From the Cradle

From the Cradle

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by Eric Clapton
     
 

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From the cradle to the grave, Eric Clapton considers himself a bluesman, no matter how far afield he ventures into the pop realm. And on this heartfelt project, the great British guitarist reinterprets some of his favorite blues songs from some of the most significant artists of the genre. Tipping his hat to Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Lowell Fulson, Freddie King,…  See more details below

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From the cradle to the grave, Eric Clapton considers himself a bluesman, no matter how far afield he ventures into the pop realm. And on this heartfelt project, the great British guitarist reinterprets some of his favorite blues songs from some of the most significant artists of the genre. Tipping his hat to Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Lowell Fulson, Freddie King, Elmore James, and others, Clapton takes on such classics as “I’m Tore Down,” “Reconsider Baby,” “It Hurts Me Too,” and “Standin’ Round Cryin'.” The sincerity of his love for this material manifests itself in the intense guitar solos that highlight the album. This one came from the heart, and it shows.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For years, fans craved an all-blues album from Eric Clapton; he waited until 1994 to deliver From the Cradle. The album manages to re-create the ambience of postwar electric blues, right down to the bottomless thump of the rhythm section. If it wasn't for Clapton's labored vocals, everything would be perfect. As long as he plays his guitar, he can't fail -- his solos are white-hot and evocative, original and captivating. When he sings, Clapton loses that sense of originality, choosing to mimic the vocals of the original recordings. At times, his overemotive singing is painful; he doesn't have the strength to pull off Howlin' Wolf's growl or the confidence to replicate Muddy Waters' assured phrasing. Yet, whenever he plays, it's easier to forget his vocal shortcomings. Even with its faults, From the Cradle is one of Clapton's finest moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/1994
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624573524
catalogNumber:
45735
Rank:
7953

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low   Acoustic Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jerry Portnoy   Harmonica
Dave Bronze   Bass,Bass Guitar
Simon Clarke   Horn,Baritone Saxophone
Richie Hayward   Percussion
Kick Horns   Horn
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet,Horn
Tim Sanders   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Stainton   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Eric Clapton   Producer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
Kick Horns   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Muddy Waters   Composer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Alex Haas   Engineer
Lee Dickson   Contributor
Ravi Sharman   Contributor
Traditional   Composer
London   Composer
James Lane   Composer

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From the Cradle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Eric Clapton helped popularize the blues by bending them in new directions. here he sings and plays reverent covers of older classics. I have not heard most of the originals but find that Clapton's attempt to play in an old fashioned style gives a slightly musty aura to this set.A bit of organ here and there instead of piano might have been a welcome update. As noted, his vocals seemed strained in spots. The 2 CD Blues collection finds him using his own voice to sing the old music. It has its flaws but at least Eric's singing sounds comfortable.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like blues and love Clapton as much as I do it's a must. I'm a hugh Clapton fan and have heard them all and this one is one of the best.
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