jules wrote:How was Clapton's band "corporate"? I thought they gave superb interpretations of Harrison's songs, both solo and Beatles. Clapton's band provided the backing for possibly his best (IMHO) solo album "Journeyman". And Clapton and this very band gave a wonderful performance at the 1990 Knebworth concert (available to see on Youtube). The band featured the gorgeous Tessa Niles on backing vocals on whom I used to have an incredible crush. Still do, actually!
To me they are "corporate" because, to my ears, they sound bland and lifeless much of the time...like they are "punching the clock". The last Clapton album I liked much was "Money & Cigarettes". I like some tracks here and there, and I thought his Unplugged performance was pretty good, but most of what I've heard over the last 20 years or so doesn't compare very well with his first 20 years- which I genuinely dig. I don't hate all of "Live In Japan". I just only really like about 1/2 of it, and the other half is spotty at best. The backing sounds like the worst elements of faceless arena rock to me, and it's that vibe that brings it down for me. As I said I also think that Clapton is fine on some stuff, but I don't care for his playing on some of the album either. If you hear something different, that's fine. Maybe I'm missing something, but I've given that album a number tries over the years, and it just seems like a far cry from the wonders of "The Concert For Bangldesh". I could make a decent "salvage" mix CD from it, but overall the feel of it just isn't my cuppa tea I guess. Blessings!