From the Cradle is a blues cover album by Eric Clapton. It is also his 12th studio album. Released on 13 September 1994, the album was Eric Clapton’s long-awaited follow-up to his massively successful live album, Unplugged. The liner notes states, “This is a live recording with no overdubs or edits except for dobro overdub on ‘How Long Blues’ and drum overdub on ‘Motherless Child’.”
Although he’d long been associated with the blues, From the Cradle was Clapton’s first attempt at an all-blues album.
When I listen to the album, I am transported to a small blues club where a group of fantastic players give us their best, fantastic musicianship. I saw Martin Scorsese’s documentary, Nothing but the blues before I heard the album. I started to seek out the songs from the film, and found From the cradle. It is one of my favorite Clapton albums.
|Nothing but the blues:Eric Clapton discusses who has influenced him throughout his career, with clips of performances by Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, etc. Filmed by director Martin Scorsese, this documentary was broadcast once on PBS stations, but never officially released for reasons which remain unclear. A planned release on home video was slated for early summer 1995, and Warner/Reprise produced a limited number of advance copies to be used for promotion. (it is on YouTube in 10 parts)|
Eric Clapton – Five Long Years (Eddie Boyd) from Nothing but the blues(doc/live):
“It takes the assurance of a titan like Eric Clapton to muster the humility that inspires From the Cradle. The guitarist’s tribute to the gods who formed him (Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Otis Rush among them), the disc sacrifices flash to sheer blazing force. “Groaning the Blues,” “Five Long Years” — this is the bone and sinew of blues.”
– Paul Evans (Rolling Stone Magazine)
Eric Clapton – Motherless Child:
From the cradle on Spotify:
2 thoughts on “Today: Eric Clapton released From The Cradle in 1994”
This is my favorite Clapton album. I also have the show when it was broadcast on KQED in San Francisco. Great stuff. When Clapton plays the blues, there’s no comparison in my opinion. He’s done some way below average work (old hat or whatever it’s called), but he’s still capable of amazing, soulful guitar work. I can’t understand a musician of his taste and ability phoning in anything, but he does from time to time. I’ve seen him in almost all of his incarnations except the Yardbirds and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers who never toured the US. The amazing thing about Clapton is the incredible improvement in his singing over the years. Long live Slowhand!
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