Clapton

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Clapton is Eric Clapton's first solo album in five years, but he hardly spent the back half of the 2000s in seclusion. After 2005's Back Home, he went on a journey through the past, writing a 2007 autobiography -- also titled Clapton, although that's the only connection they shared -- mending fences with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker for a brief Cream reunion, establishing a lasting connection with his old Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood, and recording a duet album with his '70s inspiration JJ Cale. This embrace of history isn't directly heard on Clapton but it's certainly felt, extending to how EC relies on old tunes -- blues and country, but also pop and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Clapton is Eric Clapton's first solo album in five years, but he hardly spent the back half of the 2000s in seclusion. After 2005's Back Home, he went on a journey through the past, writing a 2007 autobiography -- also titled Clapton, although that's the only connection they shared -- mending fences with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker for a brief Cream reunion, establishing a lasting connection with his old Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood, and recording a duet album with his '70s inspiration JJ Cale. This embrace of history isn't directly heard on Clapton but it's certainly felt, extending to how EC relies on old tunes -- blues and country, but also pop and R&B -- for the bulk of this 14-track album. EC is no stranger to covers and the sound of the album is familiar, but there's no record quite like Clapton in his catalog. The closest may be Unplugged, which also ambles along with an unhurried shuffle, but this boasts a greater musical range, mixing up Fats Waller and Robert Wilkins with Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin, finding room for guests appearances by Winwood, Allen Toussaint, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Derek Trucks and selected members from Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Yes, it is eclectic, even dipping into a bit of a soulful soft-rock groove on "Everything Will Be Alright," but not self-consciously so. Clapton flows easily, the blues never hitting too hard, the New Orleans jazz never getting too woozy, the standards never too sleepy, the sounds subtly shifting but changing all the same. It's leisurely in its performance and its length, perhaps running just a little too long, but it's hard to complain because the slow ramble is so enjoyable. Eric Clapton has never sounded so relaxed on record, either as a singer -- he is supple and casually authoritative, a far cry from the tentative lead vocalist of his earliest solo records -- or a bandleader, sounding at peace with his past yet harboring no desire to recycle it, even if he's reaching back far beyond the blues that initially sparked his interest in music. He's simply laying back and enjoying what he's playing, winding up with one of his simplest and best records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624963592
  • Catalog Number: 525325
  • Sales rank: 19,645

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
J.J. Cale Guitar, Vocals
Paul Carrack Hammond Organ
Dr. Michael White Clarinet
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums
Sheryl Crow Vocals
Kim Wilson Harmonica
Terry Evans Background Vocals
David Guy Trumpet
Nick Ingman Conductor
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Lynn Mabry Background Vocals
Wynton Marsalis Trumpet
James Poyser Hammond Organ
Walt Richmond Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Steve Riley Accordion
Jeremy Stacey Drums
Justin Stanley Percussion
Allen Toussaint Piano
Derek Trucks Guitar, Slide Guitar
Willie Weeks Bass, Upright Bass
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Willie Green Jr. Background Vocals
Doyle Bramhall II Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Soloist, Hi Hat
Cayetano Hingle Cymbals, Bass Drums
Printz Board Trumpet
Neal Sugarman Tenor Saxophone
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Nikka Costa Background Vocals
Tim Izo Orindgreff Saxophone
Elizabeth Lea Trombone
James Pyser Hammond Organ
Perry Montague-Mason Concert Master
Leon Michels Tenor Saxophone
Thomas Brenneck Horn
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Trombone, Trumpet, Snare Drums
Bruce Brackman Clarinet
Clarence Slaughter Tenor Saxophone
Herman Labeaux Drums
Edward Lee Sousaphone
Debra Parsons Background Vocals
Dan Ostreicher Baritone Saxophone
Chris Severan Upright Bass
Matt Pyreem Tuba
Sereca Henderson Organ
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
J.J. Cale Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Robert Wilkins Composer
Snooky Pryor Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Eric Clapton Composer, Producer
Lane Hardin Composer
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Terry O'Neil Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Justin Stanley Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Patrick Warren String Arrangements
Doyle Bramhall II Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Joseph Kosma Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Walter Jacobs Composer
Harold Spina Composer
Nikka Costa Composer
Melvin Jackson Composer
Andre Prevert Composer
John Merder Composer
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