March 21, 2009 – 4:33 am

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Songs For Pity [no label, 2CD]

Live at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, February 25, 2009. Very good soundboard.

Of the Eric Clapton Japan 2009 shows that are currently available for sharing, this is probably the only date that originates from a soundboard. This show was broadcast on Japanese satellite TV and a word of thanks to Japrainbow for extracting the tracks and sharing them on the internet. As one happy fan noted: “This will be together with the two DVDs an absolute highlight in my Clapton collection.” [The show was also shared as two DVDs on the internet.]

The setlist for this night is almost the same as that of the first night in Tokyo (February 15) with the exception of Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, which replaces Before You Accuse Me. While the feisty I Shot The Sheriff continues to be a crowd favourite, fans will certainly enjoy Clapton’s buoyant playing on Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad. What seems to be missing is Carlos Santana, who probably would have egged Clapton on and rocket the track to the stratosphere. While the audience recording of the earlier show was already very good, fans will no doubt enjoy a show that is broadcast quality.

The following was posted at the Clapton fansite, “Adult contemporary radio favorite Wonderful Tonight is still in the set list to the chagrin of the Japanese fans. However, the excellent versions of I Shot The Sheriff and Little Queen Of Spades more than made up for it according to early reports! Another fan has checked in and said that their personal highlights also included EC’s solo acoustic number, Driftin’, Travelin’ Alone, Isn’t It A Pity, Motherless Child and the ending songs of Layla and Cocaine. They also reported that EC’s solos were excellent throughout the show.

“Since EC has been back at the Budokan, Layla has been plugged back in (the “unplugged” acoustic version was played at the two concerts with Jeff Beck last weekend). There were slight modifications to this evening’s set list - Isn’t It A Pity is back and Everything’s Gonna Be Alright made its first appearance since night one of the tour in Osaka.”

Thanks also to profec for the artwork.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.
Disc 1
01: Tell The Truth
02: Key To The Highway
03: Hoochie Coochie Man
04: I Shot The Sheriff
05: Isn’t It A Pity
06: Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
07: Drifitn’
08: Travelin’ Alright
09: That’s Alright
10: Motherless Child
11: Running On Faith

Disc 2
01: Motherless Children
02: Little Queen Of Spades
03: Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
04: Wonderful Tonight
05: Layla
06: Cocaine
07: Crossroads

Eric Clapton: guitar, vocals
Doyle Bramhall: guitar
Chris Stainton: keyboards
Willie Weeks: bass
Abe Laboriel Jr: drums
Michelle John: backing vocals
Sharon White: backing vocals

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  2. Absolutely pristine sound and a very good performance. Thanks so much for another phenomenal post. The rants are also quite entertaining. Any chance you could repost the “Derek and the Dominoes Cincinnati 1970″ show as a flashback - I saw that tour in Chicago around the same time with, based on my 56 year old brain, had a very similar set list. Either way, thanks again, Big O!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 22, 2009

  3. Thanks!!! Great!!!

    By Lucille on Mar 24, 2009

  4. Two words only - absolutly perfect !

    By Joe "The Catman" on Mar 24, 2009

  5. Thanks for posting. I’m a huge claptonfan. Have you already checked EC and The Allman brothers band last weekend?.. if you can lay your hands on these 2 concerts, that would be amazing. thanks again

    By Ron on Mar 24, 2009

  6. thank you so much for this !

    By Rafael on Mar 27, 2009

  7. Unbelievable. EC hasn’t missed a lick. Thanks.

    By Greg SC on Mar 30, 2009

  8. why is the DVD not available to purchase?

    By Heather on Dec 23, 2009

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