Posts Tagged ‘Eric Clapton’

I was travelling when I read about the death of J.J. Cale. I’ve not been entirely up-to-date on doings in the cyberworld these last few days but I’ve not been completely out of it either. I’m astounded at the silence in the musical circles that I’m part of – musicians, enthusiasts, writers – on the man’s life, his music and his death. I had to check again to see if his death was a figment of my perverse imagination. Sadly, no. But then again, that was J.J. Cale – not much heard of and heard much less than he should’ve been. His seemed to have been such a self-effacing personality that he was almost a creature of myth. An inspiration to a myriad musicians; Eric Clapton, albeit the most notable, was not the only one – Lynrd Skynrd, Phish, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler counted Cale amongst their major influences. (more…)

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This week’s post was planned to be something else. And then as what  can only be a coincidence, I played ‘You Got It In People’ by Broken Social Scene and ‘Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour With Eric Clapton’. Very different musically from each other but both feature huge bands – 11 musicians each. As I put these on chase-each-other play mode, I ran a delightful debate in my head on which one to write about this weekend. And much as I like and admire Broken Social Scene, I gave precedence to the infectious energy, brilliant musicianship and the live immediacy of the Delaney & Bonnie record.

The husband-wife duo of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett made some lovely music in the late ’60s/early ’70s but it is this outstanding live album featuring a super-talented lineup that has become their hallmark. (more…)