Live in San Diego

Live in San Diego

by Eric Clapton Eric Clapton
Live in San Diego

Live in San Diego

by Eric Clapton Eric Clapton


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Eric Clapton recorded The Road to Escondido, a collaborative effort with his laconic idol J.J. Cale, in 2006 but the pair didn't play supporting concerts due to Cale's aversion of touring. He wound up showing up for one show: a date near his home in San Diego, playing five songs on March 15, 2007 at the iPayOne Center. That guest set forms the heart of 2016's Live in San Diego, a double-disc live album released three years after Cale's death. Effectively, this marks Clapton's second tribute to Cale since J.J.'s passing -- in 2014, he assembled The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale -- but this brief mid-concert set perhaps illustrates the love and affection between the two men better than either The Breeze or The Road to Escondido. Mainly relying on chestnuts (although the new "Anyway the Wind Blows" kicks off the set), the chemistry is there along with a palpable affection between the two musicians, with Clapton following Cale's lazy lead. It provides a nice contrast to the heavy blues that dominates the rest of the album. Working with a band featuring guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks plus drummer Steve Jordan, Clapton opens up with no less than five Derek & the Dominos numbers -- including "Got to Get Better in a Little While," not released while the band was active -- and then concludes with a bunch of blues covers (Robert Cray shows up for a closing "Crossroads"), along with his own "Wonderful Tonight" and "Layla," the only two big hits on the album. That kind of crowd-pleasing isn't part of the intention of this particular concert. Instead, Clapton decides to devote the majority of his set list to the guitar, which helps offset the easy-rolling grooves of the Cale showcase. Combined, it amounts to one of his most satisfying live albums.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2016
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624918554
catalogNumber: 556370
Rank: 125243


Disc 1

  1. Tell the Truth
  2. Key to the Highway
  3. Got to Get Better In a Little While
  4. Little Wing
  5. Anyday
  6. Anyway the Wind Blows
  7. After Midnight
  8. Who Am I Telling You?
  9. Don't Cry Sister

Disc 2

  1. Cocaine
  2. Motherless Children
  3. Little Queen of Spades
  4. Further On Up the Road
  5. Wonderful Tonight
  6. Layla
  7. Crossroads

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Robert Cray   Guitar,Vocals
J.J. Cale   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chris Stainton   Keyboards
Derek Trucks   Slide Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Tim Carmon   Keyboards
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar,Background Vocals
Michelle John   Background Vocals
Steve Gordon   Drums

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Eric Clapton   Arranger,Composer
Simon Climie   Producer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Carl Radle   Arranger
Don Robey   Composer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Bobby Whitlock   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Paul Parks   Back Cover Photo
Joe M. Veasey   Composer
Charles Seger   Composer
Guy Charbonneu   Engineer
Alan Douglas   Engineer

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