Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Can't Find His Way Home
After reading the Rolling Stone cover story about Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton, I became even more frustrated than I was while writing Monday's post about last Thursday's show. These two giants sat comfortably in Beck's living room, sipping tea and eating toasted cheese sandwiches while trading Elmore James licks and heaping praise upon each other for the work they'd done on such classics as "Five Live Yardbirds," "Beck-Ola," and "John Mayall's Bluesbreakers." Clapton raves about "Shapes Of Things." Beck raves about "Telephone Blues," a Bluesbreakers b-side.
"When Eric is in full flower, in the blues, you can't get close to that. The timing-the actual breakdown of the phrases--is so unique."
They mention an Albert Collins' tune, Lonnie Mack's "Wham," which Beck starts to play, as well as a Charles Mingus suite as possible set choices for the upcoming tour.
Also in the article, Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers talks about Clapton's historic guest spot with the band during last March's NYC run at the Beacon Theatre. "He went back in time a little with his attack, the overall letting go." The article goes on to say that Haynes was especially blown away by Clapton's meaty soaring the second night during "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed."
"His solo was filled with reckless abandon."
Clapton said, "I haven't played like that since 1967."
WE KNOW DUDE!!
And now, "I've Got A Rock & Roll Heart."
Here are both "Elizabeth Reed" and "Telephone Blues."
(Clapton kicks in at the 7:28 mark)