My EC and Blues Media

Books

Although I got most information either by finding it out by myself (tabs, chords, musical relations), searching the web, or by discussions with other people, I also used some books for historical and theoretical backgrounds.

  1. Eric Clapton: Clapton: The Autobiography
  2. Dave Thompson: Cream: The World’s First Supergroup (2005)
  3. Peter Guralnick (Author): Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey, Robert Santelli (Author), Christopher John Farley (Author), Amistad, Reprint edition (November 2, 2004)
  4. Lawrence Cohn (Editor): Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians, Abbeville Press, New Ed edition (September 1999)
  5. M. Roberty: Eric Clapton (Omnibus Press 1986, 1990). Great visual documentary.
  6. C. Sandford: Eric Clapton – Edge Of Darkness (Victor Gollancz, 1994/96). Very critical biography. Detailed, but almost negative.
  7. H. Shapiro: Lost In The Blues (Guiness Publishing, 1993). Great EC biography.
  8. P. Guralnick: Crossroads (Dutton, 1989). Robert Johnson biography.
  9. C. Sawyer: The Arrival Of B.B. King (Doubleday Inc., 1995). Biography.
  10. P. Oliver: Blues Fell This Morning (Cambridge University Press, 1990). Analysing Blues lyrics.
  11. C. S. Muray: Boogie Man – The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century. (Biography)
  12. Ralph Denyer:The Guitar Handbook (Paperback), Random House, Rev Sub edition (October 20, 1992)
  13. A. M. Dauer: Blues aus 100 Jahren (Fischer 1983). Analyzing some important Blues classics.
  14. P.J. Kraus: Blues-Highway (Christoph Links, 1998). Stories between New Orleans and Chicago.
  15. Brooks/Koda/Brooks: Blues For Dummies (IDG Books Worldwide, 1998). Nice introduction.
  16. T. Lehmann: Blues And Trouble (1966/80/81/2001). History of Blues (German).
  17. G. Herzhaft: Encyclopedie du Blues (Edition Seghers, 1998). Encyclopedy.
  18. T. Bacon/P. Day: The Fender Book (Balafon Books, 1992). Fender history.
  19. J.E. Berendt: Das Jazzbuch (Fischer, 1973). Jazz history.
  20. J. Jörgensen/E. Wiedemann: Jazzlexikon (Mosaik, 19??). About Jazz musicians.
  21. L. Trampert: Elektrisch! (Sonnentanz, 1991). Hendrix biography.
  22. M. Fleetwood/S. Davies: My Life And Adventures With Fleetwood Mac (William Morrow and Company, 1990). Biography.
  23. Opgenoorth/Bessler: Grifftabelle (Voggenreiter, 1994). 4000 chord charts. 3997 more than you need for the Blues.
  24. Eulner/Dreksler: 1000 Tips für die Gitarre (Voggenreiter, 1981). My first guitar book…
  25. plus: several special edition guitar magazines (Guitar, Gitarre und Bass, …)
  26. plus: a few guitar tutorials

Latest EC And Blues Releases

See the list at the end of the page!

Recommended CD’s to start with Blues guitar

EC CD’s

Personal rating: * oh no, ****** awesome, milestone (remember, personal!)

No, I don’t have all “official” records. But almost all songs – most of them have been released more than one time on various samplers. “August” is still missing.

Other Artists featuring EC

Blues CD’s, LP’s and Tapes

  • Slowhanders – An Eric Clapton Tribute (tape, collected by Rob Sticka) ******
  • Allman Brothers Band: Beginnings (LP) *****
  • Allman Brothers Band: Live Jam (garage boot) *****
  • Allman Brothers Band: The Fillmore Concerts ******
  • Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East on March 1971 *****
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Step (1989) ****
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan: Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1989) *****
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan: Blues at Sunrise ****** (slow Blues album)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan: Live And Alive (1986) *****
  • Buddy Guy: Slippin’ In (1994) ****
  • John Lee Hooker: The Healer (1989) ****** (The album which brought me the Blues! Still great!)
  • John Lee Hooker: Mr. Lucky (1991) *****
  • John Lee Hooker: Boom Boom (1992) *****
  • John Lee Hooker: Chill Out (1995) ******
  • John Lee Hooker: Don’t Look Back (1997) *****
  • John Lee Hooker: Best of Friends (1998) ******
  • John Lee Hooker: From Clarksdale To Heaven (2004 tribute) ******
  • Albert King + Otis Rush: Door by Door *****
  • Albert King: Red House (1991) *****
  • B.B. King: Live at the Regal (1971) *****
  • B.B. King: Blues Collection (Sampler, 1983) *****
  • B.B. King: Blues Om The Bayou (1998) *****
  • Freddie King: Live at the Ballroom, including 2 unplugged songs and interview (1974) ******
  • Luther Allison: Live In Paris (1995, reissue) ****
  • Ry Cooder: Crossroads (Soundtrack) (1986) *****
  • Robert Johnson: Hellhound on my Trail (1936, 1995) (take the other one!)
  • Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings (1936, 1992) ****** (The best sampler, with all text, nice booklet)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Blues (1994) *****
  • Jimi Hendrix: Experience Hendrix (2000) *****
  • Alvin Lee: Zoom (1992) **
  • T-Bone Walker: Sampler *****
  • Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland, Albert Collins: Showdown ****
  • Sampler: Play Me the Blues 1,2,6 *** – *****
  • Sampler: Essential Blues *** – *****
  • Sampler: Blues Greats *** – *****
  • Sampler: Blues Collection Vol. 2 *** – *****
  • plus some more blues samplers

Other CD’s, LP’s and Tapes (little or no Blues)

Only a few are listed here – too much. Very personal rating, most albums from my pre-Blues era.

(+ others means I have other CD’s/LP’s from that artist/band, too)

  • Tori Amos: Under The Pink *****
  • Jeff Beck: You Had It Coming *
  • Kate Bush: Hounds Of Love ****** (I really love this album!) + others
  • Deep Purple: In Rock (Anniversary Edition, 1995) ****
  • Dire Straits: Sultans Of Swing ***** + others
  • Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar *****
  • Woodstock: Best Of *****
  • Helge Schneider: Es gibt Reis, Baby – only for germans… ***** (Schwachsinn, aber gut!)
  • The Cranberries: Everybody Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? ***
  • Eddie Brickell And The New Bohemians: Ghost Of A Dog ****
  • Meat Loaf: For Crying Out Loud *****
  • Alvin Lee: Zoom ***
  • Marcella Detroit (aka Marcy Levy!): Jewel ***
  • Neil Young: Harvest Moon ***
  • Bobby Whitlock: It’s About Time (Bell Bottom Blues…) ****
  • Fleetwood Mac: Rumours ****** + others
  • ELO: Zoom **** + others
  • Jon Lord: Sarabande (LP) ****** + Gemini Suite
  • Ry Cooder: Get Rhythm (LP) ***** + others
  • Eberhard Schoener: Trance Formation (Andy Summers on guitar!) *****
  • Traveling Wilburies: Vol. 1 + 3 (=2) *****

(plus albums from
Michele Shocked, Susanne Vega, Tribute, Sting, Jackson Browne, Mike Oldfield, CSN+Y, Chris Rea, Commodores, Van Morrison, Moody Blues, Rickie Lee Jones, McLaughlin/Di Meola/Lucia, Joni Mitchell, Notting Hill Billies, Roy Orbison, Renaissance, Chet Atkins and many many more.)

My EC And Blues Videos/DVD’s (videos are in PAL-VHS)

Back in 1996 there was no Youtube…

  • Crossroads Guitar Festival (DVD) ***-******
  • Eric Clapton and Friends (DVD) ****
  • Eric Clapton: Chronicles (DVD) ****
  • Eric Clapton: 24 Nights (1990+91) *****
  • Eric Clapton: Unplugged (DVD + Video, 1992) ******
  • Eric Clapton: Concert in Hyde Park (Everyday I Got the Blues… 1996) ******
  • Eric Clapton: Nothing but the Blues (1994), Martin Scorsese made the best Clapton Blues video ever!
    Info: this one is captured from broadcast (ARTE), the comments are in German. Up to now it was never released commercially. There’S a DVD version of the english original going around.
  • Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton and Friends (Birmingham 1986)
  • Cream: Farewell Concert (1969)
  • Cream: Fresh Cream (1995)
  • Cream: Strange Brew (?)
  • The Yardbirds – Story (EC, Beck, Page, with interviews)
  • A man and his blues (?) – Interviews, songs, stories
  • Knebworth (1991)
  • Cream of EC (sampler)
  • EC / Legends at the North Sea Jazz Festival, two songs (1997)
  • EC / Legends at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, one song (1997)
  • EC at the Armani Party (1997)

EC with other Artists

  • The Last Waltz (The Band, Muddy Waters, … 1976)
  • Bob Dylan Anniversary Concert (Don’t Think Twice… 1992)
  • Southbank show, with B.B. King, SRV,…
  • Concert for Nelson Mandela (with Dire Straits)
  • John Mayall with EC: 70th Birthday (live DVD 2003)
  • EC and friends: Concert for George Harrison (live DVD 2003)

Blues Videos/DVD’s

  • John Hammond, Jr.: The Search For Mr. Johnson (1992) *****
  • Bill Wymann: Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey – A Journey to Music’s Heart & Soul (2003) *****
  • B.B. King: Life at Montreaux
  • John Lee Hooker – That’s My Live (2000)
  • B.B. King: Blues Summit (with Joe Louis Walker, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Robert Cray,… 1993)
  • B.B. King: Rockpalast, with Muddy Waters (19??)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Portrait (19??)
  • Woodstock (1969)
  • Blues Brothers (1980) – my all-time favorite movie
  • Blues Fest Leverkusen 1997 (var. artists)