Eric Clapton
Born March 30, 1945, in Surrey, England. Clapton's reputation as a great guitarist and a towering figure has overtaken reality to such a large extent that it is nearly impossible to consider his music objectively which may help explain how Clapton has remained so revered over the past 20 years as he has released one
middling album after another, with occasional  forays  into  outright wretchedness.
Clapton's work with Cream & Blind Faith is truly brilliant and ground- breaking, and his sole studio album with Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, is a certifiable masterpiece. And his first few solo albums range from very good to pretty good, as he seemed to be settling into a laid-back singer - songwriter groove, something which he did well, even if it displeased old fans waiting to hear fiery, innovative guitar soloing. In retrospect, these early and mid-70s albums, most of which were largely dismissed at the time, sound like high points. Since then, he has made some truly despicable albums. In 1989, Clapton seemed content with the comfortable plateau he had reached, actually titling an album Journeyman. His next release, Unplugged catapulted him to international stardom greater than any he had previously known. Clapton can still play, and he continues to sparkle sporadically --largely on guest appearances such as Chuck Berry's "Hail, Hail Rock and Roll" and Jimmie Vaughan's Tribute to Stevie Ray VaughanMDBU--but he seems to have long since stalled creatively. (Note: During 1996, PolyGram released newly re-mastered versions of much of Clapton's solo work.)
Source: MusicHound Rock: 
The Essential Album Guide
Eric Clapton's Rainbow 
Concert [Expanded]
Eric Clapton - Music
Eric Clapton - Books
Crossroads [BOX SET] 
Eric Clapton
Including both his band work (with the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie, and Derek and the Dominos) and his long, varied solo career, this four-CD set does a spectacular job in gathering several decades' worth of Clapton's best. There are the requisite classics --"Layla," "Blues Power," "After Midnight," "Further On Up the Road," "Crossroads," and "I Shot the Sheriff," among many others --some of them in previously unreleased live or alternate studio recordings. Released in 1988, when only superstars were granted the box set, Crossroads became  the blueprint for what such a retrospective should be. For its scope, this box skims the cream of Clapton's large output. D.Durchholz 
Crossroads 2: Live In The Seventies [LIVE] [BOX SET] 
Eric Clapton
24 Nights: Live From Albert Hall - Eric Clapton
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On this two-CD set, recorded over a 24-night stand at London's Albert Hall, Clapton performs with a stripped-down four-piece band; a more lushly arranged nonet, an all-star blues lineup featuring stellar guitarists Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and Jimmie Vaughan as well as legendary pianist Johnnie Johnson; and a full orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen. --Daniel Durchholz
A 1975 live album that found Clapton at--if you'll pardon the expression--a crossroads, E.C. Was Here marks the line of demarcation between the guitar hero of the past and more song-oriented player he'd become for the second half of the '70s.  --Daniel Durchholz 
Eric Clapton - One More Car One More Rider (2002) DVD
Wonderful! From Clapton's 2001 world tour, this DVD is taken exclusively from the Los Angeles show.
Eric Clapton - Live in Hyde 
Park (1997) DVD
Eric Clapton has achieved the seemingly impossible, becoming more popular in his most recent 10 years onstage than in his first decade in the spotlight. His 1997 Live In Hyde Park home video documented a triumphant concert of the previous summer that followed his massive "Tears In Heaven" hit a few years earlier. This is classic rockin' and guitar-wailin' blues is king Clapton, from new versions of his Derek and The Dominos' "Layla" and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" to Cream's "White Room" and "Badge" to his solo hit of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" to B.B. King's "Every Day I Have the Blues." Added to the original home video's lineup is Clapton's rendition of the Muddy Waters electric blues "Hoochie Coochie Man" and the blues standard "It Hurts Me Too," which Clapton reprised on From the Cradle. Other tracks include: Wonderful Tonight; Five Long Years; Tearin' Us Apart; Old Love; I'm Torn Down; Holy Mother. 89 minutes. 
Blues Power: Songs Of 
Eric Clapton Various Artists - Blues - Modern/Electric, 
Eric Clapton (Tribute)
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A tribute album that's not a tribute album--at least according to the text on the cover of this CD. In a way, that's correct, since Blues Power includes not merely artists who've been influenced by Clapton, but also artists who've influenced him. Many of these musicians' careers were positively affected by the advent of British blues and the blues revival of the 1960s--events in which Clapton played no small part. --G. Williams 
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