Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Eric Clapton - Me and Mr. Johnson (2004)

Slowhand pays tribute to legendary Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson by recording 14 of his songs. And you've heard of many musicians that he put together for a backing group: Doyle Bramhall II, Nathan East, Steve Gadd, and Billy Preston(!). Clapton puts a modern touch on some of the songs while going for straight covers on others. He sounds comfortable and you can tell he and the band are having a good time. Warning: don't listen too closely to Johnson's lyrics. They can be dark and chilling at times as if he knew he would die an early death (i.e., Hell Hound On My Trail). It always amazes me to hear Clapton play delta blues. It's almost like he was born in Mississippi, not Surrey. I was born in Mississippi and there's no way I could even begin to interpret blues like this.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #6 (April 17, 2004)

Tracks: When you've got a guitarist like Clapton covering great material, all the tracks are bound to be great. If I had to pick some favorites, I'd lean towards When You Got A Good Friend, Traveling Riverside Blues, Milkcow's Calf Blues, If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day, and 32-20 Blues. They're Red Hot is a fun ragtime piece.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I remember listening to this on James' back porch on 7th Street on a hot, summer night. Those were good times.

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