Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Eric Clapton live in Tokyo 1997 - 1DVD - October 13

Eric Clapton
Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan
October 13, 1997

Set List:

    * Layla (Acoustic)
    * Change the world (Acoustic)
    * Nobody knows you when you're down and out (Acoustic)
    * Tears in heaven (Acoustic)
    * Going down slow
    * Broken hearted
    * Pilgrim
    * Sick and tired
    * I shot the sheriff
    * Wonderful tonight
    * I'm tore down
    * Have you ever loved a woman
    * Cocaine
    * Tearing us apart
    * Old love
    * Sunshine of your love
    * Everyday I have the blues
    * Before you accuse me (Encore)

Band Lineup:

Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low Rhythm Guitar
Joe Sample Piano
Chris Stainton Keyboards
Dave Bronze Bass
Steve Gadd Drums
Katie Kissoon Backing Vocals
Tessa Niles Backing Vocals

Geetarz Comments:
Audience shot source, filmed from upper stage right, with good sound.
Contains a rare performance of "Sick and Tired" as well as other songs from the next year's "Pilgrim" album.

Sourced from c. 4th generation VHS source.

Unknown Gen AUD > VHS > Samsung SV-5000 > Datavideo TBC-1000 > Sigma Realmagic PCI Encoder > PC > Vitec Video Clip PRO (trims) > Ulead DVD Movie Factory 2.0 > YOU !

Technical Stuff:

    Type: DVD
    Region: 1
    TV System: NTSC

Video Stream:
    Type: Interlaced MPEG2
    Bitrate: 5.000 Mbps
    Framerate: 29.970 Hz
    Resolution: 704x480
    Aspect ratio: 4x3

Audio Stream:
    Type: Dolby Digital (AC3)
    Bitrate: 256 Kbps
    Number of channels: 2
    Sampling Frequency: 48khz
    Sampling Bits: 16

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Eric Clapton live in Portland 2001 - 2CD - August 7

Eric Clapton
Title: Rose Garden Arena
Dates: August 07, 2001
Venue: Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon, US.
Artwork: Included
Source: Ex+ Audience Recording

01: Key To The Highway
02: Reptile
03: Got You On My Mind
04: Tears In Heaven
05: Bell Bottom Blues
06: Change The World
07: My Father's Eyes
08: River Of Tears
09: Goin' Down Slow
10: She's Gone

01: I Want A Little Girl
02: Badge
03: Hoochie Coochie Man
04: Have You Ever Loved A Woman
05: Cocaine
06: Wonderful Tonight
07: Layla
08: Will It Go Round In Circles
09: Sunshine Your Love
10: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Band Lineup
Eric Clapton: Guitar, Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low: Guitar, Vocals
Nathan East: Bass, Vocals
David Sancious: Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Billy Preston: Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Gadd: Drums

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 - 3CD - June 26

Eric Clapton and Friends Were Here
Title: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010
Date: June 26, 2010
Venue: Toyota Park, Chicago, Illinois, US.
Artwork: Included
Source: Ex+ Audience Recording

Disc.1 - Eric Clapton & His Band -
01: Introduction
02: Crossroads
03: Key To The Highway
04: Hands Of Saints
05: Tough Luck Blues
06: I Shot The Sheriff
07: Shake You Moneymaker (with Jeff Beck)

Disc.2 - Eric Clapton & His Band  & Steve Winwood -
01: Introduction
02: Had To Cry Today
03: Low Down
04: Glad
05: Well Alright
06: Voodoo Chile
07: Cocaine
08: Dear Mr. Fantasy

      - Sonny Landreth -
01: Introduction
02: Peformed The Promise Land (with Eric Clapton)
      - Doyle Bramhall II with Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark
        Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi -
03: Out Love Is Feding (with Eric Clapton)
      - B.B. King with Robert Cray Band
        Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan -
04: Introduction
05: Blues Jam
06: Rock Me Baby
07: Key To The Highway
08: The Thrill Is Gone
      - All Star Finale -
09: Sweet Home Chicago

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Eric Clapton & Buddy Guy live in 1996 & 1998 - 1CD - sounboard recordings

Buddy Guy Feat. Eric Clapton
"Strange Brew"
artwork included
Watch Tower - WT2001002 - 72:45 - SB 5

Track List:

   1. Got My Mojo Working
   2. 5 Long Years
   3. Hoochie Coochie Man
   4. Strange Brew
   5. Going Down
   6. Strange Brew (*)
   7. I'll Play the Blues For You
   8. Ain't That Peculiar
   9. Red House


Tracks 1-4 recorded in Atlanta on September 10, 1998. Tracks 5-9 recorded at Shepherd's Bush Empire London, England on May 28, 1996. (*) Featuring Eric Clapton on guitar. Not to be confused with the E.C. IS HERE - DJCOPY release "Strange Brew".

Eric Clapton "Genuine Crossroads" - 2CD - various early soundboards

Eric Clapton
Title: Genuine Crossroad

"Genuine Crossroads" - Stonewall - CD3139/40 - sb6

See below for venues and dates.
23 tracks on 2 Cds.  Total Time: 61:28/58:08
Band lineups too numerous to list.

New York, May 1967
Lawdy Mama
Fillmore, March 1968
London, May 1969
Can't Find My Way Home
London, 25-09-69
Cold Turkey
Hyde Park,London 07-06-69
Well Alright/Sea of Joy/Sleeping In The Ground/Under My Thumb
J. Cash show, 05-11-70
It's Too Late/Got To Get Better In a Little While/Matchbox/Matchbox/Matchbox/Blues Power
Rainbow, London 13-01-73
Key to the Highway/Crossroads
Criteria, Miami 04/05-74
Dobro Instrumental 1/Dobro Instrumental 2/Please Be With Me/Meet Me/Blues Instrumental/It's Too Late/Fools Like Me

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Eric Clapton live in Moline 2001 - 2CD - July 27

Eric Clapton
July 27, 2001
Mark Of The Quad Cities
Moline, Illinois
artwork included

This is a superb (A grade) audience recording of Eric Clapton from his 2001 world tour.

Band: Eric Clapton – Guitar, Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low – Guitar
Nathan East – Bass
Steve Gadd – Drums
David Sancious – Keyboards
Billy Preston – Organ, Vocals

Disc One

1. Key To The Highway
2. Reptile
3. Got You On My Mind
4. Tears In Heaven
5. Bell Bottom Blues
6. Change The World
7. Fathers Eyes
8. River Of Tears
9. Goin’ Down Slow
10. She’s Gone
11. Want A Little Girl

Disc Two

1. Badge
2. Hoochie Coochie Man
3. Cocaine
4. Wonderful Tonight
5. Layla
6. Will It Go Round In Circles
7. Sunshine Of Your Love
8. Somewhere Over The Rainbow


Geetarz' Comments:

I've made no secret of my opinion that the 2001 tour was EC's worst of the last 25 years. It wasn't that the playing wasn't good ... it was that it was slick, rehearsed, rushed at times. In many ways it was more like a stage production where every note was planned out beforehand. Even if we want to talk about the worst tours of his entire career, at least in the 1970s he had the excuse of being drunk and high as a kite, and though the shows were uneven, that in some ways is more interesting than being consistently mundane.

This show is happily a diversion from the mundane nature of most of that tour, and a standout performance.

As an additional bonus, it's also one of the better audience recordings from that tour.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Eric Clapton & Roger Waters live in Stockholm 1984 - 2CD - June 17

Roger Waters - HRV CDR028 - Swedish Neurotica

Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden / June 17, 1984
Label: Harvested HRV CDR028
Audio Source: Audience recording

Artwork: included

Number of Discs: 2
Disc 1 Running time 64m 31s / Disc 2 Running Time 54m 35s

Back in 1984, Roger did his first solo tour. With Eric Clapton and company in tow, he did 19 dates in June and July of that year.

He would return again in 1985 and do another 17 shows; but this time without Mr. Clapton.

HRV-CDR-028 is an audience recording from June 17, 1984 in Stockholm, Sweden. This being just the second night of his first ever tour with his new band!

It's a goody!

The show seems to be complete. When QAing it, I couldn't see any cuts or patches made. But you never know, Professor Frankentoon has been known to do these sorts of things ;-)

I mention this, because other RoIOs that exist for this date have cuts/patches in Every Stranger's Eyes. Swedish Neurotica has no such problem.

But speaking of problems, there are a couple minor ones to point out. It seems that people were not all in their seats when the show started. The first song has a large amount of "mic movement" noises. Likely caused by these late people pushing past the taper. But that's only for the first song, the rest is clear. Then Roger gets the yips in track 4, you'll see what I mean when you hear it.

Anyway, here's the track lst:

101 Set The Controls
102 Money
103 If
104 Welcome To The Machine
105 Have A Cigar
106 Wish You Were Here
107 Pigs On The Wing
108 In The Flesh
109 Nobody Home
110 Hey You
111 The Gunners Dream
201 4.30 AM
202 4.33 AM
203 4.37 AM
204 4.39 AM
205 4.41 AM
206 4.47 AM
207 4.50 AM
208 4.56 AM
209 4.58 AM
210 5.01 AM
211 5.06 AM
212 5.11 AM
213 Brain Damage
214 Eclipse

Swedish Neurotica thoughts

Hello all,

Just a few comments on the recent Harvested release, Swedish Neurotica.

First off, the first thing I noticed about the performance it that Roger seems angry for much of the first set, especially during Money and Hey You. It seems as if he had a bit of venom he needed to spit out that night. His vocals are harsh!

To me, Eric Clapton didn't really add much to either set. His guitar work, while not bad by any means, just seems really out of place. His style doesn't mesh well with the Floyd songs, and he seems to go overboard in the +/- set. The one exception is his lead part during If, at least I'm pretty sure it's him, with Roger playing the basic arpeggio. I'm not a huge fan of his, but Clapton's acoustic work has always been one of my favorite traits of his, and it shines here. Also, it gave me chills to hear him harmonizing to Wish You Were Here.

The +/- set isn't anything really special and considering it was the second show of the tour, didn't seem very inspired, either. While I enjoy the musical themes of the album- I often hum them to myself- the fact that the songs aren't your typical songs (as in structure) is a large part why the album isn't near the top of my list of favorites, and the performance doesn't much differ from the album. I did like the Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking song on here better than the album, though- there's more life to it, it doesn't come across as cheesy as the album version. And even back then, Rog lip-synched to ESE.

Highlights of the show for me were Set the Controls, If, and The Gunners Dream.

All in all, a worthy addition to the HRV catalog. It won't be at the top of my list of releases, but it's definitely an interesting and decent listen.

The Band:
Roger Waters - Bass/Vocals
Eric Clapton - Guitar

Mel Collins - Saxophones
Michael Kamen - Keyboards
Andy Newmark - Drums
Tim Renwick - Guitar/Bass
Chris Stainton - Keyboards/Bass
Doreen Chanter - Backing Vocals
Katie Kissoon - Backing Vovals

Friday, March 4, 2011

Cream "Remasters volume 10: California Days" - 2CD


CD1 Anaheim, California, 18th March 1968

1. Spoonful (Dixon) 16.20
2. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 10.18
3. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Morganfield) 5.41
4. Stepping Out (Bracken) 11.14
5. Toad (Baker) - Very Incomplete    0.57
6. I’m So Glad (James) 7.44

The Fillmore, San Francisco, 7th March 1968

7. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 6.55
8. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 6.50
9. Bonus Track    (Total: 73.49)

The Recording/Remastering


This was recorded well back from the stage with plenty of recorded chat from the guys. Quality is only reasonable with the drums distant. The PA was good as the vocals are clear but miking on the drums was poor.

The recording was underspeed and has been successfully corrected. Bass is prominent on "Spoonful" as Jack starts a bit turned up. This one of those gigs where Jack and Eric were really turned up and Baker drowned out.

Unfortunately the recordist did pause the tape between songs and stop it after "Stepping Out". Tape noise has been reduced but some momentary noises remain as they are imbedded in the recording. 

Now a quite well balanced recording even with the recessed drums. And really we can't complain when a new recording does appear especially of this quite acceptable sonic quality and an excellent performance.

The Fillmore "Sunshine of Your Love"

"Sunshine of Your Love" from the 7th March 1968 Fillmore performance was released in 1988 on a limited edition 'After Midnight' CD single which is now a collectors item.

This is a rough mix off the master tape, which I believe was a quick mix by Tom Dowd to see if the tapes from that night were usable. It was the first night of the live recording sessions and Tom was trying to work out how to cope with Cream at concert volume levels.

To appreciate this recording you really have to listen to it on headphones as the guitar bleed into the drum mikes is very clear. In an attempt to mask it the guitar was panned centre during the solo - an effect that just wasn't right for a live recording. The most incredible sound is the bass drums on the ending jam. This is the most accurate quality reproduction of their live sound.

On the remaster I have created a two channel mono mix which eliminates the panning while still retaining the instrument balance. For comparison a tweaked version of the official remaster release, from 9th March Winterland, is included.

CD2 San Jose, California, 25th May 1968

1. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp) 4.23
2. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 10.16
3. I’m So Glad (James) 8.46
4. Sitting on Top of the World (Burnett) 5.51
5. Stepping Out (Bracken) 12.12
6. Traintime (Bruce) 7.33
7. Toad (Baker) - Almost complete 15.54 (65.00)

The Recording/Remastering

This was recorded on an 8 track cartridge recorder which were long ago, thankfully, assigned to the technological garbage bin. In this quality it has been released as a 'commercial' bootleg - a total rip-off.

For this concert they had a great PA and the drums were quite well miked . The recordist started well back in the auditorium but between Sunshine and Glad they moved forward with a resulting increase in presence and reduction in hall reverb.

The remastering was long and tedious but worth the effort. Major speed variations have been largely corrected but in terms of pitch it remains quite variable but very much improved - some 4 minutes longer!

Tape reversals have been edited but remain obvious, though much less intrusive. The "Toad" ending is abrupt after removal of the harsh noise of the tape termination. Basic balance was quite good and it is now very listenable but still quite flawed.

Cream "Remasters volume 9: Final Tour USA - On The West Coast" - 2CD

FINAL TOUR USA - On the West Coast

CD1 (62 min)

Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California, 4th October 1968

Remaster: These are a reference tape off the masters from the full concert. Quality is very good except that the guitar is undermixed (explained in the liner notes). Sound is really one for the Bruce and/or Baker fans. Remastering boosted the guitar a bit but there just wasn't enough there - the sound is very weird for such a quality recording. Performance is very poor - so bad that it has to be listened to. Sound quality 4+ (5 except for the mix)
1. White Room (Bruce/Brown) 6.34
2. Politician (Bruce/Brown) 5.16
3. Crossroads (Johnson arr Clapton) 3.57
4. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 5.12
5. Spoonful (Dixon) 17.09
6. Deserted Cities of the Heart (Bruce/Brown) 4.19
7. Passing the Time aka "Scatterfaragus" (Baker) 10.57
8. I'm So Glad 7.02
Tracks 1, 2 & 6 released on Live Cream Vol II with a different mix

CD2 (59 min)

Sports Arena, San Diego, California, 20th October 1968

Remaster: Another reference tape but the master tape is better balanced. The guitar is higher in the mix and the remaster has improved it even more. The bass and drums remain clean and clear with the drum sound more live then the official releases. Despite some equipment problems it was a good performance - Crossroads being quite reasonable and Spoonful actually producing some sparks. The LA Forum "White Room" is better then the released version except for a recording drop out. Please note that the bootleggers have wrongly attributed this recording (explained in the liner notes). This is the best boot from the final tour in terms of sound (by a very long mile!) and performance (there are a couple of as good but sound is bad). Sound - 5.
1. White Room (Bruce Brown) 6.38
2. Crossroads (Johnson arr. Clapton) 4.29
3. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 6.40
4. Traintime (Bruce) 9.47
5. Toad (Baker) 14.16
6. Spoonful (Dixon) 15.09
Track 1 recorded LA Forum 19th March

Cream "Remasters volume 8: back Bay Theatre / Winterland outtakes" - 2CD

Back Bay Theatre/Winterland Outtakes

Remaster Quality: An excellent, well balanced audience tape as the PA is excellent giving a good balance to the vocals and drums. This is from a 2nd generation copy and sound is excellent. The remaster reduced tape noise and got rid of the hall bass boom (100 & 200Hz). This very realistically captures there live sound as it is all well balanced. The set has been split after Stepping Out because there was a tape change and the start of Traintime was rough as the tape sped up, which is now edited out.
Comment: This is one of their great concerts - we are very lucky it was captured for us to enjoy.

CD1 (57 min)

Boston, 5th April 1968

1. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 17.13
2. Spoonful (Dixon) 17.32
3. Sleepy Time Time (Bruce/Godfrey) 8.47
4. Stepping Out (Bracken) 13.25

CD2 (68 min)
1. Traintime (Bruce) 6.53
2. Toad (Baker) 17.32
The Winterland Outtakes
San Francisco, USA, 10th March 1968
Remaster Quality: This night was the prime source for the official releases. This is an audience recorded on the bass side. The PA is excellent so the drums and vocals are very clear. The guitar is distant but clear. Some tape stretch and flutter is in evident but quality is reasonable. We're Going Wrong is actually from a reference tape so quality is notably superior. Once again filtered but with treble boost to get more guitar. Balance is now reasonable but overall quality can only be classed as reasonable
Comment: Rounds out the Winterland releases and shows that the released Stepping Out is not from this night! Sunshine and Stepping are both superior to the official releases.
3. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 6.30
4. We're Going Wrong (Bruce) 6.48
5. Stepping Out (Bracken) 14.35
6. Traintime (Bruce) 6.01
7. Toad (Baker) 11.36

Cream "Remasters volume 7: Live In Europe" - 2CD

Live in Europe

CD1 (62 min)

England October/November, 1967

Remaster Quality: The tracks from the Fresh Live Cream video were typical film soundtrack quality with "We're Going Wrong" being the worst. Digital filtering and modest digital equalisation has made them excellent (from 3+ to 4+ in quality). The Concert bootleg is from a record of an audience recording but still reasonable quality, however it was sped up. Digital speed correction extended the recording by just over 2 minutes. Bass has been boosted to lift the drums but they remain distant as does the vocals- it was a poor PA. Remastering has reduced the tape noise so from 2 to 3 in quality. The added tracks give an accurate representation of a typical set on this tour - all in all it is a pretty good performance with "Stepping Out" to "I'm So Glad" excellent.
1. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp)        3.41
2. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 4.55
3. We're Going Wrong (Bruce) 3.53
4. Spoonful (Dixon) 14.34
5. Stepping Out (Bracken) 9.58
6. Traintime (Bruce) 4.53
7. Toad (Baker) 10.54
8. I'm So Glad (James) (Incomplete) 7.19
Tracks 1 & 2 recorded at "The Revolution Club", London, Dec 1967
Track 3 recorded for BBC TV Nov 26 1967
Tracks 4-8, Unknown Venue, Oct - Nov 1967
Tracks 1-3 remastered from "Fresh Live Cream" video

CD2 (65 min)

Stockholm, Sweden, "Konserthusert", 14th November 1967

Remaster Quality: This was very poor quality - all versions I have got. I really didn't think it will be worth the trouble until I listened to it one more time and realised that it was actually an interesting performance. After three tries it started to come together - the main problem was that it was massively and variably slow from 5-16%! Once it was speed corrected the sound and concert came to life!
Some rebalancing and filtering made it quite listenable except for making very obvious some patches of frequency modulation, which on investigation is present on all my copies but masked by tape noise etc. It was an audience tape of reasonable quality as they had a good PA. The concert is great - one of there best if relatively short. They are in great humour, Ginger in particular. Quality from 2- to 3+ - a very successful remaster.
Note: I have recently had it confirmed (Jan 2000) that this performance was radio broadcast and the original tape may still exist as it was re-broadcasted around 20 years ago. This does make it confusing why this audience boot is the only version around.
1. Introduction .57
2. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp)        4.08
3. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 7.53
4. Sleepy Time Time (Bruce/Godfrey) 6.14
5. Stepping Out (Bracken) 11.48
6. Traintime (Bruce) 7.03
7. Toad (Baker) 11.47
8. I'm So Glad (James) 7.10
9. Spoonful (Dixon) 8.31
Track 9 recorded at "The Revolution Club", London, Dec 1967, remastered from "Fresh Live Cream" video

Cream "Remasters volume 6: Grande Ballroom, October 1967" - 2CD


Grande Ballroom Remastered Quality: The original recording was done with quality equipment off the PA mixer with the balance favouring the guitar and vocals. The remaster has significantly improved bass presence and lifted the drums especially the bass drums. The guitar retains its attack unlike the remasters on "Those Were The Days". Volume variations, dropouts and edits have been smoothed. Noise levels were not overly high but again have been reduced, especially the layers of tape noise. Final remaster quality is high.
Comment: One of THE great Rock concerts!

Grande Ballroom, Detroit Mich, 15th October 1967

CD1 (43min)
1. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp)        4.01
2. NSU (Bruce) 15.39
3. Sitting on Top of the World (Chester Burnett) 4.21
4. Sweet Wine (Baker/Godfrey) 13.21
5. Rollin' and Tumblin' (Morganfield) 7.15

CD2 (64 min)
1. Spoonful (Dixon) 20.20
2. Stepping Out (Bracken) 10.49
3. Traintime (Bruce) 7.05
4. Toad (Baker) 16.25
5. I'm So Glad (James) 9.37

Cream "Remasters volume 5: East Coast, September 1967" - 2CD


Brandeis Remastered Quality: Instruments better balanced with the bass much clearer and improved attack on the guitar. Vocals remain undermixed but clearer. Drums remain clear as the recording was centre stage. Volume variations and mike repositioning effects have been smoothed. Noise levels especially tape hiss significantly reduced. Final quality is not as good as Grande Ballroom but very listenable especially in conjunction with the excellence of the performance.
Psychedelic Supermarket Remastered Quality: Original recording quality was very low. The remaster has improved the balance but the bass remains dominant (much to the delight of Bruce fans!) but muddy. Noise levels are reduced but they remain noticeable. Final quality can only be classed as reasonable.

CD1 (44 min)

Brandeis University, Waltham Mass, 10th September 1967

1. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp)        4.52
2. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 12.04
3. NSU (Bruce) 19.20
4. Sitting on Top of the World (Chester Burnett) 6.55

CD2 (71 min)

Brandeis University, Waltham Mass, 10th September 1967

1. Stepping Out (Bracken) 14.38
2. Traintime (Bruce) 8.32
3. Toad (Baker) 17.02

Psychedelic Supermarket, Boston Mass, [10-16th] Sept. 1967

4. Spoonful (Willie Dixon) 11.44
5. Sweet Wine (Baker/Godfrey)- Inc 7.59
6. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp)        4.26
7. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 7.11

Cream "Remasters volume 4: Live At The Fillmore" - 2CD

Live at the Fillmore

CD1 (60 min) (CD2 is Live at the Fillmore - March '68)

Remaster Quality: This was an audience well back in the theatre. The guitars and drums overwhelm the PA so vocals are a bit distant. Noise has been reduced with the hard pause/starts tidied up and the usual bottom end boost to give some deep bass prescence. Sound is now good with the guitar realistically dominant but bass and drums clear.
Comment: This is when they started getting into the long jams so it is indispensible. Spoonful is a very different version so worth it for that alone.

Fillmore Theatre, San Francisco, 3rd September 1967

1. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp)        4.01
2. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 5.27
3. NSU (Bruce) 9.48
4. Lawdy Mama (Trad.) 4.53
5. Sweet Wine (Baker/Godfrey) 10.56
6. Spoonful (Dixon) 12.03
7. Sleepy Time Time (Bruce/Godfrey) 7.08
8. Stepping Out (Bracken) 11.14

CD2 (60 min) (CD1 is Live at the Fillmore - Sept '67)

Remaster Quality: A good, well balanced audience tape as the PA is excellent giving a good balance to the vocals and drums. Clapton now has a much cleaner sound while still being loud. The remaster has reduced noise, boosted the deep bass and tided up the hard stop/starts (same recordist as in '67!). This is the complete first set plus Stepping Out from the 2nd. There were recorder problems and Stepping Out has had to be heavily bass filtered to get rid of low frequency noise. It is now listenable. There exist only poor quality fragments of some of the rest of that set.
Comment: They were playing in a very different mode that night - extremely interesting and rewarding. Just shows they were still experimenting.

Fillmore Theatre, San Francisco, 3rd March 1968

1. NSU (Bruce) 16.48
2. Politician (Bruce/Brown) 5.50
3. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 9.03
4. I'm So Glad (James) 14.06
5. Stepping Out (Bracken) 14.28

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck live in Toronto 2010 - 2DVD - February 21

Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck
Air Canada Centre
February 21, 2010

video: (Toronto Tapers Consortium) JVC harddisk cam mpeg2 files
audio: (burnboy) SP-CMC-8 (Cards) > Iriver Ihp-120 (Rockboxed) 
video editing/audio synching and DVD authoring: (Silver Stallion) with TMPGenc DVD Author 3

disk 1 (65 mins)
1. Corpus Christi Carol
2. bass solo
3. Hammerhead
4. Mna Na Heireann
5. Brush With The Blues
6. Big Block
7. A Day In The Life (Beatles cover)
8. Nessun Dorma
9. Driftin' Blues
10. Layla
11. Running On Faith
12. I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart
13. Tell The Truth
14. Key To The Highway

disk 2 (68 mins)
1. I Shot The Sheriff
2. Little Queen Of Spades
3. Cocaine
4. Shake Your Money Maker
5. Moon River (Frank Sinatra cover)
6. You Need Love
7. Outside Woman Blues
8. Little Brown Bird
9. Wee Wee Baby
10. (I Want To Take You) Higher
11. Crossroads

video: VBR 8900 kbits (peak) 16:9 NTSC
audio: LPCM 1,536 kbits

Other than a few fade in/outs and a little trimming with Womble MPEG Editor, the video and audio is unaltered (no re-encoding occurred during the authoring process).

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Cream "Remasters volume 3: Disraeli Gears Live " - 2CD

Disraeli Gears Live (2 CDs) incl BBC recordings

Note: This set is a mixture of Live recordings and the BBC "Disraeli Gears" Recordings. In combination they give a comprehensive and fascinating view of their experimentation and development over this period. Its got to be said that a couple of rehearsals would have helped but the BBC sessions helped fill that gap. The BBC on their own are marginal but combined with the Marquee and Barbecue produce a great set which I now really enjoy. The tracks are configured to give an historical (not purely chronological) and musical development overview.

CD1 (55 min)

Marquee Club, London, 23rd May 1967

Remastered Quality: A good quality audience recording let down by a an inadequate PA but balance is still quite good. It has been noise filtered, volume levels equalised and some rough edits & odd noises tidied up. A realistic sound handling the dual stack's volume quite well.
The BBC recordings are variable - the latter ones are better quality. The off air recordings are naturally inferior (AM broadcasts). Overall sound quality is good with a bit of bass boost thickening the sound and digital noise filtering clarifying things all round, especially on the off-air.
1. Intro/Lawdy Mama (Trad arr. Clapton) [which was reworked into:] 1.47
2. Strange Brew (Clapton/Papparlardi/Collins) 3.06
3. Interview of Eric Clapton .33

Marquee Club   

4. Introduction 1.13
5. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp)        3.17
5. World of Pain (Pappalardi/Collins) 4.39
7. Outside Woman Blues (Reynolds) 3.54
8. Dance the Night Away (Bruce/Brown) 4.13
9. Sleepy Time Time (Bruce/Godfrey) 6.30
10. Sweet Wine (Baker/Godfrey) 5.19
11. Rollin' & Tumblin (Morganfield) 4.42
12. NSU (Bruce) 3.28


13. I Feel Free (Bruce/Brown) (Live in Paris) 1.59
14. Take it Back (Bruce) (probably live in the studio) 3.07
15. Intro/Stepping Out (Bracken) (live in the studio) 3.35
16. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp) (live in the studio) 3.01

CD2 (65 min)
Note: The BBC recordings are configured in album order as an alternative "Disraeli Gears".
Barbecue '67, Spaulding England, 29th May 1967 (Reviewed)
Remastered Quality: As I have made clear this is a severely flawed audience recording (not a soundboard as claimed by the commercial bootleggers!). It lacks bass and hasjust audible vocals. Bass has been boosted to a level of prescence but hardly clear and nothing could be done about the vocals. The good quality tape recording needed minimal filtering but some editing of extraneous mike/electrical noises. The drums are magnificently clear (and very live sounding) as is the guitar.
BBC recordings as above.

Barbecue '67    

1. NSU (Bruce) 4:48
2. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 5:09
3. We're Going Wrong (Bruce) 6:06
4. Stepping Out (Bracken) 5:25
5. Rollin' & Tumblin (Morganfield) 5:01
6. Toad (Baker) 7:08
7. I'm So Glad (James) 6:03

The BBC Disraeli Gears

8. Introduction 0:09
9. Strange Brew (Clapton/Papparlardi/Collins) 2:49
10. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 4:15
11. Blue Condition (Baker) 2:47
12. Introduction 0:43
13. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp) 2:56
14. SWALABR (Bruce/Brown)/Outro 2:31
15. We're Going Wrong (Bruce) 3:25
16. Outside Woman Blues (Reynolds) 3:12
17. Take it Back (Bruce) 2:16