In Concert-Benefit For The Crossroads [DVD] review by Eric Clapton

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  • Released: Oct 26, 1999
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 8
  • Production Quality: 6
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (2 votes)
Eric Clapton: In Concert-Benefit For The Crossroads [DVD]

Sound — 10
Excellent music. I have never heard Eric Clapton play better, and you would think at his age, he'd be a little rusty. The band he plays with are all excellent musicians, from Tim Collin on keyboards, to David Sanborn on saxophones. All the guests on the show were also great on stage. I loved the rendition of "Crossroads" with Bob Dylan was ace. The cover of "Little Wing" with Sheryl Crow, the best cover of the song in my opinion (yes, even better than SRV), is probably my favorite song in the entire concert. I did not, however, enjoy Mary J. Blige's set. The DVD, or the concert for that matter, was created in order to finance the Crossroads center in Antigua, which was and still is Eric Clapton's most passionate investment. "The center was made for the purpose of becoming sober and staying sober", in the words of Clapton himself.

Content — 8
The DVD doesn't have any special features to boast of. Before getting into the actual concert though, there is a very brief documentary on how the Crossroads center as well as the concert came to be. It showed some clips of Clapton during the 60's and talked about how he wanted to kill himself. It was the Crossroads center which helped him turn over a new leaf. It also shows how Clapton had auctioned out a lot of his guitars in order to finance the center (although one would think he had some extra cash at hand). It is a live concert DVD. The set list is awesome, an excellent combination of old and new Clapton. It features classics such as "Layla" and "Sunshine Of Your Love", as well as the newer stuff like "Change the World" and "Tears in Heaven". My favorite songs in the concert are "Hoochie Coochie Man", "River Of Tears", "Little Wing", and "Old Love". Clapton plays some pretty damn amazing soloes in those songs (as would be expected of him).

Production Quality — 6
The production was quite simple, although for a concert like that, you wouldn't need much flash. No gimmickry, just pure music.

Overall Impression — 10
Among the concert DVD's I own (I've got Beatles, Deep Purple, S&M, Hell Freezes Over, and a lot more), this is definitely my favorite one to watch. I watch this DVD over and over and I never get tired of it. If if it were lost, I'd go right on ahead and buy a new copy. No questions asked!

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