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Live From Austin, TX '84

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Eric Johnson 11/22/2010

Review

Eric Johnson is held in such high regard as a guitarist, and his releases of new recordings are so infrequent, that a significant part of his discography has come to consist of juvenilia and other archival recordings. Live from Austin, TX '84 is not to be confused with the 2005 album Live from Austin TX. The earlier album chronicled a 1988 performance by Johnson; this one, as the title indicates, goes back a further four years, though it also chronicles an appearance on Austin City Limits. The difference is notable, since 1984 was two years before Johnson's national debut album, Tones. Here, however, he is already well formed, displaying a remarkable mastery of the guitar and of a variety of styles. He takes an architectural solo on the early instrumental "Friends," then performs a four-song acoustic mini-set that includes "Song for Life," which has a Renaissance flavor; a version of Paul Simon's "April Come She Will"; his "Tribute to Jerry Reed" (later to turn up on an official album); and the intricate "I'm Finding You." The range of his influences is indicated by the inclusions of Lalo Schifrin's jazzy "Down Here on the Ground," a tune written for the 1968 film Cool Hand Luke, and (no surprise) Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic." Fans will want the album simply for the early version of Johnson's hit instrumental "Cliffs of Dover," which is in the Joe Satriani/Steve Vai school of electric guitar workouts. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Soulful Terrain Eric Johnson 4:20
  3. 2 Friends Eric Johnson 5:24
  4. 3 All I Need Eric Johnson 4:8
  5. 4 Song for Life Eric Johnson 2:38
  6. 5 April Come She Will Eric Johnson 2:29
  7. 6 Tribute to Jerry Reed Eric Johnson 1:37
  8. 7 I'm Finding You Eric Johnson 4:11
  9. 8 Cliffs of Dover Eric Johnson 4:54
  10. 9 Down Here on the Ground Eric Johnson 3:53
  11. 10 Bristol Shores Eric Johnson 6:17
  12. 11 Spanish Castle Magic Eric Johnson 4:53
  13. 1 Soulful Terrain Eric Johnson null:null
  14. 2 Friends Eric Johnson null:null
  15. 3 All I Need Eric Johnson null:null
  16. 4 Song for Life Eric Johnson null:null
  17. 5 April Come She Will Eric Johnson null:null
  18. 6 Tribute to Jerry Reed Eric Johnson null:null
  19. 7 I'm Finding You Eric Johnson null:null
  20. 8 Cliffs of Dover Eric Johnson null:null
  21. 9 Down Here on the Ground Eric Johnson null:null
  22. 10 Bristol Shores Eric Johnson null:null
  23. 11 Spanish Castle Magic Eric Johnson null:null

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