Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton

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Barnes & Noble - Steph Paynes
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steph Paynes
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624755326
  • Catalog Number: 47553
  • Sales rank: 2,718

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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
Al Sherman Composer
Norman Watson Cover Photo
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Composer
John Jacobs Engineer
Blumpy Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    it is a great album and all people will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    really good

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    blue eyes blue

    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....

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