August 8, 2009 – 4:18 am

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Duets 1996 [Mid Valley Records, 1CD]

Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC, May 9, 1996. Very good soundboard (pre-FM).

Of late the Eric Clapton-Steve Winwood team-up has been getting a bit of word of mouth. Here’s one team-up that isn’t that well publicised.

This is what the fan site,, commented: “An absolutely essential EC performance. Begins with a great funky version of Right Place, Wrong Time with EC contributing hot guitar solos, then segues into an absolutely gut-wrenching performance by EC of St. James Infirmary - easily one of his best performances EVER. An acoustic How Long Blues with EC on dobro and then the uptempo Roberta, followed by an absolutely unique R&B rearrangement of Layla.”

This show once again confirms what many fans feel: Clapton may be great on his own but when he has someone to work against (think Layla or even Steve Winwood), the shows invariably become much more exciting. Here it is Dr John’s fine vocals that act as a counterpoint to Clapton’s playing.

It may be a short set but it’s a real fun honky-tonk session. And if Clapton sounds a little like Santana on Right Place, Wrong Time and even on St James Infirmary, maybe it’s time for these two greats to go on tour together.

Thanks to bbanderic for sharing the tracks on the Dime site.

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.

Track 01. Opening
Track 02. Right Place, Wrong Time
Track 03. St James Infirmary
Track 04. Interval
Track 05. How Long
Track 06. Roberta
Track 07. Interval
Track 08. Layla
Track 09. Ending

In June 2008, Dr John released the protest album, City That Care Forgot, featuring guest stars Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Ani DiFranco and Terence Blanchard. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 5 Responses to “ERIC CLAPTON AND DR JOHN - DUETS”

  2. This was recorded off of a VH1 telecast. Not bad sound… Pretty descent performance.

    By Timmy on Aug 8, 2009

  3. Very good soundboard?In my ears it sounds very bad!Where is Dr. John?He can’t be at the right place or at the right time.His voice is thousands of miles away.I only hear the crowd and Eric’s guitar.

    By Helge on Aug 11, 2009

  4. I have to apologise!There were nothing wrong with this soundboard.The problem was my own PC-speakers. It should never happend again.I’m sorry!

    By Helge on Aug 11, 2009

  5. Thanks, BigO…..this is AMAZING! Note to downloaders…..skip the intervals (i.e., commercials). Highlight: St. James Infirmary. BigO: YOU ROCK!

    By Walter on Oct 22, 2011

  6. For some reason, track #5 will not download.

    By Tjarley12 on Oct 7, 2016

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