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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Performance CreditsEric 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 CreditsRay Charles Composer
Craig Anderson Engineer
Spencer Chrislu Engineer
Eric Clapton Producer,Liner Notes,Concept
Simon Climie Producer
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
Alan Douglas Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reptile based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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!
Good all-around CD with some nice Blues touches. Keep doin' what you do the way you do it Eric.
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!!
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!
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.