Tone Audio Magazine

Issue #22



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By Anne Farnsworth


Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood —

Live From Madison Garden (Reprise)

In 2008, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood reunited for a sold-out string of concerts at Madison Square Garden. The shows were filmed and the result is a double CD, with a special collector’s edition available that also contains two DVDs and lots of cool fanboy extras.

The Blind Faith bandmates seem to have weathered the decades with their friendship and enthusiasm intact — in ’07, they played Crossroads 2 in Chicago and are currently touring together this summer.

In the late ‘60’s, Winwood left The Spencer Davis Group to join Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, forming Blind Faith.  Considered one of the late ‘60’s Supergroups, it was hatched from the breakup of what is considered the first Supergroup - power trio Cream. 

The 21 tracks feature Blind Faith hits as well as those of Traffic, Derek & The Dominoes and Jimi Hendrix, Winwood’s close friend.

Both veterans are in top form, Clapton’s guitar as fiery as ever and Winwood rocking the Hammond B3. It’s thrilling to hear those familiar opening riffs, and the audience response is electric.

As for the singing, they could have used a little help in the recording booth. Clapton’s voice, with its signature nasal twang, is strong and melodic but dry as a bone. He may be clean and sober but nothing says forever like a deviated septum. Although compared to Winwood, Clapton’s got the resonance of an operatic tenor— naughty boys.


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