British Rocker Eric Clapton, an 18-time Grammy winner and the only three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, emulated American Rhythm and Blues to become the most commercially successful guitarist of all time. He has toured and recorded with many notable bands including: The Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, and Derek and The Dominos. His solo recordings have sold over 280 million records. His live performances, supported by Nathan East on bass and Steve Gadd on drums, continue to sell out worldwide.
Now comes The Dominos, authentic American R&B players, with their retrospective on the music of Eric Clapton… and the only tribute with a guitarist/vocalist who can actually do justice to the Clapton catalogue.
The History of Eric Clapton is an entirely electric set with every tune performed in its original key and tempo. Nearly every arrangement is also true to the original. Randell Young has the same vocal range as Eric Clapton so all of the high notes are going to be there and nearly all of the lead vocals are phrased just like the original recordings.
Like Eric Clapton, Randell Young plays a modified Stratocaster and gets that sweet Clapton guitar tone using just the amplifier and guitar — not a single noisy, pedal-based sound processor or amp modeler to be found anywhere. There are countless well-known and well-loved guitar licks and many solos that are presented verbatim; and, just as you would hear at any of Eric Clapton’s live show, there are also many solos that are improvised — in the style of Eric Clapton, of course.
Like Nathan East (Clapton’s long-time touring bassist), The Dominos keep the original bass lines where they continue to work well (Badge and Sunshine of Your Love for example) but also update some of the older tunes with a more groove-friendly, R&B authentic bass line. Aaron Hice (bass) and Raymond Genovese (drums) hold down The Dominos’ rhythm section. Olivia Kyla and Elissa Sophia Metropoulos, both strong lead vocalists, bring great pitch and blend to the backup vocals while covering The Dominos’ meticulously arranged piano and organ parts.
With a few notable exceptions necessary for continuity, the songs are presented in the chronological order of their original release. The History of Eric Clapton is generally presented as a two-hour show with no intermission or a 90-minute first show followed by an intermission and a 60-minute second show but can be shortened or expanded to accommodate any format. The material presented is so epic that every song literally has its own Wikipedia page.
There are no backing tracks, auto-tune or sequencing. Every note is performed live by Randell Young, Aaron “The Wolf” Hice, Olivia Kyla, Elissa Sophia Metropoulos and Raymond Genovese.
The History of Eric Clapton
Sunshine of Your Love
Bell Bottom Blues
Let It Rain
I Shot The Sheriff
Can’t Find My Way Home
Sweet Home Chicago