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His best blues performances from 1970-1980-25 tracks, five previously unreleased! Vol. 1 is studio recordings, with The Sky Is Crying ; the unreleased Before You Accuse Me (Versions 1 & 2) , and more. Vol. 2 is all live, with Crossroads ; an unissued version of Further On up the Road , and more. Two hours!

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There's a telling subtext to this retrospective of Eric Clapton blues sides. Culled from recordings cut between 1970 (the Layla sessions) and 1980 (when Clapton cut his final Polydor album, Another Ticket), these sides finds EC exploring his beloved blues while in a fragile state of mind and body. After all, he was on heroin when he concocted Layla, and though he kicked that habit in the early '70s, he continued to test his tolerance for alcohol throughout the decade. When you think of the Clapton of the '60s, you think of the fire and ice of his playing with the Yardbirds, John Mayall, and Cream. When you think of his '70s playing, it's wearier and perhaps more reflective. (It was easy to mistake melancholic for mellow at the time.) The 35 selections included on these two discs find the temporarily deflated rock superstar leaning on the blues for support as he draws on likes of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and Little Walter for inspiration. Hardcore fans will appreciate previously unreleased versions of Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me," a solo take on the traditional "Alberta," a 1974 cover of Willie Dixon's "Meet Me (Down at the Bottom), and a remixed live 1976 version of "Further on Up the Road" with Freddy King sitting in. Just about anyone, however, will be able to appreciate how this music reflects Clapton's strengths as a musician... and weaknesses as a man. --Steven Stolder

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listen  1. Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) (Version 1)Eric Clapton 4:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mean Old World (Duet Version, Master Take)Derek & The Dominos 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ain't That Lovin YouEric Clapton 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Sky Is CryingEric Clapton 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Cryin' (Crossroad 2 Box/Set Version)Eric Clapton 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Have You Ever Loved A WomanDerek & The Dominos 6:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. AlbertaEric Clapton 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Early In The MorningEric Clapton 7:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Give Me StrengthEric Clapton 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Meet Me (Down At The Bottom)Eric Clapton 6:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. County Jail BluesEric Clapton 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Floating BridgeEric Clapton 6:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Blow Wind BlowEric Clapton 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. To Make Somebody Happy (Crossroad 2 Box/Set Version)Eric Clapton 5:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) (Version 2)Eric Clapton 4:40$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Stormy Monday (Live 1977 Hammersmith Odeon)Eric Clapton12:50Album Only
listen  2. Worried Life Blues (Crossroad 2 Box/Set Version)Eric Clapton 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Early In The Morning (Live)Eric Clapton 7:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Live At Long Beach Arena, California / 1974)Eric Clapton 7:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wonderful Tonight (Live 1978 Apollo Glasgow)Eric Clapton 6:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Kind Hearted Woman (Live 1978 Apollo Glasgow)Eric Clapton 5:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Double Trouble (Live)Eric Clapton 8:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Driftin' Blues (Crossroad 2 Box/Set Version)Eric Clapton 6:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Crossroads (Crossroad 2 Box/Set Version/Live Version)Eric Clapton 5:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Further On Up The Road (Live Version)Eric Clapton 8:32$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor / Pgd
  • ASIN: B00000JNMN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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Well, I've done my duty, but I don't like it.
"gordon@ruraltel.net"
Although this 2 cd set is good, a missed opportunity prevents it from being essential!
J. E FELL
If you like the Blues, and if you like Clapton you do, you need to buy this album!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. E FELL on October 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was really excited when I heard this was being released. However I was somewhat disappointed. It is a 2cd anthology of Clapton's Polydor material from 1970-80. The first disk is a studio disk while the second disk is a live disk. The set contains 5 unissued recordings. This compilation contains some fine blues playing by Clapton. Some of the highlights include Little Walter's "Mean Old World" with Duane Allman from the Layla sessions, Muddy Water's "Blow Wind Blow", and live versions of "Drifting Blues", "Further On Up The Road" (unreleased w/Freddie King), and "Crossroads". My quibble with the set is the track selections. I can understand having two versions of "Before You Accuse Me" because both takes are unreleased and quite different. However, did we really need takes of "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" and "Early In The Morning" on both disks? I also would have omitted "Wonderful Tonight" (not really blues but included to sell the set to casual fans), "Cryin'" and "To Make Somebody Happy". Better selections would have been a versions (perhaps live unissued) of "Key To The Highway", "Mean Old Frisco", and an unissued live version of "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" from the Rainbow concert not issued on the remaster of this concert. Other possible inclusions are studio or live versions of "Steady Rollin' Man", "Last Night" the cd only studio bonus track from the "No Reason to Cry" cd, an unissed studio take of Albert King's "Drowning On Dry Land", or a live version of "Rambling On My Mind".Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Blues consists of recordings made between 1970 and1980, when Clapton's contract with Polydor ranout. It is a fairly shameless reissue ofpreviously issued material, therefore cheap tomake and pure profit for the record company. Thereis a detailed but nothing-new booklet accompanyingthe CDs. The first disc consists of studiorecordings, with four unreleased cuts. Two addnothing to the Clapton legacy; two have someappeal. The selection of the previously-issuedrecordings is hit-or-miss; the progression of cutsis not very well thought out. The second disc is areally decent anthology of live recordings, mostlyfrom the outstanding Crossroads 2 four-disc liveslow-blues concerts. Two cuts are from Just OneNight, and the final cut was originally releasedon an obscure Freddie King tribute album issued inthe Seventies. All of disc two is smokin', powerful, improvisational electric blues thatClapton does so well. It's well worth having justfor the second disc, especially if you don't already have Crossroads 2.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Duke on September 29, 2004
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I've had this CD for five years now, but it wasn't until I put on during a recent road trip that I really appreciated the cohesion between each song. I own Crossroads II, I own almost all of the '70s albums, but "Blues" was still a breath of fresh air. In this album, Clapton's "honest-to-goodness" singing is far more suitable to the blues than his growling on "From The Cradle," which gives you the sense that Eric is relying on volume to mask his passion. Not so here- Eric's lazier (but more intense) singing is perfect...perhaps because he's drunk out of his mind?

Better than the "holy" "From The Cradle?" Oh yeah, no doubt. PS- What an amazing backup band Eric had in his '74-'78 band. The next group of people who played with him couldn't TOUCH Terry/Elliman/Radle/Sims/Levy/Oldaker...I don't think any band he's had since could capture the true grit of those guys.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "gordon@ruraltel.net" on May 4, 2001
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...but nothing burns me more than when a record company promotes a "new release" by an artist that has 2 new songs and 25 songs that have been previously released. This is very unfair to the fan. I have to spend $30.00 to get a few "previously unreleased performances". It's just picking the fan's pocket.
At any rate, disc 1 is a compilation of blues from Clapton's studio albums with Polydor, and disc 2 is live stuff from the same period (74-82). Most of the live stuff has already been released on Crossroads 2 (which itself was a poorly named and poorly compiled box set). You know there is a ample live stuff in the vault that hasn't yet been released. They could at least throw in some live stuff we don't already have.
I don't understand who this release is aimed at. The casual fan? Doubt if they'll bite on this. The more recent, younger Clapton fan? Will they be interested in recycled stuff from the '70s? Doubt it. Well, that leaves us - the long-time Clapton fans - to buy it because we have to have the few previously unreleased performances.
Well, I've done my duty, but I don't like it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Hartley on March 28, 2005
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There are, are undoubtedly, some great tracks on these discs that are truly indicative of Clapton's mastery of the blues. On the studio disc, however, there are some tracks that seem somewhat old and tired; like the acoustic 'Alberta', 'County Jail Blues' and 'To Make Somebody Happy'. It's nothing personal, I just found them to be a bit boring. Having said that, the songs I do like far outnumber the songs I don't so it still makes this CD listenable.

I much prefer the live segment of this package, it's jammed with so many great tracks that it would be worth my four-star-rating on its own. My favourite moment is undoubtedly 'Double Trouble'. It would be difficult to find a more delicate and beautifully crafted piece of blues out there. There hasn't been a song in a long time that has come so close to bringing a tear to my eye.

Even though this package has its weak moments, I would recommend picking it up anyway. Any excuse to hear Mr Clapton play the blues.
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