Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals

Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals

by Eric Clapton

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Overview

Eric Clapton instituted the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 1999 as a way to raise funds for his Crossroads Centre Antigua, a rehab facility he founded in 1998. Over the next 14 years, the Crossroads Guitar Festival became a semi-regular thing, always featuring a Slowhand-curated crop of guitarists. Barring the 1999 fest, each of these years -- 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013 -- were recorded and released as CDs and DVDs, which makes the 2016 triple-disc Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals a sampler of these particular records. Although Jeff Beck relies heavily on his 1989 album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, there are no surprises either in artists or song selections, although the execution can occasionally take a left turn; ZZ Top's heavy, churning "Waiting for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago" is entirely instrumental. Time has shifted the tenor of some of the selections, too: B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, and J.J. Cale have all passed since their appearances at Crossroads, so their presence carries some poignancy. Generally, though, this is big, bright shiny stadium guitar music, a proud showcase for chops whose interest relies entirely on how much the listener likes blues-based rock guitar solos. There are some exceptions to this rule -- Sheryl Crow was here to sing country songs in 2010, while 2004 saw Vince Gill and Jerry Douglas stop by and Joe Walsh playing "Steam Roller" with James Taylor, but this is a place where John Mayer and Gary Clark, Jr. are the new guns -- although this festival was designed so that Albert Lee, Derek Trucks, Robert Cray, Beck, and Clapton himself could stretch out, which they do repeatedly. Not necessarily performances for the ages but solid all the same.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2016
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227950675
catalogNumber: 552322
Rank: 7844

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist
Doug Belote   Drums

Technical Credits

Eddie Boyd   Composer
Robert Cray   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Jeff Beck   Composer
William Bell   Composer
John Cale   Composer
Jim Capaldi   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Joe Walsh   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Jason Rebello   Composer
Marcy Levy   Composer
Sheryl Crow   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Sonny Landreth   Composer
Frank Beard   Composer
Terry Bozzio   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Producer
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Vince Gill   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
David Hidalgo   Composer
Dusty Hill   Composer
Tony Hymas   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Bob Ludwig   Audio Master
Susannah Melvoin   Composer
Matthew Moore   Composer
Michael Olatunji   Composer
Dale Peters   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
George Terry   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
David May   Producer
Fred Davis   Art Direction
Doyle Bramhall   Composer
Chris Wood   Composer
Joe Bihari   Composer
Amos Blakemore   Composer
John Mayer   Composer
James Fox   Composer
John Beug   Executive Producer
Scooter Weintraub   Producer
Gary Clark   Composer
Michael Eaton   Executive Producer
Justin Mitchell Stanley   Composer
Daniel Flowers   Composer
Louis Perez   Composer
William Nobles   Composer

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