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Disregard the title of this 2007 compilation: there is no way that any double-disc, 36-track set could be called The Complete Clapton, not when Eric Clapton has had a career that's spanned over four decades. This doesn't even attempt to cover as much ground as his landmark four-disc 1988 box set Crossroads, which began with his first band the Yardbirds and then followed his winding journeys through John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, and Derek & the Dominos before settling into his solo records. Of course, The Complete Clapton covers the nearly 20 years that have elapsed since the release of Crossroads, a time frame which includes the blockbuster success of his 1992 Unplugged, its all-blues 1994 follow-up From the Cradle, and many soft adult contemporary hits from the late '90s. All these phases are touched upon on The Complete Clapton, but the set lops off all of Clapton's earliest recordings, beginning with five Cream staples ("I Feel Free," "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room," "Crossroads," "Badge") and Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord" before delving into his solo career. This turns The Complete Clapton into a portrait of Clapton the classic rocker, as it focuses almost entirely on radio staples -- including tracks like "I've Got a Rock & Roll Heart," "Forever Man," and "It's in the Way That You Use It" that didn't make the cut on Crossroads -- that still are played frequently years after their original release. As such, this set doesn't pack many surprises, but it does hit the obvious highlights well and serves as a good hits package for the casual and curious fan, and in that sense, it works as a good companion piece to Clapton's autobiography, which was published the same week this was released in October 2007.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
I Feel Free
00:02:52

Peter Brown, ComposerLyricist - Jack Bruce, ComposerLyricist - John Timperly, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cream, MainArtist - Robert Stigwood, Producer

℗ 1966 Universal International Music B.V.

2
Sunshine Of Your Love
00:04:09

Felix Pappalardi, Producer - TOM DOWD, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jack Bruce, Bass Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cream, MainArtist - Ginger Baker, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Ronald Brown, Author

℗ 1967 Universal International Music B.V.

3
White Room
00:04:56

Felix Pappalardi, Producer - TOM DOWD, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Bruce, ComposerLyricist - Adrian Barber, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cream, MainArtist - Peter Ronald Brown, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Universal International Music B.V.

4
Crossroads Live At Winterland, San Francisco / 1968
00:04:06

Felix Pappalardi, Producer - TOM DOWD, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Adrian Barber, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cream, MainArtist - BILL HALVERSON, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph. M Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1968 Universal International Music B.V.

5
Badge
00:02:41

Felix Pappalardi, Producer - GEORGE HARRISON, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, ComposerLyricist - Cream, MainArtist - Damon Lyon-Shaw, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1969 Universal International Music B.V.

6
Presence Of The Lord
00:04:46

ANDY JOHNS, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Winwood, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ginger Baker, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Stigwood, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Blind Faith, MainArtist - Jimmy Miller, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Harwood, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ric Grech, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 Universal International Music B.V.

7
After Midnight Alternate Mix First Released on Crossroads
00:03:06

J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Delaney Bramlett, Producer

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

8
Let It Rain
00:05:03

Bonnie Bramlett, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - JIM GORDON, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Stills, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Leon Russell, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Allison, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Curtis, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Whitlock, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Coolidge, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Delaney Bramlett, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Radle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

9
Bell Bottom Blues
00:05:00

JIM GORDON, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - TOM DOWD, Producer, Executive Producer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Whitlock, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Dominos, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Radle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Derek & The Dominos, MainArtist

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

10
Layla Album Version
00:07:08

TOM DOWD, Producer - Eric Clapton, ComposerLyricist - Derek & The Dominos, Producer, MainArtist - James Beck Jim Gordon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

11
Let It Grow
00:04:54

George Terry, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Albhy Galuten, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - TOM DOWD, Producer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jamie Oldaker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dick Sims, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Bernfield, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Radle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Yvonne Elliman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Universal International Music B.V.

12
I Shot The Sheriff
00:04:20

George Terry, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Albhy Galuten, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - TOM DOWD, Producer - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dick Sims, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Radle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Yvonne Elliman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Universal International Music B.V.

13
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
00:04:22

Marcy Levy, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - George Terry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Albhy Galuten, Producer - Bob Dylan, ComposerLyricist - TOM DOWD, Producer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dick Sims, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Radle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Yvonne Elliman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

14
Hello Old Friend
00:03:32

Eric Clapton, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Carl Dean Radle, Producer - Rob Fraboni, Producer

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 2

1
Cocaine
00:03:32

Marcy Levy, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Terry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - GLYN JOHNS, Producer - Dick Sims, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Radle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Yvonne Elliman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

2
Lay Down Sally
00:03:44

Marcy Levy, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Terry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jamie Oldaker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - GLYN JOHNS, Producer - Dick Sims, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Radle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Yvonne Elliman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

3
Wonderful Tonight Album Version
00:03:38

Marcy Levy, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Terry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jamie Oldaker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - GLYN JOHNS, Producer - Dick Sims, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Radle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Yvonne Elliman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

4
Promises
00:02:55

Marcy Levy, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - George Terry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - GLYN JOHNS, Producer - Dick Sims, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Richard G. Feldman, ComposerLyricist - Roger Curtis Linn, ComposerLyricist - Carl Radle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1978 Universal International Music B.V.

5
I Can't Stand It
00:04:07

TOM DOWD, Producer - Eric Clapton, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Universal International Music B.V.

6
I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart
00:03:13

Troy Seals, ComposerLyricist - Ry Cooder, Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Hawkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - TOM DOWD, Producer - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Lee, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Kirkpatrick, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Sambataro, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Edward F. Sester, ComposerLyricist - Steven R Diamond, ComposerLyricist - Michael Carnevale, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

7
She's Waiting
00:04:54

Chris Stainton, Synthesizer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Robinson, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Marcy Levy, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Collins, Producer, Snare Drum, Co-Mixer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Launay, Engineer, Co-Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Oldaker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - John Peter Robinson, ComposerLyricist - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Shaun Murphy, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1985 Warner Bros Records

8
Forever Man
00:03:11

Jeff Porcaro, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Omartian, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Lynn Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marcy Levy, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LENNY WARONKER, Producer, Co-Producer - MARK LINETT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Templeman, Producer, Co-Producer, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE LUKATHER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1985 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

9
It's In The Way That You Use It
00:04:11

Michael Brecker, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - TOM DOWD, Producer, Co-Producer - STEVE CHASE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Faddis, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Brecker, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Cottle, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ROBBIE ROBERTSON, ComposerLyricist - Gary Brooker, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence Cottle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Jacobs, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Spinetti, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Bargerone, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1986 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

10
Miss You
00:05:06

Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Collins, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brecker, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - TOM DOWD, Producer - Jon Faddis, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Brecker, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Leon Pendarvis, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Columby, ComposerLyricist - Phillip David Collins, Producer - Peter Hefter, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Magic Moreno, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Gommersall, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bargerone, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1986 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

11
Pretending
00:04:40

Jerry Williams, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Phillinganes, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan East, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Lynn Williams, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Bova, Horn, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Titelman, Producer - Dave Wittman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEVE "BARNEY" CHASE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - CHAKA KHAN, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Joseph Puig, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Clark, Bass Guitar, Horn, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - DAVE O'DONNELL, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Eaton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Bralower, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Steele, Conga, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 Reprise Records Inc.

12
Bad Love
00:05:06

Phil Palmer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mick Jones, ComposerLyricist - Russ Titelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Wittman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Collins, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE "BARNEY" CHASE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Wright, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Joseph Puig, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - DAVE O'DONNELL, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tessa Niles, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Kissoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 Reprise Records

13
Tears In Heaven Album Version
00:04:32

Eric Clapton, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Will Jennings, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1992 Atlantic Recordings, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH - A Warner Music Group Company (LC: 00322)

DISC 3

1
Layla (Unplugged)
00:04:39

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Titelman, Producer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tessa Niles, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Ferrone, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Kissoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE BOYER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Fairweather Low, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Leavell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - James Beck Jim Gordon, ComposerLyricist - Jim Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 MTV Networks

2
Running On Faith (Unplugged)
00:06:11

Nathan East, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Lynn Williams, ComposerLyricist - Russ Titelman, Producer - Eric Clapton, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tessa Niles, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Kissoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE BOYER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Fairweather Low, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Leavell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 MTV Networks

3
Motherless Child
00:02:56

Chris Stainton, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Roddy Lorimer, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Sanders, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Clarke, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Titelman, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Fairweather Low, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Portnoy, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Bronze, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1994 Reprise Records

4
Change The World
00:03:54

Brad Gilderman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Clapton, MainArtist - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Babyface, Producer

℗ 1996 Reprise Records Inc.

5
My Father's Eyes
00:05:23

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stainton, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - JOE SAMPLE, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alan Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chyna, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Fairweather Low, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Reprise Records

6
Riding With The King Eric Clapton with B.B. King
00:04:23

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Co-Producer - Susannah Melvoin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Melvoin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Sweeney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - B.B. King, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - JOE SAMPLE, Piano, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Hiatt, ComposerLyricist - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Fairweather Low, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Reprise Records

7
Sweet Home Chicago
00:05:15

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stainton, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Co-Producer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Reprise Records

8
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
00:03:26

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Co-Producer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Hammond Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Fairweather Low, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Portnoy, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 Reprise Records

9
Ride The River Eric Clapton with J.J. Cale
00:04:34

Simon Climie, Producer, Co-Producer - J.J. CALE, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, MainArtist - Alan Douglas, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2006 Reprise Records

10
Eric Clapton - The Autobiography - read by Bill Nighy (extract)
00:07:02

Eric Clapton, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

Album Description

Disregard the title of this 2007 compilation: there is no way that any double-disc, 36-track set could be called The Complete Clapton, not when Eric Clapton has had a career that's spanned over four decades. This doesn't even attempt to cover as much ground as his landmark four-disc 1988 box set Crossroads, which began with his first band the Yardbirds and then followed his winding journeys through John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, and Derek & the Dominos before settling into his solo records. Of course, The Complete Clapton covers the nearly 20 years that have elapsed since the release of Crossroads, a time frame which includes the blockbuster success of his 1992 Unplugged, its all-blues 1994 follow-up From the Cradle, and many soft adult contemporary hits from the late '90s. All these phases are touched upon on The Complete Clapton, but the set lops off all of Clapton's earliest recordings, beginning with five Cream staples ("I Feel Free," "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room," "Crossroads," "Badge") and Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord" before delving into his solo career. This turns The Complete Clapton into a portrait of Clapton the classic rocker, as it focuses almost entirely on radio staples -- including tracks like "I've Got a Rock & Roll Heart," "Forever Man," and "It's in the Way That You Use It" that didn't make the cut on Crossroads -- that still are played frequently years after their original release. As such, this set doesn't pack many surprises, but it does hit the obvious highlights well and serves as a good hits package for the casual and curious fan, and in that sense, it works as a good companion piece to Clapton's autobiography, which was published the same week this was released in October 2007.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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