Car Tunes: Went Down to the Crossroads… Tried to Flag A Ride

The quintessential blues rock song, Robert Johnson’s Crossroads, where he allegedly sold his sold to the devil in exchange for his legendary skill as a guitar player. Most of a us know about the song because Eric Clapton and Cream covered it, releasing a blistering live version with guitar licks that in many ways imprinted “rock guitar” in the minds of millions of people. Here is Johnson’s original recording and that iconic live Cream version. Below the jump is a version from Cream’s farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, November 26th, 1968, and then more recent versions by Eric Clapton at his aptly named “Crossroads” festivals, joined by the likes of Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall and Jeff Beck.

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