May 18, 2015 – 5:05 am

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New York 2015 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY; May 3, 2015. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Thanks to Scooter123 for sharing the show at Dime.

Scooter123 noted:

It was Eric Clapton’s birthday [March 30 - he is 70] celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god put on a two-hour set that included some of his biggest hits and guest stars. Never the most talkative of rock stars, Clapton let the music speak for itself, but toward the end he let on that the night was just as magical to him as it was to the audience.

“I want to thank you for helping me celebrate,” he said. “This is the best birthday I ever had.”

While some ageing acts expand their bands over time, adding players to do the heavy lifting, Clapton has stripped his down. The evening may have found its peak when Clapton had the strongest accompaniment during “Let It Rain.” Clapton traded solos with both Trucks and Bramhall, grinning ear to ear.

That said, I was amazed at his choice of sidemen, including one of the best drummers in the world, jazz drummer Steve Gadd and jazz bassist Nathan East. Paul Carrack (Mike & The Mechanics) made his Hammond B-3 sing, and even had twin Leslies. Chris Stainton emulated strings and steel guitar on his Kurzwiel piano and Nord synthesizer.

I had a pair of talkers next to me with a guy who had to explain the intricies of Eric Clapton’s life throughout the better part of the show. Thankfully he was only noticeable at the end of every track. Concequently, the volume (gain) at the end of each track was zero’ed out where possible. This also enabled better volume adjustment for the tracks as well…

The true thanks go not to me, but to the taping community behind whose footsteps I have followed, including those who have perfected the art of stealth recordings, the makers of the stealthy mikes, cords, adapters, and preamps, and those who have graciously shared their stealth recording techniques.

I am merely a mike stand with a credit card and driver’s license.

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Thanks also to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

Mikes: Schoeps mk4 > Actives > NBox Platinum
Recorder: Tascam DR2d
Transfer: Goldwave (Volume Boost, Compression > Dither to 16b) > Media Monkey [Flac Transfer L8]
Location: Center E Section

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Disc 1
Track 101. Somebody’s Knocking 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 102. Key to the Highway 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 103. Pretending * 7:21 (12.4MB)
Track 104. Hoochie Coochie Man 5:24 (9.1MB)
Track 105. You Are So Beautiful 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 106. Can’t Find My Way Home 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 107. I Shot the Sheriff 8:25 (14.1MB)
Track 108. Drifting and Drifting 5:09 (8.7MB)
Track 109. Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out 3:30 (4.9MB)
51 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Tears in Heaven 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 202. Layla 6:33 (11.0MB)
Track 203. Before You Accuse Me + 8:07 (13.6MB)
Track 204. Wonderful Tonight 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 205. Crossroads 6:58 (11.7MB)
Track 206. Little Queen of Spades 11:03 (18.6MB)
Track 207. Rain ^ 5:25 (9.1MB)
Track 208. It’s High Time We Left (with Mayer, Vaughan, Bramhall, and Trucks) 6:31 (11.0MB)
53 mins

Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Nathan East - bass, vocals
Paul Carrack - Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards
Chris Stainton - Kurzwiel piano, Nord synthesizer
Steve Gadd - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals

John Mayer - guitar *
Jimmie Vaughan - guitar +
Doyle Bramhall - guitar ^
Derek Trucks - slide guitar ^

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  2. Happy birthday Darth!

    By la leche mama on May 18, 2015

  3. Why Mayer on Cover Front?

    By Eddyblues on May 19, 2015

  4. Eddyblues, just a suggestion, but you could grab one of the two images from the May 1st concert to paste over the Mayer pic.

    By Job Hunter on May 19, 2015

  5. well it appears its on the back cover to me. it is an odd choice for sure. as an inside series of pics its nice. but back cover? strange.

    By darth on May 19, 2015

  6. one more time with feeling - it is v a u g h A n.

    By rich on May 19, 2015

  7. well there were the other corrections too that were made on the other show with regards to accurate song titles but i figured if ppl saw those made by someone there they already got it.

    By darth on May 19, 2015

  8. hi Darth. it’s your old pal Eric. would love to see you again. I left some backstage passes for you the next 3 nights here at the Royal Hall. hope to see you & bring that famous camera of yours. cheers!

    By EC on May 19, 2015

  9. good morning Darth !

    By la leche mama on May 19, 2015

  10. ill swim right over…

    By darth on May 20, 2015

  11. Eric-

    you don’t want no part of that wretched trilly troll darth.

    i request you play white room in his honour.

    By darth the terrible troll on May 20, 2015

  12. Hello rich


    By bigozine2 on May 20, 2015

  13. Paul Carrack does the vocal lead on “You Are So Beautiful” a tune Joe Cocker once performed to strong sales. Seems a bit out of place in this set, but well done. EC is often a generous band leader and adds some understated licks on this tune.

    By Jania on May 23, 2015

  14. And Nathan East does the lead vocal on “Can’t Find My Way Home.” Oh, the sound is quite good with good balance and a nice well-defined low end; too bad about the talkers.

    By Jania on May 23, 2015

  15. Hey, EC, per CNN, someone really questionable managed to go to the Eric Clapton Royal Albert Hall concert - Kim Jong Un’s brother, Kim Jong Chul!

    By Job Hunter on May 23, 2015

  16. hello job hunter,

    well I had left some passes at the door for my old pal darth. I knew if one low life parasite scumbag wouldn’t show up, another one would. cheers!

    By EC on May 23, 2015

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