“A Tribute To Eric Clapton”: such a simple title is given to a various artists’ tribute that will see the release on CD and vinyl on June 17th – and there’s really no reason to be inventive about what’s written on the album’s cover. What must be imaginative is the treatment of the legendary guitarist’s legacy, which remains supreme – the fact even those who detest his stance on Covid cannot deny – be it with THE YARDBIRDS, CREAM, BLIND FAITH, DEREK AND THE DOMINOS or solo. All these facets of the veteran’s output are reflected here by musicians of impressive pedigree.
Some of the participants of this homage may seem like logical choices, Sonny Landreth for one; others, including Graham Bonnet, are surprising additions to the line-up. Strangest of all, though, is the choice of a particular piece: if Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” came to be associated with E.C., Graham Gouldman’s “For Your Love” was the number he hated intensely enough to leave Jim McCarty‘s band. Still, the overall result feels attractive enough to delve into.
1. Cocaine – feat. Kirk Fletcher & Brian Auger
2. Lay Down Sally – feat. Sammy Kershaw & Albert Lee
3. I Feel Free – feat. Arthur Brown, James Williamson & Rat Scabies
4. Sunshine Of Your Love – feat. Dug Pinnick & Eric Gales
5. Let It Rain – feat. Jack Russell & Sonny Landreth
6. Wonderful Tonight – feat. Oli Brown
7. Layla – feat. MOLLY HATCHET
8. I Shot The Sheriff –
feat. Pat Travers, David Sancious & Artimus Pyle
9. For Your Love – feat. Mark Lindsay & Rick Nielsen
10. Tears In Heaven – feat. Ana Popovic
11. White Room – feat. Graham Bonnet & Snowy White
12. Can’t Find My Way Home – feat. Shirley King & Martin Barre