Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day 84

Eric Clapton- 461 Ocean Boulevard

Every now and then, someone will ask me about who I haven't seen in concert that I really want to. The top of my list is always Eric Clapton.

I'm no Clapton freak, by any means, but I have always thought that it would be cool to see him live. Especially now that he's past his collaborate with Babyface phase.

I only own two Clapton records as of right now, but I can't see any of them getting better than this one. The opening riff to "Motherless Children" is killer. Makes me want to go on a road trip. And the slide guitar throughout the album is impressive. If I didn't know any better, I'd think it was Sonny Landreth.

So one question I have about this record is he really singing every tune? There are a couple of tunes like "Get Ready" and "Let it Grow" that sound nothing like him although the liner notes says it is him singing. I'm glad I got the copy with "Give Me Strength" on it too. I read that it later got pulled and replaced with a different tune.
Really the only song I don't like on this album is the big hit, "I Shot The Sheriff". It bugs me when big time artists record songs by other big time artists that recently had a hit with the same tune. Dude, just play it live if you like it so much. You don't need to record it to sell albums. You are ERIC CLAPTON after all!

I couldn't find any real videos for this album other than for "I Shot The Sheriff", so you'll have to settle for this instead:

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