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Eric Clapton: The Blues

 July 27, 1999

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Eric Clapton The Blues

Eric Clapton: The Blues is a two disc compilation that is comprised of one disc of studio tracks and one side of live material. The emphasis is blues tracks and guitar playing so if you are looking Clapton's pop hits this is not for you. 

The material selected for Eric Clapton: The Blues certainly fills a niche. How? First, the studio material emphasizes songs from his lesser known albums avoiding duplication. Second, the live side from disc 2 provides a strong sampling of Eric in concert between 1974 and 1978.

Easily the best song from the studio side is "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" from his album Layla and Assorted Love Songs. From the 461 Ocean Boulevard session "Ain't That Loving You" offers good slide overtones. 

The live material takes most of its material from Crossroads 2, with two songs from Just One Night, and one previously unreleased. "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" is one of the better songs showing great control of sustain. The rendition of the ballad from the Slowhand album, "Wonderful Tonight," is beautifully done in all respects; the introductory guitar melody, the singing, and the guitar solo. Two Robert Johnson covers are included, "Kind Hearted Woman" and "Crossroads." The latter was a Cream staple; this take is at a slightly slower pace with less of a rock tone. The two tracks from Just One Night are excellent with compliments to some strong bass work by Dave Markee.

For Eric Clapton fans seeking to hear some of his material from lesser known albums and /or find Crossroads 2 too much, this is a superb collection. Overall, the material was well selected. A chronological song sequence would have been an improvement. Barry Small  
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Many of the artists that Eric Clapton covers can be found in our Acoustic Blues 

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DISC 1- Studio

1. Before You Accuse Me (McDaniel) - 4:39
    previously unreleased - Backless sessions Aug. '78

2. Mean Old World  - 3:50
    The Layla Sessions - 10/2/70

3. Ain't That Lovin' You (Reed) - 5:26
    Crossroads - 461 Ocean sessions 4/74

4. The Sky Is Crying (James) - 3:58
    There's One in Every Crowd - 9/74

5. Cryin' (Clapton) - 2:52
    Crossroads - 12/78

6. Have You Ever Loved a Woman (Myles) - 6:51
    Layla and Assorted Other Love Songs - 9/2/70

7. Alberta (Traditional) - 2:40
    previously un released - Slowhand Sessions - 5/6/77

8. Early in the Morning (Traditional) - 7:55
    Backless - 1978

9. Give Me Strength (Clapton) - 2:51
    461 Ocean Blvd. - 4/74

10. Down at the Bottom (Meet Me)  (Dixon) - 7:04
     previously unreleased - 461 Ocean Blvd. sessions- 4/74

11. County Jail Blues (Fields) - 3:56
     No Reason To Cry - 4/74

12. Floating Bridge (Estes) - 6:33
     Another Ticket - Summer 1980

13. Blow Wind Blow (Waters) - 2:59
     Another Ticket - Summer 1980

14. To Make Somebody Happy (Clapton) - 5:11
     Crossroads 2 - 12/78

15. Before You Accuse Me (McDaniel) - 4:39
     previously unreleased - Backless sessions - 8/78

DISC 2 - Live 

1. Stormy Monday (Walker) - 12:49
     Crossroads 2 - 4/27/77

2. Worried Life Blues (Merriweather) - 5:57
     Crossroads 2 - 11/28/78

3. Early in the Morning (Traditional) - 7:11
     Just One Night - 12/3/79

4. Have You Ever Loved a Woman (Myles) - 7:47
     Crossroads 2 - 7/19/74

5. Wonderful Tonight (Clapton / Kamen) - 6:23
     Crossroads 2 - 11/24/78

6. Kind Hearted Woman (Johnson) - 5:11
     Crossroads 2 - 11/24/78

7. Double Trouble (Rush) - 8:02
     Just One Night - 12/3/79

8. Driftin' Blues (Brown/Moore / Williams) - 6:57
     Crossroads 2 - 6/25/75


9. Crossroads (Johnson) - 5:49
     Crossroads 2 - 11/28/78

10. Further on up the Road (Medwick / Robey) - 8:38
     Previously released on an out of print Freddie King album,  
      1934 - 76.     Recorded 11/15/76

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Eric Clapton - Guitar, Vocals, Dobro

The musician vary depending upon the album.

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Label - Polygram
July 27, 1999

Eric Clapton: The Blues - Eric Clapton  album review

 

 

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