Eric Clapton In 10 Outstanding Live Performances

Eric Clapton Live 2You know how much I love Eric Clapton so this post should come as no surprise to you, guys. I think he is absolutely one of the last of his kind of musicians who still got it – in the record studio, as well as on stage.

The list of concerts, events and shows he did throughout his long career is never-ending but since I had to draw the line somewhere, I decided to pick 10 outstanding live performances of Eric, just for you, guys. It’s quite the task, since he doesn’t really have a weak show and he has always been giving it all on the stage. Just watch the following videos and you will understand what I’m saying.

Enjoy~

 


“I Shot the Sheriff”, 1987


“Layla”, 1992, MTV Unplugged


“Layla” (ft. Phil Collins, Live Aid 1985)


“Cocaine”, 2015


“My Father’s Eyes”, 2007


“Bad Love”, 1990


“Anyway The Wind Blows” (ft. JJ Cale, 2007)


“Tearing Us Apart” (ft. Tina Turner, Phil Collins and Dire Straits)


“Change the World”, 2007


“Tears in Heaven”, 2013


 

+ Bonus Track

Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Sting & Phil Collins- Money for Nothing (Live Montserrat)

12 Unforgettable Axl Rose Onstage Moments

Everyone knows that Axl Rose is the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll diva. Since the phenomenal debut of Guns N’ Roses with the blockbuster “Appetite for Destruction”, Axl has done his fair share of diva-moments such as being very fashionably late, leaving the venue, scolding and offending the public, getting into fights with fans (especially those wearing Slash T-Shirts) and so on.

This video presents a lovely compilation of unforgettable onstage moments. It’s quite entertaining and definitely worth watching. Honestly, I think some of what he does or says seems quite reasonable. I mean, what kind of a person goes to a concert and throws bottles at the stage!?

Watch the video below:

Steven Tyler – “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere” Album Review

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We’re All Somebody From Somewhere

Released: July 15, 2016
Genre: Country
Duration: 54:29
Label: Dot
Singles: “Love is Your Name”, “Red, White & You”, “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere”

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OVERVIEW:

 

Steven Tyler is here with his first solo album and the project is definitely not sounding like anything you ever thought would come out from Aerosmith’s frontman. We’re All Somebody from Somewhere is a pleasantly surprising country album, recorded with local musicians from Nashville. His usual rock and blues music style is once again at present, but the beautiful country flavours, side guitars, slower paced tunes and the dreamy lyrics are definitely adding a lot of colour! From the first second you hear him sing, you could easily feel how confident and passionate he is about this record. Aerosmith’s legacy aside, this is Steven Tyler making a stand and being a true opportunist. On top of that, his vocal capabilities can absolutely fulfil each and every little desire or project he decides to go for. Such is the case with We’re All Somebody from Somewhere”. If you are looking for some old-school Steven Tyler, rocking and rolling all the way, you cannot find him on this album. However, what you can find is almost one hour of extreme enjoyment, perfect for your afternoon relaxation time.

One of the finest moments of the album is definitely the cheery “I Make My Own Sunshine” – a track capable of instantly bringing a smile on your face. The title song – We’re All Somebody from Somewhere is a beautiful mess, combining elements of country music and typical Aerosmith rockstar vibes. It also reminds us a little bit of Cage the Elephant’s “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” but with a little something more there. “Red, White & You”, “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly And Me” and “Somebody New” also fall under the same “half country, half rock ’n’ roll” category. It seems like Steven was not 100% sure what he wanted to say with this album or which particular direction to take, but he never actually followed any kinds of rules, so there’s that. A lot of songs on this record don’t really stand out or leave any deep or lasting impression but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a charm.

Overall, the record is cheery, carefree and very “sunny”. Leave your reservations aside and let yourself enjoy the pleasing tunes. Don’t worry, our rock ‘n’ roll hero is still here – he has just turned into a cowboy for the time-being!

Cheers

 

Tracklist:

“My Own Worst Enemy”
“We’re All Somebody from Somewhere”
“Hold On (Won’t Let Go)”
“It Ain’t Easy”
“Love is Your Name”
“I Make My Own Sunshine”
“Gypsy Girl”
“Somebody New”
“Only Heaven”
“The Good, The Bad, The Ugly And Me”
“Red, White & You”
“Sweet Louisiana”
“What am I Doin’ Right?”
“Janie’s Got a Gun”
“Piece of my Heart” (with The Loving Mary Band”)

Red, White & You

Love Is Your Name

 


 

References:
“We’re All Somebody from Somewhere” official Wikipedia webpage: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We%27re_All_Somebody_from_Somewhere
P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights and credits go to the owners and/publishers.
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45 Years Ago We Said Goodbye to Jim Morrison

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Today (July, 3) in 1971, at the age of 27 we lost the legendary Jim Morrison. He was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France. Morrison died of a heart-attack brought on by his drug abuse. It is said that the heart attack was caused by heroin, however till today his death remains  a mystery as no one is really sure what exactly happened that night.

In 1971, after Jim recorded “LA Woman”, he decided to move to France with his then-girlfriend Pamela Courson. Here’s when the story becomes somehow blurred. His girlfriend lied several times and constantly changed her version of the story. On top of that, it’s well known that Jim Morrison didn’t like heroin and was against using it, despite the fact that Pam was a heroin drug addict. According to the story, Pam lied to Jim about what kind of a drug she was using that night. As Jim thought it was cocaine, he snorted some of the “white substance” which turned out to be heroine and had a heart attack almost immediately.  

There are several stories about how Morrison died. One version says that he died in a night club and his body was taken to the apartment. According to another version, he woke up in the morning coughing blood, then took a bath and eventually died in the bathtub. There’s even a story about him faking his own death.

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The Doors

Regardless, we lost a true icon and one of the most legendary musicians of all time. Drugs were indeed a huge part of his life and eventually they took the most of him. However, throughout his relatively short career, he, along with the rest of the group members from The Doors accomplished so much. These rebellious psychedelic rockstars produced some of the biggest hits of the 60s and the beginning of the 70s, such as “Waiting For The Sun’, “Riders on the Storm”, “Light My Fire”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Love Her Madly” and many more. The talented yet rebellious band was formed in the mid-60s and was named after Aldous Huxley’s “The Doors of Perception”.

 

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Jim Morrison’s Grave, Pere Lachaise Cemetary, Paris France : Credits on photo

 

Let’s celebrate the life and career of Jim by listening to some of his most famous works.

Waiting For The Sun

Light My Fire

Love Me Two Times

L.A. Woman


 

References:
“This Day In Music (July 3)”, retrieved from http://thisdayinmusic.com/
“How Did Jim Morrison Die?”, retrieved from http://biography.yourdictionary.com/articles/how-did-jim-morrison-die.htmlI don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights/credits go to the owners and/or publishers.
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[The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] The Clash – Combat Rock

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Combat Rock

Clash - Combat rockReleased: May 14, 1982
Recorded: 1980-1981
Genre: Punk, Punk Rock, Post Punk
Length: 46:21
Label: CBS, Epic
Producer(s): The Clash, Glyn Johns
Singles: “Know Your Rights”, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”, “Rock The Casbah”, “Straight to Hell”
Personnel: Joe Strummer – lead and backing vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano; Mick Jones – guitar, backing and lead vocals, keyboards, sound effects; Paul Simonon – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Red Angel Dragnet”; Topper Headon – drums, piano and bass guitar on “Rock the Casbah”
Certified: 2xPlatinum (RIAA)

TRACKLIST:

“Know Your Rights”
“Car Jamming”
“Should I Stay or Should I Go”
“Rock the Casbah”
“Red Angel Deagnet”
“Straight to Hell”
“Overpowered by Funk”
“Atom Tan”
“Sean Flynn”
“Ghetto Defendant”
“Inoculated City”
“Death Is A Star”

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OVERVIEW

Let’s talk about the Clash and their best-selling album of all time – “Combat Rock”. A sell-out or not, “Combat Rock” could easily find its place among some of the most exciting punk rock albums of all time. Not only in happens to be the final record by the Clash’s original line-up but it also best illustrates the band’s versatile talents and eagerness to experiment and take chances. The truly intriguing aspects of “Combat Rock” are The Clash’s provoking efforts to incorporate reggae, funk and rap into their heavy punk sound.

With “Combat Rock”, the Clash seemingly takes a step back from their previous expressive efforts we can witness in “London Calling” and “Sandinista!”. However, we still get to experience a quite delightful inconsistency and interesting mess that this pure avant-garde selection of punk rock tunes offers us.

Without doubt, the finest moments of the record have to be “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and “Rock the Casbah”. I say finest because those simple and hooking ultimate punk rock anthems became the absolute winning hand for the Clash and this record. With the foolish but fantastic rhythm of “Should I Stay or Should I Go” the Clash dominated the radio waves and is still probably their most instantly-recognizable tune. “Rock the Casbah”, on the other hand, brings us some solid new wave, dance vibes. “Know Your Rights” and “Death Is A Star” are songs that impress with strong, fighting words, though “Death Is A Star” is one of those songs which makes us question ourselves whether we are listening to the Clash or it’s a completely different band – it just sounds too bizarre. “Car Jamming” and “Ghetto Defendant” are more dynamic and bass-oriented tunes that give us this good old nice chilling out effect. “Straight To Hell” has to be the most unforgettable song of the album due to its haunting and strange, even a bit uncomfortable atmosphere it creates. “Overpowered by Funk” sounds very out of place but then again, the album’s aim is the opposite of providing us with a consistent feeling. On the contrary, if you want to get rid of your boredom and have fun, this is the album for you.

Overall, inconsistency might be a good thing when it’s done in the right way and with the right proportion of experimentation and variety. “Combat Rock” is too strange, too wild and too distressing. However, after all, we are talking about the Clash and they can never be anything else than that. Many critics slammed this record and even pointed it as the band’s biggest selling out effort. Regardless, with this album, the band managed to reach a much larger audience and leave a much greater impression which, if you ask me, speaks volumes.

Cheers!


Should I Stay or Should I Go

Rock the Casbah

Overpowered by Funk



P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights and credits go to the owners and/publishers.

The publication expresses my personal opinion and in no way is trying to make a generalized statement. Please be kind and considerate when you read and/or comment.
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[Playlist] 50 Songs For When You Want to Dance and ROCK!

I have to admit – this was indeed one of the most interesting and enjoyable playlists I’ve ever made (and believe me I’ve made a lot of playlists throughout my life). It’s June, summer is right around the corner, everyone is in a good mood and I truly believe that the best way to let loose and embrace this awesome summer feeling is through music! I collected 50 songs from various genres – classic/hard/soft/pop/ rock, etc. and came up with this playlist of songs perfectly suitable for your dance + rock mood! I do hope you enjoy it! I am jumping from one era to another but that doesn’t really matter – these rock tunes are here to make us feel good and DANCE!

Listen to some of the tracks and check the playlist below the videos:

 

Playlist:

Bob Seger – Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll
AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Tina Turner – Steamy Windows
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
David Bowie – Fame
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
INXS – Need You Tonight
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
Steve Perry ft.  Kenny Loggins  – Don’t Fight It
Van Halen – Jump
Chubby Checker – Twist
Bryan Adams – She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancing
Def Leppard – Make Love Like a Man
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
Queen – I Want to Break Free
Roxette – The Look
Van Halen – Summer Nights
Van Halen – Jump
Van Halen – Dance The Night Away
Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Genesis – I Can’t Dance
ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down
Eric Clapton – Cocaine
Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite
Hall & Oates – Maneater
Hall & Oates – Out of Touch
Poison – Your Mama Don’t Dance
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
Bon Jovi – Bed Medicine
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
Joan Jett – I Love Rock N’ Roll
Queen – We Will Rock You
ZZ TOP – Gimme All Your Lovin’
Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69
Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls
Duran Duran – Skin Trade

Foreigner – Reaction To Action
Foreigner – Hot Blooded
Warrant – Cherry Pie
Def Leppard – Rock Rock Till You Drop
Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode


 

[The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

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 Dire Straits’ “Brothers in Arms” is one of those albums that are absolutely essential and one should most certainly have it in their record collection. The level of its greatness can be proven with numbers – 10 weeks at number one on the UK Album charts, 9 weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart in USA, 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Album chart and number one on album charts in numerous other countries such as Germany, Greece, Canada, Finland, France, etc. This album literally conquered the world. It sold over 30 million copies worldwide and it’s the eight-best-selling-album in UK chart history and one of the best-selling albums in the world! Why was this album such a phenomenal success? Well, it’s a combination of factors, actually, including a surprisingly well-crafted attack of jazz and rock sound and uplifting pop beats. Let’s look more into it…


Brothers in Arms

BrothersDireStraitsReleased: May 13, 1985
Recorded: November 1984 – March 1985, AIR Studios, Montserrat
Genre: Pop/Rock
Length: 54:40
Label: Vertigo Records (UK), Warner Bros. Records (U.S.)
Producer(s): Neil Dorfsman, Mark Knopfler
Singles: “So Far Away”, “Money for Nothing”, “Brothers in Arms”, “Walk of Life”, “Your Latest Trick”
Personnel: Mark Knopfler – guitars, lead vocals; John Illsley – bass, vocals; Alan Clark – keyboards; Guy Fletcher – synthesizer, backing vocals; Omar Hakim – drums; Terry Williams – drums
Certified: 9xPlatinum (RIAA)

TRACKLIST:

“So Far Away”
“Money for Nothing”
“Walk of Life”
“Your Latest Trick”
“Why Worry”
“Ride Across the River”
“The Man’s Too Strong”
“One World”
“Brothers in Arms”

dire straits brothers in arms cd

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OVERVIEW

 

The album is very carefully produced and crafted in such a beautiful way that can’t but leave an impression. The international success of “Brothers in Arms” should be credited to the finest moment of the album – the hit single “Money for Nothing”, co-written by Sting. The song grabs with its unforgettable guitar riffs and futuristic electronic sound. Not to mention of course its computer-animated music video that established a total dominance on MTV back in the day. The lyrics of “Money for Nothing” are also quite intriguing and comical as they depict an underdog’s objections towards rock music, money and fame.

In addition, Mark Knopfler’s impeccable sense of musicianship and pop songcraft can also be felt in the bluesy, love songs “Why Worry” and “So Far Away”. “Walk of Life” gives us a little bit of that boogie “Sultans of Swing” vibe with its upbeat and optimistic melody. The jazzy “Why Worry” and “Your Latest Trick” impress with well-polished and terrific Caribbean paradise melody and definitely make-up for the rest of the album. The rest of the album is pretty consistent and keeps on demonstrating how Dire Straits managed to scheme a pop-rock album that somehow doesn’t really sound that commercial or ordinary. In conclusion, the album provides outstanding music, perfect arrangements and is most certainly the best one Dire Straits have ever made!

Listen to some of the tracks from “Brothers in Arms”:

Money for Nothing

Your Latest Trick

Walk of Life


 

Credits:
“Brothers in Arms” official Wikipedia webpage: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brothers_in_Arms_%28Dire_Straits_album%29
P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights and credits go to the owners and/publishers.
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Eric Clapton Unveiled New Video for “Spiral”

Eric Clapton released a new music video from his upcoming LP “I Still Do”. In “Spiral”, the guitar God takes us on an animated journey throughout his 60 year old music career by reimagining Clapton’s iconic album covers and photos with Cream, Yardbirds and other famous appearances. In the end, the video wraps things up with Sir Peter Blake painted artwork of Clapton which is the cover of “I Still Do”.

Eric Clapton’s latest album will feature original compositions (“Spiral”, “Catch the Blues”), as well as covers of tracks by Robert Johnson and Bob Dylan. “I Still Do” arrives on May 20th when we will also get the chance to watch a new special – Eric Clapton: I Still Do – An Intimate Discussion About Rock, the Blues and Shepherd’s Pie on VH1 Classic and MTV Live.

Watch the MV below:

Eric Clapton – Spiral

LYRICS:

You don’t know how much this means
to have this music in me
I just keep playing these blues’
hoping that I dont lose

I just keep playing my song
hoping that I get along
you don’t know how much it means
to have this music in me

in the morning
in the daytime
in the evening
in the nighttime too
I gotta have it
I gotta have this blues
I gotta have it

you don’t know how much it means
to have this music in me
I just keep playing my song
hoping that I get along

in the morning
in the daytime
in the night
in the night time too
in the morning
in the daytime
in the evening
in the midnight hours

I gotta have it
I gotta have
I gotta have this blues
I gotta have it
I gotta have


 

Credits:
Watch Eric Clapton Revisit Career in Animated ‘Spiral’ Video, retrieved from http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-eric-clapton-revisit-career-in-animated-spiral-video-20160515#ixzz48mHBMp1s

[The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Whitesnake – WHITESNAKE (1987)

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‘80s were all about that glam rock feel, saturated with polished guitar hooks and melodramatic lyrics. One band almost instantly comes to our mind when we think about those two things – ‘80s rock music scene and glam rock, and of course the band is Whitesnake. Fronted by none other than one of the greatest voices of rock music – David Coverdale, Whitesnake turned into one of the most distinctive and successful bands on the arena.

Whitesnake’s most essential and internationally recognized record till today remains their seventh self-titled studio album. Released back in 1987, “Whitesnake” turned into a major successful hit, producing timeless rock tunes like “Is This Love”, “Looking for Love” and “Still of the Night”. What made this album such an impressive masterpiece is the unique combination of classic solid rock and melodic rhythms. This all became true due to the great songwriting collaboration between singer David Coverdale and guitarist John Sykes. Melody, energy, passion and outstanding production are just some of the characteristics of the album that contributed to its phenomenal success – it reached to #2 on the Billboard chart and got the band a very prestigious nomination for “Best British Group”. The story doesn’t end here…Keep on reading!

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WHITESNAKE (1987)

whitesnake bigReleased: April 7, 1987
Recorded: September 1985 – April 1986
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Rock
Length: 53:00
Label: Geffen/Warner Bros (North America), CBS/Sony (Japan), EMI (Rest of the World)
Producer(s): Mike Stone & Keith Olsen
Singles: “Still of the Night”, “Crying in the Rain”, “Here I go Again”, “Is This Love”, “Give Me All Your Love”
Personnel: David Coverdale – lead vocals; John Sykes – guitar, backing vocals; Neil Murray – bass guitar;  Aynsley Dunbar – drums, percussion
Certified: 8xPlatinum (RIAA)


TRACKLIST:

“Crying in the Rain”
“Bad Boys”
“Still of the Night”
“Here I Go Again”
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Is This Love”
“Children of the Night”
“Straight for the Heart”
“Don’t Turn Away”

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OVERWIEW:

Whitesnake’s 1987 self-titled album is became such a commercial breakthrough due to its impressive collection of loud and solid hard rockers and a set of melodic and much friendlier pop hooks. David Coverdale is at his best game and proves that his place is indeed among the finest male rock vocalists of all time. Guitarist John Sykes also deserves a round of applause for his impeccable guitar skills and solos that sound like fireworks. Sometimes as I am listening to the album, I feel like his guitar even outshines David’s voice and becomes the only thing people pay attention to while they play the tracks.

The mood of the album is concentrated around themes such as loneliness, heartbreak and of course – love. Whitesnake are the Gods of power ballads and this album is filled with these timeless melancholic rock tunes that people can never get tired of. Their major power ballad hit and probably the song that completely changed the game for them is of course “Is This Love”. This fantastic pop-rock track is a living proof that once you were able to actually listen to some great music on the radio. “Looking for Love” – another quite memorable power ballad from the album was completely outshined by “Is This Love”, despite being much better in terms of lyrics and vocal delivery. “Here I Go Again” is yet another absolute hit that has a nice slow build to very catchy and well-balanced melody, filled with David’s excellent gritty vocals and smooth keyboards, bass and drum playing. The album hits us strong right from the beginning. Their opening track – “Still of the Night” brings us back to the ‘70s with its Led Zeppelin vibes and classic rock sounding. “Children of the Night” has to be the heaviest song from the album and it just requires the listeners to turn their stereo as loud as possible!

“Whitesnake” is full of excellent rock anthems and the greatest thing about it is that is just as rocking and enjoyable as ever even today. These songs are just made to be played forever. The album has its fine moments and despite being described as “too cheesy”, it manages to keep you interested and curious till the very last song. This was perfectly achieved due to the brilliant arrangement of the songs. They don’t just place their strongest songs at the beginning but scatter them all over the tracklist.

Now, let’s listen to some music…


 

“Here I go Again” was originally released on their 1982 album “Saints & Sinners” and was re-recorded for their phenomenal 1987 album “Whitesnake” with slight changes in the lyrics. The 1987 version of the song immediately topped the charts and the new music video became one of the most played and loved music videos on MTV at that time. Needless to say, the song is an absolute masterpiece and features pretty much all the correct ingredients for success – brilliant lyrics, memorable vocal delivery and chilling guitar riffs. I absolutely adore it.

Here I Go Again

I don’t know where I’m going
But, I sure know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises
In songs of yesterday
An’ I’ve made up my mind,
I ain’t wasting no more time
But, here I go again
Here I go again…


 

My absolute favourite song from the album has to be “Looking for Love”. To me this is the perfect power ballad and easily the best song of the album. I’m truly impressed and completely in love with David’s vocal techniques on this one – he effortlessly jumps from one note to a higher one and reaches my heart in an instant. The lyrics are what made this one of my most favourite rock tunes of all time…  

Looking For Love

I look in the mirror
Don’t like what I see
In my reflection
A stranger is staring at me
Looking for love

The love of a woman
The needs of a man
I try so hard to belive
But I don’t understand
The search goes on…


 

I don’t really need to introduce this song now, do I? It’s one of the most era-defining rock tunes and it’s the song that made everyone crazy about Whitesnake and especially David. Interesting fact, the song had originally been written for Tina Turner – imagine that? I think they were quite happy with the decision of keeping it for themselves! The MV is also a must-see – it conquered MTV during that time!

Is This Love

I should have known better
Than to let you go alone,
It’s times like these
I can’t make it on my own
Wasted days, and sleepless nights
And I can’t wait to see you again…


 

A couple of other fine moments from the album…

Still Of The Night

Crying in the Rain

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Overall, it’s an amazing album, filled with influential songs that can’t but touch your heart and soul in a way. Actually, during the ‘80s the rock scene was filled with such glam rockers with gorgeous voices, singing about heartbreak and love. Some might say that Whitesnake were just a band among the many with nothing new or distinctive to offer. However, this album somehow proved that they can write damn good songs and still be as glam as they want. Needless to say, it’s an absolute MUST for your record collection!

Cheers!


Credits:
Whitesnake lyrics, retrieved from http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/whitesnake
Whitesnake album Official Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitesnake_%28album%29
Whitesnake Album Review, retrieved from http://www.allmusic.com
P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights and credits go to the owners and/publishers.
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Happy Birthday, Eric Clapton!

Happy Birthday, Mr Clapton!

Today we celebrate the 71st birthday of none other than Mr Eric Clapton – one of the most brilliant rock musicians in the world and one of my personal favorite rockstars of all time. He is such an inspirational figure and I don’t know any other musician that possesses so much talent, passion and devotion to music. Despite being 71 years old, he keeps on making music and touching the souls of millions of people around the world. Clapton is very special to me as I grew up listening to songs such as “Wonderful Tonight” and “Let It Rain”. In the spirit of his birthday, I decided to make a little publication, in appreciation of the limitless talent of this guitar God! I hope you guys would enjoy it and remind yourself of some of his most remarkable tunes throughout the years.


 

Eric Clapton was born on the 30th of March 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England. His early career is associated with the infamous blues-oriented rock band – The Yardbirds. He stayed with them from 1963 till 1965. During that time, Clapton developed his own signature style and quickly became one of the most talked-about guitarists in the British music scene.

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The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds’ manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, was actually the one who gave Eric Clapton his famous nickname “Slowhand” in early 1964.

In Clapton – The Autobiography (2007), Eric said, “On my guitar I used light-gauge guitar strings, with a very thin first string, which made it easier to bend the notes, and it was not uncommon during the most frenetic bits of playing for me to break at least one string. During the pause while I was changing my string, the frenzied audience would often break into a slow handclap, inspiring Giorgio to dream up the nickname of ‘Slowhand’ Clapton.”

 

The following year, Clapton undertook numerous projects with bands, such as John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and the Glands. By 1966 – the time he formed his new band Cream, Clapton was already a well-established and extremely influential guitar player. Everyone was captivated by his talent and wanted to hear more and more…
The years he spent with Cream helped him reach his full song writing potential, which grabbed the attention of the American audience – something that was not achieved before that. Despite the Cream’s commercial success in both USA and Europe, the band had a relatively short life due to conflicts between the members and alcohol abuse. Nevertheless, they are still considered as one of the most influential rock bands of the era. Songs such as “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Crossroads” keep on living and reminding us of their musical virtuosity.

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Cream

 

 

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During the autumn of 1967, an admirer of Clapton spray-painted the famous slogan “Clapton is God” on an Islington Underground station. There a very famous photograph of this wall, capturing a dog that pees on the same wall…

“I never accepted that I was the greatest guitar player in the world. I always wanted to be the greatest guitar player in the world, but that’s an ideal, and I accept it as an ideal, ” he says…

 

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“Eric Clapton” – album cover

Eric Clapton’s next musical project was the supergroup Blind Faith (1969). In addition to being a member of Blind Faith, he was also participating in various other acts in bands such as Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, the Plastic Ono Band, playing lead guitar in some of Lennon’s songs and many others. He was probably the busiest guitarist at that time. In 1970, he finally released his first self-titled album, including masterpieces such as “Let it Rain”, “After Midnight” and “Blues Power”.

 

 

 

 

 

LAYLA
“Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” album cover

Originally called “Eric Clapton and Friends”, his next band – “Derek and the Dominos” was the first step towards a decade full of love and turbulence, mixed with rehab and immense commercial success. His deep infatuation for George Harrison’s wife Pattie Boyd inspired the band’s first and only album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” (1970) and gave birth to one of Clapton’s most famous and loved tunes of all time – “Layla”.

 

 

 

ERIC CLAPTON IN THE 70S ~

 

 

ERIC CLAPTON IN THE 80S~

 

 

 

The beginning of the 90s was very emotional for Clapton, as he lost his four-year old son. His sadness was channeled into the song “Tears in Heaven” for which he received six Grammy awards.

Since then, Clapton has released 11 studio albums and we are waiting for his 12th one which is going to be released on May 20th this year. Personally, among all the albums he made throughout the years, an honorable mention should receive “Riding with the King” (2000), “Me and Mr. Johnson” (a tribute to the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, 2004), “Back Home” (2005), “Clapton” (2010) and “Old Sock” (2013). If you are a fan of Clapton, those albums are a must!

 

 

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Needless to say, Eric Clapton is a true legend – one of the most respected and appreciated guitarists and music-writers of all time. People love him for what he is – a talented and passionate musicians and a true role model. Throughout his life, he had to fight with alcohol and drug abuse, see the death of his son and go through so many other personal and professional challenges. However, his love for music was always there to bring happiness, joy – a little bit of every feeling possible to the people all over the world. His spirit is unbreakable and his career is unstoppable. Thank you, Eric for all the songs and emotions you brought to this world. I hope you never stop making music! We love you…

xoxoxox


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“How did Eric Clapton got his nickname “slowhand”? , Retrieved from http://www.whereseric.com/the-vault/biographical-information-eric-clapton/how-did-eric-clapton-get-his-nickname-slowhand
Eric Clapton official Wikipedia Page – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Clapton
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