The Cream of Clapton

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The Cream of Clapton
CreamOfClapton.jpg
Greatest hits album by Eric Clapton
Released 7 March 1995 (U.S.)
Genre Rock, blues rock
Label Polydor
Producer Various
Eric Clapton chronology
From the Cradle
(1994)
The Cream of Clapton
(1995)
Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies
(1996)

The Cream of Clapton is an Eric Clapton compilation album released in 1995. It should not be confused with the 1987 Polydor (UK) compilation The Cream of Eric Clapton. Additionally, the European and U.S.-versions have a different track listings. The European version had already been released as The Best of Eric Clapton (Polydor 511072) in 1991, though without the track "I Can't Stand It".

In addition to profiling Clapton's solo work, the album also includes Clapton's involvement in the bands Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos. The sole track penned by Clapton on Blind Faith's studio album is the only one included here.

Professional ratings
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

U.S. version[edit]

  1. Cream: "I Feel Free" (Pete Brown, Jack Bruce) – 2:52 (from Fresh Cream, 1966)
  2. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Brown, Bruce, Eric Clapton) – 4:11 (from Disraeli Gears, 1967)
  3. "White Room" (Brown, Bruce) – 5:00 (from Wheels of Fire, 1968)
  4. "Crossroads" (Live) (Robert Johnson, arr. by Clapton) – 4:16 (from Wheels of Fire, 1968)
  5. "Badge" (Clapton, George Harrison) – 2:46 (from Goodbye, 1969)
  6. Blind Faith: "Presence of the Lord" (Clapton) – 4:50 (from Blind Faith, 1969)
  7. Solo: "Blues Power" (Clapton, Leon Russell) – 3:11 (from Eric Clapton, 1970)
  8. "After Midnight" (J.J. Cale) – 2:53 (from Eric Clapton, 1970)
  9. "Let It Rain" (Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett, Clapton) – 5:04 (from Eric Clapton, 1970)
  10. Derek and the Dominos: "Bell Bottom Blues" (Clapton) – 5:02 (from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
  11. "Layla" (Clapton, Jim Gordon) – 7:05 (from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
  12. Solo: "I Shot the Sheriff" (Bob Marley) – 4:23 (from 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974)
  13. "Let It Grow" (Clapton) – 4:58 (from 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974)
  14. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan) – 4:22 (Non-album single, 1975)
  15. "Hello Old Friend" (Clapton) – 3:36 (from No Reason to Cry, 1976)
  16. "Cocaine" (Cale) – 3:39 (from Slowhand, 1977)
  17. "Wonderful Tonight" (Clapton) – 3:42 (from Slowhand, 1977)
  18. "Promises" (Richard Feldman, Roger Linn) – 3:04 (from Backless, 1978)
  19. "I Can't Stand It" (Clapton) – 4:09 (from Another Ticket, 1981)

Great Britain, French, Australian and Canadian version[edit]

Polydor 521881
  1. Derek and the Dominos: "Layla" (Clapton, Gordon) – 7:10 (from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
  2. Cream: "Badge" (Clapton, Harrison) – 2:42 (from Goodbye, 1969)
  3. "I Feel Free" (Brown, Bruce) – 2:54 (from Fresh Cream, 1966)
  4. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Brown, Bruce, Clapton) – 4:10 (from Disraeli Gears, 1967)
  5. "Crossroads" (Live) (Johnson) – 4:13 (from Wheels of Fire, 1968)
  6. "Strange Brew" (Clapton, Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins) - 2:45 (from Disraeli Gears, 1967)
  7. "White Room" (Brown, Bruce) – 4:57 (from Wheels of Fire, 1968)
  8. Derek and the Dominos: "Bell Bottom Blues" (Clapton) – 5:06 (from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
  9. Solo: "Cocaine" (Cale) – 3:35 (from Slowhand, 1977)
  10. "I Shot the Sheriff" (Marley) – 4:22 (from 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974)
  11. "After Midnight" (Cale) – 3:11 (from Eric Clapton, 1970)
  12. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (Traditional, arr. by Eric Clapton) - 3:27 (from There's One in Every Crowd, 1975)
  13. "Lay Down Sally" (Clapton, Marcy Levy, George Terry) - 3:50 (from Slowhand, 1977)
  14. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Dylan) – 4:23 (Non-album single, 1975)
  15. "Wonderful Tonight" (Clapton) – 3:41 (from Slowhand, 1977)
  16. "Let It Grow" (Clapton) – 4:56 (from 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974)
  17. "Promises" (Feldman, Linn) – 3:01 (from Backless, 1978)
  18. "I Can't Stand It" (Clapton) – 4:07 (from Another Ticket, 1981)

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1994–95) Peak
position
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[1] 3
European Albums (IFPI)[2] 14
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 4
French Albums (SNEP)[4] 141
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 17
Hong Kong Albums (IFPI)[1] 4
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[6] 9
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 52

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[10] Gold 25,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[11] 3× Platinum 45,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[14] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hits of the World > Denmark, Hong Kong" (PDF). Billboard Magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 106 (22): 42. May 28, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hits of the World > Europe" (PDF). Billboard Magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 106 (23): 78. June 4, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hits of the World > Finland" (PDF). Billboard Magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 106 (25): 42. June 18, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lescharts.com – Eric Clapton – The Cream of Clapton". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eric Clapton – The Cream of Clapton". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  7. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eric Clapton – The Cream of Clapton". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eric Clapton – The Cream of Clapton". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2007". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Eric Clapton – The Cream of Clapton". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – The Best of Eric Clapton". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Best of Eric Clapton in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  13. ^ "American album certifications". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ "European album certifications – Eric Clapton – The Cream of Clapton". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on July 18, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2015.