: Blues

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by: Eric Clapton

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0731454717823
Item Dimensions: 3963826575
Label: Polydor
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Polydor
Model: 2140069
MPN: 6 3 05471782
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: July 27, 1999
Publisher: Polydor
Release Date: July 27, 1999
Studio: Polydor


Disc 1:
  1. Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look Yourself) Version 1
  2. Mean Old World
  3. Ain't That Loving You
  4. The Sky Is Crying
  5. Cryin'
  6. Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Derek And The Dimonos
  7. Alberta
  8. Early In The Morning
  9. Give Me Strength
  10. Meet Me (Down At The Bottom)
  11. County Jail Blues
  12. Floating Bridge
  13. Blow Wind Blow
  14. To Make Somebody Happy
  15. Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) Version 2
Disc 2:
  1. Stormy Monday
  2. Worried Life Blues
  3. Early In The Morning
  4. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
  5. Wonderful Tonight
  6. Kind Hearted Woman
  7. Double Trouble
  8. Driftin' Blues
  9. Crossroads
  10. Further On Up The Road
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Product Description:
His best blues performances from 1970-1980-25 tracks, five previously unreleased! Vol. 1 is studio recordings, with The Sky Is Crying ; the unreleased Before You Accuse Me (Versions 1 & 2) , and more. Vol. 2 is all live, with Crossroads ; an unissued version of Further On up the Road , and more. Two hours!
There's a telling subtext to this retrospective of Eric Clapton blues sides. Culled from recordings cut between 1970 (the Layla sessions) and 1980 (when Clapton cut his final Polydor album, Another Ticket), these sides finds EC exploring his beloved blues while in a fragile state of mind and body. After all, he was on heroin when he concocted Layla, and though he kicked that habit in the early '70s, he continued to test his tolerance for alcohol throughout the decade. When you think of the Clapton of the '60s, you think of the fire and ice of his playing with the Yardbirds, John Mayall, and Cream. When you think of his '70s playing, it's wearier and perhaps more reflective. (It was easy to mistake melancholic for mellow at the time.) The 35 selections included on these two discs find the temporarily deflated rock superstar leaning on the blues for support as he draws on likes of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and Little Walter for inspiration. Hardcore fans will appreciate previously unreleased versions of Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me," a solo take on the traditional "Alberta," a 1974 cover of Willie Dixon's "Meet Me (Down at the Bottom), and a remixed live 1976 version of "Further on Up the Road" with Freddy King sitting in. Just about anyone, however, will be able to appreciate how this music reflects Clapton's strengths as a musician... and weaknesses as a man. --Steven Stolder

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