One of the many lovely moments in The Last Waltz is about 30 seconds or so into Further On Up The Road when Eric Clapton’s guitar strap comes unhinged and you can hear him call “Rob!”. Robertson effortlessly steps in, plays his solo until Clapton is sorted, and then steps back to let Eric back in. Completely undercuts the cocks-out soloing that was being set up for our edification, and just makes me smile. Any more mistakes and mishaps that actually enhance a performance?
Yes I have been tempted to post this for a few weeks now but fear the ridicule that may subsequently shower down on me but here goes…….
Old Sock by Eric Clapton! Okay it isn’t exactly ‘Layla’ or ‘Slow Hand’ It has some pleasant songs on it. The playing seems fine. Okay it is, perhaps, a bit “lazy” but, in the end, I enjoy listening to it!
Over to you lot……..tell me off if you must but also let me know if you have a similar (album) skeleton in your cupboard.
OK so this clip is from 2009 but Eric’s guitar playing is just perfect for the song.
I love it.
I believe this is the final issue of the Blues Magazine and they are going out in style with a Beano Album 50th anniversary special.
I know @Junior-Wells is a fan of the mag and he has kindly sent me his old issues from time to time.
This is a tough time for music mags and I believe this one lasted only 3 or 4 years.
Following his “Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks” event and the “Three Kings Tour” where he covered Albert, Freddie and BB, Joe Bonamassa has announced plans for a British Blues Boom special this year.
He talks about it in depth here and also demonstrates how to play like Eric, Jeff and Jimmy, plus there’s a little Paul Kossoff and Peter Green in there too.
Those of a nervous disposition may like to skip the first eight mins which is all amp talk. After that it’s guitar heaven all the way.
Before the big purge of 2006, I had every issue of Q magazine to date, every single one of them. From the first issue in October 1986, running right through past the birth of Mojo in 1993 and on into the new millennium, I had them all neatly shelved in meticulous and correct order of release. Even after all the bands worth reading about had migrated to sister magazine Mojo and Q had become home to the Spice Girls, Robbie Williams, Oasis and other horrors I still kept on buying it, mainly for the Q Charts and the quality writing of Tom Hibbert.
Then one day, after realising I would probably never read that Rory Gallagher or John Martyn interview again (let alone be able to find it, even if the mood took me) I ditched the lot, freeing up acres of shelf space and feeling enormously liberated in the process
But today I found around 20 early copies of Q which had somehow escaped the expulsion. The earliest of these is issue #7 from January 1987 and what a keyhole into the (recent) past it is. This morning I read it almost from cover to cover, just so you » Continue Reading.
You may not know the name, but Giorgio Gomelsky (pictured here with a young, crew-cutted Eric Clapton) was a giant of the 60s London blues and R&B scene.
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Young Johnny Concheroo must be the luckiest boy in all of Afterword Town. That’s because he is the proud owner of an object that is both precious and magical. A totemic artefact you might say. In fact, in the history of 60s British blues it’s right up there with the black cat bone, the mojo hand, gris-gris, and even, dare I say it, the mythical John the Conqueror root.
Yes, young Johnny now has a copy of the actual Beano comic which appears on the cover of the seminal 1966 LP Blues Breakers: John Mayall with Eric Clapton (aka The Beano Album.
But let’s stop talking in this ridiculous third person fashion for a moment and cut to the chase. Yes, it arrived today, not very well packed I must say, but thankfully undamaged. I’m talking about issue #1242 of The Beano comic, with the cover date May 12, 1966. So what? you may say. What’s so special about a tatty old kids’ comic? Ah, but this is not just any old comic, it’s the very same issue of The Beano that Eric Clapton is pretending to read on the cover of the aforementioned LP
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