March 23, 2013 – 4:33 am

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Austin 2013 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX; March 17, 2013. Good to very good audience recording.

For those who are trying to keep track, this is the third show from Eric Clapton’s 2013 50th Anniversary Tour.

Thanks to seedy who recorded the show and to doodahmon for sharing it at Dime. Thanks also to wharfie and austaper for the photos; and to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

Here is an excerpt of the review David Fricke wrote at Rolling Stone:

Eric Clapton’s March 17th concert in Austin, Texas – the third date on his latest North American tour – was a career overview that covered all of his major turning points as a guitarist and most of his commercial successes: Cream, Derek and the Dominos, the Seventies solo hits and his matured resurgence in the Nineties with the MTV Unplugged performance and album. But the long heart of this two-hour show at the Frank Erwin Center was four songs associated with the pioneering, star-crossed Mississippi bluesman who set Clapton on his path, Robert Johnson.

Deep into the set list, after a seated, acoustic stretch that included Clapton’s 1977 ballad “Wonderful Tonight” and his down-gear Unplugged rearrangement of the Dominos’ “Layla,” Clapton strapped on a Stratocaster and pulled the trigger on Johnson’s “Stones in My Passway,” quoting his own Cream-era riff from Johnson’s “Crossroads” but with more Delta syntax. “Love in Vain,” best known in the Rolling Stones’ plaintive 1969 recording, was taken as a crisp electric shuffle, followed by “Crossroads” itself, with Clapton - who long abandoned the supercharged Les Paul-guitar tone of the Cream adaption - soloing with a spiked, treble attack closer to the one he first turned to in the Dominos. The homage to Johnson concluded with a fixture of recent Clapton tours, “Little Queen of Spades.”

Click here for the full write-up.

16bit/44.1kHz. Recording Info: Audience->Sonic DSM-6S/L->Sonic PA-3SX->Sony PCM-M10->tracked with cdwav->tagged with Mp3tag v2.50->Traders Little Helper-Dime 2013-03-20->recorded by seedy
Location: section 46 row 21

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Disc 1
Track 101. Hello Old Friend (6.6MB)
Track 102. My Father’s Eyes (7.9MB)
Track 103. Tell The Truth (9.2MB)
Track 104. Gotta Get Over (6.9MB)
Track 105. Black Cat Bone (7.3MB)
Track 106. Got To Get Better In A Little While (10.7MB)
Track 107. Tempted (featuring - Paul Carrack) (7.6MB)
Track 108. I Shot The Sheriff (10.7MB)
Track 109. Driftin’ (7.8MB)
Track 110. Lay Down Sally (6.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Tears In Heaven (6.7MB)
Track 202. Wonderful Tonight (5.7MB)
Track 203. Layla (10.0MB)
Track 204. How Long (featuring Paul Carrack) (7.8MB)
Track 205. Stones In My Passway (6.5MB)
Track 206. Love In Vain (6.0MB)
Track 207. Crossroads (7.2MB)
Track 208. Little Queen of Spades (14.8MB)
Track 209. Cocaine (9.4MB)
Track 210. Sunshine Of Your Love (9.0MB)
Track 211. High Time We Went (featuring Paul Carrack) (7.5MB)

Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Doyle Bramhall II - guitar
Greg Leisz - pedal steel guitar
Willie Weeks - bass
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Paul Carrack - keyboards
Steve Jordan - drums
Sharon White - backing vocals
Michelle John - backing vocals

To tie in with Eric Clapton’s 50 years in the music business, he has just released Old Sock, his 20th studio album, with guests including Steve Winwood, JJ Cale and Paul McCartney. Click here to order the album.

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  1. 65 Responses to “ERIC CLAPTON - AUSTIN 2013”

  2. Thanks for the EC 2013 post, BigO and seedy. Saw Night #1 in PHX. EC was in very good form as was Paul Carrack. Band is very tight as you can hear. “I Shot The Sheriff” sounded tired to my ears in PHX and here, but I tired of the song long ago. We got the (preferred in my opinion) electric “Layla” which went (more or less) right into “Cocaine”. Excellent for a “1st show”. PS: Nice to hear Willie Weeks, one of my fav bassists, and Steve Jordan. Not quite the soul of the Derek & the Dominoes ‘70 tour but not the drunken stumbling of the Summer ‘74 shows. Just right.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 23, 2013

  3. Never too much Clapton. Thanks again, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Mar 23, 2013

  4. Can somebody explain why there should be 15 minutes of Paul Carrack’s two hits taking up space where some more Cream or D&tD could be?

    By Tom in ATL on Mar 23, 2013

  5. “darth ” and his wife will tell you. they are friends with Eric , remember?

    By there is no darth on Mar 23, 2013

  6. and ‘there is no darth’ was the redsident paper plate washer on this tour.We all remember that

    By joe colostrum on Mar 23, 2013

  7. lol joe.
    i was in a rush to get this show and it wasnt easy to get my hands on it. when i finally did it was a bitch to dl cuz the site that hosted it was giving me problems. finally it worked and i was losing sleep over it. haha. figures cuz i had to have it asap. if i had only been willing to wait a few days huh. sigh.

    this was an sxsw hosted event and many many artists were there to do performances to promote their product but also to bring attention to the city of austin as a center for the culture and awareness of its rich heritage and diversity of learning and treasures etc.

    those are my words.. the following arent -

    South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place every spring (usually in March) in Austin, Texas, United States. SXSW began in 1987, and has continued to grow in size every year. In 2011, the conference lasted for 10 days, with SXSW Interactive lasting for five, Music for six, and Film running concurrently for nine days.

    South by Southwest is run by a company, called SXSW Inc., that plans and executes conferences, trade shows, festivals and other events. In addition to the three main South by Southwest festivals, the company runs two other conferences, both also in Austin: SXSWedu, a conference on educational innovation, and SXSW Eco, an environmental conference, both since 2011.

    Bruce Springsteen was the keynote speaker opening the music portion of the 2012 festival.

    SXSW Music is the largest music festival of its kind in the world, with more than 2,200 “official” performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues. SXSW Music offers artist-provided music and video samples of featured artists at each festival via their official YouTube channel.

    The music event has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to nearly 12,000 registrants. Collectively, SXSW is the highest revenue-producing event for the Austin economy, with an estimated economic impact of $167 million in 2011.

    now back to my words -

    so to answer toms question.. it wasnt just a regular clapton show which there will be plenty of on this tour. it was more than that. and im glad. there are 100s and 100s of regular ec shows out there. its nice to have him do something else and different for a change. how many other times do we have paul carrack singing with ec backing him up on guitar? i surely dont have any. now i have 3.
    someone asked on another forum about this event that if eric knows that a former member of d&d (bobby whitlock) lives in austin why didnt he invite him to join in the performance. it seems to me that since Whitlock wrote his autobiography with music historian Marc Roberty; the book was published in 2010, with a foreword written by Eric Clapton.. this should have been a nobrainer.

    By darth on Mar 23, 2013

  8. im thinking that there is no darth is right. there is no darth.

    By barth on Mar 23, 2013

  9. Here’s the official SXSW site:

    there is no darth.

    By Sock Puppet Alert! on Mar 23, 2013

  10. Here’s the official SXSW site:

    thanks sock puppet.
    much more convenient than looking at the dummy`s interpretation .

    By there is no darth on Mar 23, 2013

  11. Somtimes, and especially after listening to this latest luke warm gig i wish eric, and the Stones would just slip away before I forget what it was that they were really good at.

    By sluggo on Mar 23, 2013

  12. its unfortunate sluggo but their most vital music is probably behind them. theyre still pros but dont have much to inspire them or push them to greater heights. it would have been good if eric had sat in on bobby whitlocks sunday night gigs at the saxon pub.

    there is no darth

    By barth on Mar 24, 2013

  13. The sound here is only fair to good. The recording spot not optimum and the band sounds distant. Vocals and primary instruments come through OK but the drums and backing, not so much. A good performance, thanks for sharing. The Paul Carrack tracks are quite different than the others, but he is in good voice and the songs are good ones.

    By Jania on Mar 24, 2013

  14. I’m kinda surprised nobody mentioned that Jimmie Vaughan sat in on “Black Cat Bone…”

    By Jerry Dunaway on Mar 24, 2013

  15. Oh… just looked at the artwork. At least it’s covered there…

    By Jerry Dunaway on Mar 24, 2013

  16. over at sugarmegs right now.

    THE BAND with ERIC CLAPTON - 1976-11-24 The Last Waltz rehearsals

    The Last Waltz rehearsals, Winterland, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 1976-11-24

    01. All Our Past Times - Eric Clapton
    02. Further On Up The Road - Eric Clapton

    By sluggo on Mar 24, 2013

  17. The Eric Clapton show in Austin was not a SXSW event, it just coincided with that event. His concert in Austin was the best concert I have ever attended. Ever.

    By Peggy Little on Mar 24, 2013

  18. haven`t we had enough of this boring old fart yet?
    is this even relevant to todays music anymore?
    not to me it isn`t.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 25, 2013

  19. Nice one, “bootleg princess”. Too bad that boring old fart ISN’T relevant to today’s music… today’s autotuned, soulless horseshit really needs musicianship like his.

    For those of you nitpicking about the imperfections of the recording, be grateful there are tapers who invest the money, time, and effort to stick their necks out to preserve performances for entitled schmucks such as yourselves. For the rest of you that appreciate it, you’re welcome, that’s why tapers do what they do.

    By seedy on Mar 25, 2013

  20. someone needs a hug

    By bootleg princess on Mar 25, 2013

  21. pretty silly to waste as you say “money time and effort “on someone who has been playing the same songs for 30 years.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 25, 2013

  22. Thankx Bigo! One can never have enough E.C. See him while you still have a chance…

    By jimbob on Mar 25, 2013

  23. yessirree nothing like another lame live version of cocaine for all you obsessive collectors.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 25, 2013

  24. @BP: we’re all looking forward to your like totally awesome handheld iphone recording of the next One Direction show. try not to scream so loud into the mic.

    By ChuckNY on Mar 26, 2013

  25. never heard of them, obviously you have chuck in ny

    By bootleg princess on Mar 26, 2013

  26. i’m as funny as darth!

    By ontherag princess on Mar 26, 2013

  27. darth can`t even load my camera.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 26, 2013

  28. Great version of Cocaine.Keep ‘em coming BigO!

    By jimbob on Mar 26, 2013

  29. jimbob great version of darth

    By bootleg princess on Mar 26, 2013

  30. darth… load… sounds like a Freudian slip, princess

    By ontherag princess on Mar 26, 2013

    real music . check it out.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 26, 2013

  32. bootleg princess-great version of a slug

    By jimbob on Mar 26, 2013

  33. jimboob don`t enter the darth zone.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 27, 2013

  34. first there is a darth , then there is no darth, then there is.

    By don oven on Mar 27, 2013

  35. ok, you got me, i’m just a troll. i blame my low self-esteem and need for attention.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 27, 2013

  36. where the heck is my ma i needs lovin` !

    By jimboob on Mar 27, 2013

  37. just jerk it like you always do

    By jimboob' college educated brother virgil on Mar 27, 2013

  38. virgil i jes wisht i had yer learnin`.

    By jimboob on Mar 27, 2013

  39. jest hafta a-ply yo’self

    By jimboob' college educated brother virgil on Mar 27, 2013

  40. I think jimboob is the one in need of attention, gets on a forum to have a conversation with himself..must be lonely :( Maybe you need to find you a barmaid?

    By nutshell on Mar 27, 2013

  41. Works for me! :-)

    By Dingus on Mar 27, 2013

  42. i’m sorry…i didn’t mean that.I’m going to wait for the squirrels to rediscover me…

    By nutshell on Mar 27, 2013

  43. on the same page as the rehearsals with the band from 76 is also a show from 3 days after the austin show offered here. its listed as #9 currently. several important differences worth noting i think.

    01 Hello Old Friend
    02 My Father’s Eyes
    03 Tell The Truth
    04 Gotta Get Over
    05 Black Cat Bone
    06 Got To Get Better In A Little While
    07 Goin’ Down Slow
    08 Singin’ The Blues
    09 Driftin’ Blues
    10 Tears In Heaven
    11 Lay Down Sally
    12 Wonderful TOnight
    13 Layla
    14 How Long
    15 Stones In My Passway
    16 Love In Vain
    17 Crossroads
    18 Little Queen Of Spades
    19 Cocaine
    20 Crown Noise

    21 Sunshine of Your Love
    22 High Time We Went

    By darth on Mar 27, 2013

  44. Alain de Maletroit what is the law

    By misland on Mar 27, 2013

  45. several important differences worth noting i think.
    and that would be what, he`s including songs from only 20 years ago.
    there are moths in this setlist. big ones.

    By misland on Mar 27, 2013


    By dropkick sarge on Mar 27, 2013

  47. sarge, there is no darth.

    By barth on Mar 27, 2013


    By dropkick sarge on Mar 28, 2013

  49. i’m sorry…i didn’t mean that.I’m going to wait for the squirrels to rediscover me…

    funny, I never said that..must be one of the people that have nothing better to do than have multiple names and either talk about what Darth posted. Of course if Darth hasn’t posted anything today that they don’t like, they will search thru old posts till they find something to bitch about…get a life folks

    By nutshell on Mar 28, 2013

  50. I`m sorry ,i didn`t say that either., I mean i said the first thing, not the second , perhaps this and certainly not the rebuttal.
    nuts to you.

    By nutshell on Mar 28, 2013

  51. British record producer and sound engineer Andy Johns, who like his older brother Glyn Johns worked with some of the biggest rock bands of the 1960s and ’70s, including the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, has died at age 62. British newspapers reported that Johns passed on after suffering from a liver ailment.

    Andy Johns started his career as a tape operator at London’s Olympic Studios during a period of exceptional musical ferment. He later recalled that “in those days, you could go into one studio and Joe Cocker was working, and then you’re working with Jimi Hendrix in Studio One, or down the corridor Eric Clapton is doing something.”

    He worked as an assistant producer with the Stones during recording of their landmark 1972 album, “Exile On Main St.” He also was involved with two of the band’s follow-up albums, “Goat’s Head Soup” and “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll.” During his career, Johns also helped capture the studio sound of Free, Jethro Tull and Humble Pie, among other groups.

    By 5yrsnojob on Apr 10, 2013

  52. Here’s a list of Andy John’s credits, it’s truly amazing; one great band and album after another:

    By Dingus on Apr 10, 2013

  53. Thanks Dingus, Andy John had over 400 credits to his name. It goes all the way back to 1968.

    By 5yrsnojob on Apr 10, 2013

  54. 1968- Free, The Move, and The Bonzo Dog Band- what a way to start a career!

    By Dingus on Apr 11, 2013

  55. i didn’t say anything here…well,nothing worth reading anyway except maybe this…maybe not

    i’m still making +justments but I’m better now

    I think

    By nutshell on Apr 11, 2013

  56. Am I the only one grateful that I was able to hear “Layla” on this tour? It’s been YEARS since this one was done live. The arrangement is very special. To the taper”sorry for they know not…” and to all these “Children” whining about the sound quality: buy it when it NEVER GETS RELEASED.
    The BIG O is doing ALL of us a wicked favor here and we should only be thanking them! The first time I saw CREAM the sound was shite BTW. This is pretty good sans the clapping. The ART is excellent. Thanks 10,000 times to the BIG O-

    By John McNea on Apr 12, 2013

  57. Eric Clapton is reissuing an expanded and remastered version of his smash acoustic album Unplugged this fall. The set includes two discs and a DVD of his entire MTV Unplugged set, as well as never-before-seen rehearsal footage.

    Unplugged has sold over 19 million copies worldwide and won Clapton six Grammy Awards, including “Record of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” On this expanded version, the second disc will include several songs not featured on the original such as a cover of Big Maceo Merriweather’s “Worried Life Blues,” an alternate take of “Walkin’ Blues” and early versions of “Circus” and “My Father’s Eyes” that later appeared on Clapton’s Pilgrim.

    Clapton’s been on tour most of the 2013, celebrating his “50th year as a professional musician.” On November 14, he’ll headline the final night of the Baloise Sessions in Switzerland, an indoor music festival in Basel, Switzerland.

    Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered is due out on October 15 on Rhino.

    By darth on Sep 6, 2013

  58. darthy, ya had ta find a different clapton concert ta post to, eh darthy boy?

    By beat ya to it, darth on Sep 6, 2013

  59. no i posted to a recent one since since the news i posted is in todays news. what do u mean? i didnt post to another clapton concert since there was no other clapton news today. i think youre confused. its a pity u are so bored that u feel the need to stalk me around this site. tsk tsk.

    By darth on Sep 6, 2013

  60. ha ha ha darth did ya try ta ignore my clappers post did ya boy? so bored ya have ta spend four hours lookin fer the marino boot? do ya know the way to san jose darthy boy?

    By beat ya to it, darth on Sep 6, 2013

  61. beat ya to it is the man!
    great news thanks
    eric Eb Clapton

    By 3rd stone from the darth on Sep 6, 2013

  62. Here’s an idea, darth: shut the fuck up.

    By Constructive Criticism and Friendly Advice on Sep 6, 2013

  63. this years crossroads benefit concert being released next week (on the 19th in the usa) on dvd and finally for the first time ever some of it on cd. theres a clip of eric with the allmans here too. today on the palladia channel there have been 2 hour brdcsts from several of the past 4 benefits. but this link below is about the 2013 one. check it out.

    By darth on Nov 17, 2013

  64. surprised not much is mentioned about the mastery that is doyle bramhall II. been a fan of that cat since arc angels. and i concur with jimbob, go try to see these legends and appreciate them while we have the chance. gary moore is gone. i never got to see him. the day clapton’s gone, the people that posted how ‘washed up’ he was will be posting about how he was a legend.

    By Anthony on Dec 28, 2013

  65. p.s. - best version of ‘how long ever record’. wow.

    By Anthony on Dec 28, 2013

  66. Saw EC in Austin at the same venue in Feb 1983. Eric Clapton - guitar / vocals
    Albert Lee - guitar / vocals
    Chris Stainton - keyboards
    Donald “Duck” Dunn - bass
    Roger Hawkins - drums

    Ry Cooder was also on the bill.

    By hapster on Aug 14, 2015

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