Label: Reprise Records - 48423-2,Duck Records - 48423-2 • Format: CD Album Digisleeve • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Blues Rock
Me and Mr. Johnson is the fifteenth solo studio album recorded by Eric Clapton consisting of covers of songs written and originally recorded by Robert Johnson. Johnson sold more than two million albums worldwide and reached the Top 10 in more than 15 countries.
A companion album and video release entitled Sessions for Robert J was released on December 7,and featured different versions of each of Scream Like A Baby - David Bowie - Scary Monsters songs from the studio album.
In the beginning ofClapton set out to record a new album, working with his long-time collaborator Simon Climie on several songs that Clapton wrote about love, peace and happiness. However, when it came time to record in the studio, there were not enough finished songs for an album, so Clapton suggested the band play some songs composed by Delta blues great Robert Johnson. Clapton was very pleased with the recordings, as was Warner Bros. Records and Reprise Records manager Tom Whalley.
Clapton eventually finished his original material, which was released on the album Back Home in In FebruaryClapton was interviewed about his new studio album: "It is a remarkable thing to have been driven and influenced all Alabama Clay - Garth Brooks - Garth Brooks my life by the work of one man", Clapton said.
I am talking, of course, about the work of Robert Johnson. Up until I heard his music, everything I had ever heard seemed as if it was dressed up for a shop window somewhere, so that when I heard him for the first time, it was like he was singing only for himself, and now and then, maybe God. At first, it scared me in its intensity, and I could only take it in small doses.
Then I would build up strength and take a little more, but I could never really get away from it, and in the end, it spoiled me for everything else. Now, after all these years, his music is like my oldest friend, always in the back of my head, and on the horizon. It is the finest music I have ever heard. I Milkcows Calf Blues - Eric Clapton - Me And Mr Johnson always trusted its purity, and I always will".
AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine notes Clapton sounds very "comfortable and relaxed" on the studio album "as if he Diary - Dust Of Basement* - Meridian (File) having fun making music". Comparing the album to Clapton's older Blues albums, the music critic notes: "in some respects it's a better blues album than [these other ones] since it never sounds as doggedly serious as that guitar—heavy affair".
Erlewine finishes his review liking the whole concept and production of the album: "Some might take issue with this, and others may find the album too slickly produced — admittedly, blues albums should never boast a credit for Pro Tools, as this does — but this is a heartfelt tribute that's among Clapton's most purely enjoyable albums".
He awarded the release three and a half out of five possible stars. The journalist finishes his review, finding "Clapton pays broad tribute to Johnson as a composer and public-domain synthesist".
Journalist Edna Gundersen from USA Today calls the studio album a "homage to the genre's godfather in 14 electric versions of acoustic blueprints that laid the Milkcows Calf Blues - Eric Clapton - Me And Mr Johnson for the '60s rock explosion" and rates the album with three and a half out of four possible stars, calling the songs "greasy as they are graceful, conveying an earthy intensity".
Johnson "will likely become a coffee-table album" and notes "Clapton sounds reinvigorated in these 14 songs by " Crossroads " soul—salesman Robert Johnson, with phlegm in his throat and relative fire in his belly".
For him to take on Johnson's catalogue makes perfect sense. They are all delivered with sincerity, love and respect.
Various - A Fistful Of Rock N Roll Volume 3 band are as tight as a bottle-stop, the recording is as clear as a bell and Clapton's singing and playing sound just fine. Me and Mr Johnson will appeal to his AOR audience after a bit of authentic as much as it will to staunch blues fans hungry for digital-age renditions of Johnson standards".
Johnson "Clapton is in fine form, setting aside the slick instrumentation and production that have marked much of his more recent work in favor of a smaller ensemble", creating as the result "a sparse sound, allowing Clapton's usual outstanding lead and slide guitar work to shine.
Clapton and the stellar musicians behind him are obviously passionate about the music". Although Walsh liked the music on the album, he would like Clapton to "let it loose" more. When the album was officially announced, experts from the American Billboard magazine concluded Me and Mr.
Johnson would sell more thancopies in its first week on the United States album chart, the Billboard Johnson became the week's greatest gainer with sales of 17, copies in July Johnson was the th best-selling album  as well as the 21st most-purchased album over the Internet and the best-selling Blues album in the United States for this period.
Johnson peaked at number 14 and stayed four weeks on chart. Sessions for Robert J is the sixteenth solo studio album by the British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Clapton and was released on December 7, through Reprise Records.
The release is a companion project to his previously released album Me and Mr. Johnson and features different recordings of the songs Clapton released on his first studio effort. Several songs are performed in duet by Clapton on steel-string acoustic guitar and Doyle Bramhall II on steel string acoustic and dobro guitars.
Between sessions, Clapton discusses Johnson's profound influence on him and other musicians. One notable segment features Clapton performing in the Park Avenue building in Dallas, Texasthat served as a makeshift studio in for Johnson to cut his legendary recordings.
In his autobiography, Clapton wrote that he asked his long-time friend Hiroshi Fujiwara to direct a video which would accompany some tracks from his Amor - Ginette Sage, Los Tres Compadres - Envolée Au Mexique studio release Me and Mr.
Johnson for either TV or Internet broadcasting, but not for commercials. Fujiwara agreed to work with Clapton on the project but also suggested that his friend Stephen Schible, the producer of the movie Lost in Translationwork with him and Clapton. When Schible got to the scene, he quickly decided to go beyond the idea of doing some short-form videos that Clapton had suggested and film a whole documentary about why Clapton loved Robert Johnson and how Johnson influenced him, as well as other musicians and the Blues in general.
When Clapton agreed and finished filming for the video release, he was amazed by the recordings and consented to release them.
Canadian music journalist Darryl Sterdan from Jam! Johnsoncovering more classics by Delta blues pioneer Robert Johnson in assorted settings". Sterdan awarded the release four out of five possible stars, especially enjoying the recordings from Park Avenue, where several Blues icons had recorded their music more than 60 years ago.
It appears that Eric Clapton had more Robert Johnson in his blood than he thought — or perhaps it was planned this way. The DVD features 19 acoustic and electric performances recorded in rehearsal spaces in Dallas and in England, as well as in the Park Avenue in Dallas, a studio Johnson himself recorded in, in There is one more segment, a recorded solo acoustic in a Counting Airplanes - Train - My Private Nation room in California.
Of the acoustic tracks, 'Terraplane Blues' works best. The DVD also contains a selection of behind-the-scenes footage that will be of interest only to those fans who need to see everything. Sessions for Robert J was not very successful on the album charts, possibly due to its predecessor released earlier in Spring of However, the compact disc album peaked at number 74 on the official Austrian Candy Samples - U Can Unlearn Guitar - No Strings charts where it stayed for one week on the chart in By the end ofhowever, the release sold 60, copies in the Milkcows Calf Blues - Eric Clapton - Me And Mr Johnson country.
In the United Kingdom, the album also did not reach the official albums chart, however, it sold close to 25, copies. In total, Sessions for Robert J has sold more thancopies worldwide. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Johnson Studio album by Eric Clapton. Blues blues rock. Eric Clapton. Steffen Hung — Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 December Rhapsody International, Inc. Where's Eric! Mein Leben [ My Life ] in German 3 ed. Rovi Corporation.
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