Eric Clapton – Blues Power

This is another song along with Let It Rain that is not played much now and both are from Eric’s self-titled debut album. The song was written by Clapton and Leon Russell for Clapton’s debut solo album. It’s not one of Clapton’s best-known numbers but its a good song. It did not chart when released in 1970 but it did chart when Clapton released a live version in 1980 at #76 in the Billboard 100.

The album also included Let It Rain, After Midnight, and Easy Now.

Here is a review of the album in allmusic.com

There are still elements of blues and rock & roll, but they’re hidden beneath layers of gospel, R&B, country, and pop flourishes. And the pop element of the record is the strongest of the album’s many elements — “Blues Power” isn’t a blues song and only “Let It Rain,” the album’s closer, features extended solos. Throughout the album, Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique. That is both a good and a bad thing — it’s encouraging to hear him grow and become a more fully rounded musician, but too often the album needs the spark that some long guitar solos would have given it. In short, it needs a little more of Clapton‘s personality.

Blues Power

Bet you didn’t think I knew how to rock ‘n’ roll.

Oh, I got the boogie-woogie right down in my very soul.

There ain’t no need for me to be a wallflower,

‘Cause now I’m living on blues power.

I knew all the time but now I’m gonna let you know:

I’m gonna keep on rocking, no matter if it’s fast or slow.

Ain’t gonna stop until the twenty-fifth hour,

‘Cause now I’m living on blues power.

[Repeat First Verse]

Talking to you, now.

The boogie’s gonna pull me through.

Keep on, keep on, keep on keeping on.

Keep on keeping on, keep on keeping on.

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

9 thoughts on “Eric Clapton – Blues Power”

      1. Yeah, wasn’ t anything I set out to do but he played a small theatre in my hometown & a buddy had a spare ticket. Leon seemed very old but could still play & was quite entertaining. ‘Tightrope’ was a fave song of mine when I was little.

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      2. I was going to do that one a few weeks back… that is a good one. That is cool you got to see him. A lot of history with that guy.

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