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Eric Clapton's first solo album, originally released in August 1970, represents one of rock history's most successful reinventions. After emerging as one of the seminal guitar heroes of the '60s (as a member of the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream and Blind Faith), the English superstar decisively reestablished his musical priorities with Eric Clapton. The album marked Clapton's transition from flashy instrumental icon to well-rounded recording artist, downplaying sonic pyrotechnics in favor of a song-focused ensemble sound that would lay the groundwork for his massively successful solo career. For the occasion, Clapton surrounded himself with a new cast of American musicians, notably Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett and Friends, tapping into a rootsy musical foundation that provided an inspired framework for his talents. He struck up a musical and personal rapport with the Bramletts and the seasoned, roots-steeped musicians who comprised their band, including (future Derek & The Dominos members) keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle, drummer Jim Gordon, as well as percussionist Tex Johnson, backup singer Rita Coolidge and horn players Jim Price and Bobby Keys. Two distinctive mixes of Eric Clapton were originally prepared one by the album's producer/co-writer/arranger Delaney Bramlett, and one by legendary producer/engineer Tom Dowd, who'd previously worked with Clapton on the Cream classics Disraeli Gears and Wheels Of Fire. Although Dowd's mix was the one ultimately released, many who've heard both have expressed a preference for Bramlett's version. ERIC CLAPTON 2CD Deluxe Edition, explores in detail, this landmark recording, presenting a remastered version of the original album,along with a previously unreleased version of the album, as well as session out-takes, and related singles recordings.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000FDEUG2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Philip A.Cohen on June 2, 2006
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I'm not sure that the Delaney & Bonnie southern-fried sound was the ideal vehicle for Eric Clapton's talents,even if this musical hookup did lead to the formation of "Derek & The Dominos".Some of the early,negative reviews of this set relied on misinfomation.The mix of the album which appeared on the bootleg CD "The Unsurpassed Eric Clapton" in the 1990's,and purported to be the "Delaney Bramlett mix" of the album,was,in fact,Clapton's own rough mix of the album.The REAL "Delaney Bramlett mix" debuts on Disc 2 of this two-disc set.The bonus tracks are decent;a combination of some Clapton sessionman appearances for Delaney & Bonnie and King Curtis,and 3 previously unreleased selections,2 of them sung by Clapton."She Rides" is particularly fascinating,being the "Let it Rain" backing track with an early,different lyric and vocal melody.The recording was reworked in a manner similar to how Cream's "Lawdy Mama" was transformed into "Strange Brew".I wish there had been more outtakes available to include,but,if Marc Roberty's Eric Clapton sessionography book is correct,there is nothing else to add.Universal Music's efforts are excellent.It would have been nice to have the complete,officially unreleased Clapton mix of the album included as well,but it's floating around on a high quality bootleg anyhow.But,ultimately,the Tom Dowd mix released in 1970 was and is best.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Mckenzie on July 2, 2006
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It's worth it for the gossamer versions of Let It Rain alone. But I've always liked this album and hearing it in two different ways is a wonderful experience. It never sounded so clean and with a compare and contrast you make up your mind if its Dowds or Bramletts mix you prefer. Eric doesn't play less, perhaps more tasty is a better way of saying it. His voice is fine and its some of the best solo material IMHO that he did. Easy now rings with a cleaner sound than it ever did on the old ATCO pressing. Its up to you if you want it. But if your a fan of Clapton how can you pass this gem up ? Oh yes he stole Bramletts band after this was all over but its a good prelude to Layla for future guitar hero worship :)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mick on July 16, 2006
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This should help clarify the issue of the three different mixes. The very first pressing of the vinyl LP on ATCO Records in 1970 used the wrong mix, which wasn't discovered until the records were already on the shelves. That is apparently Eric's rough mix and the version that ended up on the mislabled "Unsurpassed Eric Clapton" bootleg CD. A second LP pressing substituted the correct Tom Dowd mix. Delaney Bramlett produced the album and this new Deluxe Edition adds his own previously unreleased mix.

I haven't heard the Deluxe Edition yet, so I don't know how the Bramlett mix compares. I do have both versions of the vinyl LPs and can attest that they do indeed sound noticably different. The artwork is identical, but you can tell the 1st pressing by looking at the track, "Don't Know Why" (2nd side, track 4). The grooves in the vinyl at the end of the track are noticably different, smoother, in the 1st pressing, but not the second. This is due to studio noise left in at the end of the track in the rough mix.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Guitarist on June 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was listening to Clapton before I even knew there was an Eric Clapton, since the first two U.S. Yardbirds albums credited only Jeff Beck. Once I "discovered" EC via Cream, I was hooked. Of course I "backed up" at that point and bought Mayall's Bluesbreakers album. I was devastated when Cream disbanded. Despite the radical change in musical direction, I loved "Eric Clapton" and literally wore the grooves out. So, several years later I tossed my copy of "Eric Clapton" in the garbage and purchased a brand new copy. Imagine my surprise when I put the needle down on the first track and heard a completely different mix of the song Slunky. In the version I had previosuly owned, the song actually starts on the first beat of the song (rather than the strange starting point that Tom Dowd chose) and there was no opening sax solo. The mix just established a backing groove that continued up until the guitar solo. Then, I heard this overwrought, breathy vocal on Bad Boy that was completely different from the version I had tossed. The previous mix featured a vocal that I'd compare to Eric's more relaxed approach in Let it Rain. Reading the liner notes in this new Deluxe Edition, I guess these were Eric's own mixes, not Delaney's. But they were released, because I owned them. I have always hoped to once again own these mixes. I'm disappointed that the legendary Delaney mixes are not the ones I thought they would be. Unlike an earlier reviewer, I'm not going to bust this album for not being what I wanted it to be. Unlike another earlier reviewer, I'm not going to bust this album for failing to be Cream or latter day EC. It's nice to have a remastered version. It's nice to have Teasin' from this era.Read more ›
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MrBadExample on May 30, 2006
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First of all, this was Eric Clapton's first solo album (as most fans know) and made with the help and assistance of Delaney Bramlett and the Delaney and Bonnie band. It's not what most people today associate with Eric Clapton - no blues-rock star turns, no hot guitar. It's what Clapton wanted to try, his first effort at a vocal solo album. Is it good - that's a matter of taste, but know what we're dealing with. From here, he went on to Derek & the Dominoes...and we know what that's like.

As for the guy that said "this isn't the Delaney mix", with associated "!!!!!"...well, actually it is. The "bootleg" that circulated in the past was not the Bramlett mix, but a mix created by Clapton himself, to whatever degree of success. There were actually three mixes of this project, and this is the "true" Delaney mix. Says who? Universal's expert, Bill Levenson, and most Clapton experts.

Is this worth your purchase? Sure - if you like this album, you'll enjoy the two mixes and the bonus tracks. The material has never sounded better, the documentation outstanding, another fine "Deluxe Edition" effort. If you're looking for Clapton star guitar, and don't know this work, you'll probably be disappointed.

As a matter of history and sonic excellence, this material has gotten solid treatment, and is well made.
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