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Me and Mr. Johnson is the fifteenth solo studio album recorded by Eric Clapton. It consists of covers of songs written and originally recorded by Robert Johnson. Clapton had planned to record an album of new material, but by the time of the recording sessions there were not enough new songs written, so the band instead recorded a series of Johnson songs. Johnson sold more than two million albums worldwide and reached the Top 10 in more than 15 countries.

A companion album and video release entitled Sessions for Robert J was released on 7 Decemberand featured different versions of each of the songs from the studio album. In the beginning ofClapton set out to record a new album, working with his long-time collaborator Simon Climie on several songs that Clapton wrote about love, peace and happiness. However, when it came time to record in the studio, there were not enough finished songs Album an album, so Clapton suggested the band play some songs composed by Delta blues great Robert Johnson.

Clapton was very pleased with the recordings, as was Warner Bros. Records and Reprise Records manager Tom Whalley. Clapton eventually finished his original material, which was released on the album Back Home in I am talking, of course, about the work of Robert Johnson.

Up until I heard his music, everything I had ever heard seemed as if it was dressed up for a shop window somewhere, so that when I heard him for the first time, it was like he was singing only for himself, and now and then, maybe God.

At first, it scared me in its intensity, and I could only take it in small doses. Then I would build up strength and take a little more, but I could never really get away from it, and in the end, it spoiled me for everything else.

Now, after all these years, his music is like my oldest friend, always in the back of my head, and on the horizon. It is the finest music I have ever heard. I have always trusted its purity, and I always will". AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine notes Clapton sounds very "comfortable and relaxed" on the studio album "as if he was having fun making music".

Comparing the Album to Clapton's older Blues albums, the music critic notes: "in some respects it's a better blues album than [these other ones] since it never sounds as doggedly serious as that guitar—heavy affair". Erlewine finishes his review liking the whole concept and production of the album: "Some might take issue with this, and others may find the album too slickly produced — admittedly, blues albums should never boast a credit for Pro Tools, as this does — but this is a heartfelt tribute that's among Clapton's most purely enjoyable albums".

He awarded the release three and a half out of five possible stars. The journalist finishes his review, finding "Clapton pays broad tribute to Johnson as a composer and public-domain synthesist". Journalist Edna Gundersen from USA Today calls the studio album a "homage to the genre's godfather in 14 electric versions of acoustic blueprints that laid the groundwork for the '60s rock explosion" and rates the album with three and a half out of four possible stars, calling the songs "greasy as they are graceful, conveying an earthy intensity".

Johnson "will likely become a coffee-table album" and notes "Clapton sounds reinvigorated in these 14 songs by " Crossroads " soul—salesman Robert Johnson, with phlegm in his throat and relative fire in his belly".

For him to take on Johnson's catalogue makes perfect sense. They are all delivered with sincerity, love and respect. The band are as tight as a bottle-stop, the recording is as clear as a bell and Clapton's singing and playing sound just fine. Me and Mr Johnson will appeal to his AOR audience after a bit of authentic as much as it will to staunch blues fans hungry for digital-age renditions of Johnson standards".

Johnson "Clapton is in fine form, setting aside the slick instrumentation and production that have marked much of his more recent work in favor of a smaller ensemble", creating as the result "a sparse sound, allowing Clapton's usual outstanding lead and slide guitar work to shine. Clapton and the stellar musicians behind him are obviously passionate about the music". On 10 JanuarySteve Howe announced his retirement from the band to focus on other projects, [25] including Yes, bringing an end to the reunion of the original lineup.

Asia in turn announced they would be continuing with new guitarist Sam Coulsonwith a new album in the works entitled Gravitas. Something had to give. Because I'd just done five years with both bands and then Geoff had joined [Yes] when we did Fly From Herewhich is maybe a lot shorter, only a quarter of that time for him. He only experienced the tip of the iceberg of being on call for two bands. But there were times in the first three years — it actually got easier when Geoff joined.

It was easier Album we were both in the band and we could both wrestle with the schedules — but before that, at times, Yes or Asia would extend a tour by a day and then Yes or Asia would then expand the start of the tour, so the gap would start to close. And I would start freaking out saying "yeah, but hang on I couldn't keep either really happy. I was either making Yes miserable or Asia miserable, because of the other one being in existence.

So I think that Asia had a terrific run and we made three great albums. In fact, XXXI think, is a fantastic record. The band finished the recording sessions for Gravitas in December [29] and in January they started shooting the music video for "Valkyrie", which was released as a single.

The album's cover artwork was designed by Asia longtime collaborator Roger Dean. On 30 JanuaryWetton revealed the album's track listing through Asia's official website and talked about each song from the album.

Following Gravitas and the subsequent tour, the band went on an almost three-year hiatus due to Wetton having cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. On 11 JanuaryWetton released a statement that, due to receiving another round of chemotherapy, he would be unable to perform on the 12 dates announced for the Journey tour, and that he would be substituted by Billy Sherwoodone of Downes' Yes bandmates, and Wetton's own co-writer and producer of the album Raised in Captivity.

Wetton died on 31 January at the age of 67; [39] [3] Palmer later stated "So, we used Billy and we had a phenomenal time. Fan dedications were sent into management and shown on a large projection screen above the stage. After Wetton's death, Downes stated that the duo had been working on another Asia album, and stated that he hopes to eventually finish and release it as a final testament to Wetton. It is unclear whether Wetton had recorded any parts, or if the album had only been in the songwriting process.

The band also confirmed that Sam Coulson had amicably left Asia to focus on solo projects and that he'd be replaced as guitarist by Ron "Bumblefoot" Thalspecifically for the tour also took over lead vocals, with Sherwood remaining on bass but moving to Album) vocals. Coulson confirmed his departure on Twitter the same day. Throughout the years, Geoff Downes has been the longest serving member of the band and is the only one to appear on every studio album.

However, he was out of the band from its reunion to due to prior commitments at the time. The original line-up initially lasted from until when John Wetton left. It was reunited on two occasions: first, one year later when Wetton rejoined, but Steve Howe left before the band could work together again, and a second time inwhen Downes, then the last original member left, replaced the rest of the band with his original bandmates.

This last original reunion lasted untilwhen Howe left once again. Wetton died from cancer inmaking another reunion of the original lineup impossible.

Several musicians have joined and left after a short time without recording any studio material with the group. The most notable collaboration of this kind was the participation of Greg Lake in the "Asia in Asia" concert on bass guitar and lead vocals. Yet more musicians have played as session musicians or have guested with the band without formally joining. This is an approximate timeline of the members of Asia. Thinner bars indicate guest appearances, either on recordings or live.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English rock band. Not to be confused with Asia featuring John Payne. Progressive rock art rock arena rock hard rock pop rock. See also: Asia Featuring John Payne.

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