Eric's been in a lot of great bands, so any "best-of" claiming to be representative has got to have Cream's I Feel Free; Sunshine of Your Love; White Room; Crossroads, and Badge ; Blind Faith's Presence of the Lord, and Derek & the Dominos' Bell Bottom Blues and Layla as well as solo gems like I Shot the Sheriff; Cocaine; Let It Grow; Wonderful Tonight; After Midnight, and more. 19 tracks, with new remastering!
For a single disc, this is an admirable chronological tour of superstar Eric Clapton's mid-'60s-to-early-'80s career. It begins too late to include his gestational work with the Yardbirds and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. However, the singer-guitarist's days in Cream ("Sunshine of Your Love," "Crossroads," "White Room"), in Blind Faith ("Presence of the Lord"), as a fledgling solo artist ("After Midnight," "Let It Rain"), in Derek and the Dominos ("Layla," "Bell Bottom Blues"), and through the rest of the '70s ("I Shot the Sheriff," "Cocaine," "Wonderful Tonight," "Promises") to his '81 hit "I Can't Stand It" are well documented by this collection's 19 cuts. The down side is that the CD also vividly illustrates how insubstantial Clapton's work turned in the mid-'70s. But that won't be a problem for fans seeking hits. --Ted Drozdowski