It's common knowledge that Eric was Eddie's hero and main influence. There's a massive amount of Clapton in Ed's playing if you know what to look for. I'd go so far as to say that if you're trying to emulate Ed's style, you'd do well to closely study Clapton. Clapton influenced Ed, but Ed didn't influence Clapton. The influence only ran one way. Clapton never shifted his style after the first VH album, as so many other players did. Nobody has ever seen Eric put his right hand on the fretboard. But let's get down to brass tacks. Which of the pieces of music above is greater? Both must have exploded like an atomic bomb on the guitar world. I say "must have" because I wasn't old enough to be cognizant of the guitar world when they were released; therefore, I cannot speak from personal recollection. However, some of you reading this were actually there. You're like the older brothers I never had and I greatly appreciate your insights. So let's settle this: Which of these pieces of music was most impactful to rock music at the time was released, and specifically, to the world of guitar? Which has the more lasting impact and influence? Which is most relevant in the present?