The Core

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  • Clapton wrote this based on a repeating guitar riff he came up with.
  • The original title was "The Riff," followed by "Burning Hot Core," and finally "The Core."
  • Marcy Levy, one of Clapton's backup singers, helped him write this. She also helped him with "Lay Down Sally." In 1988, using the name Marcella Detroit, she joined former Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey to form Shakespear's Sister.
  • A rare Clapton song with horns. Mel Collins, who has also recorded with King Crimson and The Rolling Stones, played the sax. It was the first time Clapton used horns since his first solo album.
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Comments: 10

  • Dave from Weymouth Ma.Loved this one since I first heard it. An instant classic by EC.
  • David from Knoxville, TnIt's almost as if the session sax player and Clapton were going at it to see who could one-up the other one with RIPPING solos... Outstanding!
  • Harry from Philadelphia, DeThe Woman on vocals is
    Marcy Levy not Yvonne Elliman
  • Richard from Mainz, Germanymaybe the greatest by Eric, the woman vocal is from Yvonne Elliman
  • Domma from Point Marion, PaI need to know who the female vocalist is. I thought when this song was released, it was by Delaney and Bonnie and friends (Bonnie Bramlett). Is this the case?
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI really like the riff. And I love spinal tap. good song.
  • Sam from Shanghai, ChinaI love this song. The female vocals are great, especially as the intro is characteristic Clapton, and when she starts singing it catches you off guard. Excellent riff, great solo.
  • Tyler from Niagara Falls, Nythis is on of my favorite clapton songs, too.
  • Shell from Riverdale, GaOne of my favorite Clapton songs. Great guitar and outstanding work on the Hammond B3 organ.
  • Paul from Memphis, Tnwhen I was a young fellow in radio, this was the ultimate headphone testing song. To borrow from Spinal Tap, we'd turn them up to "11" and see how long they held up. If they made it through the song...they were good to go.
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