explain the Clapton thing

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  1. theprofessor

    theprofessor Poster Extraordinaire

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    What a great track! Thanks for sharing.
     
  2. Frank'n'censed

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    I literally couldn’t listen to Clapton’s, Cocaine for decades! This factor became evident at the advent of FM classic rock stations. They were just beginning to formulate those overplayed lists of one-time/some-time, great songs. Also, adding the ironic & unfortunate lyrical content of the subject matter, it became “personal”. Over 30 years later, I finally got to see it’s writer, the great, JJ Cale, in concert...his live take on his composition, inevitably rescued it from my poisoned memory banks
     
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    Jann Wenner - a big "thumbs down". Not a big fan of his.
     
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    Robbie's arrogance really shows on the interview portion of "The Last Waltz". Nonetheless, I do like The Band - really good music that I can listen to all day.
     
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    The studio cut of "The Core" is one of my favorite "groove" songs - great, great playing.
     
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    Wait.
    Cocaine wasn't originally a Clapton song?
    Dang. I like that song.
    I'm not a fan of the unplugged version of Layla.
     
  7. Red Bread

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    I was never a huge Clapton fan
    Everybodys tastes are different
    When i started,80’s,90’s i was playing heavyer music and Zeppelin and Sabbath were the old timers
    Metallica and Slayer had just made heavyer in your face music acceptable as an category of rock
    So Clapton and the likes werent on the radar
    But as i got older and actually learned somethings instead of thinking i knew somethings my taste change
    Music i never liked became likable or more understandable
    Someone like Clapton I realized is bery talented in other ways from say EVH,or Rhandy Rhodes
    I listened and started to understand that guitar playing doesn’t have to be fast or difficult to be good
    Or it doesn’t have to something noones ever herd before,you can put your own spin on timeless classics
    I realized that Clapton was super tight,,didnt use effects to cover up or manipulate technique,,or pick a 1000mph to his point across
    As a matter of fact he very rarely if ever made a sour note,,he gets more across with timing and clarity then shredding
    I also took that in my own playing and found it much harder for me to slow down take my time make each note count and that proper form and technique take more out of you while putting more in your music

    So even today im not a huge Clapton fan,,,but i thank him for opening my eyes to another side of guitar playing that made and makes me a better player
     
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    warrent Friend of Leo's

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  9. gkterry

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    In my opinion, Clapton at his best playing the blues is contained in the 'From the Cradle' album.
    Close to that would be the two Robert Johnson albums he did.

    BTW, listen to some of the old blues guys like Robert Johnson to get the scoop on Clapton's influences.
     
  10. Lockback

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    I was going to post something thoughtful and deep with a unique, searing insight into Clapton's greatness ... and then I read this and said to myself, "Well, he just covered it. I'm done."
    "... his soloing was eloquent and conversational" is just a fantastic description.
    Well done.
     
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