One More Car, One More Rider
Review by Mark Wiechman
Stars: Eric Clapton, Nathan East, Billy Preston, Greg
Phillinganes, Steve Gadd, Andy Fairweather Low, David Sancious
Director: Danny O’Breyen
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.0, DTS
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Features: See Review
Length: 2 hours, 4 minutes
Release Date: November 5, 2002
Clapton was the first white blues guitarist worthy of comparison to the great
African-American blues greats such as B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, and
Muddy Waters. He has proven
himself worthy of that comparison through his electrifying performances and
recordings with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, and as a solo artist.
His searing solos on his Fender Stratocaster guitar /Marshall amplifier
combination has been imitated but never surpassed.
not prolific as a songwriter, he has penned several timeless rock anthems---Layla,
Tears in Heaven, and the recent
Grammy winner My Father’s Eyes.
He has also continued to produce excellent new recordings, and new
standards are regularly introduced in his concerts, which cannot be said for
most of his English rock-god contemporaries.
Long-forgotten blues standards such as Crossroads,
Key to the Highway, and Spoonful have
become rock standards thanks to his red-hot fusion of emotional blues with
rock’s pure power.
This concert is available on two audio CDs or on DVD.
A set of all three is also available.
For whom was Clapton’s legendary anthem Layla written? The answer is below.
a recent Rolling Stone interview, Clapton admitted this last tour would probably
be his last large-scale endeavor, though he will probably continue to record.
So when I saw this baby for sale, I had to grab it.
are only few reasons I did not give
it four stars:
fans I cannot help wishing that he would just cut lose completely as in his
Cream days. Just as Sting was far
more exciting in his writing and performing with the Police because of the
personal and musical friction between the three talented musicians, so Clapton
may never be quite that hot again. On
the other hand, Clapton’s solo projects and performances are far better than
Sting’s, and that friction is what caused Cream and the Police to burn out
quickly. His solos also continue to
Why is he
wearing tiny-rimmed glasses and an old white shirt like an old man?
Just because you are not young anymore, Eric, does not mean you have to
dress like an old fogie!!!
no special features, but so what? Live
versions of Sunshine of Your Love, and
anthem every garage band in the world learns, and Bell
Bottom Blues, Clapton’s other compositional collaboration with George
Harrison (the first being Badge), which was long overdue for a concert
1. Key To The Highway
3. Get You On My Mind
4. Tears In Heaven
5. Bell Bottom Blues
6. Change The World
7. My Father's Eyes
8. River Of Tears
9. Going Down Slow
10. She's Gone
11. I Want A Little Girl
13. Hoochie Coochie Man
14. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
16. Wonderful Tonight
18. Sunshine Of Your Love
19. Over The Rainbow
ensemble features longtime band members Nathan East on bass, the legendary Steve
Gadd on drums, and Billy Preston on Keyboards. Andy Fairweather Low is on rhythm guitar and vocals, Greg
Phillinganes is also on keyboards, and David Sancious rounds out the ensemble on
keyboards and guitar. Billy
Preston’s solo on I
Want a Little Girl is classic and ignites the rest of the ensemble.
No complaints, plenty of shots of all the band members, but not too busy either. The video quality itself is excellent.
The mix is just right, very live sounding, not too much
crowd noise, and the DTS is welcome of course.
Background vocals are clearly heard and in tune.
None except subtitles (so your kids can learn all the
words to Sunshine, as all children should) and a weblink to news about
If you are not already a Clapton fan, this DVD will make you one. Hopefully not his last live DVD, but definitely a lasting documentation of one of rock’s few timeless pioneers.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Layla was written for Patti (Boyd) Harrison, who was married to George Harrison at the time.