chronological order--different stages, days, and backing bands are shuffled with Clapton's own set scattered throughout--ZZ Top's closing is a bit anticlimactic, and there are many omissions due to time constraints. But every act rises to the occasion, and this expertly recorded and shot DVD gives the viewer a front-row seat to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. --Hal Horowitz

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In June 2004, some of the greatest living guitar players and their bands gathered at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, for a three-day festival to benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. It was the ultimate concert for any music lover, featuring one legend after the other: Eric Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, James Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Santana, ZZ Top, and many more. This 2-DVD set beautifully documents the event and contains over 4 hours of content. Planned extras include in-depth artist interviews, a mini-documentary, photo gallery, alternate angle, and more. Royalties from the DVD sales will benefit the Crossroads Center.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
What can I say, it's hard to find words that would truly do this event justice.
I had the privilege of being one of the lucky few to be in Dallas for the full three days and live the experience. Almost 80 Guitar players from every corner of the earth, there where so many high lights I wouldn't know where to start. This DVD is the closest thing to being there, it gives me shivers every time I play it and the sound and camera work are just amazing, it is one of the best recorded Live performances of all time and is a must for any serious music lover collection.
Let's hope there will be a Crossroads Part 2 coming out soon, after all the rest of the world deserves to see Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck on the same stage and Neal Schons amazing tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see legendary performers who appear together, possibly for the only time in their careers.
Thank you Eric !
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concert ........BUT! Dec 9 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a great concert, well produced and filmed, great sound and everything.
But the first disk set I recieved had a defective disk 2, all the tracks played until the last 4 tracks started and then the DVD player froze. This happened on all the DVD players I tried even our computer. Amazon did send a replacement and they were really fast in getting the new disks to us. But the replacement had the same defect in the same spot. I don't think it is just one bad disk, I suspect it is the whole run of disks. I can say - yes get this DVD but only when they fix/ship disks that aren't defective
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! March 23 2005
By A Customer
I popped this in and ended up being glued to my television until 2:00 am last night. I will watch this one over and over (which is unlike me). I am in awe of the amount of sheer genius that is crammed into this single DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best concert DVD I've ever seen! Nov. 6 2005
I have a healthy collection of music videos and concerts on DVD, but this is by far the best. Superb filming and picture quality, and premium sound in DTS to boot. This concert was obviously planned to be a DVD release as there was a real effort put into every aspect of production. Imagery, color, lighting, close-ups of guitarists, multiple stage sets, digital sound, everything. I would have paid triple the price for this, now knowing what it represents. A broad music variety of well-known artists performing their signature songs, with a mix of them backing each other up for background. My hat is off to Eric Clapton for putting this high calibre of a production together for a very worthy cause (Crossroads Centre in Antigua - an addiction treatment centre). And if you're an Eric Clapton fan, there are plently of hot guitar solos by the grand master. Only one sad thing though. There were likely more songs at the concert than were burnt onto these 2 discs. The only thing better would have been to be there.
I did not have any problems playing the two discs. Both played flawlessly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Concert DVD - BUT Similar Defect Jan. 12 2005
By A Customer
I received this DVD for Christmas but fond that the last few tracks on Disc 2 were unplayable and the special features on this Disc also did not work. I returned the DVD to the store to find that it was sold out. Thanks to Amazon I have a replacement coming. Sure hope this one does not have the same problem.
I own a number of concert DVDs and was impressed with both the video and audio quality of this one. And the performances were amazing. Not sure if I am completely sold on the performer from India, but it might take some time to appreciate. I never thought of the guitar virtuosity of ZZ Top before. Maybe I was distracted by the Legs!
I would recommend you buy this one if you are a guitar fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! April 11 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you enjoy guitar, this is the DVD for you. Regardless of genre, this DVD does not disappoint. Through a number of moves, this DVD set was lost, and I was thrilled to be able to purchase it again on Amazon.
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