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Eric Clapton – House Of Blues Triple Nights (PADD 013-018)

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House Of Blues Triple Nights (Paddington 013-018)

HOB, L.A., USA – November 11, 12 & 13, 1994

Disc 1: Motherless Child – Malted Milk – How Long – Kidman Blues – County Jail – 44 – Blues All Day Long – Standing Around Crying – Hoochie Coochie Man – It Hurts Me Too – Blues Before Sunrise – Third Degree – Reconsider Baby – Sinner’s Prayer – Can’t Judge Nobody

Disc 2: Early In The Morning – Let me Love You Baby – Someday After A While – Tore Down – Have You Ever Loved A Woman – Crosscut Saw – Five Long Years – Crossroads – Groaning The Blues – Ain’t Nobody’s Bussiness

Disc 3: Malted Milk – How Long – Kidman Blues – County Jail – 44 – Blues All Day Long – Goin’ Away Baby – Standing Around Crying – Hoochie Coochie Man – It Hurts Me Too – Blues Before Sunrise – Third Degree – Reconsider Baby – Sinner’s Prayer – Can’t Judge Nobody

Disc 4: Early In The Morning – Everyday I Have The Blues – Someday After A While – Tore Down – Have You Ever Loved A Woman – Crosscut Saw – Five Long Years – Crossroads – Groaning The Blues

Disc 5: Motherless Child – Malted Milk – How Long – Kidman Blues – County Jail – 44 – Blues All Day Long – Standing Around Crying – Hoochie Coochie Man – It Hurts Me Too – Blues Before Sunrise – Third Degree – Reconsider Baby – Sinner’s Prayer – Can’t Judge Nobody – Early In The Morning

Disc 6: Everyday I Have The Blues – Someday After A While – Tore Down – Have You Ever Loved A Woman – Crosscut Saw – Five Long Years – Crossroads – Groaning The Blues – Let Me Love You Baby – Ain’t Nobody’s Bussiness

The insert on the jewel case reads: “PADDINGTON is a high quality label for quality not quantity. We are offered only in jewel cases. The tapes used for CD mastering are of the highest quality. The artwork is always printed on a heavier cardstock with a high gloss finish. And disc is printed with beautiful pictures.”

Paddington presents a 6CD set to give us evidence of EC’s three-night stand at the House of Blues in LA back in November 1994 during the “From the Cradle” US tour.

EC treated audiences to similar setlists everynight, which would include the rarely performed “Let Me Love You Baby” at least played in the first and final nights. Whether it was played on the second show or not, we just don’t know because the recording is missing the first song of the show “Motherless Children” and ends with “Groaning The Blues”. “Let Me Love You Baby” was played right after “Groaning The Blues” the day after, so it might as well have been played but just not taped. Nights one and three are complete.

Sound quality is excellent on the first two recordings, the third one being just average I would say but still decent to listen to. This is a release that could have easily been issued by MVR, I guess. The fact that these shows are not on MVR’s catalogue can make you think this is the best that is available, which is more than enough, believe me.

It would still take some time until “Double Trouble” found its way onto the setlist, which is a real shame because for me that one is always a highlight, but of particular note are the renditions of “Let Me Love You Baby” on the first night, “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” on the second night and “Crossroads” on the last night, which features a great intro and is played at a much slower pace than on the rest of the nights.

If you have “Blue” and “Red” sets on the MVR label you might want to pass on this release by Paddington pleading you have this tour covered….. but I guess that if you have “Red” and “Blue” you WILL want to have this set as well. That’s just what it happened to me.

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