Eric Clapton is a legend. I know that whenever I am feeling down or need a reminder that great music still exists in a time like this, I put on his discography and allow his massive talent take center stage.
I was thrilled to find out that he recorded a special performance at the Royal Albert Hall to mark his 70th birthday, because the world needs more Clapton. And let me tell you this, you would never think he’s 70: his voice is still perfect, his signature guitar playing is still sharp, and the music still carries the same emotion that it did when these songs were released years ago.
My favorite from this concert has to be Layla, the song he originally recorded with Derek and the Dominos in 1971, and re-popularized in an acoustic version for his Unplugged concert in 1992. I cannot tell you how many times I have just played the song ever since I discovered it a few years ago. That signature riff!
What I especially love about the Royal Albert Hall version is the impeccable solo. You can see in the clip how the audience is absolutely enchanted by it. I agree. I’ve heard it over a dozen times and I still cannot get over how amazing it is.
To do it enough justice, it’s best if you just listen to it- and the rest of the songs from that evening. You will not be disappointed.