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  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Import [Generic]
  • ASIN: B00000JAD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blues Before Sunrise
2. Third Degree
3. Reconsider Baby
4. Hoochie Coochie Man
5. Five Long Years
6. I'm Tore Down
7. How Long Blues
8. Goin' Away Baby
9. Blues Leave Me Alone
10. Sinner's Prayer
11. Motherless Child
12. It Hurts Me Too
13. Someday After Awhile
14. Standin' Rond Crying
15. Driftin'
16. Groaning The Blues

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Digitally remastered Japanese reissue of his double platinum1994 album in a miniaturized LP sleeve limited to theinitial pressing only. A #1 album when first released, itcontains 16 tracks, including 'Motherless Child'. Gatefold sleeve. 1999 release.

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What a treat to have a blues album by Eric Clapton.
Gilly Bean
Any music fan will be curious to hear more of the Blues after listening to this great album.
"politicalnut"
I definitely think it is better to listen to, and a whole lot more fun to play.
"mdolim"

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65 of 70 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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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on April 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"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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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. P. Russell on March 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on August 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Actually play the blues, I mean.
Eric Clapton is taking on the classics here, you see. "Blues Before Sunrise" (a la Elmore James), "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Five Long Years", "It Hurts Me Too". Classics one and all. And virtually every one sounds great, much, much better than Clapton's tepid album of Robert Johnson-covers.

If you're relatively unfamiliar with the kind of electric blues that Muddy Waters and his contemporaries played in the 50s, this is certainly a great way to become accquainted with it...the arrangements are excellent, the production is, too, and the sound quality is of course much better than on some 1950s single. And if you're not, well, you should enjoy this fine album anyway. I have a few hundred "real" blues records, and this one is perfectly genuine and quite gritty, much more so than your average EC-album.

It's obvious that some people will insist on hating this album simply because it's Eric Clapton playing classic blues tunes...he must have as many detractors now as he had fans in the 60s, and not without reason. "Me And Mr Johnson" was a thoroughly mediocre affair, and "Pilgrim" was worse than mediocre. But Eric Clapton's playing on "From The Cradle" is actually some of his best on record for a very long time, and his vocals are (almost) up to the task, although he is obviously straining at times. He is no Elmore James, but he doesn't make a fool of himself, either. And "From The Cradle" is recorded "live" in the studio, giving it a more "authentic" and less over-produced feel than some of Clapton's efforts, which can sometimes seem a little too polished for their own good.

As good as he is, Jim Keltner doesn't quite have the swing of legendary blues drummers like Fred Below and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, but he does a pretty good job.
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