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“I used to read Down Beat magazine as a kid – well, I still do read it – and I remember an interview with Eric Clapton in which the journalist mentioned an Albert King record sticking out of Clapton’s suitcase on the bed. Soon after, I was on vacation with my parents, and I saw a copy of Born Under A Bad Sign in the cutout bin in a drugstore. It was only 50 cents, so I bought it.
“About seven of the tracks are with the Stax house band. I always loved hearing Al Jackson playing the drums on just about anything, and the combination of Al with Albert King – his tone and his style – is pretty remarkable. You just can’t not love it.
“The guitar solo on Oh Pretty Woman is one that Eric Clapton played note for note on Strange Brew. If you listen to Clapton do that solo, he plays it exactly the same way, and he does it deliberately. I saw him talk about it on a TV show, and he said that he wanted to say to the world that this is the music he was into.”