Eric Clapton Rarities: 1964-1971

Thursday, 04 April 2013 06:09 AM Written by 

With Eric Clapton coming to Consol Energy Center Saturday night and Scott Mervis's justifiably lukewarm take on his new album "Old Sock," it's worth remembering some of the glory moments in his career. Like these.  Consider them a vintage appetizer.

1964: With the Yardbirds from British TV:  "I Wish You Would" (a blues by Billy Boy Arnold). Clapton with his Fender Telecaster, Keith Relf on vocals

1965: With John Mayall (no Bluesbreakers) on Piano: An original blues called "Bernard Jenkins," done in the style of postwar Chicago.  This is the sole studio recording here.

1966: With John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: The Otis Rush favorite "All Your Love,"  Mayall on vocal, John McVie, bass, Hughie Flint, drums, from the classic album Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton.

1967: Cream: "Sunshine Of Your Love"  A live performance with Jack Bruce, vocal & bass, Ginger Baker, drums

June 7, 1969: Blind Faith: from the Hyde Park Concert:  A 1956 tune by Chicago blues great Sammy Myers: "Sleeping In The Ground" Steve Winwood, vocals, organ, bassist Rik Grech and Ginger Baker.  For younger folks, this was after Cream and Winwood's band Traffic had dissolved. Faith didn't last long.

1969: From BBC-TV With Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett (and Dave Mason) "Poor Elijah" The post-Blind Faith period when Clapton got sick of the "Guitar God" title and wanted to simply fit into another unit. The rest did him good as the next track proves.  Delaney Bramlett produced Clapton's first solo album in 1970

1971: With Derek & The Dominos from "The Johnny Cash Show": Chuck Willis's R&B hit "It's Too Late" and the Carl Perkins Sun rocker "Matchbox"

I saw this when it first aired on ABC. The Dominos, Carl Radle, bass, Bobby Whitlock, organ and drummer Jim Gordon were Delaney & Bonnie's old rhythm section. The whole performance, including the surprise jam with Cash and Perkins on "Matchbox" stunned me at the time. It still does.

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