Clapton: I held my own in Cream
Eric Clapton says he managed to hold his own in Cream, despite being younger than Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, and despite coming from a different musical background.
He believes his focus on blues, while his bandmates concentrated on jazz, was no barrier to their communication – because blues music was the source of all three’s inspiration.
In a clip from Beware Of Mr Baker, a documentary about the wayward drummer, Clapton says: “I could listen to what Jack was doing and what Ginger was doing, and see a way to get involved in that without being overawed.
”I could hold my own in terms of musical taste and knowledge. Not necessarily from the world that they were coming from, which was more of a jazz world. They had played in it and they could talk that language, which I couldn’t. I was of the view that it all came from blues anyway.”
The film – which opens with Baker assaulting its director – is on limited release in the US now. View the trailer below.
Meanwhile, Clapton has announced details of his 21st studio album Old Sock, which is to be released on March 12. It features guest appearances from Paul McCartney, JJ Cale and Steve Winwood, among others, along with longtime collaborators Steve Gadd, Williw Weeks and Chris Stainton.
Old Sock tracklist
1. Further On Down The Road
2. Angel (featuring JJ Cale)
3. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
4. Gotta Get Over (featuring Chaka Khan)
5. Till Your Well Runs Dry
6. All Of Me (featuring Paul McCartney)
7. Born To Lose
8. Still Got The Blues (featuring Steve Winwood)
9. Goodnight Irene
10. Your One and Only Man
11. Every Little Thing
12. Our Love Is Here To Stay (featuring Jim Keltner)