March 1, 2009 – 4:48 am

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Two Blue Birds Fly [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan; February 21, 2009. Very good audience recording.

Clapton fans are dedicated, to say the least. Within a couple of hours after the last song, the entire show was torrented on the internet. Not only that, by February 24, a remastered version of the show was already being shared.

Given their age and their stature, it seems that every time Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck pick up a guitar and walk onto a stage, it’s already a historic occasion. Between the two, Jeff Beck comes across more fiery though at this stage in their respective careers, each has nothing to prove. They have paid their dues and if they can give a slick performance, fans are already more than happy and satisfied. Cutting edge stuff is better left to younger turks. That said, Beck is still pretty biting. He still runs rings around Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers while covers such as A Day In The Life and the Peter Gun Theme can only bring a smile to the face.

Inspirational might not be the term that comes to mind watching/hearing Clapton play but he’s certainly entertaining - maybe he needs a full concert to really stretch himself. And it does seem like those days when a second guitarist can egg him on (as what Duane Allman did in the ’70s) are long gone.

Thanks to Henry (henry614) who shared this show [and the artwork] on the internet. This is what Henry noted: “This is a remastered version of the original recording uploaded by STrance over on TTD (and was reseeded by kingfrippson). Thanks dude! My friend ML13 did the remaster intended to share with his close friends… The original recording suffers [from] low volume particularly on Clapton’s acoustic set… and ML13 nails it!”

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Disc 1 [Jeff Beck & his band]:
Track 101. The Pump
Track 102. You Never Know
Track 103. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
Track 104. Stratus
Track 105. Angel
Track 106. Led Boots
Track 107. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat > Brush WIth The Blues
Track 108. Solo instrumental (by Tal Wilkenfeld with Jeff Beck)
Track 109. Blue Wind
Track 110. A Day In The Life
Track 111. Peter Gunn Theme

Disc 2 [Eric Clapton & his band]:
Track 201. Driftin’ Blues
Track 202. Layla (acoustic)
Track 203. Motherless Child
Track 204. Running On Faith
Track 205. Tell The Truth
Track 206. Little Queen Of Spades
Track 207. Before You Accuse Me
Track 208. Cocaine
Track 209. Crossroads
Track 210. “see you in a minute!” > short break

Disc 3 [Eric Clapton & his band with Jeff Beck]:
Track 301. You Need Love
Track 302. Listen Here > Compared To What
Track 303. Here But I’m Gone
Track 304. Outside Woman Blues
Track 305. Brown Bird
Track 306. Wee Wee Baby
Track 307. Want To Take You Higher

Jeff Beck & His Band:
Jeff Beck - guitar
Tal Wilkenfeld - bass
David Sancious - keyboards
Vinnie Colaiuta - drums

Eric Clapton & His Band:
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

Click here to order Eric Clapton albums.

Click here to order Jeff Beck Live At Ronnie Scott’s 2007.

  1. 16 Responses to “ERIC CLAPTON & JEFF BECK - JAPAN 2009”

  2. Beck in his unbelivable element as aways. Long live JB! Thanks for bringing to us.

    By bigtexashonk on Mar 1, 2009

  3. The Gods of Rock!!!!!!!
    Thanks ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Mar 1, 2009

  4. Jeff Beck is always amazing, and he keeps coming up with new ideas. Eric Clapton is still so great too. What a great combination. Let’s hope they decide to tour together.

    By JB on Mar 2, 2009

  5. Just been downloading this and listening during my lunch break - what a way to spend an hour.

    An excellent show, excellent quality sound.


    By Tony on Mar 2, 2009

  6. Thanks so much for this!!

    By Steven on Mar 3, 2009

  7. Another outstanding show - thanks for posting this so quickly

    By Rob on Mar 3, 2009

  8. I was at this concert! It was amazing, and Beck blew me away more than I ever thought possible - Clapton, and then the two together, were just the icing on the cake :D Thanks for posting!

    By Alex on Mar 3, 2009

  9. thank you very much, you did it again, fantastic!!

    By Ron on Mar 4, 2009

  10. .never ever enough Beck..thanks cats…sluggo

    By sluggo on Mar 4, 2009

  11. Thanks!

    By info7476 on Mar 4, 2009

  12. I was there too!!
    Jeff is always amazing!!

    By Emma on Mar 10, 2009

  13. Thanks so very much!

    By DanBob on Mar 11, 2009

  14. thank you so very much!!!!
    i heard about that show and can’t wait to hear it

    By isac on Mar 12, 2009

  15. Amazing, absolutely amazing. Sound quality is top notch.

    I saw the Cream reunion in 2005, Clapton & Winwood in 2008 and again this June.

    And according to Rolling Stone, JB and EC are talking dates at the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden.

    One can only hope they might invite Mr. Page to help out…..

    By Mark on Mar 14, 2009

  16. WOW! WOW! WOW! Thanks!

    By Walter on Apr 23, 2009

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