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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb box set, 15 Oct. 2003
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Docendo Discimus (Vita scholae) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crossroads (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.
I don't agree completely with the compliers' choices as far as Clapton's 80s output goes, but most of this set is simply magnificent.
This may not include everything you could ever want to own by Eric Clapton (he has made music since, and he cut some great live records in the 70s and early 80s), but it is a very thorough and well-chosen collection, and if you're a casual fan of bands like Cream and the Yardbirds, this set is pretty much everything by those two combos you'll ever need to own.
Still one of the finest boxsets on the market.
Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive E.C. collection, 29 Dec. 2002
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Docendo Discimus (Vita scholae) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Crossing over 25 years, 14 May 2011
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Koos "Koos Reitsma" (Groningen, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice overview of 25 years Eric Clapton, 30 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Crossroads (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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but not career spanning, 4 Sept. 2006
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crossroads (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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Clapton boxset, 29 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: Crossroads (Audio CD)
No matter how much Clapton you already own, this boxset is going to leave you pleasantly surprised!
It contains all his great stuff up to 1988, and there is lots of great stuff here!!
The set contains lots of previously unreleased Derek and the Dominos material which is very impressive, and matched with well known hits such as 'Lay Down Sally' and Yarbirds material, means that Crossroads is well recommended!
Go on, treat yourself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC CLAPTON COLLECTION !!!!, 14 Mar. 2009
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Scott Winch (Margate, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a great clapton collection,features all the classics,plus some fab rare stuff. Buy this, and crossroads 2(live in the seventies)both a must have,for all clapton fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1988 And All That..., 21 April 2010
This review is from: Crossroads (Audio CD)
The reason that, as the reviewers' have pointed out and questioned, Eric's career post-1988 is non-existent on this collection, is that it was originally released in 1988. I have it on cassette (it was possibly released on CD at the time, but I was still very much VHS Vs Betamax), so it was Chrome cassette for me. The Eric Clapton image on the front cover is a drawing done by the talented rocker, Ronnie Wood, it is signed Ron Wood 1988 etc. The collection is superb by the way, taken from original Master Tapes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars crossroads, 2 Dec. 2010
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wow !!!!! this was a bargain, ive hunted all over the net to find this cheaper, but was unable to, it came very quickly and was in a1 condition, this rrp at £50+ in some shops and even on ebay prices was above the price i payed and that was for second hand cds, im very happy :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 26 April 2014
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Great Good fast Services , Record are all good.
I got a Brand new of a Record Box i been looking for long time
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