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Clapton Sings the Blues: Vinyl Box Set to Anthologize Late Period Albums

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Vinyl enthusiasts are going to have Slowhand for the holidays. A report from fanzine Where’s Eric? announces the November release of Clapton Blues, a five-vinyl box set that encompasses three of Clapton’s great late-period blues albums.

First up is From the Cradle, Clapton’s first LP since the triumphant success of his MTV Unplugged appearance in 1992. It’s a raw, straight pass of a set (the liner notes detail only two overdubs and no editing) comprised of 16 classic covers of blues legends from Elmore James to Muddy Waters. Strange as it sounds, this was Clapton’s first true all-blues album as a solo performer, but it was just what folks wanted to hear, topping the Billboard 200 and earning a triple platinum certification.

Clapton’s next foray into the blues was 2000’s Riding with the King, a collaboration with – who else? – the one and only B.B. King. While the then-74-year-old guitarist had worked with Clapton before (they first met Clapton when he was Cream’s guitarist and worked together on King’s Deuces Wild in 1997), this was their first full-blown joint effort. The response was exactly what you’d expect from two giants of the genre getting together: strong sales, critical respect and a Grammy for each of their shelves for Best Blues Album.

Finally, while not a collaboration in the strict sense of the word, Clapton in 2004 tackled the work of late blues pioneer Robert Johnson for Me and Mr. Johnson. Of course, the guitarist was no stranger to his work – his interest in Johnson in the ’60s paved the way for the critical reassessment and resurgence that Johnson’s output would enjoy in the decades to follow – but the record was kind of an accident, the output of a studio session with no new written material. The loose sessions were turned into an album, and Clapton’s blues legend was further underlined.

The box will feature Cradle and King on double vinyl and Johnson on single vinyl. According to the report, an exclusibe online preorder will feature the discs on blue vinyl as well.

Clapton Blues is available November 22. Reacquaint yourself with the track lists after the jump!

Eric Clapton, Clapton Blues (Reprise 960299, 2011)

LPs 1 and 2: From the Cradle (originally released as Reprise 9362-45735-2, 1994)

  1. Blues Before Sunrise
  2. Third Degree
  3. Reconsider Baby
  4. Hoochie Coochie Man
  5. Five Long Years
  6. I’m Tore Down
  7. How Long Blues
  8. Goin’ Away Baby
  9. Blues Leave Me Alone
  10. Sinner’s Prayer
  11. Motherless Child
  12. It Hurts Me Too
  13. Someday After a While (You’ll Be Sorry)
  14. Standin’ Round Crying
  15. Driftin’
  16. Groaning the Blues

LPs 3 and 4: B.B. King and Eric Clapton, Riding with the King (originally released as Reprise 9 47612-2, 2000)

  1. Riding with the King
  2. Ten Long Years
  3. Key to the Highway
  4. Marry You
  5. Three O’Clock Blues
  6. Help the Poor
  7. I Wanna Be
  8. Worried Life Blues
  9. Days of Old
  10. When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer
  11. Hold On, I’m Comin’
  12. Come Rain or Come Shine

LP 5: Me and Mr. Johnson (originally released as Reprise 9362-48423-2, 2004)

  1. When You Got a Good Friend
  2. Little Queen of Spades
  3. They’re Red Hot
  4. Me and the Devil Blues
  5. Travelling Riverside Blues
  6. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
  7. Stop Breakin’ Down Blues
  8. Milkcow’s Calf Blues
  9. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
  10. Come on in My Kitchen
  11. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
  12. Love in Vain
  13. 32-20 Blues
  14. Hellhound on My Trail

Written by Mike Duquette

August 26, 2011 at 13:26

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