[Slowhand] Page & Eric

DeltaNick deltanick at comcast.net
Tue Feb 19 23:33:00 EST 2008

>> Can anybody expound on Eric's opinion of Jimmy Page? <<

Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page are or have been friends, going back to Eric's time in the Yardbirds and John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers. Page produced two or 3 tracks for Mayall's band, while Clapton was guitarist, and two were released as a single in 1965: "I'm Your Witchdoctor"/"Telephone Blues."

However, Clapton never had a very good opinion of Led Zeppelin. It makes sense for someone who has deep and abiding love and respect for the blues. Although Led Zeppelin plays a number of tunes derived from blues songs, they can hardly be called "blues," perhaps "heavy metal" being a better description.

In a few interviews during the 1980s, Led Zeppelin was referred to as a Cream "vacuum" band: filling the vacuum created by Cream when they broke up. Clapton had a difficult time understanding this. The confusion was based on Clapton's opinion that Cream had been a musical band, that just happened to be loud. In his opinion, however, those described to him as Cream "vacuum" bands were simply loud, and he saw nothing in common with them and Cream.

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