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Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton [WEA International Bonus Track]

Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton [WEA International Bonus Track]

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by Eric Clapton

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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<


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. [The Japanese edition adds the tracks "Hard Times" and "Wonderful Tonight."]

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Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Rhythm,Soloist
Robert Cray   Guitar
Phil Collins   Drums,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Michael Brecker   Saxophone
Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone 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,Synthesizer Horn
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga
Chaka Khan   Background Vocals
Alan Clark   Organ,Bass,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Synthesizer Horn
Simon Climie   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Richard Cottie   Synthesizer
Laurence Cottle   Bass
Richard Cottle   Synthesizer
Darrell Crooks   Guitar
Greg Curtis   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass Guitar
Nathan East   Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Steve Gadd   Drums
Chyna Gordon   Background Vocals
Luis Jardim   Percussion,Bass Guitar
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Robbie Kondor   Synthesizer
Chuck Leavell   Keyboards
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
JayDee Mannes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Shaun Murphy   Background Vocals
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Michael Omartian   Synthesizer
Jamie Oldaker   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Peter Robinson   Synthesizer
Henry Spinetti   Drums
Chris Stainton   Organ,Synthesizer,Hammond Organ,Hammond Synth
Richard Tee   Piano
Ted Templeman   Timbales
Gayle Levant   celtic harp
Carol Steele   Conga
Lou Solof   Trumpet
Mike Fasano   Percussion

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer
Ray Charles   Composer
Phil Collins   Producer,Simmons
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Jimmy Bralower   drum machine,drum programming
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Stephen Chase   Engineer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Producer
Simon Climie   Composer,Producer
Greg Curtis   Programming
Jeff DeMorris   Engineer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Jon Jacobs   Engineer
Will Jennings   Composer
Mick Jones   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Nick Launay   Engineer
Scott Mabuchi   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Arranger
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Dave O'Donnell   Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Peter Robinson   Composer
Thom Russo   Engineer
Marc Shaiman   String Arrangements
Allen Sides   Engineer
Tommy Sims   Composer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Dave Wittman   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Nick Launey   Engineer
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Jim Barton   Engineer
Paul Waller   Programming,drum programming
Adam Brown   Engineer
Steve "Barney" Cahse   Engineer
Tom Dawd   Producer
Jerry Lynn Williams   Composer
Norman Watson   Cover Photo
Lee Dickson   Guitar Techician
John Jacobs   Engineer
Blumpy   Programming
Jim Baron   Engineer

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Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song on this CD is superb! It's a must buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
we love you too much .you are a the world star. you will continue music for a long time Clapton. YOU ARE A GOOD GUITARIST.YOU ARE A SPECIMEN GUITARIST.WE ARE IN TURKEY....
Guest More than 1 year ago
usually I do not like soft music but claptons arange of music is so good i just had to buy this. I think it colaborates some of his best songs onto one cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a great album and all people will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago