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Eric Clapton started the
ball rolling on the Freddie
King highway with "Hideaway," on 1966's Blues
Breakers: John Mayall
with Eric Clapton. His spin
on the classic 12-bar tune
subjected its catchy theme
and swinging shuffle groove
to new aggression and
power via the trademark
'Burst-and-Marshall assault. Though Clapton took
rock-oriented liberties with
the main riff, transforming King's first-position
open-string country-blues
delivery into a vehicle
for beefy midrange playing (rock's sweet spot)
replete with string bends
and distortion; in the solo
sections he personalized
the tune significantly and
set the stage for future
interpretations. There, he
laid the foundation for many
of today's rock lead licks.
This excerpt depicts EC's
first solo phrases (1:02)
after the interlude. It's a
veritable treasure trove of
essential blues-rock guitar
gestures. Note the patented
slinky string bends, the
hold-and-released double
stops in measures 4-7, the
characteristic triplet rhythmic phrasing throughout,
and the essential-blues
turnaround figure reinterpreted with Slowhand's
blues-rock heat in 11-12.

Peter Green of fered
his take on the Freddie
King legacy with "The
Stumble," on A Hard Road,
handling the theme with
care and deference, veering occasionally to add a
modern-rock flourish in
context. This example (at
1:58) illustrates many of
the traits for which Green
is known and beloved. His
sound reflects Clapton's

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