Eric Clapton deserves his place in the Hall of Fame, but I think it is also fair to say that his career has included long stretches of unrealized potential. For every "Layla," there have been other songs, probably dozens, where it felt as if Clapton was just scratching the surface of his enormous talent. And that talent is enormous - I will never forget the night I watched (on TV, not in person) Clapton blow fellow guitarist Robert Cray, hardly a slouch himself, right off the stage with searing, blistering notes from his Stratocaster that Cray probably couldn't even imagine, much less approach.
This is one of Clapton's best songs, a version of the Bob Marley classic that to these ears is just as strong as the original.
Eric Clapton, "I Shot the Sheriff," from the summer of 1974.