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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Eric Clapton's fiery rock guitar playing has always been tempered by the roots music from which he arose, the blues. Now Polydor has culled Clapton's '70s recordings and come up with a two-CD set, which finds the guitarist paying explicit tribute to the blues tradition and such mentors as Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and Freddie King. Long before his hit UNPLUGGED recording, Clapton could be found playing acoustic blues. Among the non-electric highlights collected here are "Before You Accuse Me," an outtake from the BACKLESS sessions, and a gritty version of Leadbelly's "Alberta." "Mean Old World," recorded during the making of LAYLA, finds Clapton and Duane Allman ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Eric Clapton's fiery rock guitar playing has always been tempered by the roots music from which he arose, the blues. Now Polydor has culled Clapton's '70s recordings and come up with a two-CD set, which finds the guitarist paying explicit tribute to the blues tradition and such mentors as Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and Freddie King. Long before his hit UNPLUGGED recording, Clapton could be found playing acoustic blues. Among the non-electric highlights collected here are "Before You Accuse Me," an outtake from the BACKLESS sessions, and a gritty version of Leadbelly's "Alberta." "Mean Old World," recorded during the making of LAYLA, finds Clapton and Duane Allman exploring their shared love of country blues. On this cut and others, Clapton's voice has the unpolished feel of Dylan's folk singing, giving the Brit more credibility as an American roots performer.

The live CD in the set has, oddly enough, a more intimate feel that the studio one. Perhaps it is because Clapton has an audience, but from the opening "Stormy Monday," with its rippling and righteous guitar playing, through to the ending "Further On Up the Road" (which features Freddie King on guitar), this set feels like a concert from start to finish. While much of BLUES can be found on CROSSROADS 2, those who love the low-down side of Clapton's career will want to put this set in a prominent position.

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eric Clapton earned a reputation as a blues guitarist early in his career, and while he frequently returned to the blues -- usually recording at least one blues tune per album -- he never recorded a full-fledged blues album until 1994's From the Cradle. It became one of the most popular records of his career. Not long afterward, MCA assembled a collection of Jimi Hendrix's blues recordings, and that compilation also proved quite successful. Those two releases provided the blueprint for Blues, Polygram's double-disc collection of blues highlights from Clapton's RSO recordings of the '70s. On each of those albums, Clapton dabbled in the blues, and all of those moments, along with five previously unreleased tracks both live and studio cuts, are featured here. Given that it's a compilation spanning ten years, it's not entirely surprising that Blues lacks cohesion, but the quality of the songs and performances is better than the majority of his RSO albums. As a matter of fact, nearly every performance on this set offers proof that Clapton could still dazzle as a guitarist during the '70s, even if his life was plagued with personal problems that ultimately affected his recording career. Blues may not appeal to listeners who just want hits, but even serious fans who have most of the tunes here may find this a revelatory listening experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731454717823
  • Catalog Number: 547178
  • Sales rank: 23,976

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Dobro, Guitar, Vocals
Freddie King Guitar
Albert Lee Guitar, Vocals
Dave Mason Guitar
Ron Wood Guitar
Gary Brooker Keyboards, Vocals
Yvonne Elliman Vocals
Marcy Levy Vocals
Dave Markee Bass
Jim Gordon Bass Drums
Duane Allman Guitar, Track Performer
Jamie Oldaker Drums
Sergio Pastora Percussion
Carl Radle Bass
Dick Sims Organ, Piano
Henry Spinetti Percussion, Drums
Chris Stainton Keyboards
George Terry Guitar
Bobby Whitlock Piano
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Arranger
Doc Watson Composer
Michael Kamen Composer
Jon Astley Engineer
Big Maceo Merriweather Composer
Bo Diddley Composer
Eric Clapton Arranger, Composer
The Dominoes Arranger, Producer
Tom Dowd Producer, Executive Producer
Rob Fraboni Producer
Glyn Johns Producer, Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Don Robey Composer
Joe Medwick Composer
Suha Gur Digital Compilation
Bill Oakes Producer
Walter Jacobs Composer
John McDermott Liner Notes
H. Wells Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Too slow

    I bought this album hoping to get some up-tempo rythm and blues. Instead, what I got was a lot of slow classic blues. It's probably my fault. After all, the album says blues. If you're into slow blues, this is a great album. It is Eric Clapton at it's best when he plays the blues.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Bit Slow

    Clapton plays and sings well on this compilation. My main complaint is that, especially on the live disc, most of the tracks have the same tempo. EC was one of the innovators of the blues and it would have helped to hear more of his adventurous blues based experiments and compositions instead of reverent covers of the masters.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    BLUES FOR THE SOUL !

    This is Clapton at his transition period from rough to more refined Blues. Strong, soulful renditions in the style of Muddy Waters, Albert King and of course B.B. King. Also great slide licks with Duane Allman on a couple of tunes. The second CD alone is worth the purchase price with the live performances. Spend an afternoon loving the Blues with these 2 CD's!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blues Master shines in ''Blues''

    EC earned the right to play blues. The ''Blues'' release live section (CD#2) alone is worth the price of this compilation. I would rate it 8 stars, but BN only offers 5 stars! BTW- It would have been nice to have a ''blues playoff'' with EC and SRV trading stinging phrases and licks on one CD!

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