by Eric Clapton


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1990
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042283526143
catalogNumber: 835261

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ginger Baker   Drums,Vocals,Timpani
Blind Faith   Track Performer
Jack Bruce   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Phil Collins   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Snare Drums
Ry Cooder   Guitar
Rita Coolidge   Vocals
Cream   Track Performer
Delaney & Bonnie   Track Performer
Bob Dylan   Vocals
George Harrison   Guitar
Albert Lee   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Dave Mason   Guitar
John Mayall   Organ,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
Leon Russell   Piano
Steve Stills   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Winwood   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ronnie Wood   Guitar
Yardbirds   Group,Track Performer
Michael Brecker   Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocals
Jesse Ed Davis   Guitar
Delaney Bramlett   Guitar,Vocals
Gary Brooker   Keyboards
Sonny Curtis   Vocals
Yvonne Elliman   Vocals
Rick Grech   Bass
Marcy Levy   Tambourine,Vocals
Jim Price   Trumpet
Dave Markee   Bass
John McVie   Bass
Brian Auger   Harpsichord
Jim Gordon   Piano,Drums
Jim McCarty   Drums
Albhy Galuten   Synthesizer,Piano
Duane Allman   Guitar,Track Performer
Jerry Allison   Vocals
Dave Bargeron   Trombone
Tom Bernfield   Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Alan Clark   Keyboards
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Derek & the Dominos   Track Performer
Chris Dreja   Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Nathan East   Bass,Vocals
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Vocals
Hughie Flint   Drums
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Tex Johnson   Percussion
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Katie Kissoon   Vocals
Peter Tosh   Guitar,Vocals
Shaun Murphy   Vocals
Andy Newmark   Drums
Tessa Niles   Vocals
Jamie Oldaker   Drums
Felix Pappalardi   Piano,Viola,Mellotron
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards,Vocals
Carl Radle   Bass
Keith Relf   Harmonica,Vocals
Sergio Rodriguez   Percussion
John Sambataro   Vocals
Paul Samwell-Smith   Bass
Dick Sims   Organ,Keyboards
Henry Spinetti   Drums
Chris Stainton   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
George Terry   Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Whitlock   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Denny Piercey   Bongos

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Producer
Yardbirds   Producer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Jon Astley   Producer,Engineer
Delaney Bramlett   Producer
Marcy Levy   Composer
Mike Vernon   Producer
Phil Spector   Producer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Jimmy Miller   Producer
Albhy Galuten   Producer
Eric Clapton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Derek & the Dominos   Arranger,Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Rob Fraboni   Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer
Giorgio Gomelsky   Composer,Producer
John Jansen   Remixing
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Harry Palmer   Executive Producer
Felix Pappalardi   Producer
Leon Pendarvis   Horn Arrangements
Carl Radle   Arranger,Producer
Don Robey   Composer
Peter Robinson   Composer
George Terry   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Anthony DeCurtis   Essay
Joe Medwick   Composer
Dennis Drake   Remixing
Michael Bays   Artwork
Roger Forrester   Executive Producer
Walter Jacobs   Composer
George McManus   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Jim Harris   Producer

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Crossroads 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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This truly is an all encompassing collection and is a fine set of discs for both loyal fans and newcomers to Claptons music. He may not be God, but he certainly has made a significant contribution to the world of music. I would suggest that if you could find an old, 2 record set called Eric Clapton At His Best, you'd find an excellent instrumental version "Jam" of his Tell The Truth. That song is worth the price of admission. I have not seen that one on CD. Personally, I'd put the original version of Layla at the top of my list of all my all time favorite songs. Plus, the acoustic version of Layla he did on Unplugged is probably the best alternative to the original. One other suggestion: if you'd like to hear him do an outstanding jam, get a copy of Steven Stills' first solo album and listen to Go Back Home. I also wish Duane Allman was here to play another gig with Eric.