Tag: eric clapton

MUSIC REVIEW | Cream – Wheels of Fire (1968)

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Cream was the band Eric Clapton was in before he became to guitarist of choice for middle aged fans of boring rock and roll all over the world. Cream was the band notoriously cranky drummer Ginger Baker is famous for being in. To paraphrase Bubba from Forrest Gump, that’s about all I know about Cream. I’ve never given enough of a crap about the brand or Clapton to know which songs were made with the band and which from his solo years. But their legacy is undeniable, so I should listen to at least one Cream album in my lifetime. Which I am doing, with Wheels on Fire.

Opening with a song maybe even more famous than the band itself, White Room is an undisputable rock classic. The rocking melody, the unhinged guitar work, the epic and slightly pretentious lyrics. This is everything the late 60s and early 70s were about if your band wanted to rock out hard. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)


Eric Clapton is one of those legendary guitarists who has a reputation as being a legendary guitarist with even the most casual music fans.  Which is why I have always been a little suspect of his legendary guitarist credentials.  It all comes down to an arbitrary rule that proves true in the vast majority of occasions.  If my mum has heard of them, they can’t be all that great.  There’s something about mainstream recognition that makes me question anyone’s legitimacy.  A little snobbish and contrarian I know, but that chip on my shoulder is too established to go anywhere.  But I have to accept that it’s very possible, that Eric Clapton might be a real deal, legendary guitarist.  A theory I’m putting to the test via one of his earlier solo efforts, 461 Ocean Boulevard.

The constantly wailing guitar in the good time rock and roll of Motherless Children is hard to not like.  But it also kind of justifies my dismissal of Clapton’s axe work.  The guitars are great, but they’re also very middle of the road an accessible.  Maybe it was new and innovative in 1974, but in 2015, it’s kind of bland. (more…)