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Slow hand through the decades,
This review is from: Complete Clapton (Audio CD)As I've posted some complaints on Amazon about incompleteness of compilations (missing an artist's best-known track, apparently just to hack people off), I'd like to go the other way on this one.
Obviously this compilation is not "complete". That would require not two CDs but, er, an awful lot of CDs. It is a very fair cross-section of Mr C's career from Cream onwards, charting his emergence as a solo artist, the relative blandness of the early 80s, and his return to form from the late 80s onwards.
To be more comprehensive, it should include the early era as well, i.e. Yardbirds and Mayall. This doesn't bother me, but the blues fans might object. The Cream tracks are a mite superfluous; if you want Cream material, you probably want at least a whole compilation album, not just five tracks. Fortunately one of them is the blistering live version of "Crossroads".
I bought the album for the 1970s tracks alone, and all my favourites from this period are here, apart from "Motherless Children". You can't please everyone all of the time, and at this bargain price you really can't complain.
Full marks for the inclusion of the "unplugged" version of "Layla" as well as the original version.