Some people think Bell Bottom Blues is a wonderful song, one of Clapton’s best. Many people think it’s rubbish.
I happen to be in the former camp, but I kinda get why some people don’t like it too much. Even though I enjoy it, it can come across somewhat unsettling, like something’s not quite right.
Well, 40+ years later, I think I’ve finally put my finger on it: it’s performed by the wrong band. Instead of Derek and the Dominoes, it should be a Beatles record, with John singing, and Paul doing the harmony. Clapton is guesting, as is Billy Preston. George and Ringo make their presence known, tastefully as always.
Can you picture it – I mean hear it? Nice, eh?