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?

The Top Ten

1 Crossroads

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.

2 Layla

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

Love the original and the Unplugged performance. - InsertNameHere

3 I 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

I agree absolutely

4 While 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.

5 Old 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

6 Tears In Heaven
7 Five Long Years

From the 1994 album From the Craddle -

Live in the studio. Shocking.

8 Cocaine

From the 1977 album Slowhand -

9 Groaning the Blues

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

10 Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad

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

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

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

11 White Room

With Cream, from the album Wheels of Fire -

12 Further On Up the Road

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

13 Presence of the Lord

From the 1969 eponymous album Blind Faith -

14 Double Crossing Time

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

15 Sunshine of Your Love

With Cream from the 1967 album Disraeli Gears -

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

(1974) 461 Ocean Boulevard -

20 Hung Up On Your Love
21 She's Gone

2001 live in Budokan, Tokyo, Japan -

22 All Your Love

1990 Royal Albert Hall London -

23 Double Trouble

The best version of Double Trouble

1995, From the Cradle tour - jople

24 Holy Mother
25 My Father's Eyes

The Original version and the live from 2007!

BAdd New Item