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It is very hard to represent the very best of Clapton's career on one CD. However, this CD does a very excellent job of doing just that.
First, this compilation only covers the Polydor years (from I Feel Free by Cream up to I Can't Stand It from 1981). Therefore, later hits like Forever Man, and I've Got A Rock and Roll Heart (Warner Brothers) are not included.
Only one hit of any consequence is missing: Lay Down Sally. Strange Brew would have also been welcome, and After Midnight is presented as a single edit due to time constraints (the disc runs over 79 minutes.
Excellent liner notes plus superb sound makes this the one choice to own if you want only one Clapton CD.
Why has no one mentioned the abysmal sound quality of the first 5 cuts??? It is glaringly apparent that Polydor did NOT obtain anywhere close to first generation masters for the CREAM cuts. On this release they sound DREADFUL. Dull, muffled and sitting way back in the speakers. Particularly "Badge" which sounds like it was dubbed from a $19.95 Montgomery Wards cassette deck. <>
On the tracks which Polydor obviously had the masters to, cuts 6 on...this release sounds great, but because of the unforgivable taste of the sour cream..and the strange omission of "Lay Down Sally"...have to dock this from 5 to 3 stars.
If you just want the very best (up until 1981, that is), this CD is a fine choice. It may even make you want to pick up the magnificent live album "Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert" and the superb box set "Crossroads"!
Hard to believe most of the disc's first half covers but four years' recording. Clapton seemed to walk from one band to another leaving seminal rock anthems: Cream's five tracks from 1966-68 (omitting "Tales of Brave Ulysses"), Blind Faith's 1969 "Presence of the Lord," 1970's eternal "Layla" and "Bell Bottom Blues" with Derek & the Dominos remain definitve, howlingly personal experiences more than 30 years later. This is consistent with Clapton's love and understanding of blues as a means of personal expression.
"Anyone who has followed the traumatic experiences of Eric Clapton in the 1990s will know that he has an avalanche of experiences with which to draw," Clapton biographer Ray Coleman (who wrote my title quote) mentions in the liner notes. "And yet...he always did provide true individuality through his music to mark himself out as unrepeatable."
But the disc's second half, especially after 1974's #1 "I Shot The Sheriff" and the gleaming "Let It Grow," finds Clapton focusing on vocals and song interpretation over guitar playing.Read more ›
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One disc does not do the man justice, even if it’s intended only as a very brief overview of his work with Polydor. When this came to an end, my response was “That’s it? Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ellis Fowler
Not exactly what I was expecting. Perhaps the sound I was looking for came after this time period. A good CD nonetheless.Published 10 months ago by Nursehombuoy
This my second copy of this CD, the first one is worn out. I love it, especially the live version of Crossroads. Thank you EC you are God!Published 10 months ago by nancy flach
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