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Guitar icon and three time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eric Clapton releases his 19th solo studio album simply titled CLAPTON.

Co-produced by guitarist and long-time collaborator Doyle Bramhall II, the CD features an all star cast of musical collaborations started with the legendary JJ Cale, drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Willie Weeks, and keyboardist Walt Richmond—and the ... Read more in Amazon's Eric Clapton Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000R17UZ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Track Listings: 01. Snake Drive Eric Clapton..... 02. For Your Love The Yardbirds..... 03. I'm Your Witch Doctor John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Feat. Eric Clapton..... 04. Triibute To Elmore Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page..... 05. Freight Loader Eric Clapton..... 06. West Coast Idea Eric Clapton..... 07. Draggin' My Tail Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page..... 08. Pounds And Stomps The Yardbirds Featuring Eric Clapton..... 09. Telephone Blues..... Eric Clapton Feat. John Mayall's Bluesbreakers..... 10. Choker Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page..... 11. You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover The Yardbirds..... 12. Miles Road Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page..... 13. Here 't Is The Yardbirds.....

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe "August" and "Behind The Sun" are selling better than this one...
Eric Clapton is surrounded by a cornucopia of musicians and vocalist on this his first solo album.
Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Goron, Carl Radle, Leon Russell and several more lend a hand or two, and Clapton has co-written about half of the album's eleven songs with Bonnie Bramlett, the half-decent instrumental "Slunky" and the fine blues-rock numbers "Bad Boy" and "Bottle Of Red Wine" among them.
There is perhaps a little less pop-rock and a little more blues-rock here than on most of Clapton's seventies solo albums, and many of the songs that were to become concert standarts throughout the decade came from this album: J.J. Cale's "After Midnight", the rockers "Blues Power" and "Bottle Of Red Wine" and the grand "Let It Rain".
"Eric Clapton" is a fine debut, and while it is certainly not among Clapton's best-known solo albums, it is actually among the best, sporting good melodies and showcasing excellent musicianship.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
After the excess of Cream, Eric decided to turn down the volume, shorten the solos and introduce a little bit of country into his musical menu. This, his first solo album is a reminder of what is great and not so great about the man. For someone so famed for extended guitar excursions, there is a welcome attempt at song craft and arrangement. Eric's pleasant voice at last has a chance to give his material a little more substance and meaning. As a result this album sounds more then Eric dialling in a performance, it sounds like Eric cares about what he is doing. So, hopefully, you won't find yourself busy with the fast-forward button as you might with some of Clapton's latter efforts. The only problem with the album is that the pace is a little too uniform and sometimes Eric's vocals are occasionally in danger of being swamped by an overly busy background.

Criticism aside, this is an album of goods songs. Tunes like 'After Midnight', 'Don't Know Why' and 'Lonesome and a Long Way from Home' are superb little country flavoured blues efforts. When Eric does turn up the heat as he does on the nifty instrumental 'Slunky' and 'Let It Rain' you can hear a new found respect for melody and pacing in his playing.

The remastering job on this CD gives a much improved clarity but it is a shame that this edition couldn't have added some additional notes or illustrations. If record companies want us to buy 'reheated' product from yesteryear, shouldn't they be giving the customer added incentives to part with our hard earned cash? Apart from that grumble, this is a little gem of a release-enjoyable, pleasant and occasionally very tasty. This album served Eric as a useful template for his career - some good songs, the occasional blast on the guitar placed around mild, world weary vocals and a superb supporting crew of players. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pete clack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
This was Eric's first solo album, and still is one truly great release.With Delaney And Bonnie,Steve Stills and a host of others it's a real celebration of good time music.Clearly Eric's time playing with Delaney and Bonnie gives this set that infectious rockim' feel so in touch with the roadhouse music of the time.'Bottle Of Red Wine' is still one of my personal Eric favourites, plus this album came out while we were in Bournemouth not long after my wife and I were married.That week also saw Derek and the Dominos playing in concert in the Pavillion there but we couldn't get tickets.This is a timeless truly wonderful release, the guitar playing as ever is superb, Erics voice is just finding it's way but was already pretty good.This is an unmissable release not to missed.
This album will always be known as the one with him peeling an orange on the cover,but it truly is full of some very tasty and timeless fruit that should have a place in any true music collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Aug 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album that launched Clapton's career as a solo artist. Following stints in John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton had proved himself over and over again to be a great guitarist. In those bands he had been working with great talent, which had driven him to new heights in order to compete with them. Here however, he is driving himself to make a mark as a soloist, and so hitting similar heights. In later albums, once he was established, he'd become a bit lazy and bland, but here he is on fire and out to show the world what he can do by himself.

For the first time we get Clapton the singer as well as Clapton the guitarist, and while his voice isn't perfect, it's still pretty good, sensitive where it needs to be and powerful enough to keep up with his guitar. It's the guitar that is the star of the show though, and on this well chosen set of bluesy tunes it really shines through. The opener, Slunky, is a rocking instrumental workout that is probably my favourite track on the album. I also love the JJ Cale cover `After Midnight' and the album closer, Let it Rain. The rest of the album is uniformly good as Clapton works his way through fast and slow blues numbers.

A great start to his solo career, back in the days when he still had the fire and drive to be the best he could be. A five star album.
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