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Having reconnected with the most fundamental and organic form of musicmaking during sessions for his MTV Unplugged album, Eric Clapton subsequently decided to record his first all-blues album since leaving John Mayall’s band in 1966. “I went into the studio with the approach that everything would be recorded live,” Clapton later wrote, ”and having chosen the songs, we would play them as much like the original versions as possible, even down to the key they were played in. It was what I had always wanted to do.” A complete 180 from his production-heavy '80s work, From the Cradle adopts a wonderfully unadorned methodology. Among the standouts are “Goin’ Away Baby,” “Third Degree," and the solo performance of Charles Brown’s “Driftin’.” While it’s remarkable to hear Clapton try to commune with the ferocious ghost of Elmore James on “Third Degree” and “It Hurts Me Too,” the most powerful moments are delivered with a soft touch: none more so than “Motherless Child,” a sweet and layered acoustic rendition of Barbecue Bob’s 1927 song. Against all expectations, Clapton’s version became a big hit, proving again that the culture always reserves a place for old-fashioned country cooking.

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. And his debut...
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