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Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by tweedfix, Mar 22, 2020.
His voice is the key to this.
This band seems like the great "what could have been." Clapton blew it because he had to pretend he was an American blues prophet, and broke up the band. I've always felt the greats from this era embraced their English-ness and let it inform their music. Clapton didn't, and for me his music always suffered because of it.
Such a great song. I've been playing it for at least 40 years now. Never drifts long out of the repertoire.
I think there was alot more to this groups demise. As Clapton has stated they never had a chance fo develop. Headlining a big tour before they were ready. The whole "supergroup" thing. And he was not into being in another band with Ginger Baker. I think at that point Clapton was fried from the whole Cream thing and all he wanted to do was hang out with Winwood and write and record. I think their one and only album had a fair amount of English-ness on it. Just my observation. The result of that tour was putting The Dominos together and recording the Layla album so as far as his music suffering well l guess that's up for debate.
It's interesting how several of those BF songs - this one in particular - have survived through the decades. Continuing vitality reflected in strong artists still covering them. Over a million views on each of the below.
Simple. Elegant. About as classic as a song can get. And very well done, again, Mr. Winwood!
It's the lyrics, IMO. I saw Clapton do it in the early 70's and broke into tears as my drug addict girl friend who had just left me was in jail.
Yvonne Elliman (Jesus Christ Superstar) toured as a backup singer for Clapton on a couple tours and he gave her spotlight time...
Yes for his unigue sound for sure ...
However the melody is strong enough on it's own to hold up even as a very cool instrumental ...
It has held up over decades in a variety of treatments; acoustic, electric, and instrumental. Lyrically it is vague, but emotionally resonant, and can be interpreted and applied by the listener to many situations. That's a sign of a great song.
Thanks Tweed, this brightened my quarantined butt.
I love this version of the tune... I remember when it first hit YT, there was this huge flap about whether he actually played and sang it, one take... a lot (I mean A LOT) of people insisted there was dubbing/processing of the sound, even though with the crackling fire going on, that would be nigh on to impossible to cut in and out of...
I would just laugh and tell people, "No, this is what having some serious talent sounds like..."!!!
I do think Steve tunes the guitar down a step from already being a step down, making the song be in the key of C major(?)... heck, I could almost hit those notes! I have no chance in the original key... and I never did, not even when I was a teenager and first heard the song back in '69...
Great take! Thanks for the reminder...
Might well be the case, lh...Winwood has a poignancy to his voice, self destructive peeps will do that to those they say they love.
Agreed it's a piece of work and Steve delivers.
I saw him open for the Dead. Most audience members were not paying much attention while I was loving every minute of it.
He is opening for Steely Dan this summer and I have tickets. Really looking forward to it. Hope he sings this tune.
Yes we do. I can’t explain it rationally other than I’m an addict. This song has spoken to me very much since I’ve gotten clean. Reminds me that life isn’t just about my selfish wants. I can say to myself “my decisions won’t affect anyone” but I have 3 little kids and as an impending single dad, my decisions good or bad can affect them deeply.