Since their initial meeting at Madison Square Garden, Clapton got along very well with Delaney Bramlett who encouraged the guitarist to sing even through he had been highly reticent to do so throughout the tenure of Blind Faith. Clapton held the Bramletts and their musicians in high regard and offered to sponsor them on a European tour if Delaney and his band would assist Clapton in recording a solo album.
In the interim, Clapton returned to England where he accepted a last-minute invitation by John and Yoko Lennon to join them in performing a concert on October 13, in Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Canada. John Lennon was so pleased by the experience that he informed Clapton that he would like to include him in a new group that he would be forming.
The cross-pollination of British and American musicians in impacted many artists. Clapton joined George Harrison in sessions for a proposed Rick Grech solo album but he appeared to be marking time until the arrival of Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. The guitarist maintained a low profile both on and off stage as his new friends basked in their sudden surge of popularity and he reveled in the anonymity of a large group without the pressures and expectations associated with his customary role as a superstar guitarist.
There is no doubt that Clapton admired t! He appeared more laid-back and relaxed than he had at any other point in his career. One of their British shows was recorded and released as an album in early Clapton also used the tour to try out new material written with Bramlett.
A video clip of him performing that song during the tour can be found on YouTube. He also switched from Marshall to Fender amplifiers. His new sound was brighter and thinner than fans and critics had been accustomed to hearing from him and he also strove to make his solos more concise and economic to compliment rather than dominate songs. With the continued encouragement of Delaney Bramlett and liberal doses of peppermint schnapps, Clapton overcame his reluctance to sing and revealed a pleasing tenor voice which sounds remarkably similar to Delaney.
Part of the vocal similarity between the two men can be attributed to Clapton providing homage to his latest mentor and part can be attributed to his natural ability as a mimic. Due to contractual issues, material on the album was generally credited to Clapton and Bonnie Bramlett although there was no doubt that Delaney was the main proponent. Clapton noted that he did contribute in varying fashion to many of the songs but generally gave the impression that the majority of the songwriting was attributable to Delaney.
It is easy to imagine Clapton actually did co-write these three songs and truthfully none of them would have sounded out of place on the subsequent LAYLA album by Derek and the Dominos. Instrumentally however, one of the consistent pleasures of this album would have to be the excellent work of the rhythm section comprised of bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordan. Radle and Gordan were one of the best rock rhythm sections in the world at that particular time. The horns by Bobby Keys and Jim Price were also a nice touch and distinguished this project from most previous Clapton projects although horns were featured on several tracks for the Beano album with John Mayall.
Both Keys and Price would go on to enjoy lengthy association with the Rolling Stones both in the studio and on stage. The basic band set-up feat! Clapton joined Delaney and Bonnie and their musicians on a short U. He and the Bramletts parted ways in March as the guitarist returned to England and continued his practice of playing sessions with a wide variety of artists.
His continued appetite for session work with a wide variety of musical talent appeared deliberate as he sought his own musical identity apart from perceptions formed! That comment is interesting as he had expressed little desire to keep Blind Faith going but still seemed to harbor some hope of working with Steve Winwood. Interesting enough there were three mixes of the album. Due to communication glitches, the tapes were provided first to Clapton and then to Tom Dowd so that all three men had a chance to mix the album.
Some critics and fans expressed concern over the obvious influence of the Bramletts and the implication was that this was not truly an Eric Clapton solo album. That view appears shortsighted now as the album was the prototype for future Clapton solo projects with prominent vocals and a marked de-emphasis on guitar heroics in favor of a group-oriented approach in presenting tightly arranged commercially viaable material.
It has been intimated over the years that Bramlett used the opportunity to promote himself through his association with Clapton. That may be true but one could also argue that Clapton used Bramlett to establish his solo career with the least amount of effort. A gifted self-promoter, Delaney Bramlett is acknowledged by most people including Clapton himself as the man most responsible for encouraging the guitarist to sing and lead his own band.
Cale and guitar virtuoso Duane Allman long before Clapton did the same. A number of key musicians from their band were drafted into various bands. The album set the tone for a long solo career which, in typically perverse fashion, Clapton did not resume until The whole album has quality and remember we're talking about I don't know of any other album that is quite like it. Absolutely brilliant. Feeling professionally trapped by the weight of Cream, Clapton spoke in glowingly terms about the album "Music From Big Pink" by The Band and noted that they were a signpost for him to follow.
He publicly lauded their musical direction which emphasized strong compositions coupled with a seamless, unified group approach in stark contrast to Cream's reputation of three competing virtuoso's. It is no wonder that he was intrigued by a tape of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett provided to him by George Harrison. He probably saw certain similarities between the groups which was appealing and, in his estimation, preferable to the current situation.
In , Delaney and Bonnie and Friends were selected as the opening act for Clapton's latest project, Blind Faith, and he took the opportunity to become better acquainted with the Bramletts and their large troupe of musicians.
He publicly remarked that they were better than Blind Faith and opted to travel with them on their tour bus from gig to gig rather than travel with the members of his own group. In his mind, Blind Faith, had become another source of worry and he revealed in the camaraderie between the supporting musicians. Clapton and Delaney Bramlett made plans together and after Blind Faith played their final concert in late August of , Clapton joined the Bramletts and their musicians in New York.
He co-wrote and played lead guitar on their next single, "Coming Home", and finalized future plans. Clapton would sponsor and accompany the group on a European tour and Delaney Bramlett would assist the guitarist with the recording of his debut solo album. Bramlett realized that a working relationship with Clapton would bolster his band's commercial and financial success. For his part, Clapton realized that he would have a first-rate band to work that he didn't have to form and nurture.
Several early tracks for Clapton's album were attempted in Olympic Studios in London but the serious recording did not occur until January in Los Angeles upon the resulting album, referred to by Delaney Bramlett in the press as "Eric Sings", was a deliberate attempt to reposition Clapton in the musical world. The overall sound and the choice of material was similar to Delaney and Bonnie and Friends which was hardly surprising since they were the backing musicians along with notable guests as Leon Russell piano , Stephen Stills guitar , and the Crickets backing vocals.
The album was notably for emphasizing Clapton's appealing tenor voice fuelled by Delaney's favourite drink: peppermint schnapps and his switch to Fender Stratocaster guitars. The songs, largely co-written by the Bramletts and, to a lesser extent, Leon Russell, had an anonymous air. Significantly, the album featured "After Midnight" which was the first of Clapton's J. Cale covers. Even more significant though was the fact that there were no blues tracks. So, is it worth adding to your Clapton collection?
In many ways, it is the prototype of his musical direction as a solo artist. It is a well produced album by Delaney Bramlett and there are also enough solid songs to ensure your listening pleasure. There is very little of Clapton's musical personality on this album and he relies too heavily upon the Bramletts for direction. Interestingly, this album was not released until August when Clapton was working with a number of former Bramlett musicians in Derek and the Dominos.
A number of the songs from this album would be featured on subsequent tours up to and including concert appearances and "After Midnight" was re-recorded and released as part of a Michelob Beer commercial campaign in At the time he was hanging out with members of Delaney and Bonnie and it shows in the music. It opens with "Slunky" which is an instrumental that is not a solid effort. He then goes to Bad Boy, which has a blues feel to it and is worth a listen, Long and lonesome way from home, is a sub-worthy effort.
Next is the classic After Midnight and it has a very solid but short guitar solo for you guitar lovers. Easy Now is his acoustic effort and to me still resonates even after 35 years. Bottle of Red Wine shows some energy that had been lacking throughout the CD.
Of the remaining songs only Let it Rain is worth the listen. Let it Rain to me is still a classic song of Claptons'. This is not his best effort but it is worth having. There are a few niggles but so minor that they really aren't worth a mention, all in all well worth hearing. After midnight was the big hit, but when I started to play it I found a refreshing new EC. Generated, and ready to rock. The album showed a side of Eric that gave him new life, and started to develop a sound that was his, and remains with us today.
The soulful sounds, rocking rhythms had many of us listening to Eric Clapton in a new light. Welcome here is Bruser my cat is helping with this review. You can feel the influence that Delaney had on Eric in this album. But this album has the same affect of "No Reason To Cry". Its a required taste album ,only after you've heard a respected amount of Clapton's material you start to enjoy the album and you get to a point where you listen to it from start to end without skipping one quarter of a second.
This album also introduced the music world to Eric's trademark 's guitar tone - the out of phase switch-position of a Fender Stratocaster used with biting effect here on 'Slunky', 'Bottle of Red Wine,' and 'Let it Rain'. Most importantly, however, it was during these sessions that Eric consolidated his partnership with Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, and Jim Gordan - the musicians who with Eric would go on to become Derek and the Dominos.
As such, this record was something of a warm-up for the superb 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs', one of the greatest records in rock history! From the opening pieces of "Slunky" and "Bad Boy", it is evident that Clapton is going to continue to deliver the goods that were being demonstrated in his early days with the Yardbirds, Cream, etc.
Throughout the whole album, Clapton plays with a type of perseverance, confidence, and soulful emotion that could keep his listeners singing his songs in their heads all day. This is true for the whole album, right down to the last song "Let it Rain". To this day, I can't here that song without dropping what I'm doing and picking up my guitar and singing to it. Clapton is simply the best, period!!!
Saul Llamas, Jr. When other members of Blind Faith went on vacation or returned to England following completion of their tour, Clapton continued to disassociate himself from his band-mates and elected to continue his association with the supporting act.
I still remember when this album came out and I still I love it It began in This CD is of interest if only for two reasons: First its his first solo effort and second its his first with a Fender Stratocaster. A strong debut from the by then already established blues legend. I remember when the album came out.