Complete Clapton

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Complete Clapton
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Greatest hits album by Eric Clapton
Released 9 October 2007
Genre Rock · blues · pop
Length 154:52
Label Reprise · Polydor
Eric Clapton chronology
The Road to Escondido
(2006)
Complete Clapton
(2007)
Live from Madison Square Garden
(2009)

Complete Clapton is a greatest hits collection by British rock musician Eric Clapton, released on 9 October 2007 to accompany Clapton's official autobiography.

Release[edit]

The two-disc collection was released on 9 October 2007 to accompany Eric Clapton's official autobiography, Clapton: The Autobiography, released that same year (see also 2007 in music). An exclusive edition sold through Barnes & Noble bookstores in the United States included a bonus compact disc with four additional tracks.[1] As with The Rolling Stones' Forty Licks, each disc has been compiled by different record companies: disc one, virtually identical to The Cream of Clapton by Polydor, and disc two by Warner Bros. Records. Clapton helped to promote the album by being interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show in 2007.[2]

Commercial success[edit]

The compilation debuted at number 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200.[3] It also peaked at number two on the British albums chart, compiled by the Official Charts Company.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs are by Eric Clapton, except where noted.

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "I Feel Free" (Cream) Pete Brown, Jack Bruce Fresh Cream, 1966 2:52
2. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Cream) Brown, Bruce, Eric Clapton Disraeli Gears, 1967 4:09
3. "White Room" (Cream) Brown, Bruce Wheels of Fire, 1968 4:56
4. "Crossroads" (Live) (Cream) Robert Johnson, arr. by Clapton Wheels of Fire 4:06
5. "Badge" (Cream) Clapton, George Harrison Goodbye, 1969 2:40
6. "Presence of the Lord" (Blind Faith) Clapton Blind Faith, 1969 4:46
7. "After Midnight" (Alternate mix) J. J. Cale Eric Clapton, 1970 3:06
8. "Let It Rain" Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett, Clapton Eric Clapton 5:03
9. "Bell Bottom Blues" (Derek & the Dominos) Clapton Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970 5:00
10. "Layla" (Derek & the Dominos) Clapton, Jim Gordon Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs 7:07
11. "Let It Grow" Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974 4:54
12. "I Shot the Sheriff" Bob Marley 461 Ocean Boulevard 4:20
13. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Bob Dylan Non-album single, 1975 4:22
14. "Hello Old Friend" Clapton No Reason to Cry, 1976 3:32
15. "Cocaine" Cale Slowhand, 1977 3:32
16. "Lay Down Sally" Clapton, Marcy Levy, George Terry Slowhand 3:47
17. "Wonderful Tonight" Clapton Slowhand 3:38
18. "Promises" Richard Feldman, Roger Linn Backless, 1978 2:57
19. "I Can't Stand It" Clapton Another Ticket, 1981 4:07
Total length: 78:54
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Original Length
1. "I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart" Tony Seals, Troy Seals, Steve Diamond, Eddie Setser Money and Cigarettes, 1983 3:12
2. "She's Waiting" Clapton, Peter Robinson Behind the Sun, 1985 4:54
3. "Forever Man" Jerry Lynn Williams Behind the Sun 3:11
4. "It's in the Way That You Use It" Clapton, Robbie Robertson August, 1986 4:10
5. "Miss You" Clapton, Bobby Columby, Greg Phillinganes August 5:05
6. "Pretending" Williams Journeyman, 1989 4:42
7. "Bad Love" Clapton, Mick Jones Journeyman 5:08
8. "Tears in Heaven" Clapton, Will Jennings Rush soundtrack, 1992 4:31
9. "Layla" (Acoustic version) Clapton, Gordon Unplugged, 1992 4:38
10. "Running on Faith" (Acoustic version) Williams Unplugged 6:10
11. "Motherless Child" Robert Hicks From the Cradle, 1994 2:56
12. "Change the World" Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick Phenomenon soundtrack, 1996 3:54
13. "My Father's Eyes" Clapton Pilgrim, 1998 5:22
14. "Riding with the King" (B.B. King and Eric Clapton) John Hiatt Riding with the King, 2000 4:23
15. "Sweet Home Chicago" Johnson Sessions for Robert J, 2004 5:15
16. "If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day" Johnson Me and Mr. Johnson, 2004 3:26
17. "Ride the River" (J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton) Cale The Road to Escondido, 2006 4:35
Total length: 75:58
Barnes & Noble limited edition
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Old Love" Clapton, Robert Cray Journeyman 6:21
2. "Blues Before Sunrise" Leroy Carr From the Cradle 2:58
3. "Milkcow's Calf Blues" Johnson Me and Mr. Johnson 3:19
4. "Ramblin' On My Mind" Johnson Sessions for Robert J 2:42
Total length: 15:20

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[5]

AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine quickly notes that this compilation "doesn't even attempt to cover as much ground as his landmark four-disc 1988 box set Crossroads", but also recalls Complete Clapton "overs the nearly 20 years that have elapsed since the release of Crossroads, a time frame which includes the blockbuster success of his 1992 Unplugged, its all-blues 1994 follow-up From the Cradle, and many soft adult contemporary hits from the late '90s". Erlewine rounds his review up by saying: "Complete Clapton into a portrait of Clapton the classic rocker" and "pack[s] many surprises, but it does hit the obvious highlights well and serves as a good hits package for the casual and curious fan, and in that sense, it works as a good companion piece to Clapton's autobiography".[5]

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2007–2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 38
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 51
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 20
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[10] 41
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[11] 19
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 15
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 41
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[14] 25
Irish Albums (IRMA)[15] 15
Italian Albums (FIMI)[16] 33
Korean International Albums (Gaon)[17] 14
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 5
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[20] 14
Scottish Albums (OCC)[21] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[22] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 32
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 2
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[25] 17
US Billboard 200[26] 14
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[27] 14
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[28] 21
US Top Internet Albums (Billboard)[29] 14
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[30] 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Ireland (IRMA)[31] Platinum 15,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[32] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Gold 7,500^
South Korea 20,345[34]
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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