Otis Rush: All Your Love (1958)

 |   |  <1 min read

Otis Rush: All Your Love (1958)

One of Eric Clapton's most definitive and distinctive early statements was his cover of this song by the great Otis Rush, which appeared on the John Mayall Blues Breakers album of '65. You can hear his version at that link.

What is interesting is just what a precision player Clapton was. He hears every nuance of Rush's version, but delivers a steely, crisp but deeply felt rendition which remains faithful to the original . . . but also stamps his own mark on it by making it slightly spooky and disembodied.

Rush was in his early 20s when he cut this version -- just a couple of years older than Clapton when he recorded his version -- and brought a raw edge to it. Clapton stepped back from that and was more cautious in his emotions.

But in the Clapton version the emotion is all in the guitar work.

Interesting then to see the older Rush and Clapton together on this classic in the clip below. Both are more considered, but spin it out beautifully as a different song again through clever dynamics. 

For more one-off or unusual songs with an interesting backstory seeFrom the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Pixie Williams: Maori Land (1949)

Pixie Williams: Maori Land (1949)

If Pixie Williams had done nothing else, she would still be in the history books for what happened on October 3, 1948 when she turned up at a makeshift recording studio in Wellington, New Zealand,... > Read more

Howard Morrison Quartet: Rioting in Wellington/Mori the Hori (1962)

Howard Morrison Quartet: Rioting in Wellington/Mori the Hori (1962)

Recorded live in concert in 1962, these two tracks by the enormously popular Howard Morrison Quartet show just how little things have changed in New Zealand, and how much they have. The... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

JOHN LENNON INTERVIEWED (1995): I hear you knocking

JOHN LENNON INTERVIEWED (1995): I hear you knocking

Former mop-topped pop singer and dead megastar John Lennon has given a “thumbs up” to the latest Beatle single Free as a Bird which his former chums in the band have released.... > Read more

INSIDE OUT IN THE OPEN, a doco by ALAN ROTH (ESP-Disk DVD)

INSIDE OUT IN THE OPEN, a doco by ALAN ROTH (ESP-Disk DVD)

The problem with Ken Burns' excellent Jazz doco series for those who embrace the broad church that is jazz, was not what was included (that was largely unimpeachable) but what was excluded.... > Read more