ERIC CLAPTON [with various artists] - Clapton Is God: The Cream of Early Eric (2007)
The whole Clapton Is God thing back in the 1960s was a bit ridiculous and no doubt a source of embarrassment for Eric Clapton, but the fact remains that he was a dedicated blues enthusiast and a passionate guitar session player early in his career, as this handy two-disc set shows. Including a variety of early sides Clapton did with the likes of the Yardbirds, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann, Champion Jack Dupree, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Jimmy Page, Martha Velez, and Viv Stanshall, among others, this selection makes a nice way to see and hear Clapton's early guitar work before Cream and rock superstardom took over and changed everything.
2007 UK two CD set. Disc One features Eric as a Yardbird, live in the studio and backing Blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson. The 20 recordings on Disc Two [many of which are hard to find on CD] showcases Eric as a sessionman, a Blues Breaker, a member of the Immediate All-Stars and beyond. 40 tracks total. - amazon.com
DISC 1: 01. You Can't Judge A Book – The Yardbirds 02. Let It Rock – The Yardbirds 03. I Wish You Would – The Yardbirds 04. Who Do You Love – The Yardbirds 05. 23 Hours Too Long – Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds 06. Take It Easy – Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds 07. Out On The Water Coast – Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds 08. Baby What's Wrong – The Yardbirds 09. Boom Boom – The Yardbirds 10. Honey In Your Hips – The Yardbirds 11. Talkin' 'Bout You – The Yardbirds 12. Highway 69 – Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds 13. My Little Cabin – Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds 14. Smokestack Lightnin' – The Yardbirds 15. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl – The Yardbirds 16. Five Long Years – The Yardbirds 17. Louise – The Yardbirds 18. I Ain't Got You – The Yardbirds 19. Got To Hurry – The Yardbirds 20. Putty In Your Hands – The Yardbirds
DISC 2: 01. Pretty Girls Everywhere – Otis Spann 02. Stirs Me Up – Otis Spann 03. Third Degree – Champion Jack Dupree 04. Shim Sham Shimmy – Champion Jack Dupree 05. I'm Your Witchdoctor – John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers 06. Telephone Blues – John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers 07. On Top Of The World – John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers 08. Have You Heard – John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers 09. Draggin' My Tail – Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page 10. Freight Loader – Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page 11. Miles Road – Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page 12. Choker – Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page 13. Tribute To Elmore – Eric Clapton and The Immediate All–Stars 14. West Coast Idea – Eric Clapton and The Immediate All–Stars 15. Snake Drive – Eric Clapton and The Immediate All–Stars 16. Lonely Years – John Mayall and The Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton 17. Bernard Jenkins – John Mayall and The Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton 18. It Takes A Lot To Laugh – Martha Velez with Eric Clapton 19. Feel So Bad – Martha Velez with Eric Clapton 20. Labio Dental Fricative – Vivian Stanshall with Eric Clapton
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