I'm one of the few people who never saw what was the big deal with Clapton.
I used to feel the same way. Then I realized I was wrong. Clapton's the real deal.
Same here. There was a time when I didn't get people's obsession with him. Then it clicked. He is indeed the real deal.
at first, I didn't even realizr 1/2 the songs I liked to listen to was Clapton. Because I came from another country, rock music was a little foreign to me at first. I didn't have an ear for it and frankly I had no clue as to who were the rock n roll greats. This caused me not to realize that Clapton was in Cream, Derek and the Dominoes, Blind Faith.......etc. So I never put the 2 together and realize it was the same guy kicking all these tunes out all these years.
In the 80's when COCAINE became a bigh hit (for the wrong reasons) I bought my first Clapton album...again not having any idea what he played, I got his 80's album JOURNEYMAN. As a newb of sorts in "rock" that album was one of my favorites for a while. Due to this it expanded my ear to grab all his other stuff, which I all oif a sudden realized DAMN!!!!!!!!!!! This dude been thru the whole thick of it and is still here kickin it!!!! Plus he didn't sell out like Aerosmith did which was a great band until the 80s w/ JAMIE GOT A GUN..which was one of the stupidest songs...JMO
Last of all, what made me see that Clapton was a consumate musician was when the unplugged album came out after his son tragically died. It was a side of Clapton and music that many were not privy too (imo), and it blew me away. This guy is versatile!!!!
Clapton may not have the fastest hands, he may be a 3 finger superstar cause he rarely uses his pinky (something many of us can relate too), his solo's maybe "simple", and he is not as "WOW" as Steve Vai or Satch or (god help me) Malmsteen, but no one more than Clapton IMO has been more instrumental in passively educating the public in the history of music not only in his releases but rather being part of that history himself.
A lot of my solo's and feel seem to sound like Clapton. Many people say my soloing is Claptonesque.....at least that is what my wife says because she is not a Clapton fan which in a way validates the comment. What I am saying is even though she is not "schooled" in the Clapton sound, people can identify his feel everytime you hear it...his tone and delivery has a certain signature to it that is unmistakenly Clapton.
JMO...suffice to say, I don't care if anybody else likes Clapton....I enjoy his music and that really should be good enough for me. I don't listen to music to please others.
Edited by ninjato, 03 May 2008 - 05:34 AM.