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The full-tilt blues album that Clapton had been promising for years, From the Cradle proves the guitarist's enduring devotion to a form he had long relegated to merely a flavor in his music rather than the main ingredient. Clapton's singing on the album is somewhat mannered; he tries to compete with original versions of these songs by Muddy Waters, Charles Brown, and others, and there's no way he's going to win that battle. Still, you can feel the emotional connection Clapton has with these songs, and guitar aficionados will swoon over his fretwork on songs such as "Third Degree," "Someday After a While," and the incendiary "Groanin' the Blues." --Daniel Durchholz

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 13, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Defferding on July 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I almost laughed reading what a previous reviewer said about this album "lacking soul". Man, this is what Eric Clapton is all about. He loves the blues, he lived the blues, he is a blues man. When you hear him growl in "Groaning the Blues", that's Eric practically ripping out his larynx singing the blues to its low-down-and-dirtiest. Eric keeps the blues's integrity alive by recording the songs straight-forward without any overdubs (sans Motherless Child), and yet the sound of the songs are uniquely his own even though they are covers.
And his guitarwork in this album is unparalleled. FIVE LONG YEARS will blow you away. I listened to that song over and over and over and I couldn't get enough of it. If this won't get you to play air guitar, nothing will.
This, in my opinion, is Eric Clapton's best work, period. Eric should have never gone astray to record hoary pop standards; his home is the blues. Don't listen to what the purists say; they don't know anything. Listen to this CD instead.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on April 18, 2003
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"All along this path I tread, my heart betrays my weary head; with nothing but my love to save, from the cradle to the grave ..."

Summing up his thoughts on a recently failed relationship, Eric Clapton jotted down these words one night in early 1994, and they eventually made their way into the cover booklet of the album he released later that same year, the last line also providing the album's title. And "there's anger and love and fear on this record," Clapton told Billboard Magazine about the self-evaluation he was undergoing at the time, explaining that in recording this album, he had sought to once and for all break the - partially self-imposed - barriers and trappings of fame and fortune, girls and glamour, drugs and booze, in order to just "get out and ... say what I want to say, be what I want to be [and] love what I want to love."

What he had loved from his earliest years on, of course, was the blues; and a real blues album was thus what he had always wanted to record - ever since his days with the Yardbirds (which he left when they strayed towards more mainstream, commercial sounds) and with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, the training ground for much of Britain's blues elite of the 1960s and 1970s. So in a major way, this album constitutes a return to Eric Clapton's roots.

At the same time, however, it is a marvelous tribute to the artists on whose influence Clapton builds to this day, and who first made the songs recorded here famous. Like any good blues album, "From the Cradle" was recorded live in the studio: with the exception of some dobro and drum overdub on "How Long Blues" and "Motherless Child" respectively, all vocals and instrumental parts are the pure, unadulterated product of the recording sessions involved.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. P. Russell on March 1, 2000
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On 2/29, I decided to listen to Muddy Waters. Later in the morning , listened to From the Cradle. What a tremendous tribute that Eric and friends have contributed to our blues heritage. Standing Round Crying ,3rd degree, 5 long years are done live , in studio , with heavy, heavy riffs of guitar,harp. This rivals and surpasses any blues by LED, Cream or Yardbirds from the early years. If you do not get this , its your own fault. (
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2000
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I think a lot of you guys are missing the point about this album. One guy said "he is far from being one of the greatest traditional electric bluesman". That should be plainly obvious. Eric Clapton is not a traditional bluesman. He's a rock and roll musician all the way, who was deeply influenced by the blues. He's great at playing the blues, but Muddy Waters he ain't. Remember that Clapton is NOT a Mississippi-born country boy who grew up playing guitar in the cotton fields. He's British. He grew up a world away from blues culture. From The Cradle, in my opinion, is not bad at all for an Englishman. Heck, it would be pretty good for a Mississippi/Chicago native. With From The Cradle, Clapton is not trying to pronounce himself as the second coming of the blues. He's just paying homage to the music and the musicians which deeply inspired his playing. Even B.B. King himself said that Clapton is one of the best blues players in the world. And if B.B. King doesn't know soul when he hears it, then no one does.
I agree that the music of B.B., Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, etc is much better blues than this. But this album should not be compared to "real blues", the same way that a tribute album should not be compared to the music of the original artist who is recieving the tribute.
Great album. If listening to this CD doesn't make you get down on your knees and worship Clapton, then you'd be better off listening to Britney Spears.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B Goodloe on February 22, 2005
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Look, I'm not versed enough in blues to be able to give you a comparative analysis, but this is just my personal opinion. This IS the very best of Eric Clapton. Eric names influences such as Robert Johnson, yet his typical guitar work, the work that has earned him the title "Slowhand", just doesn't do his talent justice. Sometimes I think Eric is too humble. He doesn't really showcase what he can do- especially in his more popular albums. This release however, Eric just cuts loose.. especially the last track "Groaning the Blues"- he just lets you have it! Eric's guitar groans and moans and gives you some of the most raw emotion ever heard from him. The album IS the reason why Clapton is such a stellar guitarist. To me, nothing in Clapton's past, from Cream to John Mayalls Bluesbreakers to any of his other solo releases, can touch the guitar mastery of this album. It's an unequivocal testiment to this man's gift.

I rank this CD above all else, including his newest "Me and Mr. Johnson". Compared to the newer blues release, this is grittier and seems more real.. you really feel it in Clapton's voice when he sings these songs.. it doesn't sound contrived like I think "Me and Mr Johnson" has a tendency of doing. Hope this helps.
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