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From the Cradle (Live)

Eric Clapton

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Album Review

For years, fans craved an all-blues album from Eric Clapton; he waited until 1994 to deliver From the Cradle. The album manages to re-create the ambience of postwar electric blues, right down to the bottomless thump of the rhythm section. If it wasn't for Clapton's labored vocals, everything would be perfect. As long as he plays his guitar, he can't fail — his solos are white-hot and evocative, original and captivating. When he sings, Clapton loses that sense of originality, choosing to mimic the vocals of the original recordings. At times, his overemotive singing is painful; he doesn't have the strength to pull off Howlin' Wolf's growl or the confidence to replicate Muddy Waters' assured phrasing. Yet, whenever he plays, it's easier to forget his vocal shortcomings. Even with its faults, From the Cradle is one of Clapton's finest moments.

Customer Reviews

this is a good album

this was my very first blues album i ever bought, got it when i was 17, now i'm 30 and it's sill one of my favorites because it introduced me to Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, Freddie King, Howlin Wolf, etc. I can single handedly thank eric clapton for bringing into the blues. It's not an actual live album, but it each song was done in a single take giving it that live feel. There were not any overdubs or punch ins on this album. the entire band set up and played and the results were recorded. Clapton gets a lot of flack for this album, being it a long awaited blues album, and he gets criticized for doing all covers. From the interviews I've read and from all the biographies of Clapton that i've read, he was simply paying homage to his mentors and blues heroes. he still plays the heck out of the guitar on every song. It's an album with lots of energy, great blues classics, a live feel, albeit not an actual "live" album, and i'd recommend it.

This is a mistake or misprint

From the Cradle is THE best Eric Clapton solo album ever released but this is NOT a live album it's the studio album.

Recorder LIVE in the Studio

The whole point of this particular album was that it WAS recorded LIVE in the studio like the early blues recordings that the album plays homage to. I guess some people can't figure it out if they don't have a screaming audience between songs. Oh well, sad.


Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars due to his group affiliations — the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith — which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature....
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