Eric Clapton - Slowhand At 70: Live At The Royal Albert Hall

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Posted on Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:39pm
by Ron Wallace

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Album Overview

Slowhand at 70 – Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a concert film released by the British blues-rock musician Eric Clapton. It features a selection of songs, Clapton performed on 21 May 2015 while he played during his "70th Birthday Celebration" tour at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall. The film was released from 14 September 2015 onwards via cinema broadcasting in various territories. The cinema release also featured an in-depth report about Clapton's history at the Royal Albert Hall. A DVD, Blu-ray, compact disc and grammophone record release of the performance was released on 13 November 2015.


    Slowhand At 70: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
    DVD-1Somebody's Knockin' On My Door
    DVD-2Key To The Highway
    DVD-3Tell The Truth
    DVD-5Hoochie Coochie Man
    DVD-6You Are So Beautiful
    DVD-7Can't Find My Way Home
    DVD-8I Shot The Sheriff
    DVD-9Driftin' Blues
    DVD-10Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
    DVD-11Tears In Heaven
    DVD-13Let It Rain
    DVD-14Wonderful Tonight
    DVD-16High Time We Went
    Bonus Track
    DVD-17Little Queen Of Spades
    Slowhand At 70: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (CD-1)
    CD1-1Somebody's Knockin' On My Door7:05
    CD1-2Key To The Highway5:05
    CD1-3Tell The Truth6:35
    CD1-5Hoochie Coochie Man5:24
    CD1-6You Are So Beautiful4:44
    CD1-7Can't Find My Way Home6:11
    CD1-8I Shot The Sheriff9:33
    Slowhand At 70: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (CD-2)
    CD2-1Driftin' Blues6:24
    CD2-2Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out3:36
    CD2-3Tears In Heaven5:07
    CD2-5Let It Rain5:34
    CD2-6Wonderful Tonight3:52
    CD2-9High Time We Went5:43
    CD2-10Little Queen Of Spades16:57


    Keyboardist Paul Carrack recalled in an interview with the Canadian National Post: "I thought the playing was amazing. Eric doesn’t make much fuss about the fact that it’s the 70th so in that respect it was just like any other gig but there was a special atmosphere in the hall. When we came off stage the first night Eric said he wasn’t gonna let it go on. I think the second night must have been a lot better. [...] With Eric, playing at the Albert Hall … it’s really just about the music. It feels like you’re playing in a small club, almost. Especially when you’ve been out playing those big auditoriums, which aren’t built for music. But the Albert Hall has this wonderful, intimate atmosphere".


    According to the official release announcement, the movie features "classic songs and fan favourites from throughout Eric Clapton's career", including tracks the British rock musician recorded with bands like Cream, Derek & the Dominos and titles Clapton made famous throughout his extensive career as a solo artist. The track listing features hit single releases including "Layla", "I Shot the Sheriff", "Tears in Heaven" and "Wonderful Tonight". A special featurette filmed for cinema audiences only consists of interviews by Paul Gambaccini with both fellow band members Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Low and Chris Stainton, as well as music journalists Paul Sexton and Hugh Fielder. Besides showing Clapton, who plays guitar and sings at the performance, the six-piece band of Chris Stainton and Paul Carrack on keyboards and Hammond organ, Nathan East on bass guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Michelle John and Sharon White singing background vocals is shown equally alongside scenes of the English venue.


    Both a trailer and an official announcement were released by Eric Clapton's official management and concert promoters on 19 August 2015 over the internet and social media. The movie, featuring a selected amount of songs performed by Clapton at London's Royal Albert Hall on 21 May 2015 during his "70th Birthday Celebration" tour was released from 14 September 2015 onwards via cinema broadcasting worldwide under license of Arts Alliance, Warner Bros. Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment. On 1 September 2015 a sneak preview featuring Clapton's live performance of "Cocaine" was released. The release features an high-definition picture and 5.1 surround sound. On 31 August 2015 it was announced, that a DVD, Blu-ray, compact disc and grammophone record version of the recordings will be released on 13 November 2015 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. A DVD and three vinyl record package was made available through pre-order via on 16 September 2015. Just before the release was made visible on the Amazon internet ordering marketplace, an executive of Germany's Warner Music Group told the German radio station Radio NRW that there will be limited grammophone record pressings of the recordings made for the market. On 13 November 2015, the following packages were released: Double DVD with double CD, grammophone record, double CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc and a triple vinyl release with included DVD.

    Critical reception

    Music journalist Or Barnea of Utab Music calls the concert documentary "fantastic" and notes, Clapton and his band perform on stage "like never seen before". Critic Sam Love of CeX said "Slowhand at 70 is a beautiful snapshot of one of the greatest guitarists of all time at his best", and that the film is "beautifully shot, gently capturing the intimate performance and putting you right there in the Hall with Clapton".


    • Eric Clapton – electric and acoustic guitar · lead vocals
    • Chris Stainton – keyboards
    • Paul Carrack – keyboards · Hammond organ · background vocals
    • Andy Fairweather Low - guitar · vocals - High Time We Went
    • Nathan East – bass guitar · background vocals
    • Steve Gadd – drums
    • Michelle John – background vocals
    • Sharon White – background vocals


    • Paul Gambaccini – interviews
    • Blue Leach – director
    • Simon Climie – audio mixing · audio production
    • Alan Douglas – engineer · additional engineering
    • Audrey Davenport – producer
    • Luca Ciuti – director of photography
    • Bob Ludwig – audio mastering
    • George Chin – photographs
    • Stuart Green – package design
    • Martin Dacre – legal issues
    • Michael Eaton – executive producer
    • Martin Dacre – executive producer
    • Peter Worsley – supervising producer
    • Simon Hosken – executive production
    • Melissa Morton-Hicks – production manager
    • Rebecca Bradshaw – legal issues
    • Charlotte Godfrey – legal issues
    • Paul Bullock – production assistant
    • Mark Fossitt – production co-ordinator
    • Claire Higgins – production co-ordinator
    • Rosie Holley – production manager
    • Terry Shand – executive producers
    • Geoff Kempin – executive producer


    Directed by Blue Leach Produced by Audrey Davenport Director Of Photography: Luca Ciuti Executive Producers: Michael Eaton & Martin Dacre Supervising Producer for Eagle Rock Film Productions: Peter Worsley Executive Producers for Eagle Rock Entertainment: Geoff Kempin & Terry Shand (P) & (C) 2015 EPC Enterprises LLP. Exclusively licensed to Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd. An Eagle Vision release. Eagle Vision is a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd, a Universal Music Group company. With thanks to THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL DVD Running time: 123 mins approx. Packaging Design: Stuart Green



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