RICHARD CLAPTON ‘Music is Love’ 1966-70


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Richard Clapton has collected covers to pay homage to the artists and songs that influenced his career on ‘Music Is Love (1966-1970).

The album started out as a deeply personal collection, a way for Richard to reconnect with his musical origins. “These songs are where I came from,” he explains, highlighting his love for Bob Dylan, The Byrds, David Crosby, Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield.  Richard’s love of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young resonates on the tracklisting. The album title comes from a David Crosby song, Neil Young’s ‘Cinnamon Girl’ and ‘Southern Man’ are covered, he visits The Byrds (Crosby’s early band) with ‘So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star’ and ‘Eight Miles High’ and ‘For What Its Worth’ is a song by Buffalo Springfield.

The first taste of the album is The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer In The City’.

Richard says, “John Sebastian was, and is, amazing. Doing this vocal nearly killed me – I’ve never done a song before with no breath at all! What a song. It’s been with me all my life.”

Music Is Love (1966 – 1970) provides an insight into the songs that shaped Richard Clapton as an artist. “I look back at that whole period of my youth and those years 1966 to 1970 and I think, ‘Wow, talk about being born precisely at the right time’,” Richard smiles.