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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby mickeypainless » Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:29 pm

Now that's one COOL Hooka!
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby ofcluke534 » Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:32 pm

The worst? Anything by Eric Clapton. Or better yet, it's just depressing that the world considers him one of the best blues guitaritsts. Tell that to Albert Collins.
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby bighollowtwang » Fri Mar 24, 2006 1:26 am

>The worst? Anything by Eric Clapton. Or better yet, it's
>just depressing that the world considers him one of the best
>blues guitaritsts. Tell that to Albert Collins.

AMEN!
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby slidnslim » Fri Mar 24, 2006 1:30 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-23-06 AT 08:31 PM (EST)] You,mean Eric Clapton's conciderd a Blues guitarest?

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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby mickeypainless » Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:09 am

Yer gonna fit in just fine around here Luke! CHEERS!
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Postby maxx england » Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:53 pm

> You,mean Eric Clapton's conciderd a Blues guitarest?

You don't seem to have heard some of his early stuff. The clean living, sterile playing Clapton of popular acclaim bears no resemblance to the beer and Relaxant sodden Clapton of the early days. He actually could do it.
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby mike932 » Sat Mar 25, 2006 2:34 am

Corporate America does have a tendency to ruin an artist. Fleetwood Mac..they used to be the Blues, then up jumped Sheepy Nicks. I was Fleetwood Macs armed escort for a concert many years ago, Mick was cool, but Sheepy..what a "not nice person".
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby chick french » Sat Mar 25, 2006 3:00 am

When "From The Cradle" came out I used to get so pissed off when someone would request a Clapton song from that CD. I was playing at this club that played the CD constantly. I even went so far as making the club manager a CD of the originals that contained all the songs Clapton covered on the CD and told him to shove that up his arse!!!! Now buddy thats the real McCoy! Clapton and the whole band sounded like crap and that goes for that Portney or whatever his name is dude that in my opinion should sell his harps and start working on transmissions. If I'm not mistaken Jim Keltner may be playing drums on this and Keltner is probably one of my favorite drummers (especially the Ry Cooder stuff he played on) But I got to tell ya, "From The Cradle" was a pitiful, pitiful attempt at whatever Clapton was trying to accomplish.

Having said that, I LOVE CLAPTON as a rock guitarist. It just don't get no better than the Cream stuff, Dominoes, Blind Faith and what he did with Delaney & Bonnie.
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby nizer » Sat Mar 25, 2006 4:19 am

>Having said that, I LOVE CLAPTON as a rock guitarist. It
>just don't get no better than the Cream stuff, Dominoes,
>Blind Faith and what he did with Delaney & Bonnie.

Yup. I saw him in the 70s one time and almost fell asleep. But I still get excited everytime I hear "Hideaway" from the Bluesbreakers record.
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby ofcluke534 » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:55 pm

I can end the Clapton debate easily "before you accuse me". Bo Diddly should have punched Clapton in the face.
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby jeffl » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:30 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-27-06 AT 05:35 PM (EST)]No offense gang,but I get a little tired of guys pickin' on commercial artists for bein' commercial,although I definitely understand the sentiment. I know what I'm willin' to play for $50.00,so I can only guess what somebody would be willin' to do for 5 Million. Nonetheless,I agree that the distinctions between Clapton and others should be made. Some of the real pro artists around here have a bigger right to gripe about these things than part-time giggin' hobbyists like me. Most of the guys I know who are even great musicians answered the muse on the road for years,tryin' to get their big break,and mostly succeeded in wrecking their hearing, their health,and their marriages,and still never got any recognition,and now they're playin' great music,with alotta covers,in bars and clubs,and will tell you things like,"I don't take myself seriously in the same way that I used to."
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby mickeypainless » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:08 am

As with all artists I enjoy, I really dig some of their stuff and some I can take it or leave it. Some I skip over or change the station. But to say Clapton or SRV are hacks is pretty silly! So they had a TON of sucess play'n covers, they also did some pretty awesome stuff of their own as well! As for Clapton ala Cream.... I LOVE "White Room"!
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby guitarsmurf » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:00 am

Yes, EC's a big commercial artist, who's living somewhat cleanly I suppose, who has the means to play absolute top of the line gear, and who is technically proficient on the guitar.

Well, I own "From the cradle", "Me and Mr Johnson" and "Session for Robert J." and I love all three of them. Yes, they're all covers, but they're a tribute to the man's heroes. And I find you can tell he's very passionate about the blues.

I wouldn't call him a "blues artist" persé, but do we really have to pigeonhole artists like that?

Plus you have to remember that it's people like Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, etc. that a new generation discovers the blues and slowly but surely starts to dig into its rich history. Without EC, SRV or Gary Moore I probably would have no idea who Lonnie Johnson or Blind Willie McTell were. Guaranteed!

What I figure is the worst in blues is copycats. Like in the 90s you had this whole slew of poncho-wearing / Strat-wielding SRV imitators. God I hated those guys.
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby ricochet » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:53 pm

Yeah, I've got "From The Cradle," I regard it as a tribute to his heroes, and I like it a lot.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."
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RE: Worst- May You Never...

Postby bluesmcgoo » Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:21 pm

Yeah, I really like "From The Cradle" a lot.

Great stuff!

...but I also REALLY like Robert Cray. So when I say I like "From The Cradle", all the blues "purists" out there can write off my opinion and continue to keep those closed minds all zipped up. K?
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