Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton [Australia Bonus Tracks]

Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton [Australia Bonus Tracks]

by Eric Clapton

CD(Bonus Tracks / Australian Import)

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Clapton Chronicles ignores Eric Clapton's 1983 Reprise debut, Money and Cigarettes (which sounded more like an RSO album, anyway), starting with the pair of Phil Collins-produced mid-'80s albums, Behind the Sun and August. Though these had a pop sheen, they were album rock holdovers. Clapton didn't get the balance between hard rock and commercial gloss right until 1989's Journeyman, whose featured songs -- "Before You Accuse Me," "Bad Love," and "Pretending" -- form the heart of this compilation. Journeyman was overshadowed by the phenomenal success of "Tears in Heaven" and 1992's Unplugged. Not only did Unplugged go platinum ten times, it established a new public image -- classy, stylish, and substantial. That's the image that prevails on Clapton Chronicles. His triple-platinum blues album From the Cradle is written out of the picture, with songs from movie soundtracks taking its place. Apart from the Babyface-produced "Change the World," these tunes are a little too self-conscious and subdued, as are selections from 1998's Pilgrim. However, this deliberate move to paint Clapton's '80s and '90s recordings as adult contemporary fare is accurate. Clapton's musical journey from 1985 to 1999 was taken mostly in the middle of the road, and Clapton Chronicles certainly captures that journey, missing no major hits from the late '80s and '90s. Whether it's a necessary addition to a Clapton collection is a matter of taste. It's certainly an excellent compliment to Unplugged and Time Pieces, his two most popular and pop-oriented albums, but that might not be what every fan wants. [The Australian edition trades "Hard Times" for "Tearing Us Apart."]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2000
Label: Wea Int'l
UPC: 9325583003967
catalogNumber: 247569

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Vocals
Robert Cray   Guitar
Phil Collins   Drums,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tina Turner   Track Performer
Michael Brecker   Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Joe Sample   Piano
Gary Brooker   Keyboards,Vocals
Marcy Levy   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jeff Bova   Synthesizer Organ
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Chaka Khan   Background Vocals
Alan Clark   Bass,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Synthesizer Horn
Simon Climie   Keyboards
Luis Conte   Percussion
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Laurence Cottle   Bass
Richard Cottle   Synthesizer
Greg Curtis   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Steve Gadd   Drums
Chyna Gordon   Background Vocals
Luis Jardim   Guitar,Percussion
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Robbie Kondor   Synthesizer
Chuck Leavell   Keyboards
Steve Lukather   Rhythm Guitar
JayDee Mannes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Shaun Murphy   Background Vocals
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Jamie Oldaker   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Henry Spinetti   Drums
Chris Stainton   Hammond Organ
Richard Tee   Piano
Ted Templeman   Timbales
Gayle Levant   celtic harp
Carol Steele   Conga
Mike Fasano   Percussion

Technical Credits

Robbie Robertson   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Jimmy Bralower   drum machine,drum programming
Stephen Chase   Engineer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Simon Climie   Producer
Greg Curtis   Programming
Jeff DeMorris   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Scott Mabuchi   Engineer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Marc Shaiman   String Arrangements
Allen Sides   Engineer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Dave Wittman   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Jim Barton   Producer,Engineer
Paul Waller   drum programming
Adam Brown   Engineer
Lee Dickson   Guitar Techician
David O'Donnell   Engineer

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