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Eric is awake on this one....
on 24 September 2011
After the excess of Cream, Eric decided to turn down the volume, shorten the solos and introduce a little bit of country into his musical menu. This, his first solo album is a reminder of what is great and not so great about the man. For someone so famed for extended guitar excursions, there is a welcome attempt at song craft and arrangement. Eric's pleasant voice at last has a chance to give his material a little more substance and meaning. As a result this album sounds more then Eric dialling in a performance, it sounds like Eric cares about what he is doing. So, hopefully, you won't find yourself busy with the fast-forward button as you might with some of Clapton's latter efforts. The only problem with the album is that the pace is a little too uniform and sometimes Eric's vocals are occasionally in danger of being swamped by an overly busy background.
Criticism aside, this is an album of goods songs. Tunes like 'After Midnight', 'Don't Know Why' and 'Lonesome and a Long Way from Home' are superb little country flavoured blues efforts. When Eric does turn up the heat as he does on the nifty instrumental 'Slunky' and 'Let It Rain' you can hear a new found respect for melody and pacing in his playing.
The remastering job on this CD gives a much improved clarity but it is a shame that this edition couldn't have added some additional notes or illustrations. If record companies want us to buy 'reheated' product from yesteryear, shouldn't they be giving the customer added incentives to part with our hard earned cash? Apart from that grumble, this is a little gem of a release-enjoyable, pleasant and occasionally very tasty. This album served Eric as a useful template for his career - some good songs, the occasional blast on the guitar placed around mild, world weary vocals and a superb supporting crew of players. Recommended.