Thursday, May 9, 2013

Slowhand


Clapton & The Allman Bro's

Eric Clapton has always been a disappointing cheese dick as a solo artist, much better suited to the context of a group to rein in his terrible taste. But with the right material and band, his playing and singing are undeniable. Clapton's peak was arguably the Duane Allman inspired Layla, and the tour he did with the Dominoes which featured extended improv on classic tunes. Here he is reprising that role with the Allman Brothers in 2009.


1. Key To The Highway - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar)
2. Dreams - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (guitar)
3. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar)
4. Little Wing - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar)
5. Anyday - Allman Brothers Band with guests Eric Clapton (vocals / guitar) and Susan Tedeschi (vocals)
6. Layla - Allman Brothers Band with guests Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar) and Danny Louis (piano)

There are gems throughout, kicking off with Clapton and Greg Allman trading verses on Key to the Highway. Dreams features some unique soloing from Clapton on the classic Allman's tune. Little Wing and Layla are guitar workouts. Anyday has that classic build-up and transition into the chorus. But the absolute gem has toe be the ending to Why Does Love... with a Duane inspired duet between Derek and Clapton. Eventually Warren establishes himself as well, turning it into a guitar trio of dripping insanity. This goes on for several minutes, in pure Allman's outro style.

Update to include Liz Reed w/Clapton: