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Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J (2004)

Live, intimate and raw, ERIC CLAPTON - SESSIONS FOR ROBERT J is Eric Clapton's tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson. The project was filmed during tour rehearsals in London and Dallas, ... See full summary »
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Live, intimate and raw, ERIC CLAPTON - SESSIONS FOR ROBERT J is Eric Clapton's tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson. The project was filmed during tour rehearsals in London and Dallas, and features a recording session at 508 Park Avenue, the Dallas warehouse where Johnson made some of his final recordings. Clapton performs classic Johnson songs including "Kind Hearted Woman," "Terraplane Blues," "Me and the Devil Blues" and "Love in Vain" and discusses Johnson's influence on his career. A final session, where Clapton performs Johnson material solo, was filmed in Santa Monica, California. Written by Takuo Yasuda

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Hell Hound on My Trail
(Session I)
Written by Robert Johnson
Performed by Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II, Nathan East, Steve Gadd,
Billy Preston and Chris Stainton
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Heartfelt Work of Art
17 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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I rarely write comments and have never written a fan letter in my life but I am moved to comment on this show - "Sessions for Robert J.". While I have mostly enjoyed Eric Clapton's work I am certainly not a fan. However I must admit that I am most fond of Mr Clapton's less commercial work and definitely his more "devilish" (sorry about that bad acid trip at the Fillmore years ago that set him on his commercial stint) work is what moves me most. This project however is at once devilish and angelic and I think that is just perfect. The juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane is after all what the Blues and maybe even the whole of Music is all about.

In the interest of brevity (you really should get about the business of seeing this as soon as possible, or at least as soon as you might be in the mood for this type of show) see this show. By that I mean this is certainly no action/adventure movie but rather more like a documentary. That said it is by no means dry or overly intellectual even though Clapton does spend some time describing and demonstrating the difficult Johnson techniques, both vocally and instrumentally. This is done in a manner that will serve to delight musicians and non-musicians alike. Some moments can raise gooseflesh. The most important comment I can make is that Clapton is reverent without gushing and that he delivers the music in a perfect blend of homage and personal integrity. He does not try to "screw his voice up" to "sound black" yet he pays detailed attention to phrasing and conventions, such as hoots, hollers and asides but he sings in his own voice in a way he probably could not have back in Cream days.

Simply put, if you love Clapton, or if you love Robert Johnson or probably even if you just love the honesty and integrity of The Blues done up right, you will thoroughly enjoy this heartfelt work of art.


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