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Clapton Chronicles

The Best of Eric Clapton [Australia Bonus Tracks]

Artist: Eric Clapton (Recorded By)

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Label: Warner Bros.
Album: Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton [Australia Bonus Tracks]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Blue Eyes Blue
2)    Change the World
3)    My Father's Eyes
4)    Tears in Heaven
5)    Layla
6)    Pretending
7)    Bad Love
8)    Before You Accuse Me
9)    It's in the Way That You
10)    Forever Man
11)    Running on Faith
12)    She's Waiting
13)    River of Tears
14)    I Get Lost
15)    Wonderful Tonight (Live Edit)(Bonus)
16)    Tearing Us Apart W/Tina Turner (Bonus)

Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar, dobro); Tim Pierce, Darryl Crooks, Robert Cray, Steve Lukather (guitar); Michael Brecker (saxophone); Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker (trumpet); Joe Sample, Greg Phillinganes (piano); Greg Curtis (keyboards, background vocals); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards); Nathan East (bass, background vocals); Phil Collins (drums, background vocals); Steve Ferrone, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro (drums); Luis Conte, Mike Fasano (percussion); Bumpy, Greg Curtis (programming); Chyna Gordon, Chaka Khan (background vocals).
  • Producers include: Rob Cavallo, Babyface, Eric Clapton, Russ Titleman, Tom Dowd.
  • Engineers: Allen Sides, Brad Gilderman, Alan Douglas.
  • This compilation of songs by blues guitarist, Eric Clapton, features such classics as "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight."
  • Australian edition contains two extra songs.
  • CD contains 2 bonus tracks.
  • It is hard to effectively document in one collection the career of an artist who is as much a vital part of popular music history today as when he reluctantly ventured into a solo career in 1970. CLAPTON CHRONICLES offers an interesting mix of Slowhand's soundtrack-ready acoustic ballads from the '90s and his electric guitar-driven pop-blues from the '80s.
  • "My Father's Eyes" is an emotionally uplifting song about a man's search for his identity through his relationship with his father. "Tears in Heaven," the bittersweet eulogy to Clapton's son, may be his most timeless composition and performance. His groundbreaking "MTV Unplugged" performance produced a new arrangement of his plea to Patti Harrison, "Layla." This approach hinted at a new direction for Eric Clapton's music. Clapton's roots break through on the down-and-dirty Delta blues-tinged "Before You Accuse Me." He stands among very few who have carried their musical heart with them throughout their career and have stayed true to it.

Professional Reviews
Q (12/99, p.156) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There are 2 new songs entice the completists....with big-shot Babyface, [Clapton] gracefully updates his trademark sound. And if playing the blues is about expressing pain, then 'Tears In Heaven' the genuine article."

Mojo (Publisher) (11/99, p.120) - "...the time of craftsmanlike albums and Albert Hall residencies, of quietly expensive suits and unassuming legendhood.....stuff to admire and even enjoy....a slow, measured transition from rage to resignation."

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:10 January, 2000
Guest Artist: Michael Brecker; Robert Cray; Steve Gadd; Steve Lukather; Joe Sample; Nathan East; Phil Collins; Chaka Khan

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Rhys on
Clapton is a hero! To play guitar so brilliantly and in respect to how guitar is supposed to be incorporated into music - as an instrument no more special than the others (interdependant)... That I really respect.

And so this greatest hits album really shows how Clapton uses the guitar in ways it's supposed to be used to contribute to the music. The album is not that wonderful, but it has that soulful blues in it, with simple lyrics (as blues is!).

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