Blues (Eric Clapton album)

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Blues
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Compilation album by Eric Clapton
Released 27 July 1999
Recorded 1970–1980
Genre Blues rock
Length 2:26:08[1]
Label PolyGram
Eric Clapton chronology
Pilgrim
(1998)Pilgrim1998
Blues
(1999)
Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton
(1999)Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic link 4/5 stars
Rolling Stone link 4/5 stars

Blues is a blues rock compilation album by Eric Clapton released in 1999. The release features songs from Clapton's 1970s RSO albums, as well as some unreleased material from the same era. The second disc features live recordings.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one (studio blues)[edit]

  1. "Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself)" (Ellas McDaniel) – 4:39 (Previously unreleased acoustic outtake from Backless, 1978)
  2. "Mean Old World" (Walter Jacobs) – 3:50 (Outtake from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
  3. "Ain't That Lovin' You" (Jimmy Reed) – 5:26
  4. "The Sky Is Crying" (Elmore James) – 3:58
  5. "Cryin'" (Eric Clapton) – 2:52
  6. "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" (Billy Myles) – 6:51 - Derek and the Dominos
  7. "Alberta" (Traditional) – 2:40 (Previously unreleased outtake from Slowhand, 1977)
  8. "Early in the Morning" (Traditional) – 7:55
  9. "Give Me Strength" (Clapton) – 2:51
  10. "Meet Me (Down at the Bottom)" (Willie Dixon) – 7:04 (Previously unreleased outtake from 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974)
  11. "County Jail Blues" (Alfred Fields) – 3:56
  12. "Floating Bridge" (Sleepy John Estes) – 6:33
  13. "Blow Wind Blow" (Muddy Waters) – 2:59
  14. "To Make Somebody Happy" (Clapton) – 5:11
  15. "Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself)" (McDaniel) – 4:39 (Previously unreleased electric outtake from Backless, 1978)

Disc two (live blues)[edit]

  1. "Stormy Monday" (T-Bone Walker) – 12:49 (Hammersmith Odeon, Hammersmith, London, England, 27 April 1977)
  2. "Worried Life Blues" (Big Maceo Merriweather) – 5:57 (Victoria Hall, Hanley, Staffordshire, Stock-on-Trent, England, 28 November 1978)
  3. "Early in the Morning" (Traditional) – 7:11 (Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, 3 December 1979)
  4. "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" (Billy Myles) – 7:47 (Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, 19 July 1974)
  5. "Wonderful Tonight" (Clapton) – 6:23 (Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, 24 November 1978)
  6. "Kind Hearted Woman" (Robert Johnson) – 5:11 (Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, 24 November 1978)
  7. "Double Trouble" (Otis Rush) – 8:02 (Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, 3 December 1979)
  8. "Driftin' Blues" (Charles Brown/Johnny Moore/Eddie Williams) – 6:57 (Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, 25 June 1975)
  9. "Crossroads" (Robert Johnson) – 5:49 (Victoria Hall, Hanley, Staffordshire, Stock-on-Trent, England, 28 November 1978)
  10. "Further on Up the Road" (Joe Medwich Veasey/Don Robey) – 8:38 (Convention Centre, Dallas, 15 November 1976)

Bonus disc (included with some early copies of the album)[edit]

  1. "Blues in A" (Clapton) – 10:25 (Previously unreleased jam outtake from Eric Clapton, 1970)
  2. "Eric After Hours Blues" (Clapton) – 4:20 (Previously unreleased jam outtake from 461 Ocean Boulevard)
  3. "B Minor Jam" (Clapton) – 7:10 (Previously unreleased jam outtake from 461 Ocean Boulevard)
  4. "Blues" (Clapton) – 2:59 (Previously unreleased jam outtake from No Reason to Cry, 1976)

Personnel[edit]

  • Duane Allman – guitar, performer
  • Jon Astley – engineer, mixing
  • John Bellissimo – photography
  • Gary Brooker – keyboards, vocals
  • Philip Chapman – mixing
  • Eric Clapton – dobro, guitar, arranger, vocals
  • The Dominoes – arranger, producer
  • Tom Dowd – producer, executive producer
  • Yvonne Elliman – vocals
  • Rob Fraboni – producer
  • Jim Gordon – drums (bass)
  • Suha Gur – digital mastering, mixing, digital compilation
  • Al Jackson, Jr. – drums
  • John Jansen – mixing
  • Glyn Johns – producer, engineer
  • Freddie King – guitar
  • Leadbelly – arranger
  • Albert Lee – guitar, vocals
  • Bill Levenson – mixing, compilation producer
  • Marcy Levy – vocals
  • Andy MacPherson – mixing
  • Jay Mark – mixing
  • Dave Markee – bass
  • Dave Mason – guitar
  • John McDermott – liner notes
  • Bill Oakes – producer
  • Jamie Oldaker – drums
  • Sergio Pastora – percussion
  • Ron Pownall – photography
  • Michael Putland – photography
  • Carl Radle – bass
  • Jerry Rappaport – project assistant
  • Steve Rinkoff – mixing
  • Dick Sims – organ, piano
  • Henry Spinetti – percussion, drums
  • Chris Stainton – keyboards
  • Jackie Stansfield – project coordinator
  • George Terry – guitar
  • Terri Tierney – project coordinator
  • Laurens Van Houten – photography
  • Bobby Whitlock – piano
  • Ron Wood – guitar

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 38
French Compilation Albums (SNEP)[3] 23
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[4] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 52
US Billboard 200[6] 52

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[7] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Blues – Eric Clapton". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Eric Clapton – Blues". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  3. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > "Eric CLAPTON" > "OK". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). InfoDisc.fr. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eric Clapton – Blues". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Eric Clapton Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  7. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart – 03 October 1999". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – Blues". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 21 April 2017.  Enter Blues in the search field and then press Enter.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Eric Clapton – Blues". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 21 April 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH