August 29, 2012 – 12:48 pm


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In The West Of Japan [Wow Wow Wow, Disc 1/2 of 11]

Live at the Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Japan; October 20, 1997. Very good to excellent audience recording.

In 1992, Eric Clapton released the popular Unplugged album. He followed that up in 1994 with the blues cover album, From The Cradle. In 1996, he released Crossroads 2, a compilation of live tracks between 1974 and 1978. In was only 1998 that he released Pilgrim, Clapton’s first album of original material since 1989’s Journeyman. Effectively for this 1997 tour, Clapton had little new material to play or showcase though he did preview Pilgrim, Broken Hearted and Going Down Slow (from the Pilgrim album).

But that didn’t stop the man from playing or making that annual trip to Japan.

Following Clapton’s 1997 tour of Japan, Wow Wow Wow had released an 11-CD box set showcasing the following sets:
October 20, 1997 - Marine Messe, Fukuoka
October 21, 1997 - Castle Hall, Osaka
October 22, 1997 - Osaka Jo Hall, Osaka
October 24, 1997 - Green Arena, Hiroshima
October 25, 1997 - Rainbow Hall, Nagoya

Included in the set is a three-track bonus CD featuring: Change The World (from soundboard tape, October 13, 1997); Modern Girl (outtake from the Pilgrim album) and Pilgrim (a cappella version).

One could say Clapton was cruising - the setlist remained the same! A consummate entertainer, the guitarist did not disappoint his Japanese fans. Overall, a nice collection for those who want the Japan 1997 shows.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (Disc A)
Track 101. Layla – 07:07 (9.7MB)
Track 102. Change The World – 03:41 (5.0MB)
Track 103. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out – 02:49 (3.8MB)
Track 104. Tears In Heaven – 04:47 (6.5MB)
Track 105. Going Down Slow – 07:30 (10.3MB)
Track 106. Broken Hearted – 07:02 (9.6MB)
Track 107. Pilgrim – 07:42 (10.5MB)
Track 108. Before You Accuse Me – 04:42 (6.4MB)
Track 109. I Shot The Sheriff – 08:42 (11.9MB)
Track 110. Wonderful Tonight – 04:40 (6.3MB)

Disc 2 (Disc B)
Track 201. Tore Down – 04:09 (5.6MB)
Track 202. Have You Ever Loved A Woman – 06:23 (8.7MB)
Track 203. Cocaine – 05:00 (6.8MB)
Track 204. Tearing Us Apart – 06:40 (9.1MB)
Track 205. Old Love – 09:20 (12.8MB)
Track 206. Sunshine Of Your Love – 09:49 (13.4MB)
Track 207. Everyday I Have The Blues – 09:49 (13.4MB)

Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Andy Fairweather-Low - guitar
Joe Sample - keyboards
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Steve Gadd - drums
Dave Bronze - bass
Tessa Niles - vocals
Katie Kissoon - vocals

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  2. what a shame there wasnt more 97 era material they could have found to put on that 11th cd. i had dl’d ec’s audio book of his auto(?)biography and found that much to my dismay he wasnt the reader of it. what a treasure that would have been huh? i dont normally care for audio books unless i care about the reader of said book. sadly theyre rare listed by who reads them. his coauthor read it btw.
    this is a very nice collection of the 97 japan shows. ty for offering them. i just want that outtake. lol

    By darth on Aug 29, 2012

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