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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eric Clapton's eponymous solo debut was recorded after he completed a tour with Delaney & Bonnie. Clapton used the core of the duo's backing band and co-wrote the majority of the songs with Delaney Bramlett -- accordingly, Eric Clapton sounds more laid-back and straightforward than any of the guitarist's previous recordings. There are still elements of blues and rock & roll, but they're hidden beneath layers of gospel, R&B, country, and pop flourishes. And the pop element of the record is the strongest of the album's many elements -- "Blues Power" isn't a blues song and only "Let It Rain," the album's closer, features extended solos. Throughout the ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Eric Clapton's eponymous solo debut was recorded after he completed a tour with Delaney & Bonnie. Clapton used the core of the duo's backing band and co-wrote the majority of the songs with Delaney Bramlett -- accordingly, Eric Clapton sounds more laid-back and straightforward than any of the guitarist's previous recordings. There are still elements of blues and rock & roll, but they're hidden beneath layers of gospel, R&B, country, and pop flourishes. And the pop element of the record is the strongest of the album's many elements -- "Blues Power" isn't a blues song and only "Let It Rain," the album's closer, features extended solos. Throughout the album, Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique. That is both a good and a bad thing -- it's encouraging to hear him grow and become a more fully rounded musician, but too often the album needs the spark that some long guitar solos would have given it. In short, it needs a little more of Clapton's personality. [In 2006, Universal released a Deluxe Edition of Eric Clapton, which contained Delaney Bramlett's previously unreleased original mix of the album on a second disc; containing one less song, it's looser than the Tom Dowd mix, but not quite as commercial, and not necessarily better -- but the subtle differences are worth hearing for die-hard fans. There are also previously unreleased versions of "Don't Know Why" and "I've Told You for the Last Time" here, an early version of "Let It Rain" called "She Rides," a King Curtis tune called "Teasin'" that features Clapton and Delaney Bramlett in support, plus two songs from Delaney & Bonnie that feature Clapton on guitar: "Comin' Home" and "Groupie (Superstar)."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602498396070
  • Catalog Number: 000679802
  • Sales rank: 17,426

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slunky (3:35)
  2. 2 Bad Boy (3:35)
  3. 3 Lonesome and a Long Way from Home (3:31)
  4. 4 After Midnight (2:52)
  5. 5 Easy Now (2:59)
  6. 6 Blues Power (3:10)
  7. 7 Bottle of Red Wine (3:08)
  8. 8 Lovin' You Lovin' Me (3:21)
  9. 9 I've Told You for the Last Time (2:32)
  10. 10 Don't Know Why (3:12)
  11. 11 Let It Rain (5:05)
  12. 12 Blues in "A" (10:27)
  13. 13 Teasin' - King Curtis (2:16)
  14. 14 She Rides (5:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Slunky (3:35)
  2. 2 Bad Boy (3:42)
  3. 3 Easy Now (2:59)
  4. 4 After Midnight (3:18)
  5. 5 Blues Power (3:21)
  6. 6 Bottle of Red Wine (3:08)
  7. 7 Lovin' You Lovin' Me (4:07)
  8. 8 Lonesome and a Long Way from Home (3:51)
  9. 9 Don't Know Why (3:45)
  10. 10 Let It Rain (5:05)
  11. 11 Don't Know Why (5:14)
  12. 12 I've Told You for the Last Time (6:49)
  13. 13 Comin' Home - Delaney & Bonnie (3:14)
  14. 14 Groupie (Superstar) - Delaney & Bonnie (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Interviewee
Rita Coolidge Vocals
Leon Russell Piano
Stephen Stills Vocals
Bonnie Bramlett Vocals
Delaney Bramlett Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Curtis Vocals
Jim Gordon Drums
Jerry Allison Vocals
Tex Johnson Percussion
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Carl Radle Bass
Technical Credits
J.J. Cale Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Delaney Bramlett Arranger, Composer, Producer
Eric Clapton Composer
Bill Halverson Engineer
Suha Gur Mastering
Curtis Ousley Composer
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Clapton's Turning Point

    I've always thought this was his best. Following his time with Cream and then Blind Faith, Clapton took a turn which proved to be right - and great for those of us who enjoy his music. This is when he is evolving and coming into his own. Several of these musicians would be with him on the Layla album and others would go on to their own successful careers. These were artists who played for the pure love of the music and its ability to express their perspectives of the human condition. This is so far removed from Amer Idol and today's corporate music scene that most young people today would be unable to identify with it. This album is a true artistic creation that will endure - historically - in terms of its timeless ability to touch human emotion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is The Definitive Edition Of Eric Clapton.

    This is the self-titled debut album that finally gave Eric Clapton the
    five star treatment he deserved when it came out in 1970, but the deluxe
    edition makes it sound even much better. I was kind of surprised when
    Polydor Records and the Universal Music Group reissued the album in it's
    deluxe CD edition and I will always enjoy this complete edition as long
    as I live. For anyone who is interested in buying the debut album from
    The Guitar God, I would strongly recommend the deluxe edition of Eric
    Clapton, because this one tops them all.

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