Eric Clapton

Steppin' Out

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This reissue compilation contains eight of the 12 tracks that appeared originally on Blues Breakers by John Mayall with Eric Clapton in 1966, plus a Mayall/Clapton single, "Lonely Years," two tracks from a 1966 recording session by Champion Jack Dupree on which Clapton played guitar, and a track from an Otis Spann session, also featuring Clapton. The selection and sequencing are a little hard to understand (why not reissue all the Clapton Decca recordings in chronological order?), but, of course, the performances are exemplary, and 15 years later, one can still hear the fierce guitar work that made Clapton's name in the 1960s.

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