Il 27 agosto 2021 esce in Italia l’Anniversary Deluxe Edition del primo album solistico di Eric Clapton, originariamente pubblicato nell’agosto del 1970. Sarà disponibile in digitale e come box set di 4CD e LP (con Vinile 180g standard black). La copertina del vinile mantiene l’artwork originale mentre il box set ha una differente illustrazione. L’album viene anticipato dalla pubblicazione di due brani: ‘After Midnight’ (Delaney Bramlett Mix) e ‘Blues Power’ (Eric Clapton Mix).

L’album rappresenta un vero e proprio cambio di rotta nella carriera di Clapton; da guitar hero ed icona degli anni ’60 passa ad artista completo, abbandonando gli assoli pirotecnici in favore di una maggior propensione alla composizione e al formato canzone, una formula che poi contraddistinguerà il resto della sua carriera. Clapton è innamorato dal suono di The Band e JJ Clae e per le registrazioni dell’album si circonda di un nuovo cast di musicisti americani, soprattutto provenienti dal giro di Delaney & Bonnie, con un approccio alla musica molto più rootsy e laid back.

Questa nuova Anniversary Deluxe Edition presenta l’album ‘Eric Clapton’ in tre versioni, ognuna con un differente missaggio: ‘The Eric Clapton Mix’, ‘The Delaney Bramlett Mix’ e ‘The Tom Dowd Mix (The UK Version)’. Include inoltre nel quarto CD singoli, versioni alternate ed outtake.

Tracklisings:

CD1 (The Tom Dowd Mix – The UK Version) all mixes released on CD and vinyl

  1. Slunky   3.40
  2. Bad Boy   3.59
  3. Lonesome And A Long Way From Home   3.50
  4. After Midnight   3.14
  5. Easy Now   3.03
  6. Blues Power   3.15
  7. Bottle Of Red Wine   3.12
  8. Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me   3.39
  9. I’ve Told You For The Last Time   2.36
  10. I Don’t Know Why   3.23
  11. Let It Rain   5.06

CD2 (The Eric Clapton Mix)

  1. Slunky   3.34  unreleased mix
  2. Bad Boy   4.20  unreleased mix
  3. Lonesome And A Long Way From Home   3.58  unreleased mix
  4. After Midnight   3.19  released on Life in 12 Bars Soundtrack
  5. Easy Now   2.57  released – this was the only EC mix inserted into the original 1970 Tom Dowd mix LP
  6. Blues Power   3.53  unreleased mix
  7. Bottle Of Red Wine   2.58  unreleased mix
  8. Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me   3.44  unreleased mix
  9. I’ve Told You For The Last Time   2.32  unreleased mix
  10. I Don’t Know Why   3.35  unreleased mix
  11. Let It Rain   5.18  released on Life in 12 Bars Soundtrack

CD3 (The Delaney Bramlett Mix) all mixes released on 2005 Deluxe Edition CD

  1. Slunky   3.35
  2. Bad Boy   3.44
  3. Easy Now   3.00
  4. After Midnight   3.19
  5. Blues Power   3.20
  6. Bottle Of Red Wine   3.09
  7. Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me   4.07
  8. Lonesome And A Long Way From Home   3.52
  9. I Don’t Know Why   3.45
  10. Let It Rain   5.02

CD4 (Singles, Alternate Versions & Session Outtakes) all titles released on 2005 Deluxe Edition CD except COMIN’ HOME (Alternate Mix) which is a previously unreleased mix

  1. Teasin’   2.17  Performed by King Curtis with Delaney Bramlett, Eric Clapton & Friends
  2. Comin’ Home (Alternate Mix)  3.44  Performed by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends featuring Eric Clapton  unreleased mix
  3. Blues In “A”  (Session Outtake)  10.28
  4. She Rides (Let It Rain alternate version)  5.08
  5. I’ve Told You For The Last Time (Olympic Studios version)  6.49
  6. I Don’t Know Why (Olympic Studios version)  5.14
  7. Comin’ Home (single a-side)  3.15  Performed by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends featuring Eric Clapton
  8. Groupie (Superstar) (single b-side)  2.50  Performed by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends featuring Eric Clapton

1LP

Side A

  1. Slunky
  2. Bad Boy
  3. Lonesome And A Long Way From Home
  4. After Midnight
  5. Easy Now
  6. Blues Power

Side B

  1. Bottle Of Red Wine
  2. Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me
  3. I’ve Told You For The Last Time
  4. I Don’t Know Why
  5. Let It Rain