February 24, 2009 – 4:18 am

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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.”

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Disc 1
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

Disc 2
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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  1. 26 Responses to “ERIC CLAPTON - TOKYO 2009”

  2. Thanks for all the great music you provide. Great to hear some recent EC!

    By Rob on Feb 24, 2009

  3. very good job posting EC 2009. He’s on fire

    By ron on Feb 25, 2009

  4. Thanks for posting this recent Eric Clapton show. Do you also have the shows he did in Japan with Jeff Beck around this same time?

    By JB on Feb 25, 2009

  5. Great concert. Thank you very much!

    By ro on Feb 6, 2010

  6. Hi I saw Eric at Auckland on the 09 tour,I was way up with the gods so saw very little but to be fair the music was great and thats what its about , one thing stood out for me , in the middle acoustic set there was a song I hadn’t heard before which turned out to be Travelin Alone , this song has been haunting me , I think I have sussed out how to play it but some of the lyrics have beaten me , does anyone out there have the lyrics and would like to put me out of my misery thanks all
    Huw NZ

    By Huw on Mar 5, 2010

  7. I think one of my favorite Eric Clapton songs is Layla. I spent a summer one year in summer school and sat next to a girl named Layla. Yes, I had a crush on her. I never saw her again after that and always wondered what happened to her. Guess I’ll never know.

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    By Shane on Apr 5, 2011

  8. I appreciate it every time I hear “Wonderful Tonight”, and this version is breathtaking. Good thing that Pattie Boyd was going to a party with him that night, so this masterpiece was written!

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    By George McBarnes on Apr 12, 2011

  9. You have made my days go by fast from listening to you music as well as concerts. The songs have made me and my wife very happy. Thanks

    By kyle on Apr 14, 2011

  10. I’ve never watched Clapton perform in personal but someday I would love to see that with my husband. Above all, I enjoyed listening to Eric Clapton’s Change the world. My all time favorite.

    By Katie Smith on Apr 14, 2011

  11. I just love Clapton as well! What I love the most in this album is “Running on Faith”.

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    By Lea Myers on Apr 16, 2011

  12. What a cool find I have in your blog post. I love Eric Clapton and thank you for sharing his tracks for downloading. Love his rendition of “Wonderful Tonite.”

    By david48 on May 17, 2011

  13. Eric Clapton is my favorite and I love his “Tears in Heaven” even more. So full of emotions.

    By Psychic Reviews on May 20, 2011

  14. Luckily I got the CD so don’t need to download it. Eric Clapton had some great concerts. I love his Unplugged ones.

    I Shot The Sheriff was one of the first memorable songs I heard from him, years ago.

    By Electrician Courses on Jun 2, 2011

  15. Every time i heard Mr. Clapton songs it felt me in love with his song and lyrics “Wonderful tonight “

    By Donya27 on Jun 6, 2012

  16. Mr.Clapton your my idol. Specially the song “Wonderful Tonight” it reminds me of someone I darely love.. I miss her.

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