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Eric Clapton: Forever Man

Album Review

Three-disc, career-spanning collection from one of the blues greats and one of its greatest ambassadors.

Ask the average person in the street to name a guitarist and the chances are the first one they’ll come up with will be Eric Clapton. From being a Yardbird in the 60s to a household name in the 21st century, his stature as a guitarist is arguably matched only by that of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck. All three have shaped the sound of the instrument and defined its style within the rock genre.

For Clapton it’s been a long journey but not always an easy ride. The blues purist from the Yardbirds and John Mayall days became a psychedelic jazz adventurer with Cream, a riff-master with Blind Faith, a country soul man with Delaney & Bonnie, a honey-toned rock’n’roller in Derek And The Dominos, a gifted collaborator with The Beatles, and a highly successful solo artist easily capable of selling out a month at a time at the Royal Albert Hall. Yet no matter how much his music twists and turns, the blues remains its foundation; it sings in the soul of the man.


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