They both come from England, and they both got their start in the '60s. Today, their combined influence stretches far and wide. Eric Clapton takes on the Faces in the semifinals round of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

For the first decade or so of Clapton's career, he bounced around bands with more frequency than just about anyone else. He's played with the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos, for starters. He's racked up No. 1 albums in the '70s and '90s. And he's still considered one of the best guitar players in the game.

Faces started life as the Small Faces in the mid '60s, but once Jeff Beck Group vets Rod Stewart and future Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood joined, they became one of the '70s' most riotous bands. Their mix of bluesy guitar riffs and raw rock 'n' roll made them one of the era's most primal-sounding arena-filling bands. They weren't designed to last long, but their legacy remains.

Every month, the readers of Ultimate Classic Rock will decide which of eight legendary artists or bands will be remembered for their contributions to the genre.

So, fans, who will it be? A legendary and super-influential guitar god or the band that made sloppy rock 'n' roll sound totally awesome?

The semifinals competition ends Sunday, Nov. 24, at 11:59 PM EST and the winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 2. Be sure to read our official rules here. Get those votes in!

 

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