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Clapton’s legacy as a guitar hero was secured as early as 1966, but it was his '70s output that confirmed his place in the hall of rock 'n' roll’s greatest figures. True to its title, Timepieces encapsulates the period from 1970 to 1978, when Clapton was—to put it very simply—in the zone. Having already proved his mettle as a guitarist, Clapton used these years to hone his songwriting and study various forms of rhythm and group interplay. The results were magnificent. Who could have predicted that the man once defined by “Sunshine of Your Love” would within a few years inhabit the wiry reggae of “I Shot the Sheriff” and in turn use that rhythm to revitalize a Bob Dylan standard (“Knockin’ on Heaven's Door”)? “Layla,” of course, marked a pinnacle of guitar bacchanalia, but the most defining element of this collection is J.J. Cale's influence. Clapton hired Cale’s compatriots (Carl Radle, Dick Sims, Jim Oldaker), covered his songs (“After Midnight,” “Cocaine”), and did everything he could to promote Cale’s distinctive blueprint into one of the most beloved and recognizable songforms in all of rock.

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eric clapton

this is a good compilation of eric clapton's music. not a single bad song on here. fans should buy this if they're looking for nothing more than an eric clapton compilation.


even the most modest clapton fan would enjoy this album... love the reggae feel to some of the songs.


One of Clapton's best!!!!


Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars due to his group affiliations -- the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith -- which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature. And his debut...
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