The impact that legendary guitarist Eric Clapton has had on rock music over the last 40+ years is unmistakable, but it's his playing and recorded material from the 1960's that really resonates the most with fans to this day. This informative DVD, The 1960's Review, takes a look at the humble beginnings of the guitarist, to his time spent with The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith, a period that certainly brought upon some tremendous music.
Filled with a multitude of interview segments from such notable folks as John Mayall, Paul Jones, Neil Innes, Tom McGuiness, Chris Dreja, Top Topham, Ben Palmer, Dave Kelly, Cream producer Bill Halverson, Cream biographer Chris Welch, Yardbirds biographer Alan Clayson, Uncut magazine's contributing editor, Nigel Williamson, and a few archival words from Clapton himself, the DVD tells the story of Eric's rise through the British blues and R&B circuit and beyond. Vintage live and television clips of The Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, and especially Cream, are sprinkled throughout, and though much of the quality of the footage is sub-par, given the age of the video that's not too surprising. A good portion of time is obviously spent on Cream, as they are still looked at today as one of the most influential bands from the 60's. Though Blind Faith's time together as a band was barely more than a year, you really get a sense here just how big the band were and how fans clamored for them to fill the void left by the breakup of Cream, yet Clapton wanted no more part of a situation like that again.
Clapton fans will certainly want to give this DVD a shot, and anyone with a passing interest in the infancy of blues rock, hard rock, heavy metal, and psychedelia will no doubt get a history lesson on how this guitar legend had his hand in the formation of these musical genres.