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From the cradle to the grave, Eric Clapton considers himself a bluesman, no matter how far afield he ventures into the pop realm. And on this heartfelt project, the great British guitarist reinterprets some of his favorite blues songs from some of the most significant artists of the genre. Tipping his hat to Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Lowell Fulson, Freddie King, Elmore James, and others, Clapton takes on such classics as “I’m Tore Down,” “Reconsider Baby,” “It Hurts Me Too,” and “Standin’ Round Cryin'.” The sincerity of his love for this material manifests itself in the intense guitar solos that highlight the album. This one came from the heart, and it shows.
|Label:||Reprise / Wea|
Performance CreditsEric Clapton Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low Acoustic Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Jerry Portnoy Harmonica
Dave Bronze Bass,Bass Guitar
Simon Clarke Horn,Baritone Saxophone
Richie Hayward Percussion
Kick Horns Horn
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet,Horn
Tim Sanders Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Stainton Piano,Keyboards
Technical CreditsEric Clapton Producer
Kick Horns Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Muddy Waters Composer
Russ Titelman Producer
Alex Haas Engineer
Lee Dickson Contributor
Ravi Sharman Contributor
James Lane Composer
Alan Douglas Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Eric Clapton helped popularize the blues by bending them in new directions. here he sings and plays reverent covers of older classics. I have not heard most of the originals but find that Clapton's attempt to play in an old fashioned style gives a slightly musty aura to this set.A bit of organ here and there instead of piano might have been a welcome update. As noted, his vocals seemed strained in spots. The 2 CD Blues collection finds him using his own voice to sing the old music. It has its flaws but at least Eric's singing sounds comfortable.
If you like blues and love Clapton as much as I do it's a must. I'm a hugh Clapton fan and have heard them all and this one is one of the best.