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Sessions for Robert J – Eric Clapton


If you love these blues, play ’em as you wish” – Michael Bloomfield

Eric Clapton’s continued foray into playing covers of blues legend Robert Johnson continues with this DVD. And, this baby’s “not in vain!” Interspersed with his views on RJ, his guitar talks majority of the way with scrumptious licks. And thats all thats needed! Hit that 12-bar now!

Below is the setlist on the DVD.

Session 1 – Electric

Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar), Doyle bramhall II (slide guitar), Nathan East (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Billy Preston (Hammond organ), Chris Stainton (piano). Recorded at Hook End Manor, Checkendon, England on 03/15/2004

  • kind hearted woman
  • they’re red hot
  • hell hound on my trail
  • sweet home chicago
  • when you got a good friend

Session 2 – Electric

Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar), Doyle bramhall II (slide guitar), Nathan East (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Billy Preston (Hammond Organ), Chris Stainton (keyboards). Recorded at Studios at Las Colinas, Irving, TX on 06/02/2004

  • milkcow’s calf blues
  • judgement day
  • stop breaking down blues
  • little queen of spades
  • traveling riverside blues

Session 3 – Acoustic

Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar), Doyle bramhall II (slide guitar). Recorded at 508 Park Avenue, Dallas, TX on 06/03/2004

  • terraplane blues
  • hellhound on the trail
  • me and the devil blues
  • from four until late
  • love in vain

Session 4 – Acoustic

Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar). Recorded at Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, CA on 08/14/04

  • ramblin’ on my mind
  • stones in my passway
  • love in vain

My favorites as in order: Session 4, Session 3, Session 1, Session 2

Session 4 has Clapton all by himself with his six-string. And, he is soulful as can get.

Session 3 has Clapton, with Doyle Bramhall-II on the slide, belting them out, tugging the strings of your heart all along.

Session 1 is electric in a big-band format, as is Session 2, but I like RJ covers being played on acoustic, partly due to adhere to the way RJ played, but more importantly because blues is sad music with a heart. And all that chorus with instruments jangling in a band format somehow makes me feel like the true feel of RJ’s blues gets lost. But, hey, “play ’em as you please.” These sessions are good, no, make it HOT, and this is just me and my nitpicking reservations.


  • 508 Park Avenue, the location for Session 3 recording, was one of the 2 places where RJ had recorded the last 2 of his 6 or 7 sessions during 1936.