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Clapton Vs. Himself
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2005
You can read about the history behind this album in the other reviews, but I'll tell you why it's a five-star.
You can feel the intensity throughout this record. There's not one bad song in this collection, and even the covers fit in perfectly with Clapton's works. Anyone who covers Hendrix's "Little Wing" is either really stupid or really good. Clapton puts that song through a new pace and makes it his own.
With the combination of Clapton's hurt, drugs, and the presence (or should I say pressure)of Duanne Allman next to him on guitar, Clapton was put into overdrive and put out a chunk of music that will never be matched, even by himself. Although his guitar playing is outstanding in Cream and BluesBreakers, on this album it sounds like he pushed his guitar and made it sound how he wanted it. You can hear how he makes it do what HE wants it to, like the energy he had just bled through it.
A perfect meld of blues and rock, and a piece of history.