adnan Posted October 29, 2006 Share Posted October 29, 2006 Time for another thread. I want some serious debate going here. If you're going to respond by saying "Clapton sux haha omgz!!11!!!!l" or even "Bullshit, Hendrix was better", simply don't bother replying. If you're going to debate me on this, at least do a good job of it and give me an argument. I don't mind if you give your opinion on it, but if you want to actually debate me instead of just giving your opinion, please don't just insult Clapton to get your point across.What can you say about Eric? His name was all across London in Grafitti at age 19, his first true band was the Yardbirds, he played uncredited on the Beatles' White Album and a lot of George Harrison's solo work, he was a founding member of Cream, who can only be named as equals to the Beatles, the Stones, and yes, the Experience. He created what is to this day considered one of the most original, heartbreaking, and honest albums ever in Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, and he enjoys a successful solo career to this date, which has produced classic albums such as Unplugged, Slowhand, and 461 Ocean Boulevard, and is without a doubt one of the greatest live guitarists ever, even if all he does is stand still. In over 40 years of playing he has seldom used the same solo live for any song at any show, and still manages to create a magnificent solo each and every time. He uses a similar framework, but just imagine how many solos that comes to. Say it's a 20 song show, he plays a different solo every time across forty years of playing for each song. Figure it out. Before Clapton there was electric blues guitar, the Chuck Berry method, and the rockabilly sound. What he did was he took the latter two and introduced the blues into it. This can only be described as something that changed music forever. He did another couple of things that had a major effect on music: HE TURNED THE AMP WAY FUCKING UP, and in the studio he thought of moving the mic across the room from the amp to create a unique ambience that can clearly be heard on Cream's 3 records. Another thing he did was popularize wah, something regularly used to this day in metal, rock, and blues. Another thing is his solos. They're fucking symphonies. He had a tone that was HIS, that tone was something special, combining the clear sound of blues guitar with all the resonation that came from distortion. Listen to "Crossroads" on Wheels of Fire. He's fucking Mozart there. And it was improvised too. That second solo is possibly the most pivotal guitar piece of all time. He's done better solos but that was the first time the world had heard anything like that. In the early '70's Eric rediscovered Robert Johnson. This along with listening to J.J. Cale and working with Bonnie and Delaney encouraged him to vastly change his musical direction. He tried as hard as possible to change his sound entirely. He worked harder than anything to completely destroy his title as guitar god, he went as far as avoiding soloing entirely for a stretch of shows in 1976. Of course he started soloing again when those shows got him his worst reviews to date. But Eric was Eric... The playing was still excellent and his legend grew and grew and grew (then was destroyed by a series of terrible 80's records but reinstated by Unplugged). But there was still place for another jam album before he completely turned his back on it. Between his first solo album and his second he released what is arguably his greatest album: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Along with Whitlock he wrote all the non covers on this album, the greatest of which was of course "Layla", which is to me the ultimate song. It's perfection. It's rock, it's blues, it's everything all at once, it's pain defined, it's hope, it's love, it is proof that Eric Clapton is a great artist. All the tracks are real. They're honest, they're brutal, and the stripped down production just helps the album get that point across. Let's credit Duane Allman for pushing Eric's playing to new hights.Eric Clapton created the blueprint for rock guitar. Anyone who plays lead guitar in a rock or metal band owes him a debt of gratitude for his work. Because even if you don't know you're doing it, you're building on his work. He essentially created "bluesy hard rock". Guns N' Roses would not have existed without Clapton. So if you play guitar in a rock band and disagree with this particular paragraph, just go download "Steppin' Out" and bow down to the master of rock guitar. And now the part you've all been waiting for. It was always going to come down to this... Let's face it, there's always going to be the bit where Jimi comes in. Jimi and Eric wouldn't give a damn about who was better or what we thought of either of them. Both have praised each other, and Eric is known to have collapsed in misery claiming that he "will never be that good" when he first heard Jimi play. See, Jimi was without a doubt the more innovative of the two. Jimi got sounds out of a guitar that nobody even thought possible before. These pyrotechnics gave us the first real guitar virtuoso. Clapton was tasteful and always thought musically when composing his solos, or even improvising them. He was always concerned about how it would turn out and showed classy restraint all the time. On the other hand Jimi-by his own admission-just went out there and did whatever the hell he could with the guitar, not giving a damn about musicality or anything else. This is where I shut up and let Albert King finish my thoughts: "He'd punch a button and get some smoke. And punch a button and get something else... But when you want to really come down and play the blues, well I could've easily played his songs, but he couldn't play mine." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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