Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RE-UP: Eric Clapton live in San Francisco 1994 - 1DVD - November 8 & 9 - pro-shot

Eric Clapton
Title: Fillmore 1994: Selected Offlines In Progress
Dates: November 08 & 09, 1994
Venue: The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, US.

Source: Pro-Shot 4 Audio: Stereo Sb
Lineage: Video > DVD > PC > You
NTSC / Approx: 95min 4.13GB
* There is a timecode

01: Malted Milk
02: Forty-Four Blues
03: Standing Around Cring
04: It Hurts Me Too
05: Reconsider Baby
06: Sinner's Prayer
07: Someday After a While
08: I'm Tore Down *
09: Crosscut Saw *
10: Crossroads
11: Driftin' *
12: Ain't Nobody's Business **
13: Have You Ever Loved A Woman
14: Blues Leave Me Alone
15: Third Degree *

* It was not recorded on TV.
** Complete

Band Lineup:
Eric Clapton: Guitar, Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low: Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Portnoy: Harmonica
Chris Stainton: Keyboards
Dave Bronze: Bass
Steve Gadd: Drums
Roddy Lorimer: Trumpet
Tim Sanders: Tenor Sax
Simon Clarke: Baritone Sax

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

RE-UP: Eric Clapton live in Glasgow 1978 - 1DVD - November 24 - pro-shot

Eric Clapton - Rolling Hotel (Tarantura Version)

"EC Master Version" (75 minutes) and "Alternate Longer Version" (105 minutes)

1978.11.24. Live at Apollo Theater, Glasgow, City of Glasgow, Scotland / Backless - European Tour

Lineage: TvRip

From GSpot:

- Audio Codec: AC3
- Audio Bitrate: 192 kbps
- Video System: NTSC 29.97 fps 720x480
- Video Bitrate: 8000 kbps

ProShot DVD

Band line-up
Eric Clapton : guitar, vocals
Carl Radle : bass
Jamie Oldaker : drums
Dick Sims : keyboards

Special Guests
Ian Stewart : piano on " Key To The Highway " & " Further On Up The Road "
Jerry Portnoy : harmonica on " Key To The Highway " & " Further On Up The Road "
Bob Margolin : guitar on " Key To The Highway " & " Further On Up The Road "

"In 1979 Eric Clapton put his band in a three-carriage train and traveled from town to town throughout Europe, from one concert to the next. It was an easy way to transport and house the band and its equipment, and it offered ample opportunity for interviews, group interactions, and filming. Clapton talks about his music and his work and peaks the viewer's interest with stories about musicians like Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison. Interviews are balanced with performances by Muddy Waters, Elton John, and George Harrison, as well as Clapton and his band in full concert."

This extremely rare (and sought after) film is not great, but it is very interesting and revealing. The film acts as a very good and non-glamerous portrait of a band on the road and captures Clapton at the height of his alcohol addiction. It paints a very unflattering picture of the rock legend who is intoxicated for the entire film. At one point Clapton and his crew play a very cruel joke on a French journalist who interviews and photographs Eric's American security guard Larry Mcneny, believing him to be Clapton.

The highlights of the film are the alcohol influenced interviews with the fragile and insecure guitarist. In them he talks about his career, his relationship with Patti Boyd and the writing of the song `Layla' (which Patti herself also comments on). The most revealing and beautifully "real" moments of the documentary come when Clapton speaks in-depth about the night that Jimi Hendrix died and his anger toward Hendrix for leaving him all alone in this world. He also discusses his audiences, their response to his music and the insecurities he feels when they walk out while he is playing.

As I already stated, this is not a great film, but it does show a side of rock 'n' roll and more specifically Clapton that most people don't get to see. A completely open and sympathetic Clapton, as well as rare concert footage, make this documentary a must for any fan.

This great copy has been uploaded to Dimeadozen (Thanks Geetarz !!!)

After watching Rolling Hotel I can see why Clapton never wanted this film to see the light of day. The footage shows off Clapton’s mastery of his instrument, as well as his raging alcohol problem. There are moments of brilliance, such as Clapton and Patti Harrison talking about Layla. But there are also absolute train wrecks (no pun?), like the opening number, Smile, during which Clapton can barely stand.

My favorite parts of the documentary are the interviews with Clapton.
Slowhand opens up in a way I had never seen before. The best musical footage comes towards the end of the DVD when Clapton plays a raging Cocaine before he is joined by George Harrison and Elton John for a glorious Further On Up The Road. Other tunes featured on the DVD include Lay Down Sally, Badge, and a few renditions of Layla. There isn’t much footage of Clapton from the ’70s, so grab this release.


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

RE-UP: Roger Waters & Eric Clapton live in Montreal 1984 - 1DVD - July 31

Roger Waters & Eric Clapton
The Pros & Cons Of Early Bootlegs
7/31/84 - Montreal

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Welcome To The Machine
Have A Cigar
Wish You Were Here
Pigs On The Wing (part 1)
In The Flesh
Nobody Home
Hey You
The Gunners Dream
4:30AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)
4:33AM (Running Shoes)
4:37AM (Arabs With Knives And West German Skies)
4:39AM (For The First Time Today, part 2)
4:41AM (Sexual Revolution)
4:47AM (The Remains Of Our Love)
4:50AM (Go Fishing)
4:56AM (For The First Time Today, part 1)
4:58AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)
5:01AM (The Pro's And Con's Of Hitch Hiking)
5:06AM (Every Strangers Eyes)
5:11AM (The Moment Of Clarity)
Brain Damage

Name: The Pros & Cons of Early Bootlegs
Format: DVD
Discs: 1
Recording: audience
Lineage: Beta master > S-VHS submaster > Digital8 clone > DVD
Taper: Pierre
Length: 129 min

Review from Spare Bricks:

Some fans and critics have long labeled Roger Waters 'misogynist', as his lyrical content in The Wall and The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking suggest that women in his life have caused him great harm. Whether it was his mother or his wife, they were castigated as controlling bricks in his personal wall. While The Wall was very blatantly biased against women, Pros and Cons wasn't nearly so, but it got near- universal condemnation for its cover showing a naked woman hitching on the side of the road.

For his first tour apart from Pink Floyd he assembled Eric Clapton's band, basically calling it "Pink Floyd but with Eric Clapton on guitar". He had recruited Slowhand for his bluesy story of betrayal, isolation, and (eventually) redemption. At the time, Clapton wanted a break from being the leader of his own band, preferring to play in the shadows as part of someone else's; he later found the experience "stifling" and only particpated in the first leg of the Pros & Cons tour during 1984, playing nineteen concerts.

Only three performances from this tour were captured by video bootleggers, and all suffer from the limitations of camcorder technology at the time. In 1984, video cameras were a far cry from the palm-sized Handicams of today. The early video bootleggers had very bulky equipment to sneak into the venue, their cameras required quite a bit of light to produce a decent image, and the zoom lenses were very limited at 4-10x. The huge staging for the tour also presented a challenge to the tapers in that there were three large projection screens that depicted a bedroom where the dream occurs and also showed films which told the story of Reg's dream and his family's adventure into the backwoods of Wyoming. These projections weren't bright enough to come across clearly on the video, and thus a good portion of the visual storytelling is hidden from the viewer.

Bootleg videos of this tour have surfaced from East Rutherford (New Jersey), Toronto, and Montreal. Unfortunately, the East Rutherford and Toronto shows were recorded from the side of the stage and didn't offer much view of the projections. The only video filmed from the back of the venue was the July 31, 1984 show at The Forum in Montreal. A typical version of this show on VHS would be extremely dark with very little viewable footage of the backdrop films. There isn't much detail seen in the musicians, due to the distant shot and limitations of the camera. With the advent of computer video editing and correction some of these images could be adjusted, making a slight improvement on the VHS versions that had been in circulation. The result was a bootleg DVD called EC Was Here, released by the veteran PF bootlegging outfit Pigs On The Wing Productions. While this was a functional release, it still left much room for improvement.

Recently, an upgraded version of the Montreal concert entitled The Pros & Cons of Early Bootlegging appeared in the trade circles. The source tape for this show was a major upgrade, as the only S-VHS submaster from the original Beta format camera was cloned to Digital8 tape and used for the new DVD release. The improvement is quite noticeable but the video still does suffer from the technology limitations of the time. The original video was shot hand-held, resulting in some shakiness, so the video was run though 'steady shot' software, resulting in a much smoother video to watch. Some brightness and contrast was added to help bring some detail previously unseen out of the video, however there is still a glowing halo effect around the musicians that apparently couldn't be corrected.

The DVD initially opens to a menu screen that has a background picture of the stage before the concert begins but there is a motion video inlay of the band playing which gives the background a clever appearance of the live concert. Background music is a shortened edit of The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. The main menu offers the choice of playing the video, going to a song selection menu, viewing a photo slide show, or reading additional information about the DVD. The song selection screen is only one page long with no motion menu or backing audio track and all 24 songs played at the concert are accessible from this screen. The additional info screen lists the original filmer, as well as the person who performed the digital transfer and the DVD authoring. Credits are given to websites where tour information and pictures were acquired. The Photo Slide Show option shows a four-and-a-half minute collection of photographs taken at the concerts, as well as album covers from various album pressings, single sleeves, and bootleg covers. The photos are shown with a backing audio track playing the full version of The Pros & Cons of Hitchhiking.

The full concert is a definite upgrade over previous versions, however it is a shame that a better video of this incredible live spectacle isn't available. This video will give you an idea of the stage presentation but the bottom line is that much of the video is still dark. The audio is from the camera but is able to get a decent recording as the camera was away from the crowds of people who could ruin a recording (like most of the 1977 Floyd audio boots). Overall, I would have to say that despite its flaws this should be a must-have bootleg DVD in any good Waters/Floyd collection. It does represent the best Pros & Cons video from either the 1984 or '85 leg of the tour. Even though you miss quite a bit of the show due to darkness, it is still a vital document for collectors of both Roger Waters and Eric Clapton, and I would definitely recommend this version over EC Was Here.

John Waters is a staff writer for Spare Bricks.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

NEW: Cream "1967-1968 Video Anthology" - 1DVD

"Video Anthology"

Quality: Video 8/10 - Audio 9/10
DVD Menu with song selection
DVD cover included

DVD-R > VIDEO_TS & XTRAS_TS > MD5 Trader's Little Helper
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Video System: NTSC 29.970 frames/s
Video Bitrate: 6576 kbps
Audio Codec: AC3, 48000Hz, stereo, 224kbps
Total Time: 54:33

Late January/Early February, 1967 - I Feel Free (promo film)

24th February 1967, "Beat Club" - I Feel Free (lip-sync)

19th May 1967, "Beat Club" - Strange Brew (lip-sync)

1st June 1967, "1st Festival of Pop Music" - We're Going Wrong, I Feel Free

26th November 1967, BBC TV, "Twice a Fortnight" - We're Going Wrong

December 1967, French TV (16mm film) Revolution Club - Spoonful, Tales of Brave Ulysses , Sunshine of Your Love (LONGER UPGRADED SOURCE)

March 7-9, 1968, Fillmore & Winterland, San Francisco - I'm So Glad, Toad

21st April 1968, “Romp” ABC TV - Sunshine of Your Love

17th May 1968, CBS Studios, Los Angeles - Sunshine of Your Love, Anyone for Tennis

26 November 1968, Royal Albert Hall, London (second show) - White room (incomplete)

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Friday, January 6, 2017

NEW: George Harrison & Eric Clapton - Tokyo press conference 1991 - 1CD - November 29

George Harrison Tour of Japan with Eric Clapton and Band
Tokyo Press Conference 11-29-1991    37:42

“Weekly Young” Radio Interview w/George and Eric Clapton   11-30-1991     22:46

TBS Tour Coverage with Press Conference Excerpts   12-1991     8:20

The first track is from the press conference that was held to kick off the tour. I believe the location was the Tokyo Dome. Tracks two and three are Japanese radio broadcasts. These two for obvious reasons are heavy on Japanese content. While many of us may not be able to understand some of the broadcast I left the recordings intact as I received them. I hope a few people out there will appreciate that.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

NEW: Eric Clapton live in Buenos Aires 2001 - 2DVD - October 6 - pro-shot

Eric Clapton
River Plate Stadium
Buenos Aires, Argentina
October 6, 2001

"The Ultimate Storm" (Zetti Productions 073/1-073/2)

Lineage: Not given in original download


Disc 1

Key to the Highway
Got You On My Mind
Tears in Heaven
Bell Bottom Blues
Change the World
My Father´s eyes
River of Tears
Going Down Slow
She´s Gone

Disc 2

I Want a Little Girl
Hoochie Coochie Man
Stormy Monday
Wonderful Tonight
Sunshine of Your Love
Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Md5 signature file is included. No menu or artwork.


Performance-wise, this was a fairly standard "Reptile" show (albeit in front of a much larger audience than he played to for most of this tour) and standard setlist, but there are nice moments -- in particular a relatively uncommon "Stormy Monday" near the end of the set.

This is sourced from an Argentinian free television broadcast, and the info file asserts this transfer comes from the VHS master. Picture quality is good overall, though one can see a bit of degradation from the transfer. The audio track of the original broadcast is replaced with Mid Valley's "General Probe 2001," which smokes. The audio track itself is lossless PCM audio with DTS 5.1 -- great sound. Overall this is a very watchable video - I don't know if it's the "definitive" source or not, but it's good.

This has never been one of my favorite EC tours, though I will admit it has grown on me as time goes on. There are some good moments in these shows, and his backing band was terrific.

Tech specs (for those who care about these details):

Codec : MPEG-2 Video
Bit rate : 4758 Kbps
Bit rate mode : CBR
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Standard : NTSC
Codec : DTS
Bit rate : 1536 Kbps
Channel(s) : 6 channels
Sampling rate : 48 KHz
Resolution : 20 bits
Video0 delay : 37mn 43s
ChannelPositions : Front: L C R, Surround: L R, Subwoofer
Codec : PCM
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 48 KHz
Resolution : 16 bits

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

NEW: Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood live in Tokyo 2011 - 4CD - December 2 & 3

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood
Title: Budokan 1st & 2nd Night
Dates: December 02 & 03, 2011
Venue: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

Source: Ex+ Audience Recording

Disc.1 - 2nd December 2011 -
01: Had To Cry Today
02: Low Down
03: After Midnight
04: Presence Of The Lord
05: Glad
06: Well All Right
07: Hoochie Coochie Man
08: While You A Chance
09: Key To The Highway
10: Midland Maniac
11: Crossroads
12: Georgia On My Mind

Disc.2 - 2nd Decmber 2011 -
01: Driftin'
02: That's No Way To Get Along
03: Wonderful Tonight
04: Can't Find My Way Home
05: Gimme Some Lovin'
06: Voodoo Chile
07: Dear Mr. Fantasy
08: Cocaine

Disc.1 - 3rd December 2011 -
01: Had To Cry Today
02: Low Down
03: After Midnight
04: Presence Of The Lord
05: Glad
06: Well All Right
07: Hoochie Coochie Man
08: While You A Chance
09: Key To The Highway
10: Pearly Queen
11: Crossroads
12: Georgia On My Mind

Disc.2 - 3rd Decmber 2011 -
01: Driftin'
02: That's No Way To Get Along
03: Wonderful Tonight
04: Can't Find My Way Home
05: Gimme Some Lovin'
06: Voodoo Chile
07: Dear Mr. Fantasy
08: Cocaine

Band Lineup:
Eric Clapton: Guitar, Vocals
Steve Winwood: Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Chris Stainton: Keyboards
Steve Gadd: Drums
Willie Weeks: Bass
Michelle John: Backing Vocals
Sharon White: Backing Vocals  

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