Eric Clapton (Remastered)
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||Lonesome and a Long Way from Home||Eric Clapton||3:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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||Blues Power||Eric Clapton||3:11||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Bottle of Red Wine||Eric Clapton||3:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lovin' You Lovin' Me||Eric Clapton||3:21||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||Told You for the Last Time||Eric Clapton||2:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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||Let It Rain||Eric Clapton||5:01||$1.29||View In iTunes|
Upon leaving the often rough and tumble sound of Cream, Eric Clapton embraced a more laid-back style encompassing elements of soul, acoustic blues and country music. Though he might still conjure emotionally wracked moments — think Layla — Clapton’s self-titled solo debut set the template for much of his future work. Though reveling in the sheer musicality of the R&B-drenched Delaney and Bonnie band, which provided much of its backing group, Eric Clapton’s quiet also tapped into the guitarist’s pain and yearning. (Play the lovely “Let It Rain” the next time you’re in a restless mood.) Surely his command of the music, though, lent some comfort. That feeling shines through the party-every-day “Bottle of Red Wine,” the updated old-timey statement of “Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me” and the “Foxey Lady”-gone-mellow “Bad Boy.”
The Emergence of Eric Clapton
Here is Eric Clapton emerging from the confusion of being hailed as "God" at too early an age, being too close to the Beatles, being a prince of pyschedlia in Cream, reaching for what stirred him in the Bluesbreakers and finding Delaney and Bonnie's band to cement his own identity as what he always wanted to be, a great player of American rythym and blues. More of the influence of D&B. Clapton has had as many incarnations as he has physical appearances but his soul was always intact and this album set him on the road he is still on.
Clapton's best, seriously...
I realize starting out that my title is a bold statement, but i have been listening to EC for over two decades and have followed his career closely. Of all his albums, his first solo joint is concise, groovy, electric, soulful, and beautiful. Released in 1970, this album sheds the histronics of Cream and the noodling of Blind Faith. But to add further context, one can consider EC the sister album to Derek and the Domino's Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs; one album is steeped in traditional blues (Layla) while the other is warmly held in the arms of R and B. But make no mistake, this album ROCKS! Many will point to After Midnight and Let It Rain, but it is the deep cuts that make this album such a gem. The second half (or b-side for you vinyl junkies) takes you for a rockin and groovin ride. With cuts likeBad Boy, Bottle of Red Wine, Told You for the Last Time, and Lonesome and a Long Way From Home, Eric shows how he can be both bold and subtle in his approach while continuing to offer memorable melodies and consistently powerful solos. The ballads are out of this world as well. Anyone that knows anything about R and B knows that the ballads make or break the album and it is criminal how overlooked some of these cuts are in the popular mythology of EC. Dont Know Why and Lovin You Lovin Me are beautiful testaments (probably to Patty Harrison but that is speculation) of love and desire. But my personal favorite is Easy Now, a solo acoustic track that is pleading, passionate, and strong. Forget about Wonderful Tonight! Easy Now is the cut! Ultimately what makes this album such an interesting and exciting work is Eric's use of a big band (Delany and Bonnie's Band with some extra guests). The band has a huge and warm sound. They are loose without being sloppy. The album sonds like they just had a great time making it. Buy this album, even if you have never heard a track. it is the perfect brige between the rocky, bluesy, psychedelic Clapton of the 60s and the laid back country blues rock that marks much of his 70s work.
For the guy above, the reason you can't find that song is because it's called "blues power," not 'bet you didn't think i knew how to rock n' roll'
Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s