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Crossroads [Box set]

Eric ClaptonAudio CD
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Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale’s influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today’s artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ’s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and ... Read more in Amazon's Eric Clapton Store

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  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: April 18, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001FOP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Boom Boom - The Yardbirds
2. Honey In Your Hips - The Yardbirds
3. Baby What's Wrong - The Yardbirds
4. I Wish You Would - The Yardbirds
5. A Certain Girl - The Yardbirds
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Anyone For Tennis - Cream
2. White Room - Cream
3. Crossroads - Cream
4. Badge - Cream
5. Prescence Of The Lord - Blind Faith
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Got To Get Better In A Little While - Derek And The Dominos
2. Evil - Derek And The Dominos
3. One More Chance - Derek And The Dominos
4. Mean Old Frisco - Derek And The Dominos
5. Snake Lake Blues - Derek And The Dominos
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Hello Old Friend - Eric Clapton
2. Sign Language - Eric Clapton
3. Further On Up The Road - Eric Clapton
4. Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
5. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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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, Cream, 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

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific overview up to 1988 of Slowhand's career March 16, 2007
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Although this set doesn't go past 1988 (the year it was released),"Crossroads" includes some of Clapton's best material with the various bands he was a member of (The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos) and solo. While some of these previously unreleased and rare tracks have since shown up on some other reissues, this is the only place (to date) to find early versions of "Tell the Truth", "Roll It Over" (both produced by Phil Spector and one track featuring George Harrison & Dave Mason on guitar. These were produced during the "All Things Must Pass" sessions)and the tracks from the unfinished second Dominos album.

The sound quality on this set is quite good. The masters aren't as compressed (if at all) compared to the reissues of Clapton's back catalog. As a result the CD doesn't sound quite as "loud" (much of that volume on the remasters is due to the dynamic range being squashed and the masters EQ'd taking much of the musical "punch" out of the music) as the Clapton remasters. Detail is very good on most of these tracks and although with some restoration on the Yardbirds tracks at the beginning because of the fragile nature of the masters they were pulled from. Overall, Bill Levenson and his team did a terrific job here.

This is a terrific set with a nice mix of live material, songs that Clapton performed on ("Comin' Home") and recorded as a solo artist. While his guitar didn't blaze quite as hard on the studio recordings for many ofhis solo recordings, this was a phase in Clapton's development where he was developing and focusing on his singing as much (if not more)than focusing on his guitar playing.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summary of Clapton's Career November 3, 1998
Format:Audio CD
From his days with The Yardbirds until his somewhat recent (1988) solo projects, these four CDs will show you what a great artist Eric Clapton is. This box-set has all of his greatest hits, lots of rare recordings, and first-rate previously unreleased material. Also here you will find the songs that were to be a part of Derek And The Dominos aborted second album, and they show that they were a band who could have gone a long way. You will also hear different versions of some of his hits, like a live version of I Shot The Sheriff, and two versions of After Midnight, one like the original but with horns, and one with a slower rhythm. Pay special attention to the song Crossroads, one of Eric's favorites, with two live versions of here: Cream's mind-blowing rock performance, with perhaps Eric's best guitar solo, and Derek And The Dominos awesome blues version. An essential item, not just for his fans, with lots of good rock and blues.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MATERIAL May 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I happen to be someone who loves boxed sets, and I have a number of them: (Led Zeppelin (BOTH), George Strait, The Who. ELO, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Billy Joel, Selena, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard to name a few). I decided to purchase this set, because I like some of Clapton's material, and to be honest, I am not familiar with a lot of his music (Maybe 15-20 songs), and would like to hear some more (And you always find new songs you will like). I always hear complaints that you should buy the original CDs, but to be honest, people cannot afford to be completists of every singer and (Or) group they like (I am a Strait and Zeppelin completist, and even that is expensive). This is a great box, because you can hear the hits (Layla, White Room, Let It Rain etc), and become introduced to more material, and appreciate Clapton even more. Simply put, this is great material.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Retrospective July 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Eric Clapton's Crossroads followed in the wake of the success of Bob Dylan's Biograph as one the first box sets to chronicle the career of an artist. Utilizing the new compact disk format, the set starts off on disk one with "Boom Boom" from his Yardbird days all the way up to the end of disk four with his much maligned remake of "After Midnight". In between you get every song that made Mr. Clapton the revered figure he is. There are so many songs that one can't list them all but "Layla", "White Room", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Cocaine", "I Shot The Sheriff", "Lay Down Sally" and all his hits are here. Also mixed in are some unreleased tracks and lesser known gems like Cream's "Anyone For Tennis". The set also includes a tremendous booklet full of insight and great pictures. Crossroads unfortunately helped set off a boom of box sets where everyone had a box set released, even marginal bands like ELO and Kansas. In spite of that, Crossroads is everything a box set should be and is a worthy retrospective of a legend's career.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning restrospective of the "early" Clapton October 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This four disc set from 1988 was really one of the first collections to really cover the evolution of a major artist over an immense body of work. "Crossroads" presents Eric Clapton in all his myriad incarnations and truly gives you a sense of his musical career up to that point in time, which is why a second edition was necessary. Rather than blather on about the man's talents, let me just riff on what you get with this set. Disc 1 goes from "For Your Love" with the Yardbirds to "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers to Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love." Disc 2 offers the retrospectively ironic "Badge" co-written with George Harrison, "Presence of the Lord" with Blind Faith, "Comin' Home" with Delaney and Bonnie, "Let it Rain" from his first solo effort, and "Layla" with Derek and the Dominos. By Disc 3 Clapton is well into his solo career, with "Let it Grow" and "I Shot the Sheriff." Disc 4 has "Wonderful Tonight," "Miss You" and ends with the version of "After Midnight" he recorded for that beer commercial. That last track really sums up Clapton's career for me. You listen to the original on Disc 2 and compare it to the remake and I think you really get a sense for the roads the man has crossed. If you like your rock and roll with a touch of blues or the other way around, this is the man and "Crossroads" is what you want in your collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed these CD's very much
I have enjoyed these CD's very much. Covers a lot of Clapton to about 1986~88. I would purchase these again. This is a very good value.
Published 15 days ago by Garry T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A complete chronological collection of Clapton's most productive years, a must have for fans of 'God'.
Published 1 month ago by Gavin M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent collection. Missing some great songs, but with some previously unreleased material it balances nicely
Published 3 months ago by John Burt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent quality, quick delivery
Published 3 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
Are you kidding!?!? You can't find this thing anywhere else at this price! You can't even get it on iTunes in a complete format! It's a partial Album on iTunes! Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. E. Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars guitar hero
The crossroads set was given to a guitarists that is very knowledgeable about music. The gift blew him away. Read more
Published 10 months ago by teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Chimming in with other 5 ratings. Frankly speaking, this is some of the best slowhand available. Hope these reviews encourage EC to produce more as we endure the rap crap.
Published 12 months ago by Timothy G Solomon
3.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Collection, BUT...
The but is this recording desperately needs to be remastered and released. The sound is faint and lacks resolution. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Socrates Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Had this classic compilation in Cassette when it first came out.
Oh how I missed it and it has revived my appreciation to the talent of Mr. Clapton. Highly recommend it.
Published 13 months ago by Nelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossroads
Great compilation of Eric Clapton's work and brief history of his activities during this era. Worth the cost if you are an EC or blues fan.
Published 14 months ago by Rick Schroeder
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