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Eric Clapton — Reconsider Baby
Album: From The Cradle
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Released: 1994
Length: 3:20
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So long, oh I hate to see you go
So long, oh I hate to see you go
And the way that I will miss you, I guess you will never know

We've been together so long to have to separate this way
We've been together so long to have to separate this way
I'm gonna let you go ahead on now baby, pray that you'll come back home someday

You said you once had loved me, but now I guess you've changed your mind
You said you once had loved me, but now I guess you've changed your mind
Why don't you reconsider baby? Give yourself just a little more time
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Great song from my favourite Clapton album
cool for the day after Xmas.
Nice; from back when Clapton wasn't mailing it in.
 Biscobret wrote:
Yawn.  A white guy doing the blues.  Yawn.

 
Educate yourself, son.


Dosequis wrote:
Thought this was Joe Bonamassa when it first came on. Joe would add a little more fire.

 
But not as much soul. Like Joe a lot, but Slowhand has a slightly bigger dose of real blues in him.
This is a good album.  I saw the tour stop in Chicago and Buddy Guy came out to jam during the encore (Sweet Home Chicago, of course).  Clarence Gatemouth Brown opened the show, IIRC.  1996 maybe?
Thought this was Joe Bonamassa when it first came on. Joe would add a little more fire.
 Exactly my words today !

paultron wrote:
never ceases to amaze me how good some well-played blues sounds on a crummy day. that was an excellent 3-song set, thanks.

 


never ceases to amaze me how good some well-played blues sounds on a crummy day. that was an excellent 3-song set, thanks.
 fredriley wrote:

(shrug) You might as well say that the last four decades of jazz should be ignored in favour of the 'real deal', seeing as jazz was a far more egregious 'appropriation' of black-origin music by white middle-class guys than blues. Your comment does encapsulate a serious point about white (or, more accurately, capitalist) appropriation of black folks' music, but your conclusion is a bit de trop.

I love Claptons' blues because he does it so feckin' well, and I love the blues, whoever plays it, because there's something in it that chimes with the human condition and gets you just there. All humans get the blues, and the Blues is as good a means as any to articulate them musically. Whether he's genuine or a faker I really couldn't give a monkey's, because I don't think as a white guy I could tell, but f*ck me he picks some seriously good tunes. The rest of his stuff with Cream and solo sucks, but the blues is brill. IMHO as an ordinary ignorant non-purist punter, of course.

 
I love fredriley's comments...not always sure what he means though, but it sounds sooo lucid (IMHO as an ordinary ignorant non-purist punter, of course.) Prolly his accent that gets me
 
 Biscobret wrote:

No, it's not 1930 - but why not play the REAL DEAL rather than a copy of.  And whether it's 2013 or 1930, race exists, and the white man has been copying and profiting from "black" music ever since music became a commodity.  The non-racial homage to this would be to play the original music that EC is emulating - UNLIKE they would've done in 1930.

 
(shrug) You might as well say that the last four decades of jazz should be ignored in favour of the 'real deal', seeing as jazz was a far more egregious 'appropriation' of black-origin music by white middle-class guys than blues. Your comment does encapsulate a serious point about white (or, more accurately, capitalist) appropriation of black folks' music, but your conclusion is a bit de trop.

I love Claptons' blues because he does it so feckin' well, and I love the blues, whoever plays it, because there's something in it that chimes with the human condition and gets you just there. All humans get the blues, and the Blues is as good a means as any to articulate them musically. Whether he's genuine or a faker I really couldn't give a monkey's, because I don't think as a white guy I could tell, but f*ck me he picks some seriously good tunes. The rest of his stuff with Cream and solo sucks, but the blues is brill. IMHO as an ordinary ignorant non-purist punter, of course.
Very Nice!
Let's kick Wayne Simmonds out of the Philadelphia Flyer's then 'cause hockey sure is a white man's game isn't it?

And how's about banning Asians from playing the violin because I can't recall the instrument being invented anywhere near that continent. They can stick to their bowed instruments for all I care.

Don't get me going on African's playing soccer and Arab's drinking Coke.

Claiming any genre as belonging to any particular ethnic group is not only stupid and ignorant but racist as well.
 Sjaaks wrote:
Maybe there should be a new term for this kind of music. I mean, if "the Blues" should only be played by "poor black guys" (this is not what i'm implying), then how do you call this what EC's playing right now? Most people nowadays refer to "the Blues" when they hear a 12 bar three chord song with the typical turn-arounds, but does it HAVE to be about suffering and all that?

Well, NO.

I play the guitar myself and i'm a "white boy", but hell i sure like to play "the Blues". Not because i'm suffering but because it's FUN to play it. So maybe we should call it "the Reds" i don't know...

All in all, i think it's rediculous if you're whining about a "white boy" playing "poor black guys" music. Come on, is it still 1930 or what?!?!?!

{#Naughty}
 
No, it's not 1930 - but why not play the REAL DEAL rather than a copy of.  And whether it's 2013 or 1930, race exists, and the white man has been copying and profiting from "black" music ever since music became a commodity.  The non-racial homage to this would be to play the original music that EC is emulating - UNLIKE they would've done in 1930.
Yawn.  A white guy doing the blues.  Yawn.
Not knowing this song well, if at all, when I heard the intro notes, I thought, "Damn, Bill's playing some Freddie King..." Which is to say that EC's earned some respect. He sure enough can play. I don't know a musician out there, black or white, who would suggest that EC wasn't the real deal.
Hmmm - reading through the comments, apparently there's some sort of mechanism whereby someone qualifies as a "real" blues musician. I was unaware of this, so I'm asking for clues - is there a commission I have to apply to? A licensing board? Do I have to take a test? Will there be any math?

As for this particular tune - it's like the music I've heard in eastern NC roadhouses, the kind of places you get to by turning off a rural road and going down a two-track dirt road through a tobacco field. 

It's certainly good blues to me.  
Not a Clapton fan, but this is pretty good.
 Catatonic42 wrote:
Nothing like some good, crunchy blues guitar on a Friday afternoon...
 
And again ...

{#Guitarist}


Nothing like some good, crunchy blues guitar on a Friday afternoon...

Eric Clapton's Acoustic Blues Jam, Live (2007)
Eric Clapton live in San Antonio Texas, acoustic blues jam.

Maybe there should be a new term for this kind of music. I mean, if "the Blues" should only be played by "poor black guys" (this is not what i'm implying), then how do you call this what EC's playing right now? Most people nowadays refer to "the Blues" when they hear a 12 bar three chord song with the typical turn-arounds, but does it HAVE to be about suffering and all that?

Well, NO.

I play the guitar myself and i'm a "white boy", but hell i sure like to play "the Blues". Not because i'm suffering but because it's FUN to play it. So maybe we should call it "the Reds" i don't know...

All in all, i think it's rediculous if you're whining about a "white boy" playing "poor black guys" music. Come on, is it still 1930 or what?!?!?!

{#Naughty}
 Chi_Guy wrote:
Good commentary...Clapton's best work was R&R, Cream and Blind Faith. Blues should be played and sung by Blues musicians... ONLY.Sorry Clap-Fans!
 
Given what Clapton has probably gone through I think he qualifies as a Blues musician.  I don't consider a prerequisite to be poor, black and southern to be a Blues musician. 


Eric Clapton by ~dndos
David O'Sullivan  ©2008-2010 ~dndos

Eric Clapton Performed in Malahide, Dublin, Ireland on June 21st 2008.
I By chance got a pit pass and front row =>
Happy Snappin'!





Eric Clapton - Interview (1986)
"Very funny interview of Eric Clapton by Paula Yates. Journalism at its finest."

I could listen to a lot more clapton. especially instead of elvis costello and U2.  how about jj cale.

Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton - "Same Old Blues" Live
"Eric Clapton expresa el sentimiento del blues tocando notas increibles que salen del corazon eso si es ser gitarrista"

"Clapton is one of the greatest guitar players of all time period. If you don't understand that you don't get rock music and you certainly don't get the blues"


 holborne wrote:
Fake white boy blues, as usual. This performance sounds like it needs to use a walker to hobble across the stage.
 
John Fogerty was from El Cerrito, California and he sang about the Bayou pretty convincingly. I think it's bullcrap that an artist has to have the proper pedigree to perform in a particular genre.

Love this album...in a way it reminds me of the two records Muddy waters did with Johnny Winter back int he day...real immediate, loose, and rocking.
{#Clap} Eric. creams . me  everytime.......talent and good guitar too{#Notworthy}{#Bananapiano}
 jagdriver wrote:
Nice snarly guitar tone. Good horn backup.
 

{#Chef} It cooks!
 CCinSB wrote:


Was she forced to go with EC? I doubt that.
 

Yeah, someone put a gun to her head—a warm gun.
That's happiness.
Fake white boy blues, as usual. This performance sounds like it needs to use a walker to hobble across the stage.
can't believe the drama comments on this? see all y'all later,  i'm going to go enjoy some blues
dude shoulda hung it up after derek.
Flashdog wrote:
I could not disagree more, just because someone wasn't born in the delta does not mean they can't play the blues. Ever heard of Stevie Ray Vaughn or Duane Allman? I believe they might be able to qualify as "true blues" musicians and I have no trouble adding EC to that list.
:yes: Purism has no place in music. Especially music that was made by mixing cultures and life experiences.
the parts of this thread that say that the Blues is an exclusive club is one of the most absurd and ironic things I think I have ever heard. Baby - EVERYBODY sings the blues from time to time.
Chi_Guy wrote:
Good commentary...Clapton's best work was R&R, Cream and Blind Faith. Blues should be played and sung by Blues musicians... ONLY.Sorry Clap-Fans! :clap:
I could not disagree more, just because someone wasn't born in the delta does not mean they can't play the blues. Ever heard of Stevie Ray Vaughn or Duane Allman? I believe they might be able to qualify as "true blues" musicians and I have no trouble adding EC to that list.
cc_rider wrote:
I like Eric Clapton. I love the blues. Eric Clapton plays a VERSION of the blues. It's good, sometimes even great, but it ain't the blues. Why not? Beats the bejabbers outta me. I haven't figured out what element EC's blues is lacking. But just listen to Lightin', Muddy, Howlin' Wolf, Gatemouth, Buddy Guy, or even B.B. King. There is something different about it. It's not necessarily skin color. Robert Cray's version of the blues is equally lacking of that mystical ingredient. And Stevie Ray revealed glimpses of that ingredient, especially when he was near the low point of his druggin' and drankin'. Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley, while not technically the blues, both had it in spades. So much it killed them. Not particulary unusual actually. Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Hank Williams, heck even Bix Beiderbeck, all had that 'something' that led them to the highest musical heights and the lowest physical lows. It seems extreme musical (or any artistic) genius is incompatible with the constraints of corporeal existence. Don McLean wrote 'This world was never meant/For one as beautiful as you' for Vincent Van Gogh, but it seems appropriate for a whole host of geniuses tormented by the limitations of our little blue ball. Whew! I didn't intend to start Tuesday with an existentialist treatise. Oh well... Happy Listening! c.
Interesting ideas. I read where Clapton created his best music when either very sad or very joyful. Perhaps this CD was somewhere in the middle, whereas Layla had him pining for Patti's love. And look what he created! Perhaps those you mentioned had those highs and lows which enabled them to create great music. I usually say, "If you've had the blues, you can play 'em!"
winter wrote:
His solo work isn't half as interesting as his work in groups. :yes:
Good commentary...Clapton's best work was R&R, Cream and Blind Faith. Blues should be played and sung by Blues musicians... ONLY.Sorry Clap-Fans! :clap:
bergjr wrote:
He should have never left Cream.
His solo work isn't half as interesting as his work in groups. :yes:
dionysius wrote:
This is where it's at. Not the warmed-over wank you're listening to at the moment.
This is where it is at for you. Love Clapton. Spare us your "I know more about music than the rest of us", I don't buy that line of bull. To each his own, and Clapton pleases more than most.
Very Nice Bill! :guitarist:
Nothing like a bit of EC blues to improve a hectic Friday!
This is where it's at. Not the warmed-over wank you're listening to at the moment.
Nice snarly guitar tone. Good horn backup.
ciscochasbro wrote:
Comment on this song and several other comments made here..... 1- Love it! EC shows wonderful feeling. Some of the best stuff he's done. 2- That babysitter comment was totally uncalled for. Obviously not a parent.....:fire: 3- Who cares if it's after SRV (one of my heros). Don't make it a competition - enjoy both or don't like one but not because SRV's better or worse! That logic means you can only like the best! .....must be late in the day, I'm ranting #-o
Ranting, maybe, fair call on points 2 & 3 tho...altho don't necessarily agree with point 1 and not in defense of this ditty or EC at all. AND the blues isn't about not being a rich white guy playing poor (black) guy's music, or about being particularly inventive or being (a) clean (player). It's more about playing and singing with feel within the general concepts of blues chord progressions.
cc_rider wrote:
I like Eric Clapton. I love the blues. Eric Clapton plays a VERSION of the blues. It's good, sometimes even great, but it ain't the Gimme somma what he's smokin' c.
I like Eric Clapton. I love the blues. Eric Clapton plays a VERSION of the blues. It's good, sometimes even great, but it ain't the blues. Why not? Beats the bejabbers outta me. I haven't figured out what element EC's blues is lacking. But just listen to Lightin', Muddy, Howlin' Wolf, Gatemouth, Buddy Guy, or even B.B. King. There is something different about it. It's not necessarily skin color. Robert Cray's version of the blues is equally lacking of that mystical ingredient. And Stevie Ray revealed glimpses of that ingredient, especially when he was near the low point of his druggin' and drankin'. Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley, while not technically the blues, both had it in spades. So much it killed them. Not particulary unusual actually. Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Hank Williams, heck even Bix Beiderbeck, all had that 'something' that led them to the highest musical heights and the lowest physical lows. It seems extreme musical (or any artistic) genius is incompatible with the constraints of corporeal existence. Don McLean wrote 'This world was never meant/For one as beautiful as you' for Vincent Van Gogh, but it seems appropriate for a whole host of geniuses tormented by the limitations of our little blue ball. Whew! I didn't intend to start Tuesday with an existentialist treatise. Oh well... Happy Listening! c.
Great bit of blues - even sounds like it was recorded in someones backyard or even outhouse :dancingbanana_2:
Thanks for getting me in the mood for Blues Bash, starting tomorrow.... (click here)
Illustr8r wrote:
Isn't this that rich white guy who plays the music of poor black guys? He should've hired a better babysitter...
Your dad should've hired John Couey for a babysitter.
He should have never left Cream.
ChardRemains wrote:
Patti Boyd. Things like that happen. G & E stayed good friends. Says something about them both.
They were reputed to refer to each other "husband-in-law".
leathepea wrote:
Hey dumbass, you regret this comment yet, its been three years. Just think if it was your kid who fell out that window. :naughty: :fire: :naughty:
Thanks for that. I'm glad someone said something
Dotman wrote:
dot thinks shoe polish makes a white man blue. dot.
You're thinking of the Blue Man Group. Just get back from Vegas?
dot thinks shoe polish makes a white man blue. dot.
Illustr8r wrote:
Isn't this that rich white guy who plays the music of poor black guys? He should've hired a better babysitter...
Hey dumbass, you regret this comment yet, its been three years. Just think if it was your kid who fell out that window. :naughty: :fire: :naughty:
BeetNik wrote:
He stole George harrison's wife, Patty Boid.
Patti Boyd. Things like that happen. G & E stayed good friends. Says something about them both.
BeetNik wrote:
He stole George harrison's wife, Patty Boid.
Was she forced to go with EC? I doubt that.
Beastie wrote:
What a gifted and inspired musician (plus a decent human being). Love EC, and I hope he continues to enrich my life with his music and words (own and adapted) for a long time.
He stole George harrison's wife, Patty Boid.
The album Layla and Other Love Songs is better than this. Although this pretty good.
frednic wrote:
You don't have to be black and poor to have demons to deal with.
Excellent point. Everyone suffers. Everyone feels the blues at one point in time or another. Clapton sure has had his share - some self created, others just way life goes. I like his take on this song.
oufason wrote:
Yes this is tastey but not as good as Lowell Fulson's version from the 50's.
Is it in the rotation? Let's hear it. If not someone upload it, please. Edit -- Nope, not there. Hey oufason, you have a job to do.
What a gifted and inspired musician (plus a decent human being). Love EC, and I hope he continues to enrich my life with his music and words (own and adapted) for a long time.
This is a damn solid album. Would love to hear some Buddy next.
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
Clapton is an acoustic player than happens to have an electric in his hands. This is just plastic empty sorta pseudo-blues. <-(
time for your meds.
oufason wrote:
Yes this is tastey but not as good as Lowell Fulson's version from the 50's.
Just thinkin' the same thing while I was listening. But I also agree that it is damn good blues too :clap:
I don't like Clapton too much, but I bought this album. Very good stuff.
EC has taken his love of the blues and played it his own way. Whitened it a tad, maybe, but it none the worse for it and has made it more accessible for guys like me. Because of his treatment of the genre I now listen to a wider spectrum of music, including some I'd never have listened to before. He definitely aint pooh pooh'ed by the likes of BB King et al, so if you're a true blues man you gotta take him seriously. It's from the heart. Gotta give the guy respect. And a listen. He knows what he's doin' on that guitar too.
Yes this is tastey but not as good as Lowell Fulson's version from the 50's.
mrmojorisin wrote:
I think this is damn good blues.....
Here's a little trick that'll get you even higher....work on feeling it rather than thinking it..... And yes, it is goddamned incredible stuff....
You don't have to be black and poor to have demons to deal with.
mrmojorisin wrote:
I think this is damn good blues.....
I gotta second that. What's the deal with "Oh he's Clapton. No big guitar hero can really play the blues?" I'll never understand that. Not taking anything away from Howlin Wolf, Lightning Hopkins, Muddy Waters etc... but why can't you enjoy this too? It's good blues (piano too!).
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
Clapton is an acoustic player than happens to have an electric in his hands. This is just plastic empty sorta pseudo-blues.<-(
Nope. Clapton was clearly inspired when he recorded this album.
I think this is damn good blues.....
Clapton is an acoustic player than happens to have an electric in his hands. This is just plastic empty sorta pseudo-blues. <-(
rulebritannia wrote:
I'm afraid I missed the tragic celebrity headline, on which I'rator was way outta line. As for the song, tho, I gotta agree with I'rator: This is a rich white guy playing the music of poor black guys. And the old fellas do it a lot better.
It's time to stop blaming others. You're better than that. I wish you well.
Johray63 wrote:
Thank you
Well said Johray63
rulebritannia wrote:
I'm afraid I missed the tragic celebrity headline, on which I'rator was way outta line. As for the song, tho, I gotta agree with I'rator: This is a rich white guy playing the music of poor black guys. And the old fellas do it a lot better.
This "fella" will be sixty next year and surely paid his dues. But beside that, this is such stereotyping. You might just as well say something like that about somebody like Robert Cray, cause he's rich and didn't lead the sort of life his forefathers did. What you actually say is 'white men can't play The Blues'. You got to be poor, black and preferably blind, which is by now rather retrieved and in a way discriminating. Black musicians profited from someone like Eric Clapton who helped making their music fashionable (again). He always gave the artists who influenced him the credits they deserved and by now most of them will respect him as a fellow guitarplayer, just like they would respect a similar black guitarplayer. Hopefully people start listening to the roots of Blues music also, but you can't blame Clapton when they don't.
Eric Clapton: "The blues are what I've turned to, what has given me inspiration and relief in all the trials of my life."
RL Burnside does this kind of blues sorta stomp sooooooo much better.
eric clapton's best album ever. buy it. you won't be sorry.
DBCinCA wrote:
I hope someday you revisit this page, see your comment, and regret it. Dead child jokes are not funny even if made up - to make such a flippant remark about the actual death of a little boy... shame on you.
I'm afraid I missed the tragic celebrity headline, on which I'rator was way outta line. As for the song, tho, I gotta agree with I'rator: This is a rich white guy playing the music of poor black guys. And the old fellas do it a lot better.
Illustr8r wrote:
Isn't this that rich white guy who plays the music of poor black guys? He should've hired a better babysitter...
wrong wrong on that babysitter remark. and by the way, rich and white does not equate with an easy, peaceful life.
sounds so good I want to roll my eyes back into my head and mainline some more narcotics but fortunately because of songs like this I dont have to do that I never knew a race "owned" the blues?
ciscochasbro wrote:
Comment on this song and several other comments made here..... 1- Love it! EC shows wonderful feeling. Some of the best stuff he's done. 2- That babysitter comment was totally uncalled for. Obviously not a parent.....:fire: 3- Who cares if it's after SRV (one of my heros). Don't make it a competition - enjoy both or don't like one but not because SRV's better or worse! That logic means you can only like the best! .....must be late in the day, I'm ranting #-o
well said...rant away...some of the people need ranting on, like who ever gave SRV the 2
SRV followed by Clapton? Whoaa nellie!!! More blues-rock please!!!
Comment on this song and several other comments made here..... 1- Love it! EC shows wonderful feeling. Some of the best stuff he's done. 2- That babysitter comment was totally uncalled for. Obviously not a parent.....:fire: 3- Who cares if it's after SRV (one of my heros). Don't make it a competition - enjoy both or don't like one but not because SRV's better or worse! That logic means you can only like the best! .....must be late in the day, I'm ranting #-o
Illustr8r wrote:
Isn't this that rich white guy who plays the music of poor black guys? He should've hired a better babysitter...
I hope someday you revisit this page, see your comment, and regret it. Dead child jokes are not funny even if made up - to make such a flippant remark about the actual death of a little boy... shame on you.
Always good to hear the blues on RP. Clapton over rated? I would fault him for selling out and playing pop for the money but I would never say he cant play! He's an awesome guitar player.
Isn't this that rich white guy who plays the music of poor black guys? He should've hired a better babysitter...
This would be OK if not played immediately after SRV. IMO, Clapton is the most overrated guitar player ever. Yes, he does an acceptable job on this tune, but he's not particularly inventive, not particularly clean, not all that great, in my opinion.