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Co-produced by guitarist and long-time collaborator Doyle Bramhall II, ‘Clapton’ features an all star cast of musical collaborations started with the legendary JJ Cale, drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Willie Weeks, and keyboardist Walt Richmond - and the sessions later added guests including Steve Winwood, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Allen Toussaint, and Derek Trucks. Clapton created a collection that touches on everything from century-old traditional brass bands to little-known country blues to brand-new originals. The result is both relaxed and revelatory, and unlike anything the guitarist has done in his legendary career.

‘This album wasn't what it was intended to be at all,’ says Eric Clapton. ‘It's actually better than it was meant to be because, in a way, I just let it happen. It's an eclectic collection of songs that weren't really on the map - and I like it so much because if it's a surprise to the fans, that's only because it's a surprise to me, as well.’

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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107 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on September 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
It has been an open secret for some time now among music enthusiasts that Eric Clapton has been coasting a bit on his solid, unimpeachable reputation.

"Clapton" puts no deviation in that trajectory. This legend does not merely show up to the recording studio and phone it in - certainly not - yet he does work mostly within his box, sounding relaxed and at ease, making the music he wishes to. His choices are predictable, but mostly enjoyable.

This is a set of well-polished, nicely honed tunes - covers and originals alike - that are easy to listen to, if not terribly difficult to turn off in favor of, say, 1992's "Unplugged."

Stone Clapton fans will certainly be pleased, of course, because his trademark sound - a sound that listeners are lucky to still have access to after all these years - is present throughout.

Throughout this pleasing selection of tracks Clapton weaves blues-rock and southern-fried jazz with flourishes of old school R&B, burnished soul and rousing pop/rock. A few tunes meander a little too often such as "River Runs Deep" and Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is the Ocean?"

Still, other selections - even ones that run beyond the 5-minute mark such as the uptempo "That's No Way to Get Along," cannot wear out their welcome, especially with Clapton's trustworthy playing in the mix.

He moves in-between the covers and original quite well, letting them bleed into each other, benefitting the cohesive feel of the album. However, some tunes like the overtly romantic "When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful," nonetheless overstuffed with the spicy New Orleans-style instrumentation that is frequent among these tunes, sounds somewhat jarring due to surrounding songs that ground the album in a more serious context.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson VINE VOICE on September 28, 2010
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One of the advantages of ages, experience and yes, money is that you can do whatever you want and if folks don't like it they can go to hell. For 35 years fans have wanted Clapton to recreate Cream or the Derek and the Dominos record and have been unhappy when he didn't. As Clapton has moved through his 60's he seems to be becoming more comfortable in his own skin and doing the music he wants to. Based on the track listing for this CD it sure seems to be the case, and in doing that he has done his best work in many years.

The new disc, Clapton, has Eric playing old blues songs and standards. Blues we expect, but standards? While it sounds like an odd concept, the common thread is that they come thru Clapton's personality. Much of the record is the kind of laid back JJ Cale influenced work he has favored post 1974. (River Runs Deep, Traveling Alone,). There are a number of blues songs that sound like they would fit in a late night set with a small band in a small club, such as Rocking Chair, Milkman, Hard Times, and Rolling and Tumbling. All are well performed and completely enjoyable.

Interestingly, as I see it, the emotional core of the record is made up of standards-songs like Autumn Leaves, How Deep Is the Ocean, Crazy About You Baby and When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful. Clapton has known and sung these songs since childhood, and they are as much a part of him as breathing. These songs have a different structure, yet their feel is consistent with the record. Clapton's voice is perfect for these songs and his playing as usual is stellar.

In my not so humble opinion, this is Clapton's best cd of new material since From the Cradle. I highly recommend it. Enjoy
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 28, 2010
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"Clapton" is Eric Clapton's 19th solo album and it comprises covers and originals ranging in sound from Blues to Pop to Jazz. Sounding as great as ever, he is supported by a stellar cast who never overshadow the real star but ably complement.

On the rocking Blues side of things are opening cut the swampy "Travelling Alone", the Gospel-tinged "Judgement day" (with Kim Wilson on harmonica), "Everything Will Be Alright" and "Run Back to Your Side", while on the calmer side of the Blues are "Rockin' chair", "River Runs Deep", "Crazy About You Baby", "That's no way to get along", and "Hard Times Blues".

On the Jazzy side of things are the swinging "My Very Good Friend The Milkman" (with Clapton introducing Walter Richmond and Allen Toussaint on piano, and Wynton Marsalis on trumpet) and the enchanting slow shuffle "How Deep Is The Ocean". "Diamonds Made from Rain" is a piano/organ ballad (a new song with Sheryl Crow on backing vocals). "When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful" is sung in a playful tenor with Marsalis once again on trumpet. Closing is the absolutely spectacular "Autumn Leaves" sung in a hushed tremulous baritone and with two fabulous guitar breaks, possibly my favourite version yet!

Nobody does it quite like Slowhand. Splendid!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Frost on September 29, 2010
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Eric Clapton could easily cut 14 tracks of blues and rock interspersed with soaring five minute solos and delicious blues licks. His ability to stretch out a guitar solo and make his stratocaster sing and cry is legendary. He proves this every time he plays a live show. The last time I saw him play live back in 2006, the the live version of layla performed that night had me quite literally moved me to tears.

There's a lot more to Mr. Clapton than just those moments. In his new release of eclectic tunes, Eric's song interpretation and phrasing are spot on. When Eric does a cover of anything, whether it be Robert Johnson or Albert King, he has a way of making it fresh and interesting. His singing on this album is probably the best in his entire career. Not bad for a 65 year old. He always enjoyed the music that the old blues cats played. Now Clapton himself is an old blues cat, and his vocals and playing are supremely assured and confident. When I first listened to the track "autumn leaves", I pressed repeat 3 times in a row. The song is just so gorgeous, so beautifully arranged, and the Eric's guitar solo so sweet that it was worth the purchase of the album alone. There's also a healthy does of really great piano playing on this disc. Takes you back to the 30's and 40's, in the best way. Clapton does a great job of reviving a genre of american music that is often ignored these days. Perhaps that's because only musicians like Clapton have the ability to capture its charm.

These are great songs, performed by some of the best musicians of the 20th century (clapton includes some fantastic guests on this release). The album features a guitar trio of Clapton, Doyle, and Derek. What more could you want? Perhaps Wynton Marsalis? J.J. Cale? Steve Winwood? They're all here.
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