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Me and Mr. Johnson

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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton: Robert Gauthier/LA Times/ RETNA

Me and Mr. Johnson

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Eric Clapton
Producers:
Reprise Records
genre:
Blues

We gave it a B+

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.