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Clapton

Eric Clapton

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iTunes Editors' Notes

It’s sometimes difficult to imagine that Eric Clapton was once a fantastic hard rocker. The Cream reunion of recent years established that ol’ Slowhand could crank up the volume when necessary, but this album of leisurely-paced covers (and a few originals) is where Clapton finds himself naturally suited as a performer. Clapton’s soulful vocals and deft guitarwork is naturally complemented by tunes from Fats Waller, Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael and guests like Steve Winwood, Allen Toussaint, Wynton Marsalis and Derek Trucks make this an album of elite musicians doing what they do best. “Travelin’ Alone” is a perfect cruise through Clapton’s blues roots. “Judgement Day,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and “Can’t Hold Out Much Longer,” with a tough harmonica growl, are the stuff that makes the legend. Clapton’s natural abilities make the tunes sound so easy. But rest assured, the deep competence he brings to “Diamonds Made from Rain” and “Autumn Leaves” is not so easily replicated. iTunes LP adds photos, liner notes from fellow guitarist and coproducer Doyle Bramhall, and more.

Customer Reviews

Why?

Clapton is god right! Legendary guitarist who leaves you with goosebumps after a solo right! Then why doesn't he play some strong guitar anymore?? Why??? I realise that he wants to try different things etc but he needs to involve his amazing guitar skills! That's what you expect when you listen to one of the greatest guitarists of all time...right!!! Ok album but nothing special. Anyone with a half decent voice and a part-time band could accomplish this! Sorry.

This <IS> Great Guitar Playing

Sadly, some listeners who enjoy music are looking for something clever or exciting or impressive in the guitar playing. You could say it's the soul, or heart behind the playing that makes it great, not the cleverness, but that would also be missing the point. In fact Blues sounds simple, and it is, but <simple> is not the same as <easy>. Blues is like Mozart, and you can hear classical musicians describe Mozart as "Too easy for children, too hard for grown-ups"

Clapton

Another stoke of "genius". mature and subtle in nature moved on from Reptile. Eric just gets better with age

Biography

Born: 30 March 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....
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