E.C. Listening: Eric Clapton's 50 Greatest Guitar Moments
GW celebrates the 50 greatest guitar moments of Eric Clapton's five-decade career.
46. "Cat’s Squirrel"
Cream—Fresh Cream (1966)
A free adaptation of a song originally recorded in 1961 by bluesman Doctor Ross, “Cat’s Squirrel” was a largely instrumental highlight of Cream’s 1966 debut album.
Repeated restatements of the main motif, lifted from the Dr. Ross record, alternate with bouts of riffing on guitar and harmonica and, in one break, a few lines of scat singing. The guitar tone is a bit thin, compared to Clapton’s earlier work with Mayall and what would come later, but it’s nonetheless compelling.
A frequent Sixties jam vehicle, the song was later covered by Jethro Tull on their 1968 debut album, This Was.
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