1969 saw the formation of one of rocks most underrated and under-appreciated supergroups in the form of Blind Faith. Formed by Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood initially, bassist Ric Grech and drummer Ginger Baker would join a little later and the outcome of this musical melding of minds was their self titled album, Blind Faith, released in August 1969.
Eric’s return to to the stage in 1974 saw him free from a certain demon for the first time since his Dominos period but a new demon had taken it’s place in the form of alcohol. As a result, there are a number of bootlegs from shows in 1974 that show Eric at his very worst. Unable to sing in key, unable to play like he once did, it’s one of the saddest things to listen to as a Clapton fan. But there were a number of shows where things came together brilliantly and this show at Frost Amphitheatre at Stanford University on the 9th August 1975 is one of them.
It had been two years since The Rolling Stones had played live in public, their previous show being at the Panathinaikos Stadium in Athens, Greece, on the 17th April 1967. They would perform at the NME Poll Winners Concert in 1968 but that show in Greece was their last proper live performance. In that time they would release two albums, 1967’s Their Satanic Majesties Request and 1968’s Beggars Banquet. The former is an almost forgotten album in their catalogue and the latter is regarded as the start of a new golden era which would continue until Mick Taylor’s departure in 1974.
It’s the 6th December 1970 and Derek and the Dominos bring their US tour to a close at the Suffolk Community College in Selden, New York. It would be another 8 months before Eric Clapton would take to the stage again for George Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh event at Madison Square Garden in New York and in that time the Dominos would come falling down, signalling the end of Clapton’s first musical chapter. It would be another year and a half after the Concert For Bangladesh until he played live again, brought out of a drug fuelled isolation by Pete Townshend of The Who. The result, two comeback concerts on the 13th January 1973 at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England.
It’s been a number of months since my last book update and since then I have been working hard on my book on Derek and the Dominos. I started just over a year ago and in that time I have spoken to hundreds of people who saw the band play in both the UK and USA. I’m hugely thankful to everyone I have spoken to, a day doesn’t go by where I don’t speak to someone I haven’t spoken to already who saw the band live in 1970.
Having spoken to hundreds of people since last year I have been sent a vast number of previously unseen live photos of the band taken in the UK and USA. These photos have never been seen before by anyone apart from the people who took them and I’m excited to say that they will debut in my book when it is released. Projects like the one I am doing take a lot of time and effort, and I am very confident in saying that when my book is released it will be the most in-depth book ever written on Derek and the Dominos.
After posting an article a few weeks ago focusing on the isolated guitar tracks from Layla, I thought I’d do the same with another song featuring another one of Eric Clapton’s most recognisable guitar solos, While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
Before Eric was asked by George to record the solo, George himself had recorded multiple takes himself which included a backwards guitar solo (like in I’m Only Sleeping). However George wasn’t satisfied with the results and managed to convince Eric to come to the studio and record the solo. The guitar Eric used was actually one he had given George roughly around August 1968, a beautiful red 1957 Gibson Les Paul. Lucy.