Author:Andrew Wild / Lisa Torem
It’s something of an understatement to say Eric Clapton’s solo back catalogue is very much a mixed bag, ranging from the sublime 461 Ocean Boulevard to the frankly poor recent(ish) efforts Old Sock and I Still Do. I actually quite like the eighties albums Behind The Sun, August and Journeyman even if the glossy production is very much of its time, typifying the Armani jacket with the sleeves rolled up era when Clapton, Collins, Knopfler and co became fixtures on the big name charity concert circuit. For me, the pick of his later albums are the three blues inspired records, From The Cradle, Me and Mr Johnson and Riding With The King, where he found some fire in his belly and his love of that genre shone through. Of the numerous live sets, I always had a soft spot for 1979’s Just One Night set, the 2009 Live at Madison Square Garden shows with Steve Winwood, as well as one that’s often overlooked, the Live in Japan album with George Harrison from the early nineties.
I know very little of Tori Amos and her music, other than her debut Little Earthquakes, which I recall causing quite a splash when it was released in 1992. I was surprised at her large back catalogue actually, with a steady stream of albums right up to 2017. I’ve dipped into most of the fifteen studio albums, and although the music isn’t really my cup of tea, I can nevertheless appreciate the creativity, inventiveness and diversity that’s on show. What I can say is that the author really knows her stuff, and presents a well thought out and researched look at the artist’s career to date, a career that has now spanned well over three decades. If you’re a fan, this book is well worth seeking out.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
As ever, fans of these artists rather than casual listeners/readers.
One thing you’ve learned
A series of podcasts is available covering some of the books in this series, and featuring author interviews and discussion.