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Me and Mr. JohnsonEric Clapton's Me and Mr. Johnson is a full-band album and will likely become a coffee-table album. Clapton sounds reinvigorated in these 14 songs...Me and Mr. JohnsonBluesEric Clapton's Me and Mr. Johnson is a full-band album and will likely become a coffee-table album. Clapton sounds reinvigorated in these 14 songs...2004-03-29
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Me and Mr. Johnson

Genre: Blues; Lead Performer: Eric Clapton; Producer (group): Reprise Records

Eric Clapton’s Me and Mr. Johnson is a full-band album and will likely become a coffee-table album. Clapton sounds reinvigorated in these 14 songs by crossroads soul-salesman Robert Johnson, with phlegm in his throat and (relative) fire in his belly. It’s not without some 12-bar sameness, but Johnson also has brisk turns like ”They’re Red Hot,” where Billy Preston’s double-time piano delightfully illuminates the ragtime-rock link.

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