Eric Clapton And Friends: The Early Years
• Originally released in 1991, this album features guitar legend Eric Clapton during the early part of his career as he performs songs with the Yardbirds, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Jimmy Page with the Immediate All Stars
• A combination of a dozen live and studio tracks recorded between 1963 and 1966, hits include For Your Love, Smokestack Lightning, Take It Easy and others
Eric Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. By the time he launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world’s major rock stars due to his group affiliations — the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith — which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation.
Clapton’s solo career began in the 1970s, where his work bore the influence of the mellow style of J. J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla”, recorded with Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded with Cream.
Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004 he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. He has received four Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his solo career, Clapton has sold more than 130 million records worldwide.
Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds
For Your Love
Too Much Monkey Business (Live)
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Smokestack Lightning (Live)
Take It Easy (Live)
Eric Clapton With John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
I’m Your Witchdoctor
On Top Of The World
Tribute To Elmore
Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page With The Immediate Allstars
Draggin’ My Tail