From the Cradle

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From the Cradle
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Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released 13 September 1994 (1994-09-13)[1]
Recorded 1994, Olympic Studios, Barnes, London
Genre Blues, electric blues, British blues, soul blues
Length 60:10
Label Duck / Warner Bros.
Producer Eric Clapton, Russ Titelman
Eric Clapton chronology
Unplugged
(1992)
From the Cradle
(1994)
The Cream of Clapton
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[4]
The Music Box 3/5 stars[5]
People (Positive)[6]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[7]

From the Cradle is the twelfth studio album by Eric Clapton. It is a blues cover album. Released on 13 September 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Warner Bros. Records,[1] the album was Clapton's long-awaited follow-up to his massively successful 1992 live album, Unplugged. Per the liner notes, "This is a live recording with no overdubs or edits except for dobro overdub on 'How Long Blues' and drum overdub on 'Motherless Child'."

Although he had long been associated with the blues, From the Cradle was Clapton's first attempt at an all-blues album. He would subsequently record Riding with the King with B. B. King; a tribute to Robert Johnson, Me and Mr. Johnson; and a collaboration with J.J. Cale, The Road to Escondido.

Critical reception[edit]

From the Cradle has prompted a wide range of critical response. Many questioned the title itself as Clapton learned the blues formula from records later in life and certainly was not exposed to Black culture "from the cradle", although the title likely refers to the saying "from the cradle to the grave". Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic feels that the album is almost perfect and that the only thing bad about the album is Clapton's singing, which merely imitates the original recordings and sometimes can't pull it off.[1] Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly felt that the recordings were "flawless" but were rather boring, especially when compared to the excitement of Cream's live version of "Spoonful".[3] The Music Box's John Metzger felt that Clapton's appearance on Saturday Night Live to promote the album was more powerful than From the Cradle and that the album had nothing that hadn't been done before on it.[5] Robert Christgau compared Eric Clapton's work on the album to Son Seals and Otis Rush, saying that Clapton played better than the former, but sang worse than the latter and felt that "Motherless Child" and "Blues Before Sunrise" were stand-out tracks on the album.[7]

In July 2014, Guitar World placed From the Cradle on their list "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994".[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Blues Before Sunrise" (Leroy Carr) – 2:58 ; this version is inspired also by Elmore James's rendition of the song
  2. "Third Degree" (Eddie Boyd, Willie Dixon) – 5:07
  3. "Reconsider Baby" (Lowell Fulson) – 3:20
  4. "Hoochie Coochie Man" (Dixon) – 3:16 ; originally performed by Muddy Waters
  5. "Five Long Years" (Boyd) – 4:47
  6. "I'm Tore Down" (Sonny Thompson) – 3:02 ; originally performed by Freddie King
  7. "How Long Blues" (Carr) – 3:09
  8. "Goin' Away Baby" (James A. Lane) – 4:00
  9. "Blues Leave Me Alone" (Lane) – 3:36
  10. "Sinner's Prayer" (Lloyd Glenn, Fulson)[9] – 3:20
  11. "Motherless Child" (Robert Hicks)[citation needed] – 2:57
  12. "It Hurts Me Too" (Tampa Red) – 3:17
  13. "Someday After a While" (King, Thompson) – 4:27
  14. "Standin' Round Crying" (McKinley Morganfield) – 3:39
  15. "Driftin'" (Charles Brown, Johnny Moore, Eddie Williams) (Johnny Moore's Three Blazers) – 3:10
  16. "Groaning the Blues" (Dixon) – 6:05 ; originally performed by Otis Rush

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[45] Gold 30,000x
Austria (IFPI Austria)[46] Gold 25,000x
Belgium (BEA)[47] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[48] Platinum 250,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[15] 2× Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[49] 2× Gold 400,000*
Germany (BVMI)[50] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[51] Platinum 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[52] Platinum 200,000^
[[Category:Certification Table Entry usages for Latvia (LaMPA)]]Latvia (LaMPA)[53] Platinum 8,000*
[[Category:Certification Table Entry usages for Macao (IFPI Macao)]]Macao (IFPI Macao)[54] Platinum 30,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[55] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[56] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[40] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[57] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[58] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[59] Gold 234,500[60]
United States (RIAA)[61] 3× Platinum 3,456,240[60]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[62] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

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