Derek And The Dominos – Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

Clapton finds inspiration and solace in the face of unrequited love Arguably the most famous album of Clapton’s career, and one that might never have been were it not for Delaney and Bonnie’s rhythm section deserting ship over the issue of wages and conditions. But since they had nowhere to go, each thought to give… Read More Derek And The Dominos – Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

Eric Clapton – Money And Cigarettes

God struggles with relevancy in the early ’80s Throughout much of the Seventies Eric Clapton was on auto-pilot, sleepwalking his way through a series of lacklustre albums which failed to capture the spark of his earlier, younger days. What was frustrating is not so much that his albums stank, There’s One In Every Crowd (1975),… Read More Eric Clapton – Money And Cigarettes

Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert

In May 1971, Eric Clapton walked out of the studio where Derek and the Dominos were working on their follow up to the mega-selling Layla album. As Clapton recalled, “By the time of the second album sessions, money and dope and women were getting so far involved… that we couldn’t communicate anymore.” By now a… Read More Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert

Eric Clapton – Backless

After the success of 1977’s Slowhand, Clapton’s fans could be excused for having high expectations with regards to his next album. Whether Backless was underrated or misunderstood is perhaps a moot point. It possessed many of the same sort of elements as its predecessor; namely a J.J. Cale cover; a couple of Bob Dylan numbers; some… Read More Eric Clapton – Backless

Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard

461 Ocean Boulevard was the first album by Clapton where he really got his arse kicked by the critics. Rolling Stone magazine in particular was especially disparaging, describing it as teetering “precariously on the very edge, flirting with, but in the nick of time always just skirting, dullness”. Ouch. Move forward some forty years and… Read More Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard