Eric Clapton - Crossroads Guitar Festival (2DVD)
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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.
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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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 !
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
I did not have any problems playing the two discs. Both played flawlessly.
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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Eric Clapton réussi à réunir des artistes variés qui nous amènent dans un monde ou la musique est la base. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pasquarelli Marc
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... Read morePublished on April 11 2013 by Rod Farrell
I ordered 2 and neither worked in anything I put them in, I emailed them and they sent another that doesn't work either, I give up.Published on March 11 2013 by Jim Rogers
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