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Gibson Guitar Legend Eric Clapton’s Top Ten Blues Recordings

Nobody would debate Eric Clapton’s standing as a bluesman. Even his overt pop hits like “Wonderful Tonight” and “Tears in Heaven” contain strong elements of blues-derived playing, like artful string bends, slide guitar and melodies based on pentatonic scales.

But Clapton’s greatest performances of blues tunes are a considerably more controversial topic. Purists may draw the line at Cream or any of his solo albums save the classic song interpretations of From the Cradle and Me and Mr. Johnson. For others, his entire catalog is fair game. Of course, one’s standing on the subject depends on how one defines blues, which is fuel for plenty more arguments.

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