[Slowhand] Eric rants and raves continued

sam mangano mangs88 at verizon.net
Fri Apr 20 00:13:12 EDT 2007

this may be a first, someone (myself) responding to their own post!!

if "melt-your-face" guitar is what you are looking for, be sure to catch a
live show from Joe Bonamassa! his records feature excellent axe work as
well, but live is where its at - he gives me shivers in my spine the likes
of which i havent felt from EC in quite awhile! i hope the Crossroads
Festival rekindles the magic that only EC can provide, if only for just a

----- Original Message -----
From: "sam mangano" <mangs88 at verizon.net>
To: "Scott Wallenberg" <scottw at racerxill.com>; "EC Slowhand Digest"
<slowhand at planet-torque.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 11:42 PM
Subject: Re: [Slowhand] Eric rants and raves continued

>I for one do not want another blues cover album. I would love to hear a

>contemporary record like Buddy Guy just put out called "Bring 'Em Home". I

>was listening to it for the first time in almost a year since I bought it

>on my way to his show at the house of blues last nite in cleveland. It has

>a mix of original blues tunes, slow songs, up tempo rockers, etc., and the

>guitar was up front in the mix with magnificent soloing and rich vocals!


> by the way, buddy's show blew away the detroit EC show i went to a couple

> weeks ago. buddy came out resplendant in an electric blue satin jogging

> suit with bowler hat. he came out swinging for the fences with a new plain

> white/cream colored strat (no polka dots) and prowled the stage like a

> tiger! the man is 8-10 years OLDER than EC for godsake. he has cut back on

> his gimmicks and plays a lot more guitar now than he has the last 5 times

> i have seen him.


> i had seats in the balcony. buddy did his usual stroll through the crowd,

> went behind the bar for a drink, etc. i went downstairs to get an upclose

> view. he proceeded to follow me up the steps to the balcony, and sat down

> in the seat in the row in front of me, and soloed for a bit! he totally

> reworked and performed an understated "hoochie coochie man", did a couple

> BB King covers, his EC/Hendrix impersonations, new songs, story-telling,

> the works. now that's what i call entertainment! he played about 80

> minutes, but odd though that he didnt do an encore? i paid forty bucks for

> my ticket and felt like i was stealing from him....


> out

> sambo8


> ----- Original Message -----

> From: "Scott Wallenberg" <scottw at racerxill.com>

> To: "EC Slowhand Digest" <slowhand at planet-torque.com>

> Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 5:49 PM

> Subject: [Slowhand] Eric rants and raves continued



>> If Eric did another From the Cradle what do you think it would sound

>> like?


>> In my opinion it would sound just like a repeat of From the Cradle. or Me

>> and Mr. Johnson

>> He is not going to re-invent the wheel...his blues playing is what it is.

>> I happen to love it but more covers of Blues tunes would get a kind of

>> redundant.


>> FTC and the accompanying tour had Lee Dixon trotting out endless

>> varieties of guitars which certainly helped to provide lots of nice tonal

>> changes but in the end it was still Eric's fingers and there really

>> aren't any new "blues" licks coming.


>> There is a fascinating interview in Vintage Guitar magazine Feb 2007

>> issue interviewing Eric and JJ together which details almost every track

>> on Escondido.

>> Interestingly on Don't Cry Sister Eric actually did all the guitars and

>> taught himself the JJ Cale parts, the harmonizing lines and overdubs.

>> That's probably one of the coolest things on the record to me and shows

>> that if Eric wants to learn something new he can.


>> JJ also mentions how he plays After Midnight different almost every night

>> to change things up and Eric counters that he likes to keep the

>> arrangements the same and just let the solos vary.


>> Eric also mentioned about playing in a trio again with Cream "If I were

>> to do it again, I'd learn to play in a way that wasn't so manic.There

>> must be better ways to do the trio thing"


>> JJ says that Eric was sitting on his porch playing licks that he has

>> never ever heard Eric play. When JJ said Eric should record that, Eric

>> replied "there are somethings that should just go in the air"





>> Scott







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