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Figured i'd start back at the beginning by posting the first one of these New Years shows
As stated by Geetarz who more than likely was the one who ripped and torrented this thing back in the day the sound quality is far from being that great, but the performance is worth listening to
But none of the less hope you all enjoy it

Eric Clapton and Friends
"Character Defects"
Woking, Surrey, UK
December 31, 1992

CD-R2 - Aud 2

Disc 1:

I feel so good (!)
Knock on wood
Sweet home Chicago
Five long years
I heard it through the grapevine (Jackie vocals)
Little queenie
Everyday I have the blues
You drink the water, I drink the wine (not sure of the title; Alan Darby vocal)
Stormy Monday
Love letter (Maggie Ryder vocals)

Disc 2:

In the midnight hour (start of the 2nd set after midnight)
Sinner's prayer
Auld Lang Syne
Lay down Sally
Wonderful tonight
A whiter shade of pale (Gary Brooker vocals)
I need you (Gary Brooker vocals)
Good golly, Miss Molly (Gary Brooker vocals)

Band Lineup:

EC and his band were billed as 'The Character Defects'.

Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
Alan Darby Guitar
Chris Stainton Keyboards
Gary Brooker Keyboards, Vocals
Jackie Vocals
Maggie Ryder Vocals

Geetarz Comments: This is a very special performance, the first of what would become a nearly annual event for EC. As he wrote in his autobiography:

The end of the year saw the birth of what has become an
annual event for me - the New Year's Eve sober dance at
the Leisure Centre in Woking. It had started the year
before as a disco party in Merrow, suggested by my
friend Danny, as a recourse for people who didn't want
to drink on New Year's Eve. It was a great success and
marked my first ever attempt at sober dancing. But when
we held the postmortem meering the day after the dance,
some bright spark asked why we couldn't have live music
in the future, seeing as how we had such an abundance
of talent in the fellowship. The dance has been going
strong ever since, and I play every year, except in
emergencies. I always look forward to it because it's
fun, it's very relaxed, and I can play anything I want.
On top of that, I know it has also kept a few people
from drinking who otherwise would have succumbed to the
pressure of the festivities.

"Clapton: The Autobiography" - p. 255

This is a difficult listen, but worth the effort for a truly outstanding performance. I don't engage in "ratings inflation" and to me this is an Aud 2 on a scale of 1-6. It's unknown what generation this is, but at some point in the analog chain there is clearly bleed through from a previous recording; presumably someone re-used an analog tape without properly erasing it. (!) There is also some diginoise on D1T1 between 2:20 and 2:40. I've tried for years to source a better version of this show, to no avail. Sonic quality aside, this performance features killer solos by EC on "Good Golly Miss Molly" and others. An exceptional performance, notable and worthy. It's clear that the band are having a great time, and we are all fortunate to have a record of the festivities. Recommended.

This year as 2008 bids farewell to 2009, let's not only have fun and enjoy the festivities, but be mindful of those for whom New Year's can be a rough time.

For anyone considering a donation to help those who suffer from substance abuse, give to the organization of your choice or if you are so inclined, visit the Crossroads Centre:

Happy New Year!


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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Just noticed i have no edit tools

This is in FLAC for those who missed it


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Thanks so much for the post and for sharing
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