The Cream of Eric Clapton is a strong collection that provides an excellent overview of one of rock music's premier performers. Though the title might imply that the selections here are from Clapton's recordings as a part of the British supergroup Cream, the range is much broader, beginning with Clapton's earliest professional work with the Yardbirds and concluding with many of his most popular solo hits. There's an excellent historical perspective in the choices included, and this is an excellent introduction to Clapton's career. Of particular historical interest are "Crossroads," "I Shot the Sheriff," and "Behind the Mask," which showcase the eclectic influences that form Clapton's career…
A Longtime contributor to Guitar World magazine and the author and producer of literally hundreds of artist transcriptions, books, and instructional DVDs, Andy Aledort has influenced and inspired guitarists around the world for many years. During his tenure at Guitar World, Aledort has written lesson features on players such as Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Dimebag Darrell, and Yngwie Malmsteen, among others. He has also created many of Guitar World's best-selling instructional DVDs, including Play Rock Guitar, How to Play Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, and How to Play the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold as Love.
Eric Clapton was contracted to Polydor Records from 1966 to 1981, first as a member of Cream, then Blind Faith, and later as a solo artist and as the leader of Derek and the Dominos. The 19-track, 79-minute Cream of Clapton disc surveys his career, presenting an excellent selection from the period, including the Cream hits "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room," and "Crossroads"; "Presence of the Lord," Clapton's finest moment with Blind Faith; "Bell Bottom Blues" and "Layla" from Derek and the Dominos; and 11 songs from Clapton's solo work, among them the hits "I Shot the Sheriff," "Promises," and "I Can't Stand It."
This disc captures one of the finest guitarists of his generation, Eric Clapton, performing the most well known songs from every phase of his lengthy career. The DVD contains a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Although the sound quality is not as spectacular as one might hope, fans will not be disappointed with the song selection.
This album includes Carmen's 1988 hit "Make Me Lose Control" plus six of the other eight singles-chart entries he enjoyed from 1975 to 1980, plus interesting album cuts such as "Hey Deanie," the Shaun Cassidy hit written by Carmen, and, of course, his comeback hit, "Hungry Eyes," from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
Guitarist Derek Miller is a great bluesman in the vein of Eric Clapton and Jeff Healey. And while his live shows are incredibly energetic and mesmerizing, this album is a great source of big, brawny blues-rock in the vein of Canadian act Big Sugar. The album opens with the seedy, slinky "Devil Come Down Sunday," which has Miller's chops front and center. It's a great song from start to finish and never falters. From there, Miller opts for a somewhat leaner, linear pop/rock number entitled "Stormy Eyes," which brings the likes of Big Wreck to mind. However, the musician falls into a trap with a stale, run-of-the-mill "Girls!," which adds little to the record….