Eric Clapton's Greatest Blues

03/11/2011
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(Gibson) 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. Gibson takes a look at Clapton's Top Ten blues Recordings. Here is the song that came out on top:

1. "When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer": Clapton's always made it a point to credit his blues heroes, but this song is part of a disc of pure payback 2000's multi-platinum team-up with B.B. King, Riding With the King. And the tune, a King classic, packs the most punch on the album, with both kingpins trading lines and licks with the kind of focus that made them giants. For Clapton, the joy of working with King practically comes searing through the tracks. check out the full list

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