Friday, May 9, 2008

ALBUM REVIEW: Eric Clapton - Me and Mr Johnson

Eric Clapton Me And Mr. Johnson Blues Music CD Review by Clyde Lee Dennis

I can describe the latest release from Blues sensation Eric Clapton for you with just one word… Outstanding!

The CD launches with an outstanding track, When You Got A Good Friend, that I anticipate will be heard on radio stations everywhere, and deservedly so. It really is a very nice track.

Blues music fans will recognize some of the well known contributors on the project including Andy Fairweather-Low and Billy Preston plus a few other notables as well.

Listen to this CD and I believe you’ll find there's not much to dis-like about it. The songs are inspired, the production is simply outstanding, and Eric Clapton is clearly in top form. So much so that if you're even mildly into Blues music you'll enjoy this album.

While this entire album is outstanding some of my favorites are track 1 - When You Got A Good Friend, track 4 - Me And The Devil Blues, and track 11 - If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day.

My SmoothLee Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [ in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 10 - Come On In My Kitchen. Outstanding!

Me And Mr. Johnson Release Notes:

Eric Clapton originally released Me And Mr. Johnson on Mar 30, 2004 on the Reprise label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. When You Got A Good Friend
2. Little Queen Of Spades
3. They're Red Hot
4. Me And The Devil Blues
5. Traveling Riverside Blues
6. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
7. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
8. Milkcow's Calf Blues
9. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
10. Come On In My Kitchen
11. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
12. Love In Vain
13. 32-20 Blues
14. Hell Hound On My Trail

Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Andy Fairweather-Low, Doyle Bramhall II (guitar); Jerry Portnoy (harmonica); Billy Preston (keyboards); Nathan East (bass); Steve Gadd (drums).

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