Crossroads 2

Crossroads 2 - Live In The Seventies

Compilation Producer: Bill Levenson

Associate Producer: Jerry Rappaport


Disc 1 Location
Walkin' Down The Road Criteria Studios, Miami 5:15
Have You Ever Loved A Woman Long Beach Arena 7:41
Willie And The Hand Jive / Get Ready Long Beach Arena 11:42
Can't Find My Way Home Long Beach Arena 5:19
Driftin' Blues / Rambling On My Mind Long Beach Arena 11:36
Presence Of The Lord Long Beach Arena 8:48
Rambling On My Mind / Have You Ever Loved A Woman Hammersmith Odeon 8:16
Little Wing Hammersmith Odeon 6:43
The Sky Is Crying / Have You Ever Loved A Woman / Ramblin On My Mind

 

Hammersmith Odeon 7:39
Disc 2
Layla Providence Civic Center 5:38
Further On Up The Road Providence Civic Center 4:31
I Shot The Sheriff Nassau Coliseum 10:21
Badge Nassau Coliseum 10:42
Driftin' Blues Providence Civic Center 6:58
Eyesight To The Blind / Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?

 

Providence Civic Center 24:19
Disc 3
Tell The Truth Hammersmith Odeon 8:57
Knockin' On Heavens Door Hammersmith Odeon 5:20
Stormy Monday Hammersmith Odeon 13:02
Lay Down Sally Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 5:23
The Core Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 9:13
We're All The Way Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 2:55
Cocaine Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 6:37
Goin' Down Slow / Rambling On My Mind Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 13:45
Mean Old Frisco

 

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 5:53
Disc 4
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever Victoria Hall, Hanley 4:23
Worried Life Blues Victoria Hall, Hanley 5:58
Tulsa Time Apollo Theatre, Glasgow 4:31
Early In The Morning Victoria Hall, Hanley 6:19
Wonderful Tonight Apollo Theatre, Glasgow 6:24
Kind Hearted Woman Apollo Theatre, Glasgow 5:17
Double Trouble Victoria Hall, Hanley 11:06
Crossroads Victoria Hall, Hanley 5:20
To Make Somebody Happy Olympic Sound Studios, London 5:11
Cryin' Olympic Sound Studios, London 2:54
Water On The Ground Olympic Sound Studios, London 3:00

Reviews

Michael Wheeler

Rating : 8/10

4 November 2005


Crossroad 2 is volume 2 of his Crossroads box sets. Crossroads 1 is much better. The thing about Crossroads 2 is the fact its almost entirely live. Due to the fact it is live you hear some wonderful guitar solos. Most of these solos come at a time when Clapton was not playing his classic solos on his CD's. Having seen Clapton several time live during this time period I find it an accurate account of his live concerts. The first part of the collection is from his 1974 Comeback tour, when 461 Ocean Blvd had just come out. Clapton during this period was not playing his best guitar. He had taken a 3 year absence and his guitar playing though rusty is still good. Later on the CD after he had been touring again for awhile the solos get better.

This CD is for people like me who collect everything. If you are a casual listener you might want to avoid this box set. If you are a collector like me its a must to have.

 

Peter Nelson

Rating : 9/10

7 July 2002


Although the live years 1970-74 and 1979 have been quite well documented officially, Clapton's middle period 1975-78 had received little attention until the release of this set. 'Crossroads 2' fills the gap admirably. While Eric's studio albums from the mid-70's suggest he had almost abandoned his guitar hero-stance for that of singer-songwriter, 'Crossroads 2' shows that in concert his blues genius remained intact. Eric's playing is uniformly superb across all four discs, but it is fascinating to hear him grow in strength as a singer and stage performer as the set unfolds. Similarly, his American backing band start off sounding lacklustre in the 1974 performances on disc 1, are drastically improved in the 1975 songs on disc 2, and by the 1977-78 performances on discs 3 and 4, are absolutely smoking! This in turn drives Eric to even more intense soloing - for example, the furious climaxes reached on the 'Going Down Slow' medley, and the penetrating extended workouts on 'Double Trouble' and 'Stormy Monday.'
My only quibbles with this set are that compiler Bill Levenson includes nearly all the material from the average (and already available) 1974-recorded 'EC Was Here,' and yet includes only three cuts from Eric's magnificent concert at the Hammersmith Odeon on April 27, 1977. This was clearly one of the great shows of his career. With more stringent editing of the material on disc 1, and full use of the CD running times on discs 2 and 4. More cuts from this concert could easily have been included. Also, the four studio cuts included - although interesting - detract from the in-concert flow of this set and should have been sacrificed in favour of more live cuts from the brilliant 1977-78 era. Overall though, 'Crossroads 2' is a fine and long-overdue summary of Clapton's 1970's live work.

 

Matt Cole

Rating : 10/10

4 January 2001


This may sound a bit 'poncy' but I shed real tears when I heard the solo on the live track "I Shot The Sheriff". Eric amazes me how he can turn an average song into a master peice.

 

Daniel

Rating : 8/10

19 November 2000


In 1996 Polygram decided to release a 4 CD box-set as a follow up to the "Crossroads" - box, released eight years earlier. While volume one was a collection of greatest hits, alternative takes and some live cuts from Clapton's full career up to that point, this sequel is based on live performances in the seventies. Of the 35 songs presented in this collection only four are recorded in the studio. All previously unreleased. Now, however can two of them be found on the record "Blues" released in 1999.

I won't go review song by song, I'll just let you know the highlights. Actually, the first song is one of them. It's an acoustic blues recorded during the "461 Ocean Boulevard" - sessions in 1974. It's called Walkin' Down The Road and features some great, sensitive vocals from Eric and great guitar work.

The main part of the first disc can be found on the album "EC Was Here", but here they're in another mix and remastred. On the "EC Was Here" - album Driftin' and Ramblin' On My Mind were incomplete and presented as two different songs. Well, of course they are, but here you'll get the complete versions and you'll find out that they were played as a medley!

Disc two is the most interesting in my opinion. Both I Shot The Sheriff and Badge are extended with solos and are well over ten minutes. This disc also has a great jam with Carlos Santana on Eyesight To The Blind / Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?. And if you thought the other two songs were long, take a look at the time of this beautiful jam: 24:19!

The third disc is the one I'm not listening to very often. It does have some great material such as The Core, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Tell The Truth and Cocaine (with harmonica!) but I often overlook this one and put on disc number four instead. The last disc has a great version of Double Trouble and Worried Life Blues. I'm shocked every time I hear those songs. They're so good! The disc also have 3/4 previously unreleased studio tracks: To Make Somebody Happy, Cryin' and Water On The Ground. The first two later released on "Blues". If you already own "EC Was Here" and "Blues - Collectors' Edition" this box might not be necessary, but you will miss some great live performances by the greatest guitarist in the world.

It also has some very good pictures of our hero live on stage or in hotel rooms.


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