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Eric Clapton

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Me And Mr Johnson

 

    Of the many reasons why middle-class white boys such as Eric Clapton and Aerosmith flocked to the music of older, impoverished black men in the 1960s and early 1970s, here is one of the best: The great bluesmen were also great pop songwriters. Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon and Mississippi Fred McDowell, to name just three, told real-life stories in hot, tight packages of poetic vernacular and hard-won joy. Clapton and Aerosmith take different routes back to blues school on these covers albums, but they do so with mutual fealty and honest delight.

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has been Clapton's steady rollin' muse since 1966, when he cut Johnson's "Ramblin' on My Mind" with John Mayall. That song is not among the fourteen Clapton covers on his all-Johnson program; nor is "Crossroads," which he turned into high-speed-guitar spectacle with Cream. In fact, Clapton keeps his solos in "When You Got a Good Friend" and "Little Queen of Spades" to a blistering chorus or two, to better show off the dirty-rubber swing of his longtime road-and-studio band. Clapton pays broad tribute to Johnson as a composer and public-domain synthesist, spicing the sorrow of "Love in Vain" with the carnal sport of "They're Red Hot." But he recalls his own passage through darkness in these songs, too. When he finds Satan on his doorstep in "Me and the Devil Blues," you can hear in Clapton's deep, scarred howl that he is confronting an old acquaintance.

Aerosmith don't have much time for pain on Honkin' on Bobo. The songs are mostly about gettin' some, then gettin' outta there -- Dixon's "I'm Ready," Bo Diddley's "Road Runner" -- and the attack is heavy Sixties shindig: snarling guitars, thunderclap drumming, Steven Tyler's 3-D snake hiss and widescreen yowl. Bobo is really a combined tribute: to the originators of the blues' core repertoire and the explosive, electric inventions of 1960s British bands such as the Yardbirds, Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac. Aerosmith's devil's-army gallop through "Baby Please Don't Go" is a lunatic escalation of Them's 1965 cover of the Big Joe Williams song. There is a tightness to this mania; Bobo is a celebratory attack on the canon, not a violation of it. And there are moments of exotic restraint, such as the misty-mountain noir of Perry's hurdy-gurdy in McDowell's "Back Back Train." But Aerosmith's specialty is jubilant overkill, and Bobo is a huge, affectionate spoonful. You want scholarship and propriety? You're barking at the wrong doghouse.

DAVID FRICKE
(RS 946, April 15, 2004)



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CD
  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  clapton eric   Me And Mr Johnson
93624873020 cd/labe l: Warne Me And Mr Johnson/93624873020/ /french Import Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $10.91     Details
  Clapton Eric   Me And Mr. Johnson
2004 Eu, Reprise
  CD   M/ NEW Asbury Park 
Italy
  $20.12     Details
  clapton eric   Me And Mr.johnson
0040300048423 rare Item: /condition: Mint/country: Argentina R&p Internacional Releasedate: ... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress - 
Netherlands
  $27.49     Details
  Clapton,Eric   Me And Mr Johnson
Blues Rock ~ 2004 ~ Copy Protected Disc, Will Not Play On Pc, Mac, Digital Audio Cd Burners &...
  CD   EX-/EX More Music
United Kingdom
  $6.56     Details
  Clapton,Eric   Me And Mr Johnson
Brand New Sealed, Digipak ; Reprise 48423, 09362484233
  CD   SEALED Musical Ener
United States
  $7.99     Details
  CLAPTON,ERIC   Me And Mr Johnson
Russia, East Records
  CD   MINT/MINT Apex Music
Belarus
  $11.00     Details
  Clapton,Eric   Me And Mr Johnson Sampler - Dj Promo
Pro-cd-101305 Reprise Card Sleeve 4 Tracks - When You Got A Friend + Come On In My Kitchen + Milk...
  CD   NM/NM MightyVinyl
United States
  $11.00     Details
CLAPTON, ERIC - Me And Mr. Johnson   CLAPTON,ERIC   Me And Mr. Johnson
Ft. Andy Fairweather Low, Doyle Bramhall Ii, Holland, Reprise, 9362487302, 2004 Special Order
  CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
  $14.26     Details
Clapton, Eric - Me And Mr Johnson   Clapton,Eric   Me And Mr Johnson CD   EX TO MINT eil / esprit
United Kingdom
  $45.41 - $50.46      Details
Clapton, Eric - Me And Mr Johnson   Clapton,Eric   Me And Mr Johnson
Eric Clapton Me And Mr Johnson (rare 2004 Korean Exclusive Limited Edition 14-track Cd Album Fea...
  CD   EX TO MINT eil / esprit
United Kingdom
  $45.41     Details
Me And Mr Johnson - Clapton, Eric   Clapton,Eric   Me And Mr Johnson
Eric Clapton Me And Mr Johnson (2004 Taiwanese 14-track Cd Album Featuring Cover Versions Of Cl...
  CD   EX TO MINT eil / esprit
United Kingdom
  $50.46     Details
  ERIC CLAPTON   Me And Mr Johnson
  CD   Action
United Kingdom
  $9.72     Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr. Johnson
Usa, Reprise / Wea, 093624842323
  CD   NEW Mantis Music
United States
  $10.97     Details
  ERIC CLAPTON   Me And Mr. Johnson - Cd
Reprise, 9362 48730-2
  CD   Replay Music
United Kingdom
  $11.78     Details
Eric Clapton ‎ - Me And Mr Johnson Album   Eric Clapton ‎   Me And Mr Johnson
Europe, Reprise Records ‎, 9362-48730-2, 2004
  CD   SEALED e-record
Italy
  $12.30     Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson (2004, Foc-cardsleeve)
  CD   EX Fun Records
Germany
  $13.33     Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson (2004)
  CD   EX Fun Records
Germany
  $14.18     Details
  eric clapton   Me And Mr Johnson
0093624873020 quant ity In Set: 1 Condition: New/ 0093624873020 Title: Me And Mr Johnson Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $15.06     Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson CD   M/M ROBERTS
Japan
  $15.65 - $43.81      Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson
Limited 3 Way Digipack Mini Lp Sleeeve W/insert Eu
  CD   M/M ROBERTS
Japan
  $15.65     Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson
Ltd. 3 Sided Digipack Japan
  CD   NEW ROBERTS
Japan
  $34.42     Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson
Ltd. 3 Sided Digipack Promo Japan
  CD   M/M ROBERTS
Japan
  $43.81     Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson CD   M/M JAPAN CDs
Japan
  $16.82 - $47.11      Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson
Limited 3 Way Digipack Mini Lp Sleeeve W/insert Eu
  CD   M/M JAPAN CDs
Japan
  $16.82     Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson
Ltd. 3 Sided Digipack Japan
  CD   NEW JAPAN CDs
Japan
  $37.01     Details
  Eric Clapton   Me And Mr Johnson
Ltd. 3 Sided Digipack Promo Japan
  CD   M/M JAPAN CDs
Japan
  $47.11     Details
  ERIC CLAPTON   Me And Mr Johnson
Dispatched As Soon As Possible By Independent Uk Seller. Please Contact Me If Item Is Not Dispatc...
  CD   BRAND NEW! GENERALLY SEALED. PLEASE NOTE: NOT ALL MERLIN MOOSI
United Kingdom
  $16.93     Details
Me And Mr. Johnson - Eric Clapton   Eric Clapton   Me And Mr. Johnson CD   Southland CD
United States
  $20.00 - $125.00      Details
Me And Mr. Johnson - Eric Clapton   Eric Clapton   Me And Mr. Johnson
4 Track Promo Only Sampler Cd In Custom Double Stickered Cardsleeve. Us
  CD   Southland CD
United States
  $20.00     Details
Eric Clapton - Me And Mr. Johnson Album   Eric Clapton   Me And Mr. Johnson
Original Rare "security Service" Reprise Records 14 Track Advance Promo Only Cd, Indivu...
  CD   Southland CD
United States
  $125.00     Details
  ERIC CLAPTON   Me And Mr. Johnson
Brazil
  CD   NEW/NEW sebo do disc
Brazil
  $38.50     Details
  ERIC CLAPTON   Me And Mr Johnson CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $40.00 - $60.00      Details
  ERIC CLAPTON   Me And Mr Johnson
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $40.00     Details
  ERIC CLAPTON   Me And Mr Johnson
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $60.00     Details
  ERIC CLAPTON   Me And Mr Jonhson
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $44.95     Details
  eric clapton   Me And Mr. Johnson, 2004 CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $59.27      Details
  eric clapton   Me And Mr. Johnson, 2004
9362487302 cd Cdx1 Me And Mr. Johnson Barcode: 9362487302 Label: Reprise Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $59.27     Details
  eric clapton   Me And Mr. Johnson, 2004
9362487302 cd Cdx1 Me And Mr. Johnson Barcode: 9362487302 Label: Reprise Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $59.27     Details
  ERIC CLAPTON   Me And Mr Johnson - Edition Digipack
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $66.40     Details

LP

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  CLAPTON,ERIC   Me And Mr. Johnson - Reprise 2004 - 14 Tracks - Top Blues Rock Tracks From Robert Johnson...
  LP   NEW vinylrecords
Germany
  $74.57     Details
Clapton, Eric - Me And Mr. Johnson Record   Clapton,Eric   Me And Mr. Johnson
Sealed Out Of Print 200gm Quiex Sv P Vinyl Eric Clapton S Breathtaking Repertoire Of Blues Tune...
  LP   M- Audiophileus
United States
  $93.50     Details

Cassette

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Clapton,Eric   Me And Mr Johnson Digest
Jap Promo Only 4 Trk Cassette, Promo Only Info Sleeve Warner Japan
  Cassette   M/M Tokyo Music
Japan
  $21.80     Details

CD Single

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
Clapton, Eric - Me And Mr Johnson Sampler   Clapton,Eric   Me And Mr Johnson Sampler
Eric Clapton Me And Mr Johnson Sampler (2004 Us 4-track Promotional Only Album Sampler Cd Inclu...
  CD Single   EX TO MINT eil / esprit
United Kingdom
  $13.85     Details
  eric clapton   Me And Mr Johnson Sampler - Promo
Rare 4-cut Promo Sampler In Thin Cardboard Sleeve Reprise 101305, 2004
  CD Single   EX Demon's Disk
United States
  $24.83     Details

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