14 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Me and Mr. Johnson became one of Eric Clapton’s best albums because it was never meant to be an album at all. These recordings emerged from a series of casual studio jams meant to fill the time while Clapton wrote new material. At this point, Robert Johnson’s repertoire wasn't so much a concept for Clapton as it was a constant. The seminal bluesman has been a predominant influence on Clapton since his earliest years, and Johnson's songs have reappeared in Clapton's work from every decade. With Me and Mr. Johnson, Clapton turned away from the terror inherent in much of Johnson’s work and instead emphasized the timelessness of his craft. These performances succeed because they aren’t bogged down by the darkness of Johnson’s legacy, instead showing that songs he wrote 75 years ago can be as fresh and vital as any modern offerings. The band’s impressively behind-the-beat groove owes as much to hard Chicago blues as it does to Johnson’s high-strung rhythms. But don’t be deceived by the simplicity. These are vital rhythms played by Clapton with titans of session work: bassist Nathan East, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, and effortlessly guileful drummer Steve Gadd.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Me and Mr. Johnson became one of Eric Clapton’s best albums because it was never meant to be an album at all. These recordings emerged from a series of casual studio jams meant to fill the time while Clapton wrote new material. At this point, Robert Johnson’s repertoire wasn't so much a concept for Clapton as it was a constant. The seminal bluesman has been a predominant influence on Clapton since his earliest years, and Johnson's songs have reappeared in Clapton's work from every decade. With Me and Mr. Johnson, Clapton turned away from the terror inherent in much of Johnson’s work and instead emphasized the timelessness of his craft. These performances succeed because they aren’t bogged down by the darkness of Johnson’s legacy, instead showing that songs he wrote 75 years ago can be as fresh and vital as any modern offerings. The band’s impressively behind-the-beat groove owes as much to hard Chicago blues as it does to Johnson’s high-strung rhythms. But don’t be deceived by the simplicity. These are vital rhythms played by Clapton with titans of session work: bassist Nathan East, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, and effortlessly guileful drummer Steve Gadd.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Pastor Morilla ,

Extrodinary ME and MR. Johnson

Thank you,Mr.Clapton May God Bless your Heart.
Pastor Greg Morilla

adfsatellite ,

Great Blues album!

Great tribute to a blues man, kick back and enjoy, if you love the blues get this album!!

Pontius2000568 ,

Drowned in piano

I love Clapton and I love Robert Johnson. But do you listen to either one to hear piano music??? This album is completely drenched in piano. When I hear Clapton playing Johnson, I want to hear GUITAR, not a bunch of piano crap. If I want to hear piano, I'll listen to Elton John. This album wouldve honestly been a 5/5 if the piano (and drums too, for that matter) would've been left out completely.

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