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The Cream Of Clapton - Eric Clapton

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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: Eric Clapton / Audio CD released 1994-03-29 at Polydor

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      28.12.2008 22:53
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      An essential for Clapton fans and a great introduction to new listeners.

      Car journeys as a child were always a miserable experience, most noticeably due to my parents' limited tape collections. My father regularly tortured my sister and me with a rotation of the only three tapes he seemed to own and so we were subjected in varying degrees to Roger Whittaker, Harry Belafonte and Roy Orbison. Fortunately, my mother's selection fared somewhat better and it was The Cream of Clapton that ignited my love of Clapton's music. So when I spotted the CD amongst the dwindling stock in my local Woolworths, I couldn't resist grabbing it and at only £2.50, I reckon I got quite a bargain.

      There are a few 'Best of' Clapton CDs on the market but this is perhaps the best of the best, spanning his career and involvement in bands including Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes and as a solo artist. Unfortunately, it doesn't include his earliest work so you won't find any Yardbirds on this compilation. That said, the CD does provide 72 minutes worth of some of Clapton's finer moments interspersed with perhaps some that he would rather forget.

      Regardless of whether or not you're a Clapton fan, the opening Layla is sure to get your foot tapping. It's a definitive Clapton song and one of the most well known rock songs with its unforgettable guitar riff and a sublime second movement in the form of the piano coda. At just over 7 minutes this is an essential song on any best of Clapton and makes a fantastic opening to the album.

      From Layla, the rest of the CD chronicles many of the best achievements in Clapton's long career and includes some of his best known and most successful tracks including the Cream cover of Robert Johnson's classic blues track Crossroads. There are plenty of songs that illustrate just how Clapton achieved his reputation as a guitar legend with explosive and imaginative guitar solos which many have tried to imitate but few have done so successfully.

      Unfortunately, in giving the listener a chronological selection of Clapton's songs, it also means that The Cream of Clapton includes some rather disappointing songs, particularly those from the mid 70s including his covers of I Shot The Sheriff and Swing Low Sweet Chariot. But if you're searching for memorable songs, this CD is still packed with the best of Clapton's career up to its release in 1994 although it does omit Tears in Heaven which is my favourite out of Clapton's solo music.

      The album isn't flawless. Even as a Clapton fan, I'll admit that there are a few songs on here that are far from perfect but as an introduction to the music and phenomenal guitar playing of Clapton, it's definitely a worthy addition to you CD collection and if you can pick it up for £2.50 as I did, then it's a bargain not to be sniffed at.

      Track Listing

      1. Layla
      2. Badge
      3. I Feel Free
      4. Sunshine of Your Love
      5. Crossroads
      6. Strange Brew
      7. White Room
      8. Bell Bottom Blues
      9. Cocaine
      10. I Shot The Sheriff
      11. After Midnight
      12. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
      13. Lay Down Sally
      14. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
      15. Wonderful Tonight
      16. Let It Grow
      17. Promises
      18. I Can't Stand It

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Layla
      2 Badge
      3 I Feel Free
      4 Sunshine Of Your Love
      5 Crossroads
      6 Strange Brew
      7 White Room
      8 Bell Bottom Blues
      9 After Midnight
      10 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
      11 Lay Down Sally
      12 Knockin' On Heaven's Door
      13 Wonderful Tonight
      14 I Can't Stand It