Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Eric Clapton

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The blues has informed Eric Clapton’s work throughout his amazing five-decade career. Although his oeuvre may dip toward rock, pop, or other stylistic divergences, Clapton always returns to the music he loves best. This focused collection trains its sights entirely on the superb guitarist’s pure blues work from his peak period as a young player. Clapton’s explosive playing with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominoes is given attention, each track testifying to the beauty of tone, intensity of execution, and abundance of melodic ideas that so turned on a generation of guitarists. (“Rockin’ Daddy” finds Clapton mixing it up with one...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The blues has informed Eric Clapton’s work throughout his amazing five-decade career. Although his oeuvre may dip toward rock, pop, or other stylistic divergences, Clapton always returns to the music he loves best. This focused collection trains its sights entirely on the superb guitarist’s pure blues work from his peak period as a young player. Clapton’s explosive playing with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominoes is given attention, each track testifying to the beauty of tone, intensity of execution, and abundance of melodic ideas that so turned on a generation of guitarists. (“Rockin’ Daddy” finds Clapton mixing it up with one of his heroes, Chicago blues great Howlin’ Wolf.) Although he was still in his 20s when nearly all these selections were recorded, Clapton displayed a musical maturity and depth of feeling in his playing that remains astonishing all these years later. He may have continued to grow as an artist, but Clapton’s breakthrough work in the 1960s and '70s still sends shivers down your spine.
All Music Guide - Greg Prato
If you're looking for a career-encompassing Eric Clapton best-of collection, then the Clapton edition of the Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues series is not for you. But if a collection of Clapton's best blues-rock numbers from early in his career is what you desire, then this ten-track set fits the bill. Featuring tracks from such acclaimed Clapton-related artists as John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos the latter of which also featured the late, great Duane Allman, you get a true representation of Clapton's roots. The Cream-era track, a live take of "Spoonful," shows how influential Clapton was on fellow Yardbirds alumni Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck who would soon borrow the same heavy blues style for Led Zeppelin and the Jeff Beck Group, respectively, while a Derek and the Dominos-era cover of "Crossroads" shows that Clapton always managed to surround himself with the best blues-rock musicians around. One of the compilation's earliest Clapton recordings, "All Your Love" from when he briefly served as a sideman for John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, shows that the guitarist had his fluid "slow hand" style almost perfected early in the game. As evidenced by this Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues edition, it's clear once and for all how incredibly instrumental Clapton was in leading the blues renaissance in rock music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602498080030
  • Catalog Number: 000079602
  • Sales rank: 49,239

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Your Love - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (3:35)
  2. 2 Steppin' Out - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (2:30)
  3. 3 Rollin' and Tumblin' (4:44)
  4. 4 I'm So Glad (4:01)
  5. 5 Spoonful (16:46)
  6. 6 Sleeping in the Ground (4:47)
  7. 7 Rockin' Daddy (3:48)
  8. 8 Have You Ever Loved a Woman - Derek & the Dominos (6:54)
  9. 9 Mean Old World (3:52)
  10. 10 Crossroads - Derek & the Dominos (8:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Ginger Baker Drums, Vocals
Jack Bruce Bass, Harmonica, Vocals
John Mayall Organ, Vocals
Steve Winwood Piano, Vocals
Charlie Watts Drums
Alan Skidmore Tenor Saxophone
Phil Upchurch Bass
John Almond Baritone Saxophone
Rick Grech Bass
Bill Wyman Bass Guitar
John McVie Bass
Jim Gordon Bass, Drums
Howlin' Wolf Vocals
Hughie Flint Drums
Carl Radle Bass
Ian Stewart Piano
Bobby Whitlock Piano
Dennis Healy Trumpet
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Skip James Composer
Little Walter Composer
Sam Myers Composer
Mike Vernon Producer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Jimmy Miller Producer
Chris Blackwell Arranger
Norman Dayron Producer
Derek & the Dominos Arranger, Producer
Tom Dowd Executive Producer
Ulrich Felsburg Executive Producer
Robert Johnson Composer
B.B. King Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Muddy Waters Composer
Felix Pappalardi Producer
Otis Rush Composer
Johnny Sandlin Producer
Robert Stigwood Arranger
Billy Myles Composer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Suha Gur Mastering
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer, Author
Margaret Bodde Producer
Walter Jacobs Composer
James C. Bracken Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Adam Owett Art Direction
Paul "PDA" Allen Executive Producer
Richard Hutton Producer
Steve Berkwoitz Producer
Scott Schneider Liner Notes
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Chester Burnett Composer
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