Eric Clapton
"From the Cradle Tour Rehearsals" (Pre-Broadcast)
Manhattan Center Studios
311 W 34th St.
New York, New York



Edit 1: "From the Heart / The Last Rehearsal" (58:14)

"You've Got to Push it" (overdub)
Hoochie Coochie Man ((intercut with foosball table action)
"Freddie King / 'I Loved a Woman'"
Tore Down
"Jerry Portnoy Interview / Eric's singing"
"Can we Get Andy some picks with handles?" (longer version)
Sinner's Prayer (with additional ending)
"I try and keep my head out of it"
Motherless Child
Malted Milk
"Andy Fairweather-Low interview / Albert King"
Born Under a Bad Sign
"A bit too slow / one more and we'll have lunch"
Someday After a While
"You're going to have to always be ready"
"Lunch" / "Lee Dickson Interview" / FOOSBALL
It Hurts Me Too
"Dave Bronze Interview
.44 Blues"
"Yardbirds / Buddy Guy"
Five Long Years
"Doc / Pete - Bluesologists (interview)"
"I suppose my life has been a journey ..."
Ain't Nobody's Business
"End Credits" (overdub)

Edit 2: "From the Cradle - Rehearsal" (58:21)

"Tuning / chat"
"When You're Rehearsing" (overdub)
Hoochie Coochie Man
"I Want to go on with an acoustic set"
Motherless Child
"I do this best"
Malted Milk
"Freddie King / I Loved a Woman" (overdub)
Tore Down
"Picks for Andy" (shorter version)
Sinner's Prayer
"Albert King" (EC interview / overdub)
Born Under a Bad Sign
Someday After a While
"Interview overdub / FOOSBALL"
"Playing like Elmore James"
It Hurts Me Too
"Eddie Boyd" (overdub interview)
Five Long Years
"Robert Johnson was the king of that era ..." (overdub)
FADE IN > Crossroads
"Back to Square One"
.44 Blues
"This is the most important kind of music to me" (overdub)
Ain't Nobody's Business
"Isn't there any percussion on this?"

Technical Stuff:

Type: DVD
Region: None
TV System: NTSC

Video Stream:
Type: Interlaced MPEG2
Bitrate: 9.558 Mbps
Framerate: 29.970 Hz
Resolution: 704x480
Aspect ratio: 4x3

Audio Stream:
Type: Dolby Digital (AC3)
Bitrate: 256 Kbps
Number of channels: 2
Sampling Frequency: 48khz
Sampling Bits: 16

Band Lineup:

Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Portnoy Harmonica
Chris Stainton Keyboards
Dave Bronze Bass
Andy Newmark Drums
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet
Tim Sanders Tenor Sax
Simon Clarke Baritone Sax

About the Venue:

The Manhattan Center building, built in 1906 and located at 311 West 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan, houses Manhattan Center Studios (home to two recording studios), its Grand Ballroom, and the Hammerstein Ballroom, one of New York City's most renowned performance venues. 

Geetarz Comments:

The final day of rehearsals for the "Nothing But the Blues" tour was filmed for release in various markets on various iterations of the VH-11 channel.

As with most programs of this type, VH1 contracted out the recording and editing to Ken Erlich Productions.

Several edits were produced for approval from the network, and broadcast in different markets. 

This master tape recording contains two such edits. Astute observers will note the lack of a broadcast "VH1" watermark on the screen.

The first edit, "From the Heart / The Last Rehearsal", has superb stereo audio, and is intercut with "talking head" interviews with the band and crew.

The second edit, later broadcast in the U.S. on VH1, is edited very differently, with most interview segments featured as overdubs.

Although the two edits are similar in length, the interview content doesn't duplicate much, as each version has material not featured in the other.

Overall, a fascinating, pro-shot look at the final tour rehearsals, and from a pre-broadcast VHS source.


I could tell you, but I'd have to kill you. 

~Geetarz, September 2010