Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton

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Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton-Time Pieces.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedApril 1982 (1982-04)
Recorded1970–1978
GenreRock
Length44:52
LabelRSO
ProducerTom Dowd, Delaney Bramlett, Glyn Johns, the Dominos
Eric Clapton chronology
Steppin' Out
(1981)
Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton
(1982)
Timepieces Vol.II Live in the Seventies
(1983)

Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton is a greatest hits album by British musician Eric Clapton. The album was originally released by RSO/Polydor Records in April 1982 (see 1982 in music). The following year a second volume, Time Pieces Vol.II Live in the Seventies, was released by the label. The album has been reissued several times and has been awarded certifications in several regions. Billboard reported the album sold more than 13,400,000 copies worldwide.[1]

Background and compilation[edit]

In 1982, Eric Clapton left RSO and Polydor to form his own label, Duck Records, with distribution through Warner Bros. With the loss of the artist, the two Time Pieces albums were compiled and released.[2]

The songs on the album were all released as singles, with only one song—"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"—having never been released on an RSO album. A large number of songs on the release were either from 461 Ocean Boulevard or Slowhand,[2] while none of the songs were released on No Reason to Cry or Another Ticket. The original vinyl and cassette releases contained the live version of "Cocaine" from the 1980 release "Just One Night"; the later CD issue deleted this for the studio version from "Slowhand", and also included the song "Let It Grow" from "461 Ocean Boulevard".

A 7-times Platinum RIAA certification for the album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Shot the Sheriff" (Bob Marley) – 4:23
  2. "After Midnight" (J. J. Cale) – 3:08
  3. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan) – 4:21
    • Non-album single (1975)
  4. "Wonderful Tonight" (Eric Clapton) – 3:39
  5. "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos (Clapton, Jim Gordon) – 7:06
  6. "Cocaine" (Cale) – 3:34
  7. "Lay Down Sally" (Clapton, Marcy Levy, George Terry) – 3:49
    • From the album Slowhand (1977) *The 1982 US LP uses the live version from Just One Night*
  8. "Willie and the Hand Jive" (Johnny Otis) – 3:28
    • From the album 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)
  9. "Promises" (Richard Feldman, Roger Linn) – 3:00
  10. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (Traditional, arr. Clapton) – 3:29
  11. "Let It Grow" (Clapton) – 4:55 *On UK version and CD reissue*
    • From the album 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts for Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton
Chart (1982–2004) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[3] 28
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[4] 65
Dutch Albums (Midprice Albums Top 50)[5] 42
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[6] 34
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 22
Spanish Albums (AFYVE)[8] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 20
US Billboard 200[10] 101
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[11] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[12] Gold 30,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[13]
1994 certification
Platinum 50,000*
Austria (IFPI Austria)[14]
1996 certification
Platinum 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[15] Million 1,000,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[16] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[17] Platinum 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[18] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe April 1982 RSO Records LP RSD 5010
North America April 1982 RSO Records LP RS-1-3099
Worldwide November 1982 Polydor Records CD 810,014-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Magazine: 300 Best Selling Albums (Worldwide)". Prince.org. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Schumacher, Michael (1995). "Chapter 10: The Shape You're In (1978–82)". Crossroads: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton (First ed.). New York City, United States: Hyperion. p. 234. ISBN 0-7868-6074-X.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (1st ed.). St Ives, New South Wales, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eric Clapton – Time Pieces - The Best Of Eric Clapton" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Dutch Midprice Albums Top 50 – 31/07/2004" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  6. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005 (in Japanese) (1st ed.). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Eric Clapton – Time Pieces - The Best Of Eric Clapton". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  9. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Eric Clapton Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Eric Clapton Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Eric Clapton – Time Pieces - The Best of". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Eric Clapton – Time Pieces Best Of" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Eric Clapton – Time Pieces" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  15. ^ "年度別ミリオンセラー一覧 1999年" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Eric Clapton – Time Pieces - The Best of" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 14 February 2016. Enter Time Pieces - The Best of in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  17. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Eric Clapton – Time Pieces - The Best of". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  18. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Eric Clapton; 'Timepieces')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – Time Pieces". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 February 2016.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Time Pieces in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Eric Clapton – Time Pieces/Best of Eric Clapton". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 14 February 2016.