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In the liner notes to this 2001 release, Eric Clapton explained that “reptile” was a term of endearment among the locals he grew up with in England. He dedicated the album to his beloved uncle Adrian, and though it's not always explicit, the songs exude feelings of familial affection and security. Part of that comes from Clapton’s easy fusion of everything he'd done well in the previous decade: a murmuring fusion of folk-soul-jazz (“Reptile,” “Modern Girl,” “Believe in Life”), meaty blues revivalism (“Got You on my Mind”), and rumpled acoustic rambles (“Find Myself”). “Travelin’ Light” and “Second Nature” elucidate Clapton’s perennial affinity for J.J. Cale (although the latter song could also pass as a Sheryl Crow ringer), while “I Want a Little Girl” exemplifies the R&B naturalism that Clapton didn’t perfect until he passed 50. For all its diverse pleasures—both subtle and brazen—Reptile is most distinguished by its forays into '70s-style soul music, a new look for Clapton. Backed by Billy Preston and the surviving members of The Impressions, Clapton summons the spirit of Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway on “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and “Broken Down.”

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This is one of the best Clapton has ever done mixing jazz with old time, and the jordarse you can't beat it


Particularly enjoy "Superman Inside". Pretty nice work from the master.


Reptile is one of the most beautiful songs, but it's not Blues but great jazzy song.


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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