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    Default Joe Bonamassa - Blues Of Desperation

    enters the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week at #12

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    12th album and 2nd highest charting
    someone has to keep the fire burning

    standout for me

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    He's probably one of the most bona-fide 'white guy' bluesmen out there.

    He's doing some channeling in the last half of this one that Stevie Ray would be proud of.

    He's really feeling it, not like some of the frauds who play it and pretend to be feeling it, but are really just repeating what they've practiced over and over. (Clapton, grand daddy of all frauds)
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    I disagree (about the Clapton bit) - this is just pure magic - https://youtu.be/A7yrxVJ_90k
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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle salty View Post
    He's probably one of the most bona-fide 'white guy' bluesmen out there.

    He's doing some channeling in the last half of this one that Stevie Ray would be proud of.

    He's really feeling it, not like some of the frauds who play it and pretend to be feeling it, but are really just repeating what they've practiced over and over. (Clapton, grand daddy of all frauds)
    is that what you thin Uncle????
    im surprised,
    Clapton is worshipped by other blues musicians...
    the likes of BB, Buddy Guy, Stevie etc thought he was a fraud do you think they would have aligned themselves with him?

    that said,,
    Clapton probably does "go through the motions" nowadays, but in the 60s,70s and 80s (maybe even the 90s) he was still playing
    some great stuff.

    anyway,
    its almost over for "old slow hand",
    I read an interview in the one of the UK music magazines late last year....
    arthritis is working its way through Clapton's hands now, he says he really struggles at times to pick up
    a guitar, let alone play one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerome View Post
    I disagree (about the Clapton bit) - this is just pure magic - https://youtu.be/A7yrxVJ_90k
    wow,
    thanks for that clip Jerome, never seen it before...superb performance.

    I saw him live around that time (91 ish) also, fantastic gig...
    I wasn't a fan at that time but my now ex-wife was, my opinion of Eric changed that night.

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    BTW, love the album cover in the opening post in this thread...

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    so what are we saying here
    Clapton is not really a guitarist?
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    i think he is saying Clapton doesn't have "the blues" in him or that he doesn't "feel" the blues like real blues guys do
    and that he simply 'goes through the motions' of playing maybe???

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRAZY-HORSE View Post
    wow,
    thanks for that clip Jerome, never seen it before...superb performance.

    I saw him live around that time (91 ish) also, fantastic gig...
    I wasn't a fan at that time but my now ex-wife was, my opinion of Eric changed that night.
    It's taken from what I feel is his best DVD - 24 Nights. The whole DVD is awesome. Some great tracks. My favourite - https://youtu.be/tUbpwNWmjfI
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    Maybe I should clarify my opinion of Clapton a bit.


    I'm not one of those people that are going to say "Oh, Clapton, he sucks, he's a lousy guitarist.", because that's not true.

    The guy can play, there's no denying that.

    The opening of Layla is one of the most iconic riffs of all time.

    And yes, he plays the blues, standing out there on an all-star stage, rubbing shoulders with the old dogs.

    Overall, though, I've just never see (or heard) him as anything more than 'above average'.

    His work seems a bit too practiced, and sterile, more mechanics than emotions.

    In my book, more often than not, Clapton is simply striking a pose.

    But, people obviously hear something I don't, and that's what makes music cool.

    And, I will never understand the whole 'Clapton Is God' thing. Good Grief.
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