Live, intimate, and raw, Sessions For Robert J is the essential audio/video companion to Eric Clapton's 2004 gold, Top 10 Me And Mr. Johnson, tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson. Filmed during tour rehearsals in London and Dallas plus a Los Angeles hotel room and the Dallas warehouse where Johnson made some of his final recordings, Sessions for Robert J finds Clapton performing all Robert Johnson songs with his touring band, acoustically with Doyle Bramhall II and solo-as well as discussing Johnson and his influence. A performance/documentary DVD with 14 tracks (from which the 11 CD selections are taken), Sessions for Robert J is blues heaven.
The DVD comes in a foldout package along with an audio CD, featuring eleven of the best tracks culled from the documentary footage; it's well worth listening to, whether you want to pop it into the stereo or copy it onto your iPod. (It's in fact billed as an enhanced CD, but that just means that if you put it into your computer, you can link to official websites for Clapton or his label, or sign up for an e-mail newsletter. Wow.) The DVD also features a brief look (05m:03s) behind the scenes, showing Clapton with the documentary crew, going over set lists, and checking out all the very, very cool high-end audio and video equipment.
cription: Whether they're conscious of it or not, all rock musicians owe a huge debt to Robert Johnson, a blues man whose life is shrouded in mystery and whose recorded legacy is not voluminous. Johnson recorded 41 songs in all, in Texas, in 1936 and 1937, and the circumstances surrounding his death have become the stuff of legendówas he poisoned? Did he make a deal with the devil in exchange for his extraordinary music? (The Coens even include a thinly fictionalized version of Johnson in O Brother Where Art Thou?.) As a much younger man, Eric Clapton made it his business to investigate the roots of the music that he so loves, and now, as one of the lions of rock, he pays his respects to the master. This project is a followup of sorts to Me and Mr. Johnson, a 2004 Clapton album with covers of 14 Johnson songs; with this, Clapton has gotten to almost all of the tunes in the Johnson songbook.
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