Saturday, December 09, 2006

Clapton v. ________, Vol. III

Clapton v. Prince (wait until just after 3:30 into the video):

YOU be the judge. (Many thanks to Rabid T for the heads-up.) Prince has to travel with a giant, bouncer-looking dude, just to keep his little ass from falling off the stage. He's in the f*cking ZONE, man!!! Best of all, at the end, he throws his guitar up in the air, and it's so damned hot it defies gravity and never comes back down! It just melts into the stratosphere. Nice.


Blogger mat said...

Looks like the record has dropped to 1-2. That was realllllly good. I had kind of forgotten just how good Prince could play when he did rock music. I'm sure I should know this, but who was the 2nd vocalist? I am currently drawing a blank.

11:16 AM, December 09, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Jeff Lynne of E.L.O. fame.

12:25 PM, December 09, 2006  
Blogger mat said...

Thanks. Should have known.

1:17 PM, December 09, 2006  
Blogger Saxdrop said...

clearly Clapton has a decent RPI for his strength of schedule. At some point, however, the tournament should be single elimination. Clearly SRV is my favorite to win but may face stiff competition from Jimi (although he had a better offensive line than Jimi -- there I said it).

I'd also like to proffer my cinderella contender: John Mayer (yes, I said that too). Exhibit A: (right around 1:55)

2:01 PM, December 09, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

You know, I thought about that, too. Sticking with the BCS analogy is good for picking on Crapton (which he richly deserves). However, a March Madness scenario would be more fun.

I'll work on the selection show, and post it soon.

2:23 PM, December 09, 2006  
Blogger Old Lady said...

I certainly enjoyed that. When ever I tell people that Prince is an artist they look at me like I have two heads.

9:37 PM, December 09, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

"...they look at me like I have two heads."

OK, now you're just baiting me to say something dirty! But, no! Haahnster shall take the high road.

I know what you mean, though. There's a similar thread of discussion in the comments below this video over on YouTube. Closed-minded, technical guitar geeks steadfastly proclaiming Clapton's "superiority" to Prince, basically poo-pooing Prince as a "part-time" guitar player or some such nonsense (like it somehow makes that solo less impressive). Anyway, Clapton's greatest strength in their eyes/ears, his technical prowess, is effectively his greatest weakness in my eyes/ears, because it seems to preclude him from EVER stepping outside his perfectly square box and just playing with guts and emotion.

Except for Derek & The Dominos, when he was still plotting to steal Harrison's wife...and, he had Duane Allman to keep up with.

7:34 AM, December 10, 2006  
Blogger Old Lady said...

I love it when you get 'het up under the collar'.

I agree with that. Controling ones emotions while plying ones craft puts a damper on the result.

Prince, outside of his craft, appears haughty and untouchable. When he is enveloped in music, he is in another world, his energy comes out.

9:55 AM, December 10, 2006  
Blogger Rob said...

Gotdamn that is great. I literally haven't enjoyed a guitar solo that much in years.

Who is the first guitarist who is soloing around 2 minutes in? He really sticks close to the Clapton soloing style--and look how much it sucks!

11:12 AM, December 10, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Pretty awesome work.

10:41 AM, December 16, 2006  

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