Having seen Eric Clapton a few times now including at the Royal Albert Hall I really have felt inspired by his music. From humble beginnings Eric Clapton really has produced the finest of music and is seen by many to be one of the greatest guitar players. Eric Clapton is a blues guitarist, singer and a songwriter. He has formed his own band Cream and has also been a member of The Yardbirds. He is now 65 and still plays music professionally and being an inspiration to many.
I really like how he writes songs according to life experiences, for example Cocaine was a song describing how he had previously had an addiction to Cocaine. There is also the very famous song Tears in Heaven which as I'm sure you know was written in honour of his son Connor Clapton having died from a horrific accident. I really admire his courage from these incidences to still be able to carry on writing music and pull himself through. I think he deserves everything he has and that he has really worked hard for it.
Eric Clapton has released many albums in his time with many containing tops hits. Another interesting fact about Eric Clapton was that he was brought up to think that his Grandparents were his parents. He has suffered from a divorce and has still managed to pull himself through and write inspirational music for many to enjoy. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
Eric Clapton really shouldn’t need any introduction from the likes of me. Starting off as guitarist in The Yarbirds before forming one of the first super groups ‘Cream’ before moving onto form Derek and the Dominoes where he wrote what is possibly his most famous song, ‘Layla’ (That’s the widdly one used in the Vauxhall TV adverts ooh, however long ago it was – trust me, you know this song), before finally moving onto a solo career. This MTV Unplugged album sees Clapton stay very true to the blues, rarely stepping outside straightforward blues. The album opens with the beautiful instrumental ‘Signe’, it’s a song that brings images of an quiet evening somewhere hot. I’ve no idea why, but it does! Next up is a traditional blues style cover of ‘Before You Accuse Me’, originally written by someone credited as ‘mc.daniel’. I’ve no idea who he is, sorry. The song takes a wry look at attempting to reconcile a relationship and should raise a smile. Following on is another blues cover of ‘Hey Hey’, originally by ‘Big Bill Broonzy’ – you just have to smile don’t you! It’s a laid back piece with a nice little sliding guitar riff (Though not actually done with a slide). Now we have a Clapton Classic (TM), ‘Tears in Heaven’ – written about his son who fell out of a sky scraper. It’s a very emotional song that benefits the striped down approach it gains from being part of an unplugged session. There’s more song to it than the original. There’s not really much that could top that, but one track still to come does! The next track though, ‘Lonely Stranger’ is a highlight of the album as well as being a Clapton original. It stands out as unique on the album, which is always impressive on unplugged albums. ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re
Down and Out’ is another wry tale, this time about only having friends when you’re in luck and money. Lyrics stand out, but the music in this Jimmy Cox cover doesn’t. Now we come to ‘Layla’, the best track on the album and more Clapton Classic (TM) – the furious rock blues of the original is replaced by a swinging blues vibe, which totally transforms the song. It’s not as good as the original (Apparently a lot of people think THIS is the original, it’s not!) but still good in it’s own right. At this point I’ve covered all the album’s great songs so I’ll just discuss it in general. Why? Well, the album suffers from being quite samey. It’s all swamp blues guitar, the sort of thing you’d expect to hear being played by a guy in a rocking chair on a porch. While none of the songs are bad, it can drag a bit from time to time. You very much have to be in the mood for this album, though if you’re having a late night game of cards in a dimly lit room with a beer or four, you won’t find a better album.
Layla is the greatest song that Eric Clapton has ever made. It really does show off his immense talent as a song writer (providing it was him that wrote it), and his musical talent. The guitar sounds arre just brilliant and I'd say that the song has the greatest guitar riff in any song; ever. Eric Clapton has written a lot of songs and was part of the group Cream of Eric Clapton. I think that he is one of the all time top 5 greatest guitarists. With such classics like 'Wonderful Tonight', 'Layla', 'My Father's eyes', 'Cocaine' and 'tears in heaven' all to his name, there are very few artists that can better him. Great! I think that its a great shame because his son died at a very early age when he fell out of a sky scraper window in America, and he didn't know his father until recently (*I think). Such tragedy in his life is a great sadness for him, but it has made him write some of the greatest songs ever.
It isn't just the fact that Eric Clapton is one of the greatest guitarists ever. There is also his voice which is smooth and soothing. That would be enough to go on for a start, but he also has style. I think everyone likes Eric Clapton in some form, because his work is so varied (in a good way) that there is something for everyone. From Layla (which everyone has heard even if they don't know it's by him) to Tears In Heaven. Whilst his work is varied, you can always tell Clapton from the voice, and to all his work there is that personal touch that he gives it. I guess I would have to admit that there isn't something for EVERYONE, for example, there is not much close to Limp Bizkit, but I'm sure that no-one *really* likes that. It's an image, right? Cos it doesn't sound good!!! Eric Clapton Unplugged is one of my favourite albums ever. It's amazing, and is definitly worth buying.
Ever since the days of the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton has stood out as a guitar genius. I am an unabashed fan and would dearly love to play the guitar like that. For me Unplugged is the best album ever, it contains amongst others the instrumental " Layla", a true modern classic and a very moving and touching tribute "Tears in Heaven". The album is of course the result of a fine session for MTV unplugged showcase, and is Eric and the band on stage playing, no effects, no synthesizers, just music as its best, raw & honest. What other musician could stand up to such scrutiny.
In a world of no lyrics, drum beats, 8 year old kids in bands and Britney, i take solace in the fact that i can sit in the bath, or at work, or just relax to some real music. Eric Clapton is one of the greatest songwriters ever born and an absolutely stunning guitarist. I saw his 24 nights performance from the albert hall and was mesmerised, this guy can do anything. All his songs are great, but my faves are Wonderful Tonight and Layla. His session on MTV unplugged was memorable, and his recent duet with another fave of mine, Sheryl Crow, in Central Park was a great listen. I really think Eric Clapton is just about the perfect musician, i cant find a fault anywhere .
The first Clapton CD I bought was Clapton Chronicles and I love it! I've never been a Clapton fan and the only music I bought in the past was classic or Soul. But this CD is worth every penny I spent. The choice of the songs are like a 15-course meal. Afterwards one feels satisfied and comfy... Blue Eyes Blue is one of the smooth starters, giving you the appetite for more... Change in the world introduces more of the brilliant guitar and voice...My father's Eyes triggers the memory of the past... Tears in Heaven touches the soul... Layla - one of the main courses - brings one back to former lovers, nice times... Pretending was for me like french fries in a Japanese meal...Bad Love took me back to my cloud of dreams....Before you accuse me woke me up, hungry for more,... It's in the way that you use it let me sat back on my chair, refreshed, waiting for the deserts....Forever man was a fresh sorbet in the wrong place of this menu....Running on faith touched my senses with the wonderful guitar... like chocolate mousse...She's waiting was the expresso to get energie back....River of tears, the two pieces of sugar in the expresso...I get lost was the Amaretto with the expresso and prepared me for the bitter-sweet chocolate, the last song on this CD - Wonderful Tonight. All in all - utterly pleasure!