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At 67 years of age and having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a record three times, Eric Clapton isn't interested in keeping current or aiming a single at the pop charts. He's kicking back with friends and making music for the joy of making music. He cowrote just two songs here: the bluesy "Gotta Get Over" (with Chaka Khan on backing vocals) and "Every Little Thing" (an organ-guitar rocker with a reggae switchback). The rest are songs he's loved his entire life. A country version of "Born to Lose" with prominent pedal steel guitar pays tribute to Ray Charles' classic album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. "Still Got the Blues" takes a lighthearted approach to the Gary Moore classic, with his Blind Faith buddy Steve Winwood joining on organ. Paul McCartney plays bass and sings on the jazz standard "All of Me." Taj Mahal's "Further on Down the Road," Otis Redding's "Your One and Only Man," and Peter Tosh's "Till Your Well Runs Dry" also explore reggae grooves because, well, that's what Eric Clapton felt like doing this time around.

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For those who know me they will be shocked when they find that I'm not thrilled with the new Clapton record. I have (and still am) a rabid fan of Eric's, and have been for the past almost 4 decades. I'm a guitarist who learned everything by listening to Clapton. This new record isn't bad music, it's just that he could do so much better. Now I totally understand that Eric's getting older and do not expect to hear him ripping it up like the Cream days, it's just that his laid back J. J. Cale influence has been done quite a bit lately. I want to hear him push the envelope like he did on his all blues record, or even say Reptile. There's just too much easy listening going on here for my own personal taste. A good Clapton track has me usually thinking, "wow I want to hear that solo again" there's just not much of that on this album.

Having said that, I still think Clapton is the greatest white blues guitarist ever. He's done more for bringing other players into the fold than anyone. I love you Eric, but I'm just gonna pass on this one and wait in great hopes of your next one being a return to form.

All Over it!

Its funky and bluesy and fun. It sounds like Claptons having fun again. The solo even has a wa wa effect in it! What else do you need.


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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