Just in time for their summer tour of the country’s hockey and basketball arenas, the DVD of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood’s triumphant performance at NYC’s Madison Square Garden has arrived on music store shelves.
An integral document to the duo’s Blind Faith legacy, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live from Madison Square Garden presents the icons at their best, enlivening old standards and resurrecting ’70s nuggets from their old bands, Derek and the Dominoes and Traffic. Clapton is a marvel of restraint onstage, punctuating the torrid blues of "Tell the Truth" and the disc’s highlight, a hard hitting workout on "Double Trouble," with fiery leads and pure-toned accompaniment.
Winwood takes the spotlight and leads the ensemble through stretches of Traffic’s "Glad" and "Pearly Queen." His interpretation of Buddy Miles’ "Them Changes" is enough to send shivers down the spine, and the pair take the Blind Faith classics, "Can’t Find My Way Home," "Had to Cry Today" and "Presence of the Lord" to new heights.
A second disc containing documentary footage, sound check, and cut performances add to the overall package. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live from Madison Square Garden is a sharp, classy video and time capsule from two acknowledged masters of the blues and rock and roll.
Live from Madison Square Garden Is out now on Reprise.