December 21, 2011 – 2:12 pm

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Tokyo 2011 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan; December 10, 2011. Very good to excellent audience recording.

Eric Clapton has a strong fan base in Japan and, in return for their support, he regularly performs there. This year’s 13-date Japan tour kicked off on November 17 at Sapporo. As Clapton had in the past, this year he teamed up again with former Blind Faith-mate, Steve Winwood. At this final show, Clapton dedicated the performance to keyboardist Dick Sims, who died on December 8 at the age of 60. Sims was a member of Clapton’s touring and recording band from 1974 to 1979.

Thanks to rober953 who recorded and shared the show at Dime. And thanks too for the artwork.

Clapton fan myshadow commented: “Incredible capture of an incredible performance. The last Voodoo Child was everything Eric could wring out of it. Even the normally polite Japanese crowd couldn’t contain themselves. The hoots and yowls didn’t detract from what was a screaming catharsis for Eric to be playing that for the last time till… Thank you for being there and taking us with you.”

Here’s another enthusiastic reader at

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood make it almost impossibly difficult to chose any highlights as the whole concert was again an exceptional affair, like the previous four Tokyo concerts. Among the outstanding songs were After Midnight, Presence Of The Lord with sensational wah-wah, Crossroads, Driftin’ with fantastic guitar work from Eric; Gimme Some Lovin’, Dear Mr Fantasy and Cocaine with an outstanding solo from Chris. But, Voodoo Chile was THE song of the evening. When EC started the intro it was clear that it would be outstanding, full throttle and end with an explosion of guitar and Hammond organ.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Had To Cry Today (11.2MB)
Track 102. Low Down (4.8MB)
Track 103. After Midnight (5.9MB)
Track 104. Presence Of The Lord (7.5MB)
Track 105. Glad (4.0MB)
Track 106. Well Alright (7.3MB)
Track 107. Hoochie Coochie Man (7.1MB)
Track 108. While You See A Chance (8.8MB)
Track 109. Key To The Highway (8.1MB)
Track 110. Pearly Queen (8.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Crossroads (8.4MB)
Track 202. Georgia (7.9MB)
Track 203. Driftin’ (10.3MB)
Track 204. That’s No Way To Get Along (8.0MB)
Track 205. Wonderful Tonight (5.9MB)
Track 206. Can’t Find My Way Home (6.4MB)
Track 207. Gimme Some Lovin’ (7.6MB)
Track 208. Voodoo Chile (25.9MB)
Track 208. Voodoo Chile (4shared link)
Track 209. Dear Mr Fantasy (9.9MB)
Track 210. Cocaine (10.9MB)

Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Steve Winwood - Hammond organ, piano, guitar, vocals
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Willie Weeks - bass
Steve Gadd - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals

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  1. 19 Responses to “ERIC CLAPTON AND STEVE WINWOOD - TOKYO 2011”

  2. Two men gurning and masturbating through endless dull blues solos. White man blues, in fact: the last refuge of scoundrels. Shame about Winwood; I thought he had more to him than that.

    By Eddie Thomas on Dec 21, 2011

  3. Let me see if I have this straight…Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are “scoundrels?” Last time I looked both men were living legends who are beloved by millions. The proof is located at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These men still have it, and we should be thankful they still take the time to share it…it’s not like they need the money.

    Another thing…these men can count among their most respectful friends names like B.B. King and Buddy Guy. They have played with and earned the friendship and respect of just about EVERY blues legend now sadly departed (SRV, Muddy, Freddie and Albert, Jimi) from our music loving world. So I have just one question for you, “Doubting Thomas” - Exactly WHO ARE YOUR FRIENDS?

    Thanks Big-O, keep doing what you do.

    By ZenNews on Dec 21, 2011

  4. actually Eddie, there are a small minority of actual blues songs here, instead we have a concise presentation spanning the careers of two very prolific very talented very musical artists.
    Try to be a little less jaded and give it a listen .

    By sluggo on Dec 21, 2011

  5. eddie–if u dont like what they do- why are u here? not all music is for everyone. if u dont like the best of the best tho.. and clearly not everyone can be ricky or stevie.. then what do u listen to?? bieber? seriously now.
    i dont get it. the best thing about seeing ec live.. as opposed to him captured on his studio recordings that is.. is the extended solos and as u put it the endless solos altho id hardly call them dull altho if its masturbating id certainly join in that circle jerk anytime.
    i cant imagine too many other artists bringing me to the cosmic heights that these musicians have brought me to with their jams.
    u are either very young or musically illiterate or uneducated to appreciate genius when its in front of u. i pity your lack of awareness here. shame on u - i thought u had more to u than that!!

    By darth on Dec 21, 2011

  6. applause for darth….!

    By sluggo on Dec 21, 2011

  7. Hey Eddie- if the entire concert isn’t posted yet, how can you have an opinion since more than half of disc 1 isn’t even blues, and the songs aren’t even long enough to have “endless” solo’s? I think that you must have spent the time downloading this from a torrent site because you couldn’t wait to hear it, and were probably masturbating in anticipation the entire time it was downloading. You only posted the above comments to cover up the fact that you can’t get enough of EC and SW, and pretend you don’t like it so your wife (or boyfriend) won’t figure out that that empty box of tissues next to your headphones is from you JERKING OFF to these discs as you listen to them in private, in the dark, 24 hours a day. Admit it - you are a closet blues freak that wishes Clapton was squeezing out those notes on your tiny “axe handle”. Jerk.

    By paulfalk on Dec 21, 2011

  8. Clapton & Winwood: as good as this is, wouldn’t it have been so much better if we had all been there!
    Cheers & Happy Holidays to All,

    By John McNea on Dec 22, 2011

  9. My dear Eddie,as U may gather some people really like old men gurning and having a wank in public, i for one can’t stand it for more than ten mins. The horror ,the horror……..Bless U all .HAPPY CRIMBO and a HAPPY NEW YEAR

    By BLUEFOOD on Dec 22, 2011

  10. The blues would be a lost art form if Eric and Stevie and a few other of their countrymen hadn’t brought it to the masses, including America, its home. Muddy, Wolf, and B.B. and a slew of others were extremely grateful for that and said so - it provided a comfortable living for the rest of their lives.

    Eddie, the ridiculous thing about your comment is that in the set that’s been released for download, there are only two blues songs. You can’t even have heard the rest of the show.

    Unsubstantiated claims are the last refuge of scoundrels.

    By Just Bill on Dec 22, 2011

  11. I’m sure everyone knows what is said about opinions being like assholes. It’s not that ET is wrong,necessarily - just inappropriate.

    By Orlando Bobert on Dec 22, 2011

  12. Some folks don’t have the attention span for “endless dull blues solos” and probably giggle at TV commercials. And if this is the last refuge for scoundrels then the first refuge must be white boy rap.

    By Sking on Dec 22, 2011

  13. Well music friends, how about some comments on the actual performance and recording?

    A very diverse set list covering many years, some hits, some lesser-known songs(such as a rockin’ “Low Down”). It is interesting to hear Clapton performing as part of the band during the Winwood songs and to hear him live without (mostly) a second guitar player. Yes, quite a few solos, but I can’t imagine why any of us obsessives would be listening to Eric Clapton boots if that wasn’t a positive.

    The sound quality is clear but a bit distant and somewhat “boomy” on the low end. Still enjoyable.

    Thanks for the posting!

    By Janania on Dec 22, 2011

  14. Thanks Big O for your concerts during the year. If I didn’t have your site to download from I wouldn’t be listening to much music nowadays. And thanks for letting us download without having to go though RapidShare and Megaupload any more. I’d like to wish you guys a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. More lead in your pencils.

    By Jeff on Dec 23, 2011

  15. What a terrific concert! Two masters at work. Thanks very much for this and all the other great stuff you’ve gifted to us over the years.

    By TonyB on Dec 24, 2011

  16. As long as we’re all jumping on Eddie, I’ll climb to the top of the pile. WTF, Eddie? You not gettting any these days? And what does this mean: “White man blues, in fact - the last refuge of scoundrels” ? Am I to take that as meaning that every white blues player is in fact a low-life? Or is it a racist comment meant to put down the caucasian race? You have stepped over the line, Eddie and all the shit that rains down from above is well-deserved.

    Meantime BIG O - thanks so much for this great Christmas present and may you keep on freeing the music for many many many years to come!

    Kindly, Adam Dean

    By Adam Dean on Dec 26, 2011

    Thanks, BigO for a great post…

    By TDC on Dec 28, 2011

  18. Never enough Clapton and Winwood. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Jan 10, 2012

  19. Another great share. Thanks

    By Matt on Jan 17, 2012

  20. both links for track 208 are broken - in fact, one goes to a malware site - don’t click it!

    By Jeff Powell on Nov 10, 2017

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