Eric Clapton / I Shot the Sheriff b/w Motherless Children

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Illusory in its “simplicity” yet masterful in the context of the compositions and recordings. Cited by this journo among 11 Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Huff Post 2015 ), is there a Carl Dean Radle passage that does not exude excellence? On the A and B sides of Slowhand’s ’74 comeback single, which also put Bob Marley on the map for us Yanks, Carl’s brilliance - with drummer Jamie Oldaker - is evidenced by his deft command of rhythm, space, and melody. Radle is the catalyst on these cuts, gliding through the changes with repetitive motifs that grow more intense with every measure.

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