Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton
The debut solo album by British rocker Eric Clapton was self-titled and released in 1970. After achieving success with multiple bands Clapton decided to take a dive into his solo career which was instantly a success. It was the first attempt by Clapton to put down his personal development as a guitarist to notes and chords which are reflective throughout the album from his influences of blues, rock and roll, gospel, R&B, country, and pop. Eric Clapton’s self-titled includes hits such as: “After Midnight,” “Easy Now,” “Blues Power,” “Bottle of Red Wine,” and “Let It Rain.”
Led Zeppelin – IV
Led Zeppelin’s fourth studio album is untitled but is commonly referred to as IV and was released in 1971. Upon release the album was an instant critical and commercial success and remains the best selling Led Zeppelin album. It shipped over 37 million copies worldwide and if one of the best-selling albums of all time in the US and is largely considered one of the greatest albums ever made. Every song on the album was a hit and includes some of Led Zeppelin’s most famous tracks including: “Stairway to Heaven,” “Black Dog,” “Misty Mountain Hop,” “When the Levee Breaks,” “Rock and Roll,” “The Battle of Evermore,” “Four Sticks,” “and “Going to California.”
You can spin both of these vinyls in their entirety here.