Archive for Guitar Gods

Dear Mr. Fantasy, Play Us A Tune

If you haven’t noticed, we’re big on the whole guitar gods thing over here on Welcome To Now. Let’s indulge some more with two killer bootlegs – one from Stevie Winwood and Traffic and the other from Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominoes. Both of these shows take place at the historic Filmore East in New York City in the 1970s. This is the stuff legends are made of.

Clapton and Winwood

Clapton and Winwood

This Traffic show has crisp, pristine sound and just flows with creative energy. The band’s jazzy grooves cut with Winwood’s incendiary guitar lead create breathtaking psychedelic jams –  without any overindulgent noodling. Winwood keeps things grounded but this show definitely takes off. Mr. Fantasy and Medicated Goo are highlights but the whole thing just flat out rocks and the band dosen’t miss a beat.


Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood

The Fillmore East
New York, NY
1. Introduction by Bill Graham
2. Medicated Goo
3. Pearly Queen
4. Empty Pages
5. Heaven Is In Your Mind
6. Forty Thousand Headmen
7. John Barleycorn Must Die
8. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
9. Every Mother’s Son
10. Glad>Freedom Rider
11. Means To The End
12. Dear Mr. Fantasy

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While not as crisp sounding as the Traffic show, this early Clapton/Derek and the Dominoes bootleg really captures the un-cut and raw energy and talent of Clapton. Check out Clapton’s great use of the wah wah effect in this show and the diversity in sound between his tone-filled fender riffing and laid back wah wah wailing. You can clearly hear Hendrix’s influence in his sound at this point and see Clapton explore some more experimental jams than his later year. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Clapton in the 'Dominoes' days

Clapton in the 'Dominoes' days

Derek And The Dominos
The Filmore East
New York, NY
1. Got to Get Better in a Little While
2. Key To The Highway
3. Tell The Truth
4. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
5. Blues Power
6. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
7. Bottle Of Red Wine
8. Presence Of The Lord
9. Little Wing
10. Let It Rain
11. Crossroads

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Guitar Gods

Let’s give a nod to some of the greatest guitar players of our time: First, more from the L.A. Forum where the Dead layed down a solid showing last night. In this bootleg, Eric Clapton performs with Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana, and Keith Moon. This is a widely circulated and revered bootleg and is a must have for all collectors.

eric_clapton-the_legendary_la_forum_show_1975-frontClapton, Cocker, Santana, Moon – 8/14/75 – L.A. Forum
Stormy Monday
Can’t Find My Way Home
Further on up the Road
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Tell the Truth

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In this vid, Eric Clapton teams up with Jeff Beck for a blazing take of Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘I Want to Take You Higher’ at the Saitama Super Arena, Japan. They nail’ it – I’m amazed at Clapton’s guitar playing – he maintains a level of technical expertise unlike so many of the greats from his generation. Clapton is a true master of the trade:

Next Santana and Derek Trucks rip up the classic ‘Get out my Life Woman’, with a nice ‘Who Knows’ (Hendrix) tease thrown in for good measure. Santana goes fuckin’ nuts around the 6:00 minute mark – and I LIKE it! Derek Trucks stands up to the test and lays down some monster licks himself:

It wouldn’t be a guitar gods exhibit without Trey, so, check out this beautiful and euphoric Trey Anastasio Band performance from Bonnaroo 2002, Trey’s first time at Bonnaroo. This is the peak of Trey’s solo band career, a magical moment no doubt for band and audience alike. Trey is on top of his game, and the power of his 15 piece band is unbelieveable:

Lastly, Jimi Hendrix welcomes Jim Morrison as a special guest. Hendrix’s guitar playing is top notch and Morrison is clearly extremely intoxicated. All in all, quite an amusing and fun show:

Jimi Hendrix w/ Jim Morrison5992834
New York, NY
1. Red House
2. Wake Up This Morning And You Find Yourself Dead
3. Bleeding Heart
4. Morrison’s Lament
5. Tomorrow Never Knows
6. Uranus Rock
7. Outside Woman Blues
8. Sunshine of Your Love

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