From L to R: Michael Also, Jann Klose
Photo by Maria Taraszova
In February 1990, Eric Clapton and his 9-piece band were joined by conductor/composer Michael Kamen and the National Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Royal Albert Hall. Kamen conducts the orchestra in an electrifying, authoritative performance of "Edge of Darkness" from the BBC film series of the same name.
The Orchestra Nights for 24 Nights began on 2/8/90. Eric and his 9-piece band were joined by composer/conductor Michael Kamen and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. In this clip, the British Electric Blues Show discusses Kamen/Clapton's regal arrangement of "Bell Bottom Blues", which features extraordinary comping from backing vocalist Katie Kissoon.
Clapton's 4-piece band seems to be having a ton of fun this night, 1/24/90, which happened to be the same night where they also got the DVD takes for "White Room" and "Running on Faith". The British Electric Blues Show walks through the things that make this version of "Sunshine" great. At the end of this performance, the band jams in the key of A before the riff reappears. Do you hear "Motherless Children" or "Lay Down Sally"? Let us know in the comments.
If the cigarette in Eric's guitar headstock didn't sell you, watch this clip to hear what makes this performance killer. Video taken from the British Electric Blues Show's taping on 24 Nights.
Eric Clapton has always given great performances of "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" (Layla album, Hyde Park '96, One More Car One More Rider). In this clip, the British Electric Blues Show walks through the elegant version Eric delivers at the Royal Albert Hall as part of his 24 Nights shows in 1990/1991. Credit to mix engineer Alex Haas for this piece of audio cinema.
The British Electric Blues Show wishes drummer extraordinaire, Steve Ferrone a very happy birthday (4/25). Ferrone has lent his incredible talents to Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, George Harrison, The Average White Band, Duran Duran, and many more. Check out what we have to say.
"Old Love" is quite possibly the most passionate live performance of Eric's career. In this clip, the British Electric Blues Show discusses the roller coaster of a ride Eric and band takes us on in this epic about his main muse, Pattie Boyd.
"Pretending" was the incredible show opener for the 9-piece band on 24 Nights. In this video, we highlight the added members of Clapton's band, discuss Clapton's iconic lead sound, demonstrate his use of the wah, and much more. This video was featured as part of The British Electric Blues Show's special on 24 Nights.
In "Wonderful Tonight", we discuss how Clapton breathes new life into his music by changing the arrangement, changing the members in his band, or a combination of both. This video was featured as part of The British Electric Blues Show's special on 24 Nights.
In this clip, we discuss and demonstrate a few elements that make the 24 Nights version of "White Room" unstoppable. This video pulls from The British Electric Blues Show's special on Eric Clapton's 24 Nights DVD.
Michael Also walks listeners through Pink Floyd's "Time" as featured on The British Electric Blues Show on Dark Side of the Moon.
Here is a track analysis/ranking of Pink Floyd's "Speak to Me/Breathe" from Dark Side of the Moon as featured on The British Electric Blues Show. This show featured speakers Michael Also, Simon Williams, Brad Cook, and Andrew Walton, in that order.
Michael speaks with current Yardbirds lead guitarist Godfrey Townsend (NY), guitarist Chris Johnston (England), & guitarist Ben Stein (New Jersey) about the many things that make Eric Clapton great. This was recorded on Facebook Live.
Michael reflects on the passing of Rush's Neil Peart 1 year after his death. Michael also discusses Neil's compositional approach to drumming and variation along with some production techniques used on Rush's recordings.
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