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Clapton Chronicles

Clapton Chronicles

Isn't it interesting how the recording industry is still profiting from the efforts of recording artists and over 30 years of recordings.  Music from the 60's and 70's are prominently displayed, often coupled with songs from the 80' and 90's in "greatest hits" compilations.  Such is the case  of the Clapton Chronicles

Eric Clapton has been such a dynamic musician for so many years starting with the Yardbirds in 1963 through 1965 (apparently he didn't like the Yardbird's hit "For Your Love").  As he progressed
into the star performer he is today he spent time with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and then formed Cream and Blind Faith before going solo.

Cream was a 1960s British rock band comprising guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. They were celebrated as the first great power trio and supergroup of rock. Their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues, pop and psychedelic rock. Cream combined Clapton's blues guitar playing with the powerful voice and intense basslines of Jack Bruce and the jazz-influenced drumming of Ginger Baker. They have sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Wheels of Fire was the world's first platinum-selling album.

Blind Faith only released one album in 1969 simply entitled Blind Faith.  The group was made up of Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds, Cream), Ginger Baker (Graham Bond Organization, Cream), Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group (, Traffic) and Ric GrechFamily).  but enough biography, let's get back to the Clapton Chronicles.
Derek and the Dominos Layla and Other Love Songs The CD is anchored by Layla, first released in December 1970 under the group  name Derek and the Dominoes.   The band featured Eric clapton along with an appearance by Duane Allman and members of Delaney and Bonnie's band.   The version featured on Chronicles is not the original recording, but was recorded live as a part of MTV's Unplugged series and released as a single in 1992.  As background for the song, the title, "Layla", was inspired by the Middle Eastern love story, The Story of Layla / Layla and Majnun, by the Persian classical poet Nezami. 
Nezami's tale, about a moon-princess who was married off by her father to someone other than the man who was desperately in love with her, resulting in his madness.

This struck a chord with Clapton who was in love with the wife of former Beatle George Harrison, Patti Boyd.  Harrison finally divorced Boyd after Clapton's illicit affair became known.  Clapton later married Boyd for a few years and then moved on to someone else.

Other songs of note on the Chronicles CD is the 1991 song "Tears In Heaven."  The song written by  Eric Clapton and Will Jennings and is a ballad about the pain Clapton felt following the 1991 death of his four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a 53rd-story window in his mother's New York City condominium. By all accounts, the death was simply a tragic accident, and Clapton was distraught for months afterwards.  This song is one of Clapton's most  Tears In Heaven
successful and heart felt, reaching #2 on the singles chart in the U.S.

Clapton wrote the song with Will Jennings, who was reluctant at first to help him with such a personal song.  The song was initially featured on the soundtrack to the film Rush, and it won three Grammy awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1993. It was also included on Clapton's Grammy award-winning album, Unplugged.

Also fhound on Clapton Chronicles is Clapton's "Change the World."  The ballad was featured in the movie Phenomenon starring John Travolta.

Other songs include "My Father's Eyes," "Blue Eyes Blue," "River Of Tears," "Forever Man" among others.  Each has a story and each are moving as you listen.

Over all, the CD is a good compilation of Clapton's music.  Perhaps the most amazing thing about the CD is that "Layla" has such a current sound and fits into the music scene as much now as it did when released as an acoustic ballad in 1992 and the rock version first released in 1970.

If you are a Clapton enthusiast, you will will this CD.

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