From the Cradle

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/1994
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624573524
  • Catalog Number: 45735
  • Sales rank: 1,218

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Jerry Portnoy Harmonica
Dave Bronze Bass, Bass Guitar
Simon Clarke Horn, Baritone Saxophone
Richie Hayward Percussion
The Kick Horns Horn
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet, Horn
Tim Sanders Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Stainton Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Eric Clapton Producer
Alan Douglas Engineer
The Kick Horns Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    A Bit Too Traditional

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best CD I've heard

    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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