I picked up this LP when I was in high school and have always liked it. This is Clapton, Beck, and Page in their prime. I espe­cial­ly love Clapton’s “Tribute to Elmore,” which I first heard on the cas­sette History of Eric Clapton. Most songs on this album were writ­ten by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, or Jimmy Page, and of the three gui­tarists, only Jimmy Page appears on every track — though not always in a lead role. Clapton was not present for the tracks fea­tur­ing Jeff Beck, which were record­ed with mem­bers of Cyril Davies’ band The Allstars. Likewise, Beck was not at the ses­sions with Clapton, the tracks from which were lat­er over­dubbed by Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones.

And so to pick up where the August 20, 2022, WinCity Facebook car­toon left off, The AllStars begat Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page begat Led Zeppelin, and Led Zeppelin begat Robert Plant. Robert Plant begat the Honey Drippers whilst Jimmy Page begat The Firm along with Paul Rodgers, who was begot­ten from Free and Bad Company. Meanwhile, Jeff Beck begat the Jeff Beck Group along with Rod Stewart, who begat Faces and on and on. Please don’t get me start­ed on Eric Clapton.

Have a lis­ten, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Album Information

1.         “Choker”                    Eric Clapton with Jimmy Page                   1:21
2.         “Snake Drive”           Eric Clapton                                                  2:30
3.         “Draggin’ My Tail”     Eric Clapton with Jimmy Page                   3:56
4.         “Steelin’ ”                    The Allstars fea­tur­ing Jeff Beck                 2:33
5.         “Freight Loader”       Eric Clapton with Jimmy Page                   2:43
6.         “West Coast Idea”    Eric Clapton                                                  2:15
7.         “L.A. Breakdown”     The Allstars fea­tur­ing Jimmy Page           2:02
8.         “Down in the Boots” The Allstars fea­tur­ing Jimmy Page           3:22
9.         “Chuckles”                The Allstars fea­tur­ing Jeff Beck                 2:20
10.       “Tribute to Elmore”   Eric Clapton  2:05

Released       1971
Length            25:24
Label            RCA Records

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.