Eric Clapton

Clapton [Compilation]

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In the early '70s, Polydor Records, Eric Clapton's European label, had a licensing deal with Atlantic Records in the U.S. that allowed Atlantic to distribute his albums in America on its Atco subsidiary. Thus the LPs Eric Clapton and Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (credited to Derek and the Dominos) were released initially on Atco in America. In 1972, the deal lapsed for new product, though Atlantic retained U.S. rights to those two albums for a few more years. But Polydor, which had begun releasing its own albums in America, had rights to the material itself, and Clapton's commercial stature was increasing, so Polydor simply reshuffled the contents of the albums for its September 1972 two-LP compilation Eric Clapton at His Best, then put the remaining tracks on this single-LP follow-up. That meant that, if you bought both Eric Clapton at His Best and Clapton, you would have the same songs found on Eric Clapton and Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, only jumbled up.