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Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton

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Since Eric Clapton’s ‘60s and ‘70s output has been exhaustively documented, Clapton Chronicles offers a new perspective on his career, focusing solely on the years between 1983 and 1999. While he could have easily retired in the late ‘70s and coasted along on the basis of his reputation, Clapton used the ‘80s to renew himself as a pop singer and songwriter. “Pretending,” “Bad Love” and “It’s In the Way That You Use It” made him relevant to a generation weaned on the Police and Huey Lewis, and his career reached even higher plateaus in the ‘90s. “Change the World” and “My Father’s Eyes,” crossover songs that appealed to fans of pop, R&B and rock alike, were his biggest hits. Meanwhile, “Tears In Heaven” became a modern standard, and remains one of the most emotionally fragile songs to ever become a #1 hit. Even as Clapton entered middle age he refused to rest on his laurels. For all the radical renditions Clapton has recorded in his career — from “Crossroads” to “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”— no could have predicted his 1992 re-envisioning of “Layla” as a work of understated and effortlessly groovy acoustic blues.

Customer Reviews

Eric Clapton: Greatest Hits? A surefire sucess

What more can be said? The title of this album is quite true: it is a chronicle of Clapton's greatness. The only thing that would make it better would be some more from his blues-like (album example: From the Cradle), and possibly some of his work with Derek and the Dominoes( The fast Layla and Bell Bottom Blues, along with others, spring to mind.) Either way, excellent album

Great Album

The album is true to his traditional work. A few new songs I hadn't heard, which was a nice surprise.


The tears in heaven one makes my eyes tear up sometimes.


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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