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Eric Clapton And Guests – Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals (2016) [Official Digital Download FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Eric Clapton And Guests – Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:44:14 minutes | 2,8 GB | Genre: Rock
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Recorded live at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004, 2007, 2010 & 2013

Whether you’re a guitarist, a wannabe string-slinger, or just a fan of the sounds that emanate from the instrument in question, it’s a fair bet that you’re familiar with a gentleman named Eric Clapton. In addition to his career as a recording artist, Clapton is also the founder of the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a recurring event which brings together guitarists from across the musical spectrum to take the stage and strut their stuff. Although these concerts have become the stuff of legend since the initial festival in 2004, precious few performances from the shows have made their way to CD or any other format in an official fashion.
That’s changing in a big way with Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festival, which has just become available digitally and on CD. It’s a 40-track collection which features performances from the four festivals to date – 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013 – and to say that it features an all-star cast of guitarists is undeniable.

Eric Clapton instituted the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 1999 as a way to raise funds for his Crossroads Centre Antigua, a rehab facility he founded in 1998. Over the next 14 years, the Crossroads Guitar Festival became a semi-regular thing, always featuring a Slowhand-curated crop of guitarists. Barring the 1999 fest, each of these years — 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013 — were recorded and released as CDs and DVDs, which makes the 2016 triple-disc Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals a sampler of these particular records. Although Jeff Beck relies heavily on his 1989 album Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop, there are no surprises either in artists or song selections, although the execution can occasionally take a left turn; ZZ Top’s heavy, churning “Waiting for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago” is entirely instrumental. Time has shifted the tenor of some of the selections, too: B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, and J.J. Cale have all passed since their appearances at Crossroads, so their presence carries some poignancy. Generally, though, this is big, bright shiny stadium guitar music, a proud showcase for chops whose interest relies entirely on how much the listener likes blues-based rock guitar solos. There are some exceptions to this rule — Sheryl Crow was here to sing country songs in 2010, while 2004 saw Vince Gill and Jerry Douglas stop by and Joe Walsh playing “Steam Roller” with James Taylor, but this is a place where John Mayer and Gary Clark, Jr. are the new guns — although this festival was designed so that Albert Lee, Derek Trucks, Robert Cray, Beck, and Clapton himself could stretch out, which they do repeatedly. Not necessarily performances for the ages but solid all the same. ~~ AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Disc One
1. “Sweet Home Chicago” – Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
2. “Rock Me Baby” – Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
3. “Steam Roller” – James Taylor with Joe Walsh (2004)
4. “What The Cowgirls Do” – Vince Gill with Jerry Douglas (2004)
5. “After Midnight” – J.J. Cale with Eric Clapton (2004)
6. “Green Light Girl” – Doyle Bramhall II (2004)
7. “Hell At Home” – Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton (2007)
8. “City Love” – John Mayer (2004)
9. “Funk 49” – Joe Walsh (2004)
10. “Drums Of Passion (Jingo)” – Carlos Santana with Eric Clapton (2004)
11. “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” – Jeff Beck (2007)
12. “Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Blues In C)” – Eric Clapton (2004)
13. “Layla” – Eric Clapton (2004)

Disc Two
1. “Little By Little” – Susan Tedeschi with The Derek Trucks Band (2007)
2. “Poor Johnny” – The Robert Cray Band (2007)
3. “Paying The Cost To Be The Boss” – B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie, Vaughan, & Hubert Sumlin (2007)
4. “Tulsa Time” – Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, & Albert Lee (2007)
5. “On The Road Again” – Willie Nelson with Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, & Albert Lee (2007)
6. “Isn’t It A Pity” – Eric Clapton (2007)
7. “Belief” – John Mayer (2007)
8. “Mas Y Mas” – Los Lobos (2007)
9. “Big Block” – Jeff Beck (2007)
10. “Presence Of The Lord” – Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2007)
11. “Cocaine” – Eric Clapton (2004)
12. “Waiting For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago” – ZZ Top (2010)
13. “Don’t Owe You A Thing” – Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
14. “Bright Lights” – Gary Clark Jr. (2010)

Disc Three
1. “Our Love Is Fading” – Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II, & Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
2. “Lay Down Sally” – Vince Gill with Sheryl Crow, Keb’ Mo’, Albert Lee, James Burton, & Earl Klugh (2010)
3. “Space Captain” – Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band with Warren Haynes, David Hildago, Cesar Rosas, & Chris Stainton (2010)
4. “Hammerhead” – Jeff Beck (2010)
5. “Five Long Years” – Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood (2010)
6. “Hear My Train A Comin’” – Doyle Brahmhall II (2010)
7. “Dear Mr. Fantasy” – Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2010)
8. “Born Under A Bad Sign” – Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, & Albert Lee (2013)
9. “Everyday I Get The Blues” – The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton, & Jimmie Vaughan (2013)
10. “Please Come Home” – Gary Clark Jr. (2013)
11. “Tumbling Dice” – Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee (2013)
12. “I Shot The Sheriff” – Eric Clapton (2010)
13. “Crossroads” – Eric Clapton (2013)

Eric Clapton
And Guests:
Jeff Beck, Doyle Bramhall II, James Burton
J.J. Cale, Gary Clark, Jr., Robert Cray Band
Steve Cropper, Sheryl Crow, Jerry Douglas
Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes
David Hildago, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’
B.B. King, Earl Klugh, Sonny Landreth
Jonny Lang, Albert Lee, Los Lobos
John Mayer, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy
Willie Nelson, Cesar Rosas, Carlos Santana
Chris Stainton, Hubert Sumlin, Susan Tedeschi Band
James Taylor, The Derek Trucks Band
Keith Urban, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Walsh
Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, ZZ Top


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