Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Eric Clapton

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Eric Clapton

by Eric Clapton
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0602498080030
catalogNumber:
000079602
Rank:
34748

Tracks

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
Sam Myers   Composer
Mike Vernon   Producer
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
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
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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