Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton

Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton

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by Eric Clapton
     
 

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Since the late '70s, Eric Clapton has increasingly de-emphasized his virtuoso guitar playing to become, in his own words, "a composer of melodic tunes rather than just a player." Twenty years later, it's safe to say that most listeners now know him best not for the blisteringly emotive solos of his Cream/Blind Faith/See more details below

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Since the late '70s, Eric Clapton has increasingly de-emphasized his virtuoso guitar playing to become, in his own words, "a composer of melodic tunes rather than just a player." Twenty years later, it's safe to say that most listeners now know him best not for the blisteringly emotive solos of his Cream/Blind Faith/Derek and the Dominos days -- a practice he successfully revisited with his 1994 blues release FROM THE CRADLE -- but for his heart-rending ballads and honeyed tunes. These songs, recorded between 1981 and 1999, celebrate Clapton the gentleman hitmaker, from the august sentimentalism of the lilting UNPLUGGED "Layla" to the intimate blues poetry of "Tears in Heaven." Two of Clapton's most recent pop offerings, "Get Lost" and "Blue Eyes Blue" (also on THE RUNAWAY BRIDE soundtrack) are included here, rounding out a must-own survey for old and new fans alike.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Clapton Chronicles ignores Eric Clapton's 1983 Reprise debut, Money and Cigarettes (which sounded more like an RSO album, anyway), starting with the pair of Phil Collins-produced mid-'80s albums, Behind the Sun and August. Though these had a pop sheen, they were album rock holdovers. Clapton didn't get the balance between hard rock and commercial gloss right until 1989's Journeyman, whose featured songs -- "Before You Accuse Me," "Bad Love," and "Pretending" -- form the heart of this compilation. Journeyman was overshadowed by the phenomenal success of "Tears in Heaven" and 1992's Unplugged. Not only did Unplugged go platinum ten times, it established a new public image -- classy, stylish, and substantial. That's the image that prevails on Clapton Chronicles. His triple-platinum blues album From the Cradle is written out of the picture, with songs from movie soundtracks taking its place. Apart from the Babyface-produced "Change the World," these tunes are a little too self-conscious and subdued, as are selections from 1998's Pilgrim. However, this deliberate move to paint Clapton's '80s and '90s recordings as adult contemporary fare is accurate. Clapton's musical journey from 1985 to 1999 was taken mostly in the middle of the road, and Clapton Chronicles certainly captures that journey, missing no major hits from the late '80s and '90s. Whether it's a necessary addition to a Clapton collection is a matter of taste. It's certainly an excellent compliment to Unplugged and Time Pieces, his two most popular and pop-oriented albums, but that might not be what every fan wants.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1999
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624755326
catalogNumber:
47553
Rank:
18631

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Rhythm,Soloist
Robert Cray   Guitar
Phil Collins   Drums,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Michael Brecker   Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Joe Sample   Piano
Gary Brooker   Keyboards,Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low   Guitar
Marcy Levy   Background Vocals
Jerry Williams   Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner   Drums
Dave Bargeron   Trombone
Jeff Bova   Organ,Synthesizer Horn
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga
Chaka Khan   Background Vocals
Alan Clark   Bass,Hammond Organ,Synthesizer Horn
Simon Climie   Keyboards
Luis Conte   Percussion
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Laurence Cottle   Bass
Richard Cottle   Synthesizer
Darrell Crooks   Guitar
Greg Curtis   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass Guitar
Nathan East   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Steve Gadd   Drums
Chyna Gordon   Background Vocals
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Robbie Kondor   Synthesizer
Chuck Leavell   Keyboards
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Rhythm
JayDee Mannes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Michael Omartian   Synthesizer
Jamie Oldaker   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Peter Robinson   Synthesizer
Henry Spinetti   Drums
Chris Stainton   Hammond Organ
Richard Tee   Piano
Ted Templeman   Timbales
Gayle Levant   celtic harp
Carol Steele   Conga
Mike Fasano   Percussion

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer
Phil Collins   Producer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Bo Diddley   Composer
Jimmy Bralower   drum machine
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Stephen Chase   Engineer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Producer
Simon Climie   Producer
Greg Curtis   Programming
Jeff DeMorris   Engineer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Mick Jones   Composer
Nick Launay   Engineer
Scott Mabuchi   Engineer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Dave O'Donnell   Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Peter Robinson   Composer
Thom Russo   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Dave Wittman   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Jim Barton   Engineer
Paul Waller   drum programming
Sherman   Composer
Norman Watson   Cover Photo
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Composer
John Jacobs   Engineer
Blumpy   Programming

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