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Eric Clapton was a legend and one of rock’s greatest guitarists before he ever started making solo records. His albums with the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream and Blind Faith influenced generations of guitarists (as did his work with Derek & the Dominoes — but their album came after Clapton’s debut album).

We’re celebrating his solo catalog, as well as a few collaborative efforts with a few other legends. From Eric Clapton to Happy Xmas, here are our favorite E.C. solo jams.

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Clapton was one of dozens of guitarists to take part in a new all-star recording helmed by Mark Knopfler.

As previously reported, Knopfler recruited a star-studded lineup of fellow guitarists for a charity single benefitting Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

The charity single is a new recording of “Going Home.” The track is an instrumental featured on the 1983 score for the film Local Hero, which also served as the film’s theme. Knopfler wrote the entire score of the film, which is considered his debut solo album and debut soundtrack album.

“Going Home” can be heard in its entirety below. Fans can purchase/download the song in a variety of formats at MarkKnopflersGuitarHeroes.com.

 

The re-recording of “Going Home” is billed as being by Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Heroes. Among those heroes was Jeff Beck, who died suddenly in January 2023 at age 78 from bacterial meningitis. According to a press release, Beck’s contribution to the track is also the guitar icon’s final recording.

Knopfler said, in part, of Beck, ” … Jeff Beck’s contribution arrived and that was spellbinding. I think what we’ve had is an embarrassment of riches, really.”

Beck, of course, was a close friend of Clapton’s. In fact, Clapton and Beck’s widow, Sandra, were the ones to organize a grand tribute concert honoring the late guitar icon back in May 2023.

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