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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 (12 Sept. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002MTU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The full-tilt blues album that Clapton had been promising for years, From the Cradle proves the guitarist's enduring devotion to a form he had long relegated to merely a flavour in his music rather than the main ingredient. Clapton's singing on the album is somewhat mannered; he tries to compete with original versions of these songs by Muddy Waters, Charles Brown, and others, and there's no way he's going to win that battle. Still, you can feel the emotional connection Clapton has with these songs, and guitar aficionados will swoon over his fretwork on songs such as "Third Degree", "Someday After a While", and the incendiary "Groanin' the Blues". --Daniel Durchholz

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By stu751 on 5 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the best album money can buy. Simple as that. If you like blues and you like the guitar, buy it. I have listened to this album hundreds and hundreds of times. In fact, it inspired me to learn to play the guitar when I first bought it and now I can actually play most of it.
There are some stunning solos on this album, notably Five Long Years, Groanin' The Blues and Someday After A While. I remember when I first sat down and listened to the album, and particularly Five long years, I was amazed - I'd never heard anything like it.
And yes, I am very familiar with the other great (blues) guitarists Hendrix, SRV and Buddy Guy et al. but this is a special album that none of those guys could have put together and produced song after song of fantastic, utterly compelling fret work. Some of it is so heavy you can really feel the passion running through the strings.
It's not all about heavy blues though, there are some brilliant acoustic and slower pieces as well. Motherless child, Driftin', Third degree all amazingly charged whilst remaining more subtle.
Also worth a special note is the backing band - top class. Jim Keltner, Andy Fairweather Low, Jerry Portnoy etc. The whole ensemble gives it such an authentic, traditional feel. Which is exactly what this album is all about - a tribute from Clapton to all his favourite artists and songs - the guys that inspired him to pick up his guitar and play.
I could go on about this all day, you really must hear it to understand where I'm coming from. But if you call yourself a blues fan then you must listen to this album.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
For years Eric Clapton fans longed for him to produce an all blues album with the sort of guitar playing you heard him play live but which wasn't always evident on his albums. Well, 'From The Cradle' should satisfy most fans. From the opening Leroy Carr's 'Blues Before Sunrise' which rocks with confident slide guitar through to the Eddie Boyd classic 'Third Degree' sung with feeling and a beautifully sensitive guitar, this album is hot! Another Eddie Boyd gem 'Five Long Years' is sung with passion and blistering guitar work. Also worth a listen is the slightly laid back acoustic 'Driftin'' by Charles Brown; the album closes with Willie Dixon's 'Groaning The Blues' which contains more sizzling guitar. Also credit to EC's band who are superb. Nice one, Eric! Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2000
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I'm inclined to agree with the other reviewer who stated that the solo on 'Five long years' is the best guitar solo ever; it simply is amazing. The only problem is, i get to track 5 and then just keep playing it over and over again... I've never been the greatest blues fan but i really enjoyed this album; the guitar work is excellent and the band plays very coherently- there wasn't much dubbing according to the cover. The only problem is the singing. Whilst its ok in most places eric sounds like he's gargling with gravel on the first track and that kinda put me off it a bit, but once you get past that its rather cool. Its also really good for jamming along with and practicing blues solos etc. I'd recommend it for anyone interested in eric clapton, blues playing, or just elec guitar.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2006
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If you want to hear EC playing his best blues, then this is the album to buy. He sounds raw and plays with style and feeling throughout. I love this album for virtually any time. I love EC and all of his work, but this album stands out.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NoMoReviews on 30 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Are you lookin' for the blues? Then, this is is the album for you!! Gotta' lotta' flava', y'all!! This review is based upon Warner/Reprise catalogue number WPCR-10120 (Japanese import). This particular reissue is unique for 2 reasons: First, this is the only remastered version of the album currently available. Secondly, the outside packaging is made mini-LP style, with a gatefold layout that has all of the original liner notes and photos. I love the way they list the tracks on the back as "Side A" and "Side B". The cd, itself, comes housed in a protective, padded, platic sleeve, which slides into the side of the packaging, much as the old LPs did. O.K., on to the actual album review... This is absolutely, without a doubt, Eric Clapton's best album to date. Yes, indeed, this is a no-holds-barred, ..., down-home, bare-bones, blues-infused masterpiece of the highest caliber!! My favorite track is "Sinner's Prayer". ("If I done somebody wrong, have mercy, if you please" - Yeah, baby!, Yeah!.) Oh, yes, this album is chalk full of great tunes from beginning to end. You'll note that EC wastes no time in getting to the good stuff... The opening track is a jammin' number, entitled "Blues Before Sunrise". Crank this one up, LOUD!! The studio version of "Five Long Years" presented here, is good, but the live one, from his "Hyde Park" dvd, is outta-sight! There is one really unique track on here, and that is "Standin' Around Cryin'". On this one, EC tries his hand at a completely diffrent style of singing and succeeds!! (I can't explain it. You've got to hear this one for yourself.) The radio hits are here too, "Motherless Child", "I'm Tore Down" and "It Hurts Me Too". Of course, this album wouldn't be complete without "Hoochie Coochie Man"; yet, another one, EC loves to play in concert.Read more ›
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