Monday, June 6, 2016

Steady Rollin' Man (Eric Clapton) (LP 10 and 11)

Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard + Slowhand (CD 2for1 - Polydor, 1974/1977) *** + ***

Genre: Blues 

Places I remember: The Warehouse in Hastings, just recently. These 2 albums for 1 deals are pretty irresistible. I'd not bought these albums previously, being more of a Cream/ Derek fan than of the solo years.

Fab, and all the other pimply hyperboles:  Motherless Children is a great opener on 461; Cocaine does a similar job on Slowhand

Gear costume: I Shot The Sheriff has dimmed through over exposure but it's still a great song; Peaches and Diesel is a nice instrumental on Slowhand - in feel closely aligned to Wonderful Tonight.

Active compensatory factors: Seventies Clapton was a mixed bag. Actually, solo Clapton is a mixed bag. The guitar hero took a backwards step on the studio albums and so we had songs like Let It Grow and Wonderful Tonight. Fine if you like that sort of thing but I'm schooled in Cream style guitar pyrotechnics, so I never pursued these more laid back albums in the seventies.

Where do they all belong? Do yourself a favour and backtrack to any Best of Cream compilation that you can find or John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. And there's always Derek and the Dominos from the previous post.

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