Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton [WEA Unternational]

Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton [WEA Unternational]

by Eric Clapton

Overview

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 complement to Unplugged and Time Pieces, his two most popular and pop-oriented albums, but that might not be what every fan wants.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2000
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0093624756422
catalogNumber: 247564

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Robert Cray   Guitar
Phil Collins   Drums,Background Vocals,Snare Drums
Michael Brecker   Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Peter Manning Robinson   Synthesizer
Joe Sample   Piano
Gary Brooker   Keyboards,Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low   Guitar
Marcy Levy   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jeff Bova   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Horn
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga
Chaka Khan   Background Vocals
Simon Climie   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Laurence Cottle   Bass
Richard Cottle   Synthesizer
Greg Curtis   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Nathan East   Bass,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Steve Gadd   Drums
Chyna Gordon   Background Vocals
Luis Jardim   Bass,Percussion
Robbie Kondor   Synthesizer
Chuck Leavell   Keyboards
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Steve Lukather   Rhythm Guitar
JayDee Mannes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Shaun Murphy   Background Vocals
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Michael Omartian   Synthesizer
Jamie Oldaker   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Henry Spinetti   Drums
Chris Stainton   Synthesizer,Hammond Organ
Richard Tee   Piano
Ted Templeman   Timbales
Gayle Levant   celtic harp
Carol Steele   Conga
Paul Waller   Drums
Mike Fasano   Percussion
Katie Kisson   Background Vocals
Jerry Williams   Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Producer,Simmons
Bo Diddley   Composer
Jimmy Bralower   drum machine,drum programming
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Producer
Simon Climie   Composer,Producer
Greg Curtis   Programming
Jeff DeMorris   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Will Jennings   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Nick Launay   Engineer
Scott Mabuchi   Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Marc Shaiman   String Arrangements
Allen Sides   Engineer
Tommy Sims   Composer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Dave Wittman   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Jim Barton   Engineer
Paul Waller   Programming,drum programming
Adam Brown   Engineer
Steve "Barney" Cahse   Engineer
Norman Watson   Cover Photo
Lee Dickson   Guitar Techician
Blumpy   Programming
Thomas Russo   Engineer
David O'Donnell   Engineer

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