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Eric Clapton

Live at Montreux 1986 DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Eric Clapton might well be one of the highest rated guitarists in the business. Sometimes his talent deserves those accolades. Make no mistake, when the man is hot he is incredible. It’s just that it seems like a lot of the time he is content to coast on his reputation and not really deliver. Well, the Montreux Jazz Festival performance captured on this DVD is definitely not a coasting session. The man is purely on fire for the whole set. When Clapton is coaxing songs from his fretboard it is simply one of the most sublime experiences you can find. During those inspired performances it just doesn’t get much better, and this is one of those times. When you add in a quality audio and video recording there’s not much more that you can ask for. In fact, the only thing I’d bring up as lacking on this set is bonus features. Still, when the jams are as good as they are here, that’s just splitting hairs.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2006 Volume 5 at
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