Here’s a rock classic performed by an guy who can sing, play, and write great music, from the CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. It’s wonderful that he’s still got the spark.
Three years ago, Eric Clapton assembled a who’s who of guitar masters for the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, raising funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, a chemical dependency treatment and education facility Clapton founded.
In the summer of 2007, Clapton invited old friends and new for the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Rhino Entertainment captured the event in a two-DVD set chronicling that scorching summer day in Chicago with CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007 FROM CHICAGO. The two-disc DVD costs $30 and is available from this link CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2007.
Here’s a segment highlighting the amazing Steve Winwood playing Dear Mr. Fantasy. Please note that he usually plays keyboards, but he can play guitar.
Steve Winwood was just shy of 19 when he formed the group Traffic in the spring of 1967.
By the time Traffic’s debut album (titled Mr. Fantasy) was released in December 1967, the group had scored three hit singles in the UK with Winwood and Capaldi’s “Paper Sun,” Mason’s “Hole In My Shoe” and the group-penned “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” (from the film of the same name), none of which appeared on the original British mono pressing of the LP. The first American version of the album (which was in stereo) was called Heaven Is In Your Mind, after another song on the album, but it was quickly changed to Mr. Fantasy, and it included the three UK singles. The song “Dear Mr. Fantasy” was never a hit single, but it quickly became an underground radio favorite in the U.S., and has long been considered one of the group’s true classics, along with such tunes as “Glad,” “Freedom Rider,” “John Barleycorn (Must Die)” and “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.”
"Dear Mr. Fantasy" is a rock song by Traffic off their 1967 album, Mr. Fantasy. It was written by Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, and Chris Wood, although Winwood took on most of the musical construction of the song and sang it on the album.
The song was covered by Canadian rock band Big Sugar in 1995, and by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
In addition the song was famously performed on multiple occasions throughout the 80’s by the Grateful Dead with keyboardist Brent Mydland on vocals. Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic are known to occassionaly cover the song. It also appeared on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper in 1969, where its chord progression morphed into "Hey Jude". The riff was lifted off by Led Zeppelin.
The song was used in the promotion of the NFL Network and the movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
The song was also covered in the 1973 made for T.V. movie Go Ask Alice starring Jamie Smith Jackson and Jennifer Edwards.
The song was recently covered by the American rock band Tesla on the album Real to Reel (2007).