‘Eric Clapton - Planes, Trains and Eric’
(Eric Clapton / Blu ray / NR / 2014 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: Eric Clapton is one of the most revered and influential guitarists of all time. From his early days with the Yardbirds, through John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominos and on to his solo career he has had consistent critical and commercial success. Planes, Trains And Eric follows Eric Clapton and his band on the Far and Middle Eastern leg of his 2014 World Tour.
Blu ray Verdict: In what has to be described as, quite possibly the most intimate documentation on life on the road for guitar legend, Eric Clapton, ‘Planes, Trains and Eric’ is a sensational work of biographical art. Recorded on the road during part of his 2014 tour, it not only reveals Clapton’s traveling and backstage trials and tribulations, but also contains some never-seen-before full-length live performances.
One of the most revered and influential guitarists of all time, Clapton has always been at the forefront of music - and well-received, needed music, at that! From his early days with the yard birds, through John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes and on to his enormous solo career, he has been solid, consistent, and commercial beyond belief.
This so-called “fly on the wall” documentary brings us, along with those intercut live performance songs, interviews with Clapton, his band members, a lot of wonderful rehearsal footage (yes, even Clapton has to rehearse), and sound check footage en masse.
And the songs that come interspersed throughout this delightful Blu ray documentary include, but are not limited to, by ay means of the imagination, ‘Tell The Truth,’ ‘Pretending,’ ‘Crossroads,’ ‘I Shot The Sheriff,’ ‘Layla,’ ‘Wonderful Tonight,’ ‘Tears In Heaven,’ ‘Cocaine,’ and even comes with the two (2) bonus tracks, ‘Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down And Out)’ and ‘Alabama Woman Blues.’
‘Eric Clapton - Planes, Trains and Eric’ is one incredible, insightful, and for fans all around the world, an exciting look behind the curtain of their guitar legend hero. Together with his band - Steve Gadd (drums), Paul Carrack (Hammond and vocals), Nathan East (bass and vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Michelle John (backing vocals), and Shar White (backing vocals) - Clapton and his musical crew bring their unrivaled behind-the-scenes documentary to the fore with a mix of humor, devotion to the cause, and, of course, plenty of fantastic , world-renowned music. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk