Eric Clapton went through many phases in his long career, but I have always had a fondness for his early seventies music. The Derek and the Dominoes album is a must own and contains some of Clapton’s most passionate playing, and although his first two solo albums are solid, they come across as slightly too laid back. Recently, I began exploring the live Delaney and Bonnie discs with Clapton on guitar – the couple influenced Clapton’s style and resulted in his departure from his signature Cream sound. The discs contain loads of excellent music and loose jams, and the track that struck me the most was Clapton’s live performance of I Don’t Know Why (titled Don’t Know Why on his debut solo album). Performed live, the song sheds its mid-temp laid back groove for a more engaging approach and even Clapton even throws in a heartfelt solo to boot.
If you love Clapton’s music, go out and grab the Delaney and Bonnie and Friends‘ On Tour disc!