Eric Clapton - The Cream of Clapton
Audio CD: March 7, 1995
Original Release Date: March 7, 1995
Label: Polydor / Umgd
Bitrate: 320 kbps
THE CREAM OF CLAPTON includes songs released between 1966 and 1981 by Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominos and Eric Clapton as a solo performer.
For a single disc, this is an admirable chronological tour of superstar Eric Clapton's mid-'60s-to-early-'80s career. It begins too late to include his gestational work with the Yardbirds and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. However, the singer-guitarist's days in Cream ( "Sunshine of Your Love," "Crossroads," "White Room" ), in Blind Faith ( "Presence of the Lord" ), as a fledgling solo artist ( "After Midnight," "Let It Rain" ), in Derek and the Dominos ( "Layla," "Bell Bottom Blues" ), and through the rest of the '70s ( "I Shot the Sheriff," "Cocaine," "Wonderful Tonight," "Promises" ) to his '81 hit "I Can't Stand It" are well documented by this collection's 19 cuts. The down side is that the CD also vividly illustrates how insubstantial Clapton's work turned in the mid-'70s. But that won't be a problem for fans seeking hits. ~ Ted Drozdowski
For nearly four decades, Eric Clapton has been one of the finest rock musicians the world has had to offer. However, he has played in a number of bands, and casual fans may not want to hunt down a greatest hits album for every band. But, at long last, a solution has arrived - The Cream Of Clapton. The title of this compilation is deceiving in that this is a retrospect of most of Clapton's career, not just Cream material ( although there is certainly no shortage of that. ) Read on for some pros and cons on this compilation.
First of all, the pros. As stated above, this covers NEARLY EVERY MAJOR BAND Clapton has played in ( Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominoes, ) as well as his solo material. Most of Clapton's big hits can be found here ( Sunshine Of Your Love, White Room, Crossroads, Badge ( co-written by George Harrison ), After Midnight, Let It Rain, Layla, Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight, and I Can't Stand It, ) plus the compilation has some covers of Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door and Bob Marley's I Shot The Sheriff. In all, nineteen killer Clapton tracks are contained in this compilation, and they do a good job filling up just about eighty minutes.
This is a great compilation, but it isn't perfect. It's got a few cons, which I will now explore. The major con is the omission of three big hits - Strange Brew, Lay Down Sally and Forever Man. Likewise, I would liked to have seen the unplugged version of Layla. And where's While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the Beatles song he played on? Also, as another review said, to make the CD fit into the eighty minute time limit, at least one track is the radio edit version.
Final verdict? Cons aside, this is a GREAT compilation. If you're a casual fan of Clapton and you don't want to blow your cash on every album he has ever made, this is an excellent alternative. ~ Taylor X
I'm so glad I picked this collection. All hits are here. from his time in Cream, Blind faith, Derek and the Dominoes. Up to his solo career. All his songs rock, and I am excited to have this compilation in my posession. Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy it too. ~ pjzip65
Eric Clapton - The Cream of Clapton tracks:
01 I Feel Free 02:52
02 Sunshine of Your Love 04:11
03 White Room 05:00
04 Crossroads 04:16
05 Badge 02:46
06 Presence of the Lord 04:50
07 Blues Power 03:10
08 After Midnight 02:53
09 Let It Rain 05:03
10 Bell Bottom Blues 05:03
11 Layla 07:05
12 I Shot the Sheriff 04:24
13 Let It Grow 05:00
14 Knockin' on Heaven's Door 04:23
15 Hello Old Friend 03:36
16 Cocaine 03:39
17 Wonderful Tonight 03:42
18 Promises 03:01
19 I Can't Stand It 04:09