1) Hideaway – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton – This track put Clapton on the map in the mid-60’s. The tones used were those not heard before, being thick and warm compared to the usual thin and sharp tones being used by artists such as The Beatles and Chuck Berry. Played on a Gibson Les Paul through a cranked up Marshall, it’s one of the most powerful guitar tracks ever recorded.
2) Crossroads – Cream – Recorded live at Winterland, San Francisco in 1968, this is arguably the best live recording of a song ever made. Originally written by Robert Johnson, the song was then transformed by Cream who made it their own in their live shows. Clapton plays this on a Gibson ES335 and it’s absolutely beautiful. No-one plays guitar like this nowadays, he seemed to be able to continuously improvise through a song and never repeat a single phrase. Beautiful.
3) Key To The Highway – Derek and the Dominos – This song featured on the stunning album that is ‘Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs’, and consists of two great guitar players just jamming together and making music. Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. This song is actually the first take the band performed in the studio and was so good it was left and put on the album. Clapton plays his Stratocaster ‘Brownie’ though a Pignose amp while Allman plays a Les Paul through a small Fender amp. Even though they were small amps, the result is mind blowing.
4) Have You Ever Loved A Woman – Derek and the Dominos – Taken from the same album as ‘Key To The Highway’, this track again features Eric Clapton and Duane Allman jamming throughout. The entire album is filled with the energy between these two legendary guitarists, and it really comes to a heat in this song. The tones are sublime and they’re both playing with emotion and letting it all flow out. Extremely powerful.
5) Still Raining, Still Dreaming – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – The wah-wah guitar at the start of this track is definitely one of the best played and recorded of all time. The wah makes it sound like the guitar is talking to you, and then the panning throughout the track surrounds you until the main riff comes back in again towards the end. Absolutely stunning guitar playing.