Live from Madison Square Garden (Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood album)

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Live From Madison Square Garden
Live album by Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
Released 19 May 2009
Recorded 25–28 February 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City
Genre Rock, blues
Length 129:09
Label Duck / Reprise
Producer James Pluta, John McDermott, Scooter Weintraub[1]
Eric Clapton chronology
Complete Clapton
(2007)
Live from Madison Square Garden
(2009)
Clapton
(2010)
Steve Winwood chronology
Nine Lives
(2008)
Live from Madison Square Garden
(2009)
Revolutions
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

Live from Madison Square Garden is a 2 CD/2 DVD live album by Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood which was released on 19 May 2009 by Duck / Reprise Records. The album is made up of recordings from Clapton and Winwood's performances at Madison Square Garden in February 2008.

The duo performed songs from their time in the band Blind Faith as well as selections from Traffic, Derek and the Dominos, Clapton's & Winwood's solo careers and some rock & blues covers. Their band consisted of Willie Weeks on bass, Ian Thomas on drums and Chris Stainton on keyboards.

Background[edit]

Winwood and Clapton first crossed musical paths as members of the one-off group Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse in March 1966. They recorded songs issued on the Elektra Records compilation album What's Shaking. Later they teamed up again in 1969 with the formation of Blind Faith, shortly after Clapton had left Cream. Blind Faith pioneered the fusion of rock and blues into tremendous studio and stage success. Despite critical and popular acclaim, the band was short-lived with only one album and a brief 1969 tour that debuted 12 July at Madison Square Garden and ended 24 August in Hawaii. Since then, Winwood and Clapton have remained friends but have only performed together a few times over the years for an occasional song at a charity event. In 2000, they both appeared in the 1998 movie Blues Brothers 2000 as members of a fictional blues super group. During Clapton's 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival, Clapton and Winwood played six songs together including a few Blind Faith songs. After that successful experience, the two decided to collaborate again. The 2008 Madison Square Garden shows were the first full Winwood-Clapton concerts in almost 40 years.

Tour[edit]

On 11 February 2009, the pair announced a 14-city US tour that kicked off on 10 June 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They were joined on stage, again, by Chris Stainton (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums), as well as backing vocalists Sharon White and Michelle John.

Recording, production and artwork[edit]

Live from Madison Square Garden was recorded from the 25th through 28 February. The shows were recorded and mixed by James Towler, while the production was handled by James Pluta, John McDermott, and Scooter Weintraub with executive production by John Beug, Michael Eaton, Peter Jackson, and Tom Whalley.[1] Most of the production staff were also involved in the recordings for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festivals.

The art direction for the album and DVD was Ellen Wakayama with the design handled by Donny Phillips of the Tehachapi hardcore bands, The Warriors and Machines, and photography by Danny Clinch.[1] Donny is one of the lead graphic designers at Warner Bros. Records, which the other two people mentioned also work for. The artwork was based on the taijitu, although the colours on the packaging were red and blue instead of black and white.

Track listing (CD)[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Music Length
1. "Had to Cry Today"   Steve Winwood 7:47
2. "Low Down"   J.J. Cale 4:10
3. "Them Changes"   Buddy Miles 5:10
4. "Forever Man"   Jerry Lynn Williams 3:33
5. "Sleeping in the Ground"   Sam Myers 4:50
6. "Presence of the Lord"   Eric Clapton 5:23
7. "Glad"   Steve Winwood 4:13
8. "Well All Right"   Jerry Allison/Buddy Holly/Joe B. Mauldin/Norman Petty 5:35
9. "Double Trouble"   Otis Rush 8:06
10. "Pearly Queen"   Jim Capaldi/Steve Winwood 6:10
11. "Tell the Truth"   Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock 6:42
12. "No Face, No Name, No Number"   Jim Capaldi/Steve Winwood 4:09
Disc Two
No. Title Music Length
1. "After Midnight"   J.J. Cale 4:45
2. "Split Decision"   Joe Walsh/Steve Winwood 6:25
3. "Rambling on My Mind (Clapton only)"   Robert Johnson 4:01
4. "Georgia on My Mind (Winwood only)"   Hoagy Carmichael/Stuart Gorrell 5:05
5. "Little Wing"   Jimi Hendrix 6:42
6. "Voodoo Chile"   Jimi Hendrix 16:23
7. "Can't Find My Way Home"   Steve Winwood 5:33
8. "Dear Mr. Fantasy"   Jim Capaldi/Steve Winwood/Chris Wood 7:41
9. "Cocaine"   J.J. Cale 6:41

Track listing (DVD)[edit]

Disc One[edit]

  1. "Had to Cry Today"
  2. "Them Changes"
  3. "Forever Man"
  4. "Sleeping in the Ground"
  5. "Presence of the Lord"
  6. "Glad"
  7. "Well All Right"
  8. "Double Trouble"
  9. "Pearly Queen"
  10. "Tell the Truth"
  11. "No Face, No Name, No Number"
  12. "After Midnight"
  13. "Split Decision"
  14. "Rambling on My Mind"
    • Eric Clapton solo performance
  15. "Georgia on My Mind"
    • Steve Winwood solo performance
  16. "Little Wing"
  17. "Voodoo Chile"
  18. "Can't Find My Way Home"
  19. "Dear Mr. Fantasy"
  20. "Cocaine"

Disc Two[edit]

  • Documentary: The Road to Madison Square Garden
  • Documentary: Rambling on My Mind (includes Eric Clapton at soundcheck performing "Rambling on My Mind")
  • Bonus Performances: Low Down, Kind Hearted Woman, Crossroads

Track Listing (Blu-Ray)[edit]

The Blu-ray release carries the same material as the DVD release on a single disc. Video format is 1080p; audio is provided in LPCM 2.0 and DTS 5.1 formats.

Charts and certifications[edit]

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