Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood Live from Madison Square Garden 2008

Live from Madison Square Garden is a live album and DVD by Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood. The two stars were members of the supergroup Blind Faith back in 1969.

This album was recorded in New York City over the four nights, 25–28 February 2008.

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood Live from Madison Square Garden

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Songs On Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood Live from Madison Square Garden

Had To Cry Today – 7:47 (originally recorded on the Blind Faith studio album)
Low Down – 4:10
Them Changes – 5:10
Forever Man – 3:33
Sleeping In The Ground – 4:50 (bonus on the deluxe edition of Blind Faith)
Presence Of The Lord – 5:23 (Blind Faith)
Glad – 4:13 (from Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die)
Well All Right – 5:35 (Blind Faith)
Double Trouble – 8:06
Pearly Queen – 6:10 (from the album called Traffic)
Tell The Truth – 6:42 (Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs)
No Face, No Name, No Number – 4:09
After Midnight – 4:45
Split Decision – 6:25
Rambling On My Mind – 4:01
Georgia On My Mind – 5:05
Little Wing – 6:42 (Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs)
Voodoo Chile – 16:23
Can’t Find My Way Home – 5:32 (Blind Faith)
Dear Mr. Fantasy – 7:41 (from Traffic’s album Mr. Fantasy)
Cocaine – 6:41

I suspect the audience wanted to hear plenty of Blind Faith, some Cream, Derek and the Dominos and Traffic songs plus some from their solo careers.

What they got were the first four songs from the only Blind Faith album – Had To Cry Today, Presence Of The Lord, Well All Right and Can’t Find My Way Home plus a song that has been added to the deluxe version, Sleeping In The Ground.

Two songs from Layla and Other Assorted Love SongsTell The Truth and their cover of the Jimi Hendrix song Litte Wing. We also have Voodoo Chile because Steve Winwood played on Electric Ladyland. The Traffic songs – Glad, Pearly Queen and Dear Mr. Fantasy. Three JJ Cale songs – Low Down, After Midnight and Cocaine and various old blues standards.

Helping Clapton and Winwood were:

Chris Stainton – keyboards
Willie Weeks – bass
Abe Laboriel Jr – drums
Sharon White and Michelle John – backing singers

I think this album promised much but when I’ve listened to it, I’ve been disappointed. I expected a stronger set list and a more exciting performance. I’ve satisfied my curiosity and I’m left wishing that there was a recording of Blind Faith performing live in 1969. In my mind, this is a hybrid album that is struggling to find a mental slot.

It doesn’t help that I’m more of a fan of Clapton than Winwood and when I listen to the Traffic live albums, I’m focusing more of Dave Mason and/or Chris White.

Plenty of fans disagree with me and love it.


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