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First Night In Tokyo 2009 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, February 15, 2009. Very good audience recording.
There are diehard fans (Japanese ones included) who would dearly pay just to watch Clapton tune his guitar. But the elder statesman of rock has not reached such a money-grabbing stage (hopefully he never will). Instead, he put on a very good show (some would say that’s value for money). In spite of some sound problems, there were no temper tantrums and Clapton apparently ended the show with a big smile on his face.
There are fans who feel that the Tokyo Budokan is a second home for Clapton as he practically makes an annual pilgrimage there. Even then there must have been a sense of deja vu when Clapton started the show with Tell The Truth and Key To The Highway - the two songs he started the Japan tour in 2006. But when he shredded Hoochie Coochie Man into pieces and continued with I Shot The Sheriff, fans realised they were in very good hands and in for a bluesy rather than rocking treat.
Thanks to Masahiko Yamaura for sharing this recording on the Dime site and to kream1 for the artwork.
This is what Masahiko noted: “This is a first night in Tokyo from his Japan Tour 2009, taped and remastered by myself. There are some small noise like hand clapping at Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? but they are from PA monitor speakers. Tried to remove them but result was not good so finally I decided not to do it. Taping has done just right aside of PA console block.”
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 101. Tell The Truth
Track 102. Key To The Highway
Track 103. Hoochie Coochie Man
Track 104. I Shot The Sheriff
Track 105. Isn’t It A Pity
Track 106. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
Track 107. Driftin’
Track 108. Travelin Alone
Track 109. That’s Alright
Track 110. Motherless Child
Track 111. Running On Faith
Track 201. Motherless Children
Track 202. Little Queen Of Spades
Track 203. Before You Accuse Me
Track 204. Wonderful Tonight
Track 205. Layla
Track 206. Cocaine
Track 207. Crowd Calling For Encore
Track 208. Crossroads
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Doyle Bramhall II - guitar, backing vocals
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Willie Weeks - bass
Abe Laboriel Jr. - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals
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