Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 Concert Footage: A DVD Review

Way back in July, I was lucky enough to attend the 2007 Crossroads guitar festival, held right here in the Chicagoland area. Just recently, I finally got the check out the DVD release to commemorate this unique concert event. There were tons of great performances that day, so I've been looking forward to viewing this DVD for a while now and seeing what songs/artists/collaborations were chosen and how the footage looks.

As I said, I actually was at this all day hour concert event and so I don't think I could have been 100% satisfied with these DVD's unless they included every performance. I never really though that was a possibility, so I wasn't really expecting it though, and enough of the highlights are represented that I think this set is a pretty good representation of the event.

You can see the complete lineup that performed here: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 Today

And you can read my review of the event here: Crossroads Guitar Festival: One All Day Concert Later

Here's the DVD tracklisting:

Disk 1:
Introduction – Bill Murray
Uberesso – Sonny Landreth
Hell at Home – Sonny Landreth & Eric Clapton
Maharina – John McLaughlin
Rosie – Doyle Bramhall II
Outside Woman Blues – Doyle Bramhall II
Little By Little – Susan Tedeschi & the Derek Trucks Band
Anyday - The Derek Trucks Band
Highway 61 Revisited – Johnny Winter & the Derek Trucks Band
Nobodysoul – Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Poor Johnny – The Robert Cray Band
Dirty Work at the Crossroads – Jimmy Vaughan & the Robert Cray Band
Sitting On Top of the World - Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vaughan & the Robert Cray Band
Paying the Cost to Be the Boss – B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vaughan & the Robert Cray Band
Rock Me Baby - B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vaughan & the Robert Cray Band
Sweet Thing – Vince Gill
Country Boy – Albert Lee & Vince Gill
If it Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow, Albert Lee & Vince Gill
Tulsa Time – Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Albert Lee & Vince Gill
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson, Albert Lee & Vince Gill
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Albert Lee & Vince Gill

Disk 2:
Belief – John Mayer
Gravity – John Mayer
Don't Worry Baby – Los Lobos
Mas Y Mas – Los Lobos
Cause We Ended As Lovers – Jeff Beck
Big Block – Jeff Beck
Tell the Truth – Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Derek Trucks
Little Queen of Spades – Eric Clapton
Isn't it a Pity – Eric Clapton
Who Do You Love – Robbie Robertson & Eric Clapton
Presence of the Lord – Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
Can't Find My Way Home - Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
Had to Cry Today - Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
Dear Mr. Fantasy – Steve Winwood
Crossroads - Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
Mary had a Little Lamb – Buddy Guy
Damn Right I've Got the Blues – Buddy Guy
Sweet Home Chicago – Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and a whole bunch of other guitarists

Obviously, the reunion of Clapton and Winwood was the major highlight of the day and so I expected all of those tracks to be represented. That isn't to say that they weren't the major highlight of the day to begin with though, as the interplay between Clapton and Winwood is great, as are the Blind Faith songs themselves... probably justification to own this DVD set alone. I personally would have liked to see a another track from the Derek Trucks Band or Jeff Beck, as both were incredible, and there's nothing at all from Allison Krauss and Union Station.

The footage as a whole is pretty great and the sound is stellar, which is really what it's all about. There's also a few moments of sound check footage that are cool to see, as are the interviews inter spaced between performances. An added bonus is the clips from the village stage as there was some mean blues being played back their early in the day from some great guitarists.

Although the performances themselves are great and represented well, there were a few things that bugged me when I watched through these DVD's. The first is the most prominent and that's the editing. There are moments in the first Crossroads DVD's (from back in 2004) that bothered me in terms of editing and camera work as well, but they seem a little more prominent on this set. Several shots I thought were completely out of place, (like a shot of the sound board in the middle of one of the last songs, or a few random crowd shots that looked quite out of place), some cuts were so choppy and interrupted the action that I thought the disk skipped and I couldn't quite figure out why there were moments of black screen every so often. Now, I'm not going to claim to be a video editor, I"m nothing of the sort, but as I've said before, if I notice it as a distraction from the focus of the video, then that is bad editing. In this case, it's not horribly distracting, but noticeable. At times I think it might have been rushed, and the packaging supports this as the track listing I gave is accurate, but the package lists "Isn't it a Pity" and "Little Queen of Spades" reversed. The second thing that bothered me was that there are these brief sound check moments and the additional footage from the village stage, both of which are great to see, but feel like a tease. If the footage exists, why not show as much of it as possible so the fans get some good bonus features?

I don't think either of these negative aspects really should deter someone from picking up this DVD set though as it's really about the musical moments... and there are some great ones. Overall, if I was judging it based on the music and concert footage alone, I think it's amazing, the small negative aspects don't reduce it enough that it isn't great, but do make me think that it could have been better.

If you're a guitarist and/or Clapton fan, or just a fan of the first Crossroads DVD set, than this one is definitely worth picking up too for it's once in a lifetime collaborations and great concert footage.

You can pick up this DVD set directly from Amazon here: Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007


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