This cd carefully covers -almost- the first "stages" of his career, from Johm Mayall's bluesbreakers to Derek and the Dominos. I know what you are thinking WHERE IS THE YARDBIRDS, the reason why I rate this with a four stars not five. Still it has Cream's fine version of Crossroads which almost makes up for the absence of "Smokestack Lightening" -a great Yardbirds live performance. Actually I will roccomend this to be bought with "THE VERY BEST OF THE YARDBIRDS" which Clapton plays on about half of the tracks.
But back to this CD, the fact that it opens with Steppin' Out you can't go far wrong, a chance to hear him young and at his peak. I suppose even if you are not a big Cream fan, Crossroads is still esential, so why not get this instead of a full Cream album. I might have to say that to some people it might be cosidered a shame that The Bluesbreakers are so dominent on this album, which doesnt give Derek and the Dominos or Blind Faith a chance to shine, but if your a big blues fan like me that is a good thing. So I shouldn't of been so critical, apart from its lack of yardbirds it is great. So, your just one click away from getting one of the finest compilations.