Eric Clapton

Crossroads

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A four-disc box set spanning Eric Clapton's entire career -- running from the Yardbirds to his '80s solo recordings -- Crossroads not only revitalized Clapton's commercial standing, but it established the rock & roll multi-disc box set retrospective as a commercially viable proposition. Bob Dylan's Biograph was successful two years before the release of Crossroads, but Clapton's set was a bona fide blockbuster. And it's easy to see why. Crossroads manages to sum up Clapton's career succinctly and thoroughly, touching upon all of his hits and adding a bevy of first-rate unreleased material (most notably selections from the scrapped second Derek and the Dominos album). Although not all of his greatest performances are included on the set -- none of his work as a session musician or guest artist is included, for instance -- every truly essential item he recorded is present on these four discs. No other Clapton album accurately explains why the guitarist was so influential, or demonstrates exactly what he accomplished.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:26 Amazon
2 02:19 Amazon
3 02:41 Amazon
4 02:18 Amazon
5 02:17 Amazon
6 02:45 Amazon
7 02:00 Amazon
8 02:30 Amazon
9
02:36 Amazon
10
feat: John Mayall
03:18 Amazon
11
feat: John Mayall
03:47 Amazon
12
03:14 Amazon
13 03:35 Amazon
14 03:07 Amazon
15 06:43 Amazon
16
feat: Cream
02:21 Amazon
17
feat: Cream
02:53 Amazon
18
feat: Cream
06:30 Amazon
19
feat: Cream
01:51 Amazon
20
feat: Cream
02:47 Amazon
21
feat: Cream
04:11 Amazon
22
feat: Cream
02:48 Amazon
23
feat: Cream
03:30 Amazon
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