Reptile

Reptile

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by Eric Clapton
     
 

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Although it's been more than three decades since he was dubbed "God" by a generation of guitar maniacs, Eric Clapton still hasn't forgotten where he came from. On this no-frills disc, Clapton spends a lot of time leading listeners back to that territory, paying homage to both blues masters of the past and some of his own contemporaries. Slowhand is at his most…  See more details below

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Although it's been more than three decades since he was dubbed "God" by a generation of guitar maniacs, Eric Clapton still hasn't forgotten where he came from. On this no-frills disc, Clapton spends a lot of time leading listeners back to that territory, paying homage to both blues masters of the past and some of his own contemporaries. Slowhand is at his most effective when he luxuriates in those deep blues, slip-sliding through a percolating version of J. J. Cale's "Travelin' Light" and a heated rendition of Ray Charles's "Come Back Baby" and injecting a bracing dose of emotion into "Got You on my Mind" (a tune first popularized by Big Joe Turner). He carries that roadhouse tone over into many of the album's originals, notably the fiery "Superman Inside" (cowritten with Texas titan Doyle Bramhall II), which features some of his most piercing electric playing in some time. When he eases up on the volume, however, the results are mixed, since a handful of tunes tread the same mellow -- some might say overly so -- path that he's been traveling for much of the past decade. But not all of the album's quieter numbers are mere lullabies: The delicate instrumental "Son & Sylvia" (a track dedicated to Clapton's recently deceased uncle) glides along with enough grace and dignity to assuage even diehard rockers, as does the swinging "Find Myself," which boasts guest vocals from legendary soul stirrers the Impressions. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also glides smoothly through a blues-inspired cover of James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," a reworking of Stevie Wonder's upbeat "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It," and the breezy, bossa nova-flavored title track, which he fattens up with a sprightly fretboard workout. Clapton has always brushed off attempts to classify him as a deity, but Reptile offers ample evidence that some divine intervention is at work every time he picks up a six-string.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Anthony Decurtis
Over the course of fourteen tracks, Clapton blends virtually every style he's worked in during the past thirty-five years... Soft soul, classic blues, gutty funk, gospel, after-hours piano and guitar excursions, like lite jazz -- it's all there, and regardless of what he does, Clapton never drops beneath a certain level of mastery and taste.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624796626
catalogNumber:
47966
Rank:
110051

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Paul Carrack   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Impressions   Background Vocals
Billy Preston   Harmonica,Piano,Hammond Organ
Joe Sample   Piano,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Andy Fairweather Low   Guitar
Fred Cash   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Steve Gadd   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
Sam Gooden   Background Vocals
Tim Carmon   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Composer
Craig Anderson   Engineer
Spencer Chrislu   Engineer
Eric Clapton   Producer,Liner Notes,Concept
Simon Climie   Producer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
David May   Producer
Paul Waller   drum programming
Brian Lee   Graphic Design
Adam Brown   Engineer
Pete Karam   Engineer
Lee Dickson   Guitar Techician
Raena Winscott   Producer
Penny Marciano   Producer
David Dieckman   Engineer

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Reptile 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imagine the best of Eric Clapton's abilities as previously demonstrated on UNPLUGGED with brightly and crisp acoustic playing, plus the pop schlickmeister of AUGUST and combine that with the genuine blues bravado of FROM THE CRADLE, all on one disc, and you have REPTILE. This latest release from EC, has very appropriate and even innovative background vocals from the Impressions that add a new dimension to more songs than not. It is also curiously interesting to hear no female voices in the choir done so well; obviously the exception to the rule in this woman's opinion. But the real stand out on REPTILE is EC's vocals. They are staggeringly great. It is so wonderful (tonight) to hear a middle-aged rocker that can actually still sing, and even out-do much of his own erstwhile classic catelogue. Run don't walk and get this disc if you have enjoyed any Clapton in the past; it's all here to hear, and gets warmer with each listen. PS: If Crosby Stills Nash and/or Young read this-gentlemen please study this CD and learn how a really good studio album is made in your later years!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good all-around CD with some nice Blues touches. Keep doin' what you do the way you do it Eric.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always Eric Clapton has let his marvelous talent, magical fingers, and sexy voice play across our minds. His work is once again spellbinding. Long Live Clapton.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual Eric provides all of his listeners with his great guitar and blues ...I have always enjoyed Eric and really have appreciated his ability to sing any song with the greatest of ease...he is such a great talent and has provided all of us with his music for 30 or more years now..and has never let us down...I know I am really going to enjoy this new CD..because of the taste of his great blues abilities..my favorite music...GO Eric!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clapton continually amazes with his versatility and excellence in music. This CD is blues, jazz, rock & roll and just plain great!!! He's still the best!