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CB likes Eric Clapton’s music. It started with Cream and his buddies Jack and Ginger then into the Blind Faith thing then to the discovery of his early stuff with the Yardbirds and John Mayall. The next big chunk was Derek and the Dominoes. There’s a bit of my history with his music.
He’s gone on to cut some solo records that I dig. ‘No Reason To Cry’ is one of them. I probably listen to this one the most. It followed ‘365 Ocean Blvd’ (another very good record). It was a change of pace from all the heavy blues influenced stuff from his early days. Don’t ask me why I like it so much, I just do. The music just grabbed me. It’s a good mix of songs and styles.
The album has a “The Band” vibe. It’s no wonder because all the Band members contribute throughout. Dylan shows up and he and Eric sing ‘Sign language’ together. It’s just one of those tunes that resonates with CB. Some of Bob’s genius lyrics ” You speak to me in sign language as I’m eating a sandwich ..”. Not kidding you folks I love that stuff. Doesn’t hurt that the Band is all over it with the music. The song just gets me. ‘County Jail Blues’ has Clapton back to the blues roots where he came from. It’s one of my favorite Eric tunes. His vocals and guitar are in perfect order. the organ doesn’t hurt.
With ‘Past Times’ he is an honorary member of The Band. Him and Danko (I’m a big Danko guy) nail it. At least my ear thinks so. This song reminds me so much of the fantastic solo album Danko put out at around the same time. ‘Hello Old Friend’ is a feel good song for me. Who doesn’t like seeing an old friend? He captures the vibe on this one. Never too far from the blues EC gives us another good one in ‘Double Trouble’. What a killer cut. The support is top notch.
He just seems real comfortable, inspired and at home on this record. He gets great support throughout the record. Too many to list. (It’s at your finger tips with this new fangled computer stuff) Lots of good guitar on the record and not just from Clapton. A great mix of music that has stuck with me all these years. I like this record
Say hello to an old friend and give it a listen
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