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(@tim_madsen)
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Wes,
I still come across people today that think Eric was the vocalist for Cream. Then I have to break out my old LPs and show them the credits (vocals Jack Bruce). Your brothers right, if you've got a tight rhythm section just about any good guitarist will do.

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 Bish
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My favorite has to be Badge.

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Cream stuff is his best overall. I'll second Crossroads.

Of course Domino's Layla is excellent, but that's because of Duane Allman/Clapton interplay. For Clapton alone, on that album, I'd go with Why Does Love Have to be so Sad -- 'course, maybe that's not all him either?.

Always loved the short signature riff from Bell Bottom Blues -- one of his tastiest lines.

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Layla unplugged.

And how could you even forget 'Riding with the king'.The fender strat of Clapton can be clearly distinguised in that King's tribute :)


   
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Picking a favorite Clapton solo is too darn difficult. I have been trying to decide on which one since this thread started and I just cant...:(

Not that you care...

At this time I would like to tell you that NO MATTER WHAT...IT IS WITH GOD. HE IS GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL. HIS WAY IS IN LOVE, THROUGH WHICH WE ALL ARE. IT IS TRULY -- A LOVE SUPREME --. John Coltrane


   
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Like Wes, I am also a huge Clapton fan. My Favourite solo of his is the one at the end of "Bad Love".
I like the way he incorperates the feel of the whole song within his solo's and doesn't just run through scales. A prime example of this is in "Unplugged Layla" where you can hear the rhythm of the song along with the tune, and a lot of times he'll just pause within a solo, not to work out where he's going next but because he's confident enough to know that its not just what you put into it its also about what you leave out.

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Great thread :D My favorite Clapton solo is from "Presence of the Lord" Not his best, but Its just so spontaneous 8) 8) 8) Its just ROCKS!!! The Blind Faith album was one of my favorite albums of all times...wow man I'm slipping into my Hippy mode here...Peace man 8) 8)

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Check out this great video.

Cream playing Sunshine of Your Love live. Awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qq_h4ZVxTE&search=sunshine%20of%20your%20love

Oh man..that about sends me into a LSD flashback :lol: :lol: :lol: Yup..those guys could really play :twisted: :twisted: --the dog

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...and a lot of times he'll just pause within a solo, not to work out where he's going next but because he's confident enough to know that its not just what you put into it its also about what you leave out.

This I think is a very important point that is missed in a lot of music. I think it was Miles Davis (now there was a rock star) that said he liked to focus not so much on the notes but on the spaces between the notes.

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I love the solo from "Five Long Years" on the From the Cradle album.


   
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I'm torn between three....Badge and Sunshine of your Love have already been mentioned, but Clapton's playing on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on the Beatles white album is up there as well......

If you've got the DVD of the George Harrison tribute concert, check out WMGGW on that - EC looks miles away, as if he's thinking about George (either that or he's wondering if he turned the casserole off before he came out....!) and still manages this beautiful solo, almost on auto-pilot.....

I've also been listening to "Me and Mr Johnson" a lot lately - Eric's playing on that is as good as I've ever heard anyone play, EVER!

Hard to choose, isn't it!!!!

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BTW, anyone else noticed, those youtube links - a lot of songs seem to play for a couple of seconds, pause for five seconds, resume, pause etc etc ad infinitum?

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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BTW, anyone else noticed, those youtube links - a lot of songs seem to play for a couple of seconds, pause for five seconds, resume, pause etc etc ad infinitum?

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

Vic
It's possible that you are having a problem with downloading. Directly beneath the "screen", where the video plays, is a completion bar. Before the download starts, it is pale grey, like the background. As the file downloads, you see it's progress by a mid-grey completion bar. As it plays, you see a dark grey completion bar.
Youtube starts playing as soon as a certain "buffer time" has downloaded. If playing catches up to the amount downloaded, it automatically pauses, until there is sufficient buffer for it to continue. Catch that up and it pauses, etc., etc..
Keep an eye on the completion bars, next time you download.
If it's a vid you really want to watch, click the "Pause" button, until most of the vid has loaded, then start the vid again.

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If it's a vid you really want to watch, click the "Pause" button, until most of the vid has loaded, then start the vid again.

That's what ya gotta do, (I'm a little late in this thread)

I really love all his solos, he is my biggest inspiration. I think his live work for those of you who are unfamiliar will blow some minds. The unplugged Old Love is amazingly intense and full of emotion, as is the original, when played live. I think my all time favourite, if I was forced to pick one would be Crossroads, that second solo is just amazing.

And yeah, Sunshine of Your Love, the solo is, as Clapton himself has admitted, inspired grealty by Blue Moon, although I've never been able to hear the original my self.

Tim, you'll find that Clapton is more than willing to dump credit off on other people. He's a very modest guitar god. He always credits the musicians he plays with as being the reason for his solos sounding good. Jack Bruce did most of the vocals, however a few songs featured Clapton singing (Strange Brew, Crossroads, Badge, for example)

Some of my favorite Clapton solos can be found in: Live at Hyde Park, and the Clapton and Friends benefit concert for the Crossroads center, in 2001 I believe. I've gotten both of these on audio, and I'd be glad to send a few songs, give me an IM on AIM if you want!! (Layla, I shot the Sherrif, Everyday, Old Love, some of the best music I've ever heard, some of his best live work I think) Along with a couple of live videos of Cocaine and White Room, post Cream, amazing stuff.

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