Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are two musical icons who have each had musical careers spanning half a century. When you put them together on stage — it happened in February of 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City — you get 50 years of cascading Blues that have defined the hopes and emotions of three generations.
In this performance of “Can’t Find My Way Home” — not in New York City and not in Madison Square Garden — you can hear how Steve Winwood sounds just as young and fresh as he did in 1968. Clapton is also in full-force and the two of them together create a greater musical impulse than they ever could apart.
The record of the Clapton/Winwood performance in New York City is preserved in the 21-song compilation — “Live from Madison Square Garden” — and no real Blues fan should be without it because you’ve never heard “Low Down” or “Forever Man” or “After Midnight” or “Little Wing” or “Voodoo Chile” or “Cocaine” sung so well.