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I saw in an interview with some guitarist, he mentioned "I love Claptons music, but it seems like ever since Cream he has made a conscious effort NOT to have that "Cream sound", not the "woman tone" thing...like he is trying to distance himself from it as much as possible"

 

I gotta say...I agree. I don't see it as a knock on EC, because personally I LOVE "From the Cradle" and "Me and Mr. Johnson" as well as "unplugged" and all the rest.

 

But I ALSO loved his tone and sound in the Cream days. I thought he would maybe try and recreate that sound with the Cream reunion thing, and maybe to some extent he did...but...it really was like the modern EC sound to me mostly.

 

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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I'm no expert, but, he had his best tones, IMO, in the Bluesbreakers/Cream era. He used a Les Paul on the Bluesbreaker album and a SG on the early Cream stuff. Not only that, he was full of piss and vinegar and just let it rip. I was lucky enough to see Cream on their original tours back in the day, and even though EC is still my favorite guitar player, he has never duplicated that fire he had in the early days. JMO. I do like the "From the Cradle" album, the Five Long Years track is pretty hot.
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I don't know anybody that thinks Clapton's post Cream tone is better. I like alot of his music since then, but I never liked his Strat tone at all. This has been discussed here quite a bit here, and its been 35 years so I doubt he is gonna change back. But The "Woman Tone" was the seminal blues rock tone, kind of the holy grail for that genre, I don't understand why he would abandon it completly. I could see him wanting to branch out and explore different tones, but to never play that way again just seems odd.
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I totally agree, Gruupi.

 

But, I also think EC fundamentally changed the way he played. Cream, and before, he kicked butt. He attacked a lead, and he was so "on".

 

I really love his Delaney and Bonny stuff, and really love 461 Ocean Blvd....one of my fav albums. But, his playing was so different.....almost like he became a different person.

 

Maybe it was the heroin??? And, I'm not totally kidding......

 

I do miss the old tone and playing a lot. Many of us, and many of the greatest guitarists ever really learned by studying Clapton.

 

Go back and listen to EC live at the filmore playing "Crossroads".....I think that is one of the most powerful performances ever. I still listen to it all the time.

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here's an amazing video to show what I'm saying. Clapton playing thru a Les Paul....he somehow transforms into a kick butt guitarist, not a smooth, cool, player...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIDz9CzfcFE&mode=related&search=

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It's almost like THREE different guitarists (or more).

 

Cream. fantastic, take no prisoners playing.

 

After Cream- LAME...for a while there it was as if he had no personality. I throw up just a little when I even think of "Wonderful Tonight" (which for some reason EVERY lounge band has to do) and really hated the mediocrity on things like "Cocaine" and others.

 

Acoustic-Unplugged- This is to me where he turned around somewhat. Fantastic, and really a breakthrough. Especially loved his "cover version" of Layla. Kept the spirit, made it entirely into a different song, but the same somehow. Excellent blues.

 

BLUES ROOTS- Electric. Things like "From the Cradle" and "Me and Mr. Johnson" to me are like manna from heaven. He gets a group of mature, on-fire, tasteful super musicians, they tear into these songs, and Clapton (as well as the other guitarists) tone is TO DIE FOR. Just amazing tone on those albums.

 

The "Public" will always want a star to stay where he is and keep doing the stuff they loved him for (with some exceptions. Some styles, and musicians, the fans want to hear what's next)and often react negatively to any new direction. Look at Bob Dylan going electric.

 

It might have seemed like I was complaining about the change since Cream, but I wasn't...just mentionin I loved that sound, style and tone, and was hoping he'd dip back into the well and go "retro" in a Cream reunion band. He didn't. His choice.

 

As far as the styles he has been through and tones...he's like a chameleon. It doesn't even sound like the same guitarist...might as well be 4 or 5 different ones. Judge each on it's own and you'll be happier.

 

And I don't just mean tone. Later on in electric blues...he does a lot of timing changeups where in Cream it was more straight through playing.

 

I am GLAD he went electric blues again.

 

Clapton, more maybe than ANY "guitar god" I know of, is even hard to recognize when you hear him play. I mean Santana, Hendrix, SRV, BB King, etc. you can hear a new song you never heard before and know it is them. Clapton...I'm gettnig where I can sometimes, but it is much harder.

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