In the mid-1960s, The Yardbirds revolutionized modern rock by turning super guitar players into superstars. The group -- which made the jagged shift from traditional blues to psychedelic rave-ups -- was the launching pad for Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Several Yardbirds songs, including "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" and "Over Under Sideways Down" are considered mini-masterpieces of mid-'60s rock guitar -- prime examples of the power of perfectly placed notes.
It was in the early 1960s that Eric Clapton first grabbed people with the scream in his sound. People called it the "woman tone," but that was no woman -- that was his life. On songs like "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Crossroads," he used his guitar to give voice to the emotions he couldn't, or wouldn't, vent as a singer or songwriter.
On a new DVD available at the Guitar World Online Store, GW editor and instructor Andy Aledort takes you deep into Clapton's style during his Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers and Cream years, breaking down "The Cream of Eric Clapton."
Well, you've had a week to vote on Eric Clapton's best guitar album, and here are the results. The first two albums, I'd say, were favorites, but it really was a guessing game after that. You'll find that his whole career is represented here -- minus his days with The Yardbirds.
Eric Clapton has earned a place on a very short list of guitar legends. Some people even went around calling him "God" back in '66. But what is THE Eric Clapton guitar album? Which one simply says it all or captures his style in a nutshell? Or which one would you take with you if you were going to live on a deserted island for 12 years, armed only with a Gibson Les Paul R-0 Reissue ... and an amp ... and maybe some sandwiches?