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Crossroads Box set

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  • Audio CD (29 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000VI04OI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Boom Boom - The Yardbirds
2. Honey In Your Hips - The Yardbirds
3. Baby What's Wrong - The Yardbirds
4. I Wish You Would - The Yardbirds
5. A Certain Girl - The Yardbirds
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Anyone For Tennis - Cream
2. White Room - Cream
3. Crossroads - Cream
4. Badge - Cream
5. Presence Of The Lord - Blind Faith
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Got To Get Better In A Little While - Derek & The Dominos
2. Evil - Derek & The Dominos
3. One More Chance - Derek & The Dominos
4. Mean Old Frisco - Derek & The Dominos
5. Snake Lake Blues - Derek & The Dominos
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Hello Old Friend - Eric Clapton
2. Sign Language - Eric Clapton
3. Further On Up The Road - Eric Clapton
4. Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
5. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description

* Exceptional four-disc box set spanning Eric Clapton's career, running from the early days of The Yardbirds, through to his '80s solo recordings - no other Clapton album accurately explains why the guitarist was so influential, or demonstrates exactly what he accomplished.

* 73 tracks, thorough sleevenotes, rarities and period photos.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Eric Clapton has been through several different phases musically. He started off at seventeen singing Chuck Berry's "Roll Over, Beethoven" at a nightclub, and didn't even own a guitar of his own at the time (the tougher, slightly older "in-crowd", which included Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith Richards, called him "Plimsolls" because of his habit of shyly looking down at his shoes while he sang).
Then came the British blooze of John Mayall and the Yardbirds, the fiery power-trio Cream, the short-lived Blind Faith, the phenomenal Derek & The Dominoes, and the many solo albums which quickly came to include as much pop, country, reggae and music hall as they did blues.
And it's all here. Every truely essential song Eric Clapton recorded during the 60s, 70s and 80s is here.
"Crossroads" came out two years after Bob Dylan's "Biograph", and helped establish the boxed set as a viable proposition for record companies, and it includes seventy-three of Clapton's and his various bands' best songs.
It leans quite heavily towards his 60s and early 70s output (only about a dozen songs were cut after '74), and draws nine Yardbirds-tracks, six Bluesbreakers-tunes, twelve Cream-tunes, and three Blind Faith-tunes from EC's checkered past, as well as a Delaney & Bonnie-song ("Comin' Home"), and no fewer than ten Derek & The Dominoes-chestnuts (they only ever put out one studio album).
And then there's my favorite track of the whole lot, a supremely catchy, acoustic, slide guitar-driven rendition of T-Bone Walker's "Mean Old World" performed by Clapton and Duane Allman (and mistakenly credited to Littl Walter Jacobs).
But there's a lot of other great songs here....in fact, there aren't very many songs here which aren't great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
You would think that a four-CD set would contain some filler.
Nope. Not this one.
"Crossroads" is one of the all-time great box sets (along with Bob Dylan's "Biograph", only more definitive, and Robert Johnson's complete recordings). It contains all of Claptons best and most important recordings from 1963 to 1988, both his solo work and his work in bands such as the Yardbirds and John Mayall's blues breakers.
There are too many highlights to mention (except for the fantastic slide guitar workout "Mean Old World" with Duane Allman). Get this beautiful set, the "Unplugged" album, "From The Cradle" and "Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert" and you're set!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Koos on 14 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Although I am not the biggest Clapton-fan, but I definitely credit Clapton fore his important influence on guitar rock music. Some people dislike his poppish music of the '70, but most of those forget his import mark on the bluesrockmusic at the end of the sixties and beginning of the seventies.

Boxes, their in different shapes and style. Crossroads is one of the better ones. In 1988 The Crossroads 4-cd box came out to celebrate Clapton's 25 years career. Later, this box was reissued, keeping the tracklist intact. So yes, you won't find songs from records like "Journeyman" or "From the cradle", simply because those records don't belong in Clapton's first 25 years.

The great thing about this Crossroads box is the good overview, the collection of songs and the choice for a good number songs, that were untill that moment unreleased songs. Chronological, you'll follow Clapton on his journey through The Yardbirds, John Mayall, Cream Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie, Derek and the Dominos and his solorecords. The important tunes are there: 'Got to Hurry', 'All your Love', 'I feel free', 'Crossroads (live)', 'Layla'.

The most interesting part of this box is on the second and third disc, escpecially the Derek and the Dominos period: two live songs and, remember that the first edition came out in 1988, for the first time some songs from the sessions for the second record, that sadly never came. From his solorecord you suddenly will find unreleased tracks, like 'It hurts me too' and ' Watcha gonna do'.

It's the forth disc that makes my rating a four star instead of a five star. The quality of the songs are less, but also to my opinion the choices for the songs could have been some better. The fourth disc also covers a 12 years period.

Overall: I'm very happy to have this box in my collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
All in all a very varied and nice overview of a long career. On the 4 CD's you get a combination of moods and music. Not only the known songs are on it, but also some older songs you might or might not recognise as being of Eric Clapton. The odd form of the CD cover is a bit of a problem to file, but on the other hand, it looks like a book and in a way, it adds to the charm of this CD collection. The only other Eric Clapton thing that comes close to this collection, is Unplugged CD.
If you like Clapton, and look for a collection of his carreer, this is the thing to get. Easy listening, great music.. just a good colection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent boxed set to get, especially if you can find at a reasonable price.

However Clapton has done such a lot of good stuff since 1988, that it now represents only about half his career. So theres nothing from Unplugged, From The Cradle, 24 Nights, Me and Mr Johnson, Riding With The King etc etc. Its also worth baring in mind that Claptons 80's stuff was frequently over-produced and his choice of material was veto'd (the album August being a good example) by the record company. If in doubt have a listen to the samples on disc 4.

That said its still a great collection:

The Yardbirds, John Mayalls Blues Breakers, Cream, unreleased Cream at the BBC, unreleased Derek and the Dominos, previously unreleased live solo recordings. This gives you 73 tracks on 4 cd's. The unreleased Derek and the Dominos stuff is superb. Apparently not only is it unreleased its also unfinished. Well I'll tell you if thats how unfinished sounds, there are a lot of record companies out there who have no idea how to produce records, because these tracks sound fantastic.

The box is LP size (thats 30cm square for the younger generation) and the booklet that comes with the box is informative and well written. The artwork for the cover is by Ronnie Wood.
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