It's impossible to imagine rock guitar, or even rock music, without Clapton. Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes it's all Clapton, and it's all here, plus his top solo hits, live cuts and unissued finds: I Shot the Sheriff; Lay Down Sally; Layla; Cocaine; After Midnight; She's Waiting; Sunshine of Your Love; White Room; Crossroads (live); Strange Brew; For Your Love; Boom Boom; All Your Love 73 tracks!
Including both his band work (with the Yardbirds
, John Mayall's Blues Breakers
, Blind Faith
, Delaney and Bonnie
, and Derek and the Dominos
) and his long, varied solo career, this four-CD set does a spectacular job in gathering several decades' worth of Clapton's best. There are the requisite classics--"Layla," "Blues Power," "After Midnight," "Further On Up the Road," "Crossroads," and "I Shot the Sheriff," among many others--some of them in previously unreleased live or alternate studio recordings. Released in 1988, when only superstars were granted the box set, Crossroads
became the blueprint for what such a retrospective should be. For its scope, this box skims the cream of Clapton's large output. --Daniel Durchholz