"Supergroup" is a word that doesn't sit well with a lot of people. For some, it conjures up bloated egos battling for creative control. For others, it makes them think of flash-in-the-pan projects that never had much of a lasting impact.
For most of the past five decades, British guitarist Eric Clapton has been at the forefront of blues/rock guitar playing. Though he has incorporated many different stylistic elements into his music during his long and very successful career, Clapton’s legacy was forged long ago on his brilliance as a virtuoso soloist, and he will long be remembered as one of the most important and influential guitarists ever.
Guitar Legends: Eric Clapton is a must-have for fans of any era in Clapton's long career. The special issue, which is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $9.99, tells Clapton's story and transcribes five songs, including "Layla," "Cocaine" and "Sunshine of Your Love." It features several interviews, details his solo career and time with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds.
Another supergroup is on the horizon as members of Cream, Living Colour, Carlos Santana's live band and Medeski, Martin and Wood have joined forces in Spectrum Road. The group features Jack Bruce on bass and vocals, Vernon Reid on guitar, John Medeski on keys/piano and Cindy Blackman-Santana on drums.
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.
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?