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Eric Clapton's live tone

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by braveheart, Dec 31, 2020.

  1. rand z

    rand z Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah.

    I'd really like to hear EC with some good P 90's!

    A 335 or SG?

    Hmmmmm??!!
     
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  2. Twin52

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    I’m a Clapton fan but much as I love many of his Strat songs, I prefer his tone with a Gibson.
     
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    I listened to it and think I sound thinner than EC...which I probably should be -AND- I should be alright with it...but that is not the case :oops:.
     
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    One of my "heroes" that has "aged" like the finest wine is Steve Winwood.....the most "age appropriate" musician I've ever witnessed. ;)
     
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    I came across a better recording of the OP clip if it helps to tell.

     
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    Agree!

    I’ve seen SW live four times: twice in the ‘80s at the height of his commercial popularity (touring for “Back In the High Life” and “Roll With It”), and twice in the last six years. All four shows were great, but in the later shows, he has seemed to finally make peace with his Traffic and Blind Faith stuff having greater staying power than his commercial ’80s hits. He’s really, really good live.
     
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    My favorite guitar parts on the Blind Faith album are played by Winwood.
     
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    I saw him two or three years ago at a Winstar Casino, with Jose Neto on guitar, and was just struck by the "maturity" of his performance.....he can still "rock out", but it's with a wisdom and control that a younger player wouldn't manage. He's remained true to the Traffic "format", with the keyboard, sax, and drums carrying the bulk of the load, and it really works. I miss not having a bass player on some songs, but they do a good job of "making it work." I saw Traffic in the early seventies here in Ft Worth....and while they were good, I appreciate the later performances far more.
    There's a youtube recording of the original Traffic playing the Fillmore East as a trio, (Steve, Chris Wood, and Jim Capaldi) that is just amazing. I always liked Traffic first run, but years later, I feel they were better than I ever imagined. Count me as a HUGE Winwood fan. ;)
     
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    like so? (3 minutes of Clapton yakking), then . . . well, to me, his singing is improved, but this setting does expose the limits of his "little jingly stuff"

     
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    I saw Traffic in Georgetown, DC around 1970-71. Great concert! And I saw S. Winwood a few years ago opening for Tom Petty. great shows! Always enjoy Dear Mr. Fantasy...
     
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    I have never cared for Clapton's Strat tones. They often sound muddy and flatulent. But his 335 tones are to die for, especially at the Hyde Park concert:

     
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    I think they both sounded great there.
     
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    To hear Winwood at his finest, check out the CD and DVD of The Last Traffic Jam, which was the last tour they did before Jim Capaldi died. I was lucky enough to see that tour, as well as Eric's tour with Mark Knopfler and Phi Collins, and Mark's tone on that show kind of eclipsed Eric's, but Eric was still great. Both of those shows were at Bill Graham's Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, which is the best large outdoor venue I've ever been to.
     
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    Here's a sample from that DVD

    And here's the same lineup from the same tour at Woodstock '94
     
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    I don’t think there is a good or bad sound. You choose the sound that works for you. A tone that is perceived as bad or uninspiring by many, usually also have an army of people who adore it. It is good to celebrate all those little differences that make each and every player unique.
     
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    I found this concert, ignore the pink suit! Great Clapton tone here with a Strat and even with the Lace Sensors, some nice overtones too, like at about 2:00.
    HUH? Is he playing the Soldano amps for a change? Trying to see the tweed in there....
    Good solos later on and near the end... They're all having a ton of fun here!
     
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    Oh, yay, another "I just don't get: (insert world-famous, highly beloved guitar icon's name here)", thread.

    I didn't even know that Jeff Goldblum played drums.
     
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    I dig everything Clapton has ever done. He is a legend.
     
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    Heard him with an SG, thought he sounded a little out of phase, like keeping the selector in the middle position. I like that tone for Cream.
     
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    . . . Is Music To My Ears!

    Yes he rocked less and alternated between blues and a more pop-ish (and a little bit of not great reggae) sound after 1974's 461 Ocean Boulevard. I still love Cream and Derek, although I don't love everything he's done since then. If the first thing he recorded had been "One in every crowd" or "No Reason to Cry," I might have never become a fan, although in retrospect there's some great music on both of those albums.

    I became a fan because of his early more Rocked Out blues. But I can appreciate other sounds too, especially the more trad blues playing that he's done since then.

    I saw what might have been his last "tour stop" ever, in LA. This was the concert that was postponed and rescheduled because he had health issues.

    While I would have loved to have seen him with either or both of Bramhall or Trucks in the band, it was great to see a show where he played all the guitar solos.

    And he could still (health problems notwithstanding) really play.

    If you think you can beat his sound, try to get someone to graffiti a wall with "(my user name) is God." Or join and record with a supergroup. Or go on tour and sell out some stadiums.
     
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