June 25, 2009 – 2:06 pm

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St Paul 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Xcel Energy Center, St Paul, MN, June 18, 2009. Very good audience recording.

It would be safe to say that not only were the Eric Clapton-Steve Winwood 2008 shows successful, the two enjoyed each other’s company onstage and had a good time, hence the show goes on.

Back in 1969, both Clapton and Winwood were in Blind Faith, who only released one album and had a brief tour. The group disbanded on August 24 in Hawaii - 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the group. Apart from the Madison Square Garden gig in 2008, the two had collaborated earlier at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007.

In St Paul, Clapton lets it rip from the word go - listen to After Midnight for some fiery display - and there does not seem to be any letting up from either Clapton or Winwood.

Scott Lyson posted the following comments on “The crowd at the Xcel only sat during No Face and Georgia, but EC’s solo during Driftin’ caused half the crowd to erupt from their seat, and the crowd remained standing for the rest of the concert. The two masters played brilliantly together. I was surprised that most of the crowd were familiar with a majority of the material played and sang along quite a bit.

“The band was fantastic, and as the reviews correctly point out, drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. really packed a punch. Seemed definitely more like an EC concert than a SW concert, and Eric I don’t think hit a bad note. I thought almost every song was performed better than the NY shows.”

Thanks to Mcboots who recorded and shared the show on the Dime site and for the artwork.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Disc 1
01. Had To Cry Today
02. Low Down
03. After Midnight
04. Presence Of The Lord
05. Sleeping In The Ground
06. Glad
07. Well Alright
08. Tough Luck Blues
09. Pearly Queen
10. Crossroads
11. No Face, No Name, No Number
12. Forever Man

Disc 2
01. Georgia On My Mind
02. Driftin’
03. How Long Blues
04. Layla
05. Can’t Find My Way Home
06. Split Decision
07. Voodoo Chile
08. Cocaine
09. Dear Mr. Fantasy

Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Steve Winwood - vocals, Hammond B3, piano, guitar
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Willie Weeks - bass
Abe Laboriel, Jr. - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals

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  1. 5 Responses to “CLAPTON & WINWOOD - ST PAUL, MN 2009”

  2. Can you ever get enough Eric Clapton? I don’t think so! This is a great show. Thanks Big O!

    By Hulkzilla on Jun 25, 2009

  3. Wow; thank you so much; I hope all 14 shows will surface. I’ve seen them Feb 2008, one of the best EC gigs I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen many.

    By Fyre on Jun 25, 2009

  4. Thanks again! Keep the Clapton coming!

    By David Odell on Jun 25, 2009

  5. A most excellent collection, a tip of the hat, gents.

    By Webmusher on Jun 26, 2009

  6. A beautiful recording of a great show, unfortunately marred by the incessant hooting and screaming of a man and a woman during almost every quiet passage. That said, thank you for adding to my EC collection.

    By Namoosedog on Jun 30, 2009

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