Best Eric Clapton Performances

Whether its studio recording or live performance, whether its jaw dropping solos or deeply simple playing, which do you think is the best display of Clapton's talent?

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My reason for voting for this song is simple - The 2nd guitar solo on this song is quite simply the greatest live guitar solo ever played by anyone, if not the greatest guitar solo ever played by anyone anywhere!

Screw Hendrix - if he had to save his life he could never come up with that 2nd solo. He never had the technique, ability or "feel" for it.

Performed at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco 1968 with Cream. Recorded for the album Wheels of Fire -

I agree Clapton is much better than Hendrix especially on this solo in which he lit the Winter land Ballroom on fire!

I agree with everything you said about this performance. Can't hear it enough.

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Played with Derek and the Dominoes, from album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Featuring Duane Allman -

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3I Shot the Sheriff

Performed at 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas, Texas - jople

Absolute feeling melody and groove. Such a build up of passion and phrasing to culminate in an absoltuly hypnotic final peak tO the solo. Best live solo I've heard.

Live In Hyde Park 1996, captivating from start to finish

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4Tears In Heaven
5Old Love

Great performance at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, May 4th 1992. Great Eric's solo, one of the best of this song and check Chuck Leavell on piano as well, he's brilliant

Performed at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England in 1992 for MTV Unplugged - jople

6Five Long Years

From the 1994 album From the Craddle -

Live in the studio. Shocking.

7While My Guitar Gently Weeps

This version as performed at the George Harrison tribute concert in England. An incredibly heartfelt lead. The best blues he has EVER played. -

The ending solo is one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard.


From the 1977 album Slowhand -

9Groaning the Blues

Performed at Fillmore, San Francisco in 1994, featured in unreleased documentary Nothing but the Blues directed by Martin Scorcese - jople

10Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad

Performed with Derek and the Dominoes at Fillmore East in 1970. Released as an live album in 1994 Live at the Fillmore -

Anyone who did not vote for this song (as performed on October 24th, 1970) has simply not listened to it. Do yourself a favor.

This song is simply perfect. Duane Allman performance here is simply awersome, and during the solo there is a moment when Allman is playing and suddenly Clapton joins and there are two of the best guitars in history playing a solo togeter. Also Clapton is perfect at vocals and the lyric is sooo damn good. My favorite song.

The Contenders

11White Room

With Cream, from the album Wheels of Fire -

12Further On Up the Road

From "The Last Waltz" November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco

13Presence of the Lord

From the 1969 eponymous album Blind Faith -

14Double Crossing Time

With John Mayall and the Blues Breakers (1966 Beano album) -

15Sunshine of Your Love

With Cream from the 1967 album Disraeli Gears -

16Someday After a While
17Cause We've Ended as Lovers (With Jeff Beck and Doyle Bramhall II)
18Tales of Brave Ulysses
19Motherless Children

(1974) 461 Ocean Boulevard -

20Hung Up On Your Love
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